Kilmartin Castle has had four official keepers. John Carswell in 1550 who upsized to Carnasserie castle in the 1560s, was followed by the Campbell Clan, who held her for around 200 years. She then stood as a ruin until the 1980s. Tom & Olive Clarke, both in their 50’s, noticed her while out rambling and fell in love. It is easy to understand why! They spent the next ten years of summers making her habitable for family holidays. Sadly, shortly after we bought Kilmartin Castle in 2014, Tom passed away.
In 2019, our restoration story began, and it seemed only right to name one of our favourite rooms after Tom and Olive. Clarke has its own wood-burning stove set into the original stone fireplace, a double bed with bespoke Harris Tweed headboard, walk-in wet room, double basins set into a Jacobean oak sideboard and a separate WC. We have vaulted part of the ceiling in this bedroom and pulled the gable end wall back to reveal the original, untouched stonework. It is dramatic, reaching up to 5m in height.
Clarke has been painted with lime paint, a paint commonly used in the 16th Century, free of many of the nasty chemicals we see today and ensures a restful night. A room for old school romantics.