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'We hadn't always dreamed of living in a castle'

A couple from Dumfries and Galloway say they hadn't planned to buy a run-down castle and restore it.

But John and Janet Brennan have spent the last seven years and hundreds of thousands of pounds rebuilding Barholm Castle, near Gatehouse on Fleet.

They have now put the property on sale for ££695,000.

Barholm Castle for sale

Barholm Castle

A couple from Dumfries and Galloway, who spent years restoring one of the region's historic buildings, are now selling it.

Barholm Castle has an asking price of £695,000.

John and Janet Brennan bought it for just £65,000 in 1999, but say they've spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on the restoration, and stand to lose money.

They're selling the property because they want to be closer to Dumfries.


Stained glass window saved from the scrapheap

The window.

A piece of Carlisle's cultural history which was saved from the scrapheap, is being painstakingly restored.

A stained glass window which shows a sunrise over the city's castle, was an original feature of the former Lonsdale Cinema.

It's due to go on display at the Old Fire Station, which will re-open shortly as an arts and entertainment venue.


A slice of inspiration: Cumbria's toast artist

The artwork is butterly magnificent. Credit: ITV Border

A Carlisle artist has crafted an image of the Madonna and Child.

But instead of using paints and a brush, he's made it entirely out of toast.

Adam laid down his brush and took up the bread knife. Credit: ITV Border

Adam Sheldon dried and flattened 160 slices of burnt toast, and then crafted them into this masterpiece by scraping them with a knife and using a blow-torch.

The talented toast-artist originally did the artwork as a commission for a cathedral but he's now dedicating it to a very special woman in his life:

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