Menie House

(MacLeod House)

A Neo-Jacobean mansion and estate in E Aberdeenshire, Menie House is situated near the North Sea coast, 7 miles (11 km) north of Aberdeen. The Mill of Menie lies close by and both house and mill are separated from the sea by Menie Links. The house dates from c.1840 but incorporates an earlier structure which dates from the 18th century. There was once a castle here built in the 15th century. The lands had passed from the Carnegies to William Forbes in the 17th century. He was known as 'Danzig Willie' having earned his money through Baltic trade. The property then passed to the Setons and the Gordons.

American billionaire Donald Trump stirred controversy when be bought the estate in 2006 and soon announced his intention to build a large golfing development, including two 18-hole golf courses, a 450-room five-star hotel and 500 houses. The sensitive nature of the sand dunes along the coast have brought objections from conservationists and the local community. Trump renamed Menie House, MacLeod House in honour of his Lewis-born mother.

The cellar is reputed to be haunted by a Green Lady.

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