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Old 04-09-2011, 06:45 PM
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Castle of Mey, Caithness, Scotland

This is the only residence which actually belonged to her late majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. She bought the castle, once known as
Barrogill Castle until Queen Elizabeth restored its former name, after the death of King George VI. Her majesty's close friends, the Vyners, owned a home nearby and it is in the extreme northern part of Scotland. Here is a link to the Castle and a photograph of the queen mother's desk in the castle.

The Castle of Mey | Visitor Information - Inside the Castle

The three framed photographs displayed (two of George VI and one of Queen Elizabeth, King George and the Princess Elizabeth) were reportedly three of her favourites.

I would love to hear from anyone who has visited the Castle of Mey or has additional information.
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Old 04-09-2011, 08:00 PM
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Here is picture of the entrance front. I LOVE the castle of Mey!
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:59 PM
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I haven't been there, but it is definitely on my bucket list! How amazing is it that the Queen Mother bought a ruined castle and restored it?

There is the Captain's House on the estate that is available for guest rental, and I've heard that the gatehouse has also been restored for use as a holiday rental. I keep the site bookmarked so I can look at the pictures if I need inspiration.
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The Castle of Mey is one of my dream places to visit. The pictures I've seen are spectacular. Majesty magazine had a story about the Castle, how Her Majesty acquired the property and the work that was done. Pictures of the inside as well as outside were included. I fell in love with the property after reading the article.
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Omg its just amazing thank you soo much for the pics and link : )


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Beautiful castle - hope to visit there later this year.
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I've heard so much about this castle and of the QM's vast restoration work on it. What an amazingly romantic place to live!
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How beautiful!
Did the queen live there during the year?
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QEQM would go to the Castle of Mey for a bit in the late summer or early fall. The yacht Britannia used to cruise nearby alllowing QEII and family to visit on their way to Balmoral. Later of course QEQM would move south to Birkhall on the Balmoral estate to join the rest of the royal family on holiday.
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QEQM would go to the Castle of Mey for a bit in the late summer or early fall. The yacht Britannia used to cruise nearby alllowing QEII and family to visit on their way to Balmoral. Later of course QEQM would move south to Birkhall on the Balmoral estate to join the rest of the royal family on holiday.
August and October if my memory seves me well!
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Is it still owned by the family?
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No, it was turned over to a trust after the QM's death:

The Castle of Mey Trust | Overview
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Is it still owned by the family?
I believe so. If I'm correct, Charles and Camilla go there in the summer for about a week.
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I believe so. If I'm correct, Charles and Camilla go there in the summer for about a week.
C&C visit the Castle of Mey every year, but it is now owned by a Trust.
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Queen's castle for rent at £50k a weekend: Castle of Mey becomes first royal residence touted out to paying guests... at a royal price | Mail Online
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I think of all the residences I've seen that are related to the BRF in someway, the Castle of Mey would be my first choice to live in. Simply beautiful!
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GIRL ABOUT TOWN: Prince Charles rents his grandmother's castle for £2,000 a week - but it is still £48,000 less than anyone else | Mail Online
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