On 16th April 1746, on the pretty Drummossie Moor overlooking Inverness, a well-supplied Hanoverian army defeated the much smaller army of Lord John Murray. This is known to be the bloodiest of all the Jacobite battles but also the last battle fought on British soil.
However, now that CKD Galbraith has brought Leanach House to the market a new battle could be about to commence. Within the bounds of Culloden Battlefield lies a delightful country home and compact amenity estate within easy reach of Inverness city centre and the airport; and certain to create fierce competition between potential buyers.
The recently renovated former farmhouse is a spectacular retreat in a prime rural location. The interior has been designed and decorated to be restful and calming and to enhance the natural light that fills the house. Set over three floors the property has five bedrooms and several ground floor reception rooms which are intimate enough for family living while also ideal for large scale entertaining. There are several artistic creations throughout the house by the well-known artist Jonathan Humphreys, including in the garden room where a family can relax with its trompe l'oeil big top interior a fantastically quirky feature.
The gardens at Leanach, extend to around 1.8 acres are laid mainly to lawn fringed by magnificent mature specimen trees, rhododendrons and shrubs. There are three permanent garden sculptures included in the sale and all other movable sculptures are available to the new owners by separate negotiation.
The sale also includes approximately 20.9 acres of diverse woodland which has been carefully managed to create a wonderful amenity and a habitat for native wildlife and flora. A challenging quad bike trail leads round the perimeter of the trees while a network of grassy paths cuts down to the banks of the River Nairn on which the new owners will have around a quarter of a kilometre of fishing rights. Adding to the idyllic picture is the number of small sandy beaches along the river which would be perfect for summer picnics and sunbathing. There is a further 19.5 acres of grazing land at Leanach which comprises one field which is currently let to a neighbouring farmer. The land is level and free-draining and would be ideal for equestrian use.
Phiddy Robertson, handling the sale for CKD Galbraith, said: "Inverness has some truly lovely properties on the market but Leanach House is an absolute gem and a rare opportunity to acquire a piece of historic Scottish land with all the benefits of rurally tranquillity but a lively city less than seven miles away.
"Leanach House is located just a short distance from one of the most significant historical sites in the area, the Clava Cairns Bronze Age burial chambers which is owned and protected by the National Trust for Scotland. The magnificent Culloden Viaduct, lying on the eastern boundary of the property, is also an important landmark in the area.
"As well as the natural and man-made sights in the area there is a wide range of amenities and entertainment available in Inverness which has a strong highland culture mixed with modern theatre and the arts. The immediate countryside also offers endless opportunities for sports and rural recreation in unspoilt surroundings."
Leanach House on the market for offers over 950,000. For further information please contact CKD Galbraith's Inverness office on tel: 01463 224343.