It is increasingly the more affluent families and individuals who are being drawn towards the flexible and potentially more lucrative lifestyle that renting allows for. Freeing yourself from the commitment of a mortgage allows for more money to be invested elsewhere instead of in property, such as business ventures and partnerships.
CKD Galbraith has witnessed increasing demand for high calibre properties available to let throughout Scotland, particularly in rural areas. With such a range of impressive houses on their books renting is often outstanding value for money and a fantastic opportunity for clients to live in a spectacular, sometimes listed, building at a fraction of the price.
When comparing letting prices in both cities and rural England it becomes clear renting in the Scottish countryside offers properties simply unavailable across the rest of the UK. For the same average price per month you might be able to afford a cupboard in a trendy area of London or a two bedroom flat in a more rural location but forget the idea of a garden. For example, Knight Frank is currently marketing a three bedroom cottage in the picturesque Hemlet of Russells Water, Oxfordshire for 1800 pcm, the property has only one bathroom and a medium sized garden area, a far cry from the floor area and stunning grounds available North of the boarder for the same price.
Last year, the firm, which has a dedicated lettings division within its offices across the country, managed the let of almost 1000 properties last year, so has a wealth of experience in assisting both landlords and prospective tenants.
Shirley Kenyon, lettings manager at CKD Galbraith, said: "There are a number of qualities that those seeking high calibre rented property frequently demand but the absolutely essential ingredient is the wow-factor'. The market is savvy to the benefits of renting and people know that they can punch for properties above their usual weight and enjoy a better lifestyle as a result.
"Renting often gives tenants the opportunity to live in a much higher quality of property than they could ever afford on a mortgage. Large houses on the lettings market also tend to come with an abundance of glorious grounds to enjoy in a private setting. The interiors are often furnished with luxurious items and have modern high-quality equipment already installed.
"Furthermore the ensuing lifestyle that renting entails is often less stressful moving is more straight forward, properties often come furnished and large families are able to remain living together for longer in grander homes than they couldn't have afforded on a mortgage".
CKD Galbraith currently has a range of exceptional properties available to let across Scotland including:
This impressive seven bed Georgian house is situated in the desirable conservation village of Tyninghame, only two miles from sandy beaches and within Edinburgh commuting distance. Whitberrry is a Grade B listed building which retains many of its original period features and has grazing land for horses available by separate agreement.
Available to let at 2,000pcm
Howford House, Peeblesshire
If the delightful countryside surrounding this property isn't enough to impress then the opulent interior in this eight bedroom mansion will be sure to take your breath away. This prestigious living and entertaining opportunity is situated in the heart of the Scottish Borders in delightful countryside overlooking the River Tweed.
Available to let at 1,750pcm
The Wallace Tower, Ayr
If you like the sound of living in a Scottish castle then The Wallace Tower could be your dream home. This magnificent tower house forming part of the historic Sundrum Castle situated within a delightful Estate with mature woodland, river waterfall and tennis court. This property is a rare opportunity to live in a truly unique property.
Available to let at 1,200pcm