Originally built in the 17th century, Candacraig was enlarged in the Scottish Baronial style with its pepper pot turrets and crow stepped dormer windows by the Aberdeen architect ‘Tudor Johnny’ Smith in 1836. Extended at the turn of the 20th century, the house was partially reconstructed in 1955 by local architect Alexander McKenzie, whilst retaining its traditional Scottish style.
The Lairdship of Candacraig was officially granted to the Anderson family in 1620 and the estate remained with that family for 10 generations until it was sold in 1866 to Sir Charles Forbes. In 1900 it was purchased by Andrew Wallace, whose descendents owned Candacraig until 1980. More recently the house was owned by Gordon and Anita Roddick, founders of the Bodyshop chain. They undertook a comprehensive program of improvement before selling it to Billy Connolly and Pamela Stephenson in 1998. Candacraig attracted much media attention, as Hollywood celebrities became regular guests. The Connolly duo acquired the walled garden and courtyard cottages restoring Candacraig's privacy - so much a part of its unique appeal.