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Scottish castle at center of £230+ bankruptcy battle is up for sale for £1.25m

A castle that was at the center of a 25-year battle over a £230 debt has gone on the market for over £1.25million.

The former owner of Knockderry Castle, Marian van Overwaele, 72, has been forced into bankruptcy after repeatedly refusing to pay a bill relating to a bridal wear business she ran in 1997.

After his repeated refusals to pay, the debt rose to £30,000 and a trustee in bankruptcy was appointed.

Knockderry Castle is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Victorian manor house architecture in Scotland.

Over the past two decades, the pensioner has fought off various attempts to have her removed from Cove Castle,
Dunbartonshire, so that it could be sold to pay off its creditors.

She transferred ownership to her brother George Amil after going bankrupt in 2000.

However, they were evicted from the property in March.

The castle lounge
The castle lounge

Designed by Alexander “Greek” Thomson in the 1850s, the Victorian mansion has six bedrooms and four reception rooms.

Estate agents Strutt and Parker said: “It is Grade A listed largely on account of Leiperian’s outstanding interior which is considered to be one of the finest domestic interiors of its style in Scotland.”

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