Castles, Ruins and Old Buildings - Gary Cook

Highcliffe Castle, Highcliffe, Dorset, England.

This is one of the best surviving examples of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture from the early 1800’s. Unlike many of my posts, this Castle is almost new and was built between 1831 and 1836 by the then Lord Stuart de Rothesay. The Castle has never seen battle, has never been besieged, but this didn’t save it from ruin. Originally a private family home, the roof and interior were destroyed by two fires in the 1960’s. Left abandoned for more than a decade, the Castle fell into ruin from exposure to the elements and from vandalism. But the Castle was saved though a compulsory purchase by the local city council in the late 1970’s and has been successively repaired and refurbished ever since. Today Highcliffe Castle is fully restored and open to the public, offering delicious teas and snacks while visitors relax in the formal gardens high on the headlands overlooking the Solent towards the Isle of Wight.