The Garden Cottage
The Garden Cottage was built in the 1950s of harled brick under a slate roof. It is a simple but charming house with a south facing aspect situated in the middle of an exceptional garden.
The accommodation, which has double glazed windows and electric heating, is conveniently arranged on one floor and comprises a sitting room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms and bathroom. There is clear potential to extend the living space subject to planning consent on account of the large plot and the uncomplicated structure.
The garden faces almost due south and on a gentle slope. Dunnichen's tall trees protect from the south and west, partially from the north; the half acre garden slopes gently south and is protected from the east by a 9ft high stone wall. There was previously an orchard on the site but only a single apple tree remained when the seller bought the property 42 years ago. It is at least 25ft high and still bearing fruit.
Most of the planning and planting has taken place below the cottage. To balance the apple tree there is a cherry tree, a little less tall but much wider in span, and a Eucryphia with white flowers in August from top to toe. Short lengths of beech and yew hedging are used within the garden and mown grass surrounds the large plantings. Visitors often admire the shape of the garden even in bleak winter with little colour to be seen. This has been developed to surround large beds holding a few small trees and choice shrubs including cornus species, hydrangeas, exochorda, kolkwitzia, azaleas and grasses. Gravel paths have been formed to encourage closer exploration of the plants.
Herbaceous plants are a particular love of the seller and the garden includes a wide collection.
The Garden Cottage is situated in a quiet, sheltered location in the small settlement of Dunnichen, some 4 miles east of Forfar. The village of Letham lies about 1 mile away and provides good local shops and amenities including a primary school, whilst Forfar, the county town of Angus, has a wider range of shopping, medical, educational and commercial facilities including several supermarkets and a well - regarded secondary school.
Dundee is a major regional centre with numerous leisure amenities including a swimming pool, theatres, multi-screen cinemas and the soon to be completed Victorian and Albert Museum of Design. Edinburgh Airport is within a 90 minute drive from the property at off-peak times and there are regular flights to London and Amsterdam from Dundee Airport. Frequent rail services from Dundee station serve the north and south including direct daytime and overnight connections to London.
For the outdoor enthusiast Angus and Perthshire offer numerous opportunities. There is hill-walking in the Grampians, salmon fishing on the Tay, South Esk and North Esk, sailing on the Tay Estuary, downhill ski-ing at Glenshee and golf at Forfar, Carnoustie, Kirriemuir and Edzell.
Local historic attractions include Restenneth Priory, the site of the Battle of Nechtansmere (685 AD), Arbroath Abbey and Glamis Castle.