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Historic Cottages With Outbuildings Offer Superb Development Opportunity

Galbraith is bringing to the market a pair of traditional semi-detached cottages with land in an attractive rural setting near Alyth, Perthshire. The Cotton of Balhary represents an excellent opportunity to create a smallholding, equestrian property or rural business.

Cotlea Cottages were built in 1830, and contemporary documents refer to the ‘Cottar’s Town’, a vital hub for local commerce housing a blacksmith and joinery workshop, the focal point for the smooth running of Alyth for generations. 

The Cottar’s Town became known as Cotlea as time went on, and the property passed from Balhary Estate into the ownership of Sir James Duncan of Jordanstone, remaining in the family ownership ever since.

Scott Holley of Galbraith said:

The sale of these two historic cottages with their outbuildings and land offers the potential to create a lovely home, smallholding or rural business in a very attractive part of Perthshire. The property has wonderful potential for a high quality of life and is also easily commutable to Perth, Dundee and Edinburgh.

The cottages have an appealing outlook to the south-east over their gardens towards the Sidlaw hills beyond. 

Both cottages provide good sized accommodation which includes a sitting room, dining room/office, kitchen and bathroom on the ground floor and two bedrooms on the first floor. The dining room could equally be used as a third bedroom if preferred. 

The cottages have been maintained externally and would benefit from internal modernisation. There are attractive features such as dual aspect rooms, open fire places, panelled doors and cottage-coombed ceilings on the first floor.

Each cottage has a pretty garden, bounded by the field and open countryside beyond. The old stone flagstones on the terrace in front of Cotlea West are the original flagging that used to floor the kitchen.

To the rear of the cottages are two detached traditional steadings, formerly a blacksmith’s forge and a joiner’s workshop. There are some notable architectural features from this period which include window frame latticework from the joiner’s steading, on which glass was layered in the traditional manner, an original old wooden letter box and old stone trough.

Both outbuildings have attractive stonework, using local red sandstone particular to the area, and subject to obtaining planning permission they could be put to a variety of alternative uses such as self-contained residential units, conversion into holiday homes, conversion for business use/offices or utilised for stabling.

Each building may have the potential for a sympathetic extension and thus an opportunity to increase the floor space, depending on the vision and requirements of the new owner. Any alteration would be subject to the necessary planning consents.

The land extends to about 6.52 acres and has been historically used for arable crops including barley and wheat; it would make an ideal grazing field for horses or livestock. The plot extends to about 7.32 acres (2.96 hectares) in total.

The Cottages at Cotlea are surrounded by attractive countryside, the village of Meigle is a short drive away which has a convenience store with Post Office, and additional village amenities. A good range of services and retailers can be found in Blairgowrie (six miles away) and Alyth (two miles distant).

The Cotton of Balhary is for sale as a whole through Galbraith for Offers Over £450,000.