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Alir147
07-02-2009, 09:09 PM
Have visited this site many times now, after originally discovering it back in the summer of last year!

Westhall lies in the middle of rural Aberdeenshire. Originally a 15th century tower house, it's been added to over the years up until the mid 1800's. Over the centuries, it has passed from the church, on to wealthy local families. The last to use it as a family home, was the Ingleby's, who Westhall's neighbours still remember. Thereafter, it became the property of a German hotel owner, Mr B. P. Ingenschay. Some of it's former clients remember it being like fawlty towers!

It didn't last for long though, and after looking through the accounts which remain in the managers office, it's not hard to see why. The final year of operation, it made only a loss, of 40,000. It closed 20 years a go, and since has been left to rot.

The estate itself (all abandoned) comprises of

Castle
Workshops
3 farmhouses
kennels
swimming pool and leisure complex
walled gardens
gardeners buildings and basement
greenhouses
ruined cottage
a loch (or lake)
and over 100 acres of gardens and woodland

The oldest part of the mansion dates right back to the 14th century, which massive alterations and extensions made in the victorian times. In it's later years it operated as a hotel, before finally closing down for good about 20 years a go.
Since then, this grade A listed building has lain empty and suffered the effects of the sh*t weather we have here!

the hoose
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/WESTHALLANDLADYSBRIDGE28DLEXPLOR-11.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/WESTHALLANDLADYSBRIDGE28DLEXPLOR-8.jpg

And here's one from the 1950's (back to front though!) courtesty of good old RCAHMS
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/Westhall.jpg

one of two halls
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/WESTHALLANDLADYSBRIDGE28DLEXPLOR-2.jpg

spiral staircase
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/WESTHALLANDLADYSBRIDGE28DLEXPLOR-9.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/WESTHALLANDHADDO-groupexplore025.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/WESTHALLMINIVISITWITHPETER-Jan20080.jpg

inside the old part
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/WESTL100.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/lordglentanarsuite.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/Gordonofwh.jpg

service bells
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/WESTHALLNIGHTSHOTSandfinaldemoli-3.jpg

the bar
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/WESTHALLNIGHTSHOTSandfinaldemoli-11.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/WESTHALLNIGHTSHOTSandfinaldemoli-6.jpg

the main staircase
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/WESTHALLNIGHTSHOTSandfinaldemoli-7.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/WESTHALLMINIVISITWITHPETER-Jan20-2.jpg

old picture in one of the farmhouses
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/WESTHALLANDLADYSBRIDGE28DLEXPLOR-12.jpg

sexy decoration
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/WESTHALLNIGHTSHOTSFEB112008012.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/WESTHALLNIGHTSHOTSFEB112008013.jpg

lord glentannar suite
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/WESTHALLMINIVISITWITHPETER-Jan20-1.jpg

swimming pool
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/WESTHALLNIGHTSHOTSandfinaldemoli-16.jpg

Alir147
07-02-2009, 09:48 PM
Is the RCAHMS picture back to front or is the back the same as the front?

If only. The front and sides of Westhall are very nice. The back, however, could easily be a tenement jet blasted with concrete! It's not very attractive.

The front

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/Westhallfrostyday061.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/WESTHALLANDLADYSBRIDGE28DLEXPLOR-11.jpg

the side

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/WESTHALLANDLADYSBRIDGE28DLEXPLOR-26.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/WESTHALLANDHADDO-groupexplore105-1.jpg


And then the back.... :snore

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/Ali_169/18thbirthdaytillydrineandWESTHAL-5.jpg

So it's just a pretty face.