Owner of 'Castle McGlasto' fights ban to let Scottish home on Airbnb

Owner of Scottish mansion dubbed ‘Castle McGlastofights ban on letting out £1,200-a-night party pad on AirBnB after police were called 28 times to complaints of rowdy revellers climbing on turrets and throwing Buckfast bottles

  • Owner of ‘Castle McGlastois fighting ban from letting home to Airbnb guests
  • Guests at Invergare Castle have ‘climbed turrets and lobbed Buckfast bottles
  • Graham Gardner has now been banned by council from letting out property
  • He calls ban ‘excessiveand has lodged appeal with the Scottish Government
  • The owner of a Scottish mansion dubbed ‘Castle McGlastoafter furious neighbours complained about rowdy outdoor parties is fighting to overturn a council ban from letting the property out to Airbnb guests.

    Police have been called nearly 30 times to deal with reports of anti-social behaviour at Invergare Castle near Helensburgh, Argyll amid claims guests have climbed the turrets of the 13-bedroom Baronial home-turned-party pad, lobbed bottles of Buckfast and sung sectarian songs.

    Graham Gardner, a dentist who bought the B-listed castle for £170,000 and spent £800,000 refurbishing it, has now been banned by Argyll and Bute Council from renting out the £1,200-a-night property on Airbnb.

    The council claimed he had breached planning rules at the 13-bedroom home and ordered a halt to letting. Mr Gardner has now lodged an appeal with the Scottish Government in a bid to reverse the council ruling.

    The owner of a Scottish mansion dubbed 'Castle McGlasto' after furious neighbours complained about rowdy outdoor parties is fighting to overturn a council ban from letting the property out to Airbnb guests

    The owner of a Scottish mansion dubbed ‘Castle McGlastoafter furious neighbours complained about rowdy outdoor parties is fighting to overturn a council ban from letting the property out to Airbnb guests

    Graham Gardner, a dentist who bought the B-listed castle for £170,000 and spent £800,000 refurbishing it with his wife (entrambi nella foto), has now been banned by Argyll and Bute Council from renting out the £1,200-a-night property on Airbnb

    Graham Gardner, a dentist who bought the B-listed castle for £170,000 and spent £800,000 refurbishing it with his wife (entrambi nella foto), has now been banned by Argyll and Bute Council from renting out the £1,200-a-night property on Airbnb

    Police have been called nearly 30 times to deal with reports of anti-social behaviour at Invergare Castle near Helensburgh, Argyll. Nella foto, the stairwell

    Police have been called nearly 30 times to deal with reports of anti-social behaviour at Invergare Castle near Helensburgh, Argyll. Nella foto, the stairwell

    The council claimed he had breached planning rules at the 13-bedroom home and ordered a halt to letting. Nella foto, una delle camere da letto

    The council claimed he had breached planning rules at the 13-bedroom home and ordered a halt to letting. Nella foto, una delle camere da letto

    Nella foto, a family room with a pool table in the mansion in the Scottish countryside

    Nella foto, a family room with a pool table in the mansion in the Scottish countryside

    This map shows the location of Invergare Castle near Helensburgh, Argyll

    This map shows the location of Invergare Castle near Helensburgh, Argyll

    Invergare: The Victorian mansion-turned-castle at the centre of scandalous murder mystery

    Now styled as a castle, Invergare was a 19th Century mansion at the centre of a murder mystery that scandalised Victorian society.

    The mansion was home to Madeleine Smith, who went on trial 150 years ago for murder following the death of her secret lover after he drank cocoa laced with arsenic.

    Smith was alleged to have given the deadly drink to middle-aged clerk Pierre Emile L’Angelier.

    The case gripped Scotland and resulted in the country’s first ever not proven verdict.

    Smith fled to America, where she married three times and died aged 92.

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    A statement on his behalf insisted the castle owner had not breached planning laws, claimed the enforcement notice was ‘excessive’, and failed to allow time for any scheduled bookings to be dealt with.

    Ha detto: ‘For the reasons noted above, the enforcement notice is not applicable, or it is excessive and does not provide a reasonable timescale to remedy the alleged breach of planning control. The enforcement notice should be quashed.

    Mr Gardner had earlier vowed to clampdown on troublemakers, insistendo: ‘Guests are warned to respect our neighbours and keep noise down.

    ‘We are aware that the council have noise monitoring equipment in our neighbour’s property and this has not registered any noise from our property. We will continue to monitor our guestsactivities and maintain a peaceful environment for everyone.

    The property’s listing on Airbnb states that guests cannot have ‘loud music after 10pmand ‘no external/third party speaker systems’.

    An earlier meeting of Rhu and Shandon Community Council had heard inspector Roddy MacNeill of Police Scotland detail their involvement at the house.

    Egli ha detto: ‘In total there have been 28 incident reports recorded, so it is regular, but some of them will be multiple calls.

    ‘We go and we deal with what is in front of us. There is a chance that we will take the sound-making equipment out of the property, but what complicates it is that it’s different people each time, so we would need to test the water with it. It

    ‘It’s a unique situation but it’s very much on our radar.

    Argyll and Bute Council’s enforcement notice stated: ‘Having regard to the scale and proposed nature and pattern of the proposed use in conjunction with the proximity of dwellinghouses within a uniformly residential area, the proposal would be severely detrimental to the residential amenities of residents.

    Mr Gardner had earlier vowed to clampdown on troublemakers, insistendo: 'Guests are warned to respect our neighbours and keep noise down'. Nella foto, la cucina

    Mr Gardner had earlier vowed to clampdown on troublemakers, insistendo: ‘Guests are warned to respect our neighbours and keep noise down’. Nella foto, la cucina

    The property's listing on Airbnb states that guests cannot have 'loud music after 10pm' and 'no external/third party speaker systems'. Nella foto, ground floor layout

    The property’s listing on Airbnb states that guests cannot have ‘loud music after 10pmand ‘no external/third party speaker systems’. Nella foto, ground floor layout

    The council claimed he had breached planning rules at the 13-bedroom home and ordered a halt to letting. Nella foto, first floor layout

    The council claimed he had breached planning rules at the 13-bedroom home and ordered a halt to letting. Nella foto, first floor layout

    Hanno aggiunto: ‘Environmental Health has concluded that this type of proposal could give cause for noise breakout causing nuisance to neighbouring residential properties.

    ‘It has not been demonstrated that potential impacts upon the residential character and amenities of the local area can be satisfactorily mitigated by means of management or planning mechanisms including planning conditions or a ‘good neighbour agreement’.

    A reporter will issue a decision in due course.

    Now styled as a castle, Invergare was a 19th Century mansion at the centre of a murder mystery that scandalised Victorian society.

    The mansion was home to Madeleine Smith, who went on trial 150 years ago for murder following the death of her secret lover after he drank cocoa laced with arsenic.

    Smith was alleged to have given the deadly drink to middle-aged clerk Pierre Emile L’Angelier. The case gripped Scotland and resulted in the country’s first ever not proven verdict.

    Smith fled to America, where she married three times and died aged 92.

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