This is a fine example of Adam's "castellated" style (that is, built with turrets and ramparts), which replaced an earlier castle keep as the family seat of the powerful Kennedy clan. After World War II, the castle was given to the National Trust for Scotland. Notwithstanding its architectural attributes -- whether the celebrated round drawing room or the outstanding Oval Staircase -- the pile is of special interest to many Americans because General Dwight D. Eisenhower was given an apartment for life here. He reputedly called Culzean "a place [where] I can relax." Undoubtedly the mansion's location near so many outstanding golf courses, such as Turnberry , also pleased the golf-mad U.S. president. Today, tourists can rent the 6-room top-floor flat as holiday accommodations. Fans of the Scottish cult horror film, The Wicker Man, should know that scenes at the home of the devilish character played by Christopher Lee were filmed here, as well. Last entry is 1 hour before closing.
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