The Gatehouse at Dunraven Castle

The Gatehouse is a Grade II listed building. It sits to the North-east of the site where Dunraven Castle used to be. (Sadly the castle itself was demolished in 1963 due to being unstable, and just the walled garden and some auxiliary buildings have survived.) At first glance the gatehouse looks solid with all of its crenellations still in place, but as you get closer you start to notice loose stones, rotten door frames and floor joists, the lack of a staircase leading to the first floor and many windows which have been blocked up.  A cattle grid has been installed between the arches, and now only tractors and walkers pass underneath this lovely entranceway. This building could make a nice country escape with its quirky shaped layout and the location next to the sea would be an extra bonus. It would be a shame if it went the way of the castle it once served.

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