Exceptional Sporting And Agricultural Estate, Formerly Owned By The Current Prime Minister's Great Grandfather, Goes On Sale
A truly exceptional sporting and agricultural estate, once owned by the current Prime Minister's great grandfather, is shortly to be offered to the market through joint selling agents CKD Galbraith and John Clegg & Co.
Invermarkie Estate, which extends to some 1,510 acres, is located in the heart of the Deveron Valley, between Dufftown and Huntly, in a dramatic and unspoilt landscape.
Invermarkie Lodge was built as the Shooting Lodge for the Duke of Fife in 1705, probably on the site of Invermarkie Castle which had been witness to a turbulent past involving the clans of Innes, Gordon and Duff.
Latterly, Alexander Geddes, who was born in Glass, made his fortune as a grain trader in Chicago in the 19th century and returned to Glass where he extended Invermarkie Lodge as well as most of the houses in Glass. Sadly his sons were killed in the First World War. The remaining daughter, Rachel, married Ewen Cameron, great grandfather of the current Prime Minister. The estate was purchased by the current owners from the Cameron family in 1932.
There have been substantial alterations to the Estate over the years and woodlands have been planted to create the most enviable shoot with quality pheasants always in mind. There is also a healthy Roe deer population alongside red squirrels and a diverse range of bird species including ospreys and moorland birds.
The elegant Invermarkie Lodge, with lawns sloping to the river, is an idyllic place to enjoy family life, is the perfect highland retreat for entertaining guests and is the hidden gem of Aberdeenshire. It is the focal point of the estate and enjoys breathtaking views from its magnificent position on the banks of the River Deveron. The Lodge has an elegant drawing room, wood panelled dining room, and many original features throughout, including lovely bay windows, attractive fireplaces and carved wooden mantelpieces.
The gardens are beautifully maintained, with the original walled garden still intact, housing vegetable and fruit beds. A sweeping footpath leads down to a charming swing bridge over the river and salmon can regularly be seen during the autumn, jumping in the pool just below the house.
The River Deveron is held in the highest regard among fishermen as a great salmon and sea trout river. Brown trout fishing is also exceptional. The Invermarkie beats offer some wonderful fly water with 18 named pools and the fishing rights extend to some two miles of predominantly double bank fishing.
In addition to the lodge, there are five further occupied houses and a range of traditional and more modern farm buildings, as well as a number of potential development sites.
A 15Kw hydro electric scheme has recently been upgraded and is due to be commissioned imminently. There is potential for wind turbine development on two further sites.
There is a thriving community which includes a primary school with 30 pupils, an enthusiastic dramatic society and a variety of businesses run from Glass.
Communications are easy and Huntly is destined to be developed as part of the Local Development Plan and the dualling of the A96 from Aberdeen.
The Farm has been run as an organic unit for the past few years. There is good quality land with a substantial acreage suitable for growing carrots and potatoes.
Owing to the diverse nature and physical layout of the estate and to allow flexibility in its sale, Invermarkie is being offered for sale as a whole or in 25 separate lots, or alternatively as a combination of lots. The current owner is the Lord- Lieutenant for Aberdeenshire and this is the first time the estate has been offered for sale for 81 years.
Rod Christie, partner with CKD Galbraith in Elgin, said: “Invermarkie estate offers a fantastic opportunity for a number of interested parties keen to tap into the unique lifestyle offered by a beautiful Scottish highland estate. With exceptional sporting, renewable and farming potential, combined with a plethora of assets available, we expect great interest from both domestic and international parties who have already noted their interest with us in estates of this nature.”
Jon Lambert, partner in John Clegg & Co’s Edinburgh office commented, “In an ever increasingly frenetic and busy world, discovering this beautiful, unspoilt, secluded but easily accessible spot is a real joy. Whether it’s the complete all round, residential, farming and sporting estate you are after or a pretty wood, a small cottage with a pony paddock or even a small beat of private fishing; Invermarkie offers something for everyone. It really is a very special property’.
The Estate is within easy access to Aberdeen, famed for its Oil Industry and is surrounded by beautiful topography, long sandy beaches and with many recreational activities within easy reach. Aberdeen has its own international airport which is approximately 45 minutes drive away from Invermarkie and offers regular domestic and international flights.
Invermarkie estate is for sale as a whole at offers over £4.775 million or in 25 separate lots or a combination of lots ranging from £10,000 to £1.5million.