Today, I am sharing a few photos of Kellie’s Castle, which I visited with some friends not too long ago. This is a popular tourist attraction located off Batu Gajah, some 30 minutes’ drive from Ipoh. Actually, I don’t come here often because it is said to be haunted and well, I don’t like to mingle with spirits.
Kellie’s Castle was originally named Kellas House, after the name of the Scottish hometown that the owner, William Kellie Smith, came from. Structurally, Kellie’s Castle was ahead of its time, even by today’s standards, with plans for a wine cellar, an elevator, helipad, indoor tennis court and rooftop courtyard.
Unfortunately, these did not see the light of day with the untimely demise of Smith from pneumonia during a short trip to Portugal in 1926 to take delivery of his elevator. This home, which was supposed to be a gift to his wife Agnes, was then sold, along with the estate, to a British company, Harrisons and Crosfield. Kellie’s Castle, is also unofficially known as Kellie’s Folly.
The incomplete building receives visitors from near and far throughout the year; fascinated by the architecture or the romantic story behind it.
GPS Coordinates: N 04 28.477′ E 101 5.269′
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (daily)
During Ramadhan: 10am – 5pm (daily)
Local (with MyKad): RM4
School children (Primary & Secondary): RM3
Disabled & children 6 years old and below: Free of charge
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