Sadly, Utterly Abandoned Mansions

I’ve got this thing for abandoned abodes. It’s so sad to see what once was a magnificent home now forlorn and decaying. I imagine the joys and sorrows the occupants experienced within the walls. Cheery fires in the fireplaces, nourishing meals cooked in the kitchens, books read by the light of newly glazed windows. How many toddler feet stomped up and down the halls? Christmases, Thanksgivings, and Easters shared with family and friends in the dining rooms, and games played in the parlors. What happened to the people? Why were they unable to continue on in their home? Questions we’ll likely never know the answers to, but I love to dream of what it might’ve been like in days gone by.

Abandoned mansion, Durrow

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Haddo House ~ Sad old Italianate mansion abandoned in the forest near to Inverkeithny, Scotland.

More pictures and the sad story behind it’s abandonment here.

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Callert House ~ Abandoned Georgian mansion on the shores of Loch Leven.

Callert House is an abandoned Georgian Mansion on the shores of Loch Leven in Scotland, has been unoccupied since the 1940s. Built for Sir Duncan Cameron of Fassifern in the 1830s to replace a previous structure that burned down, the house stands completely derelict. Reports of hauntings persist in the area, including a mysterious ball of fire that’s said to manifest near Callert House and vanish into the loch. (from Urban Ghosts Media)

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Spooky abandoned house in the Pleven region of Bulgaria

Photograph by Todor Bozhinov on Images From Bulgaria

Armadale Castle, Skye ~ photo by asands on Flickr

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Armadale Castle is a ruined country house in Armadale, Skye, former home of the MacDonalds. A mansion house was first built here around 1790. In 1815 a Scottish baronial style mock-castle, intended for show rather than defense, designed by James Gillespie Graham, was built next to the house. After 1855 the part of the house destroyed by fire was replaced by a central wing, designed by David Bryce. Since 1925 the castle, abandoned by the Macdonald family, has fallen into ruin. The gardens around the castle have been maintained, and are now home to the Clan Donald Centre, which operates the Museum of the Isles.


Cambusnethan Priory near to Overtown, North Lanarkshire, Great Britain

This Gothic mansion house was completed in 1820. Also known as Cambusnethan House, it was converted into a hotel in 1980, closing four years later. Since 1984 the building has fallen victim to vandalism and arson. This Grade A listed building appears on Scottish Civic Trust Buildings at Risk Register.

Image © Copyright Roy Tait and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Castle of Mesen in Lede, Belgium

The Castle of Mesen, or Kasteel van Mesen, dates to around 1628. Originally built as a major stonghold, it ceased to be a royal house after 1796. The Industrial Revolution brought with it a series of interesting reuses, from gin distillery to sugar and potash refinery, tobacco factory and finally a boarding school. Read more about the history of this castle and view pictures of the interior here.

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6 thoughts on “Sadly, Utterly Abandoned Mansions

  1. Wow, these are amazing finds. Reading your contemplation of them made me feel saddish. They seem like great houses to build in my Minecraft videogame. (Minecraft is kinda like a lego building game where you can build things)


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