Foswell is an enchanting Perthshire Estate extending to some 1,244.67 acres (503.69 hectares). It rises from the low ground (120 metres) of ploughable and pasture through grazing ground and both amenity and commercial woodlands and on …
Foswell is an enchanting Perthshire Estate extending to some 1,244.67 acres (503.69 hectares). It rises from the low ground (120 metres) of ploughable and pasture through grazing ground and both amenity and commercial woodlands and on to the hill including Maller Hill and Steeles Knowe (485 metres), at its highest point.
At its core lies Foswell House, a most striking 18th century principal house with sympathetic additions by successive generations resulting in the delightful country house of today. It stands in charming and extensive policies.
There are three estate cottages, together with the traditional outbuildings to the rear of the house, including a former chauffeurs cottage, which following renovation works, could provide a fourth secondary house. Further, there is both a modern agricultural shed and a useful timber outbuilding.
Foswell Estate lies in a secluded position to the south of the popular rural town of Auchterarder in the heart of the productive and highly scenic county of Perthshire.
Auchterarder provides for all day-to-day requirements with a traditional high street providing a wealth of shops including butchers, well stocked small supermarket, bank, post office, library, ironmonger and chemists together with both primary and secondary schools, health centre, cottage hospital, churches and a vibrant community with many societies and clubs.
The Fair City of Perth lies approximately 14 miles to the east and caters for most requirements including national retailers, restaurants, modern concert hall, popular theatre, cinema, leisure pool, ice rink and both railway and bus stations.
There are a number of independent schools within daily commuting distance of Foswell. These include Morrisons Academy and Ardvreck Preparatory School both in Crieff, Craigclowan Preparatory School in Perth, Kilgraston and Strathallan near Perth and Glenalmond to the north.
Foswell Estate enjoys a highly accessible location being within about a 5 minute journey by car to reach the A9 dual carriageway which links Perth to the east, Stirling to the west and the north of Scotland. The M9 and M90 both link to the A9 giving swift access to Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively. Gleneagles railway station provides regular daily services north and south, including the daily and sleeper services to London. Further services are available from both Perth and Dunblane whilst the international airports of Glasgow and Edinburgh can be reached in under an hours journey by car, together with Dundee Airport, which provides regular services to Stansted.
The county of Perthshire offers the outdoor enthusiast an extensive array of activities. There are many walking routes in the surrounding hills and glens together with winter sports at Glenshee, lying about 1½ hours drive to the north. Fishing, shooting and stalking can be enjoyed not only on Foswell itself but can also be taken on other estates within the county. For the golfer numerous courses are close by including 3 championship golf courses at Gleneagles Hotel with Auchterarder offering its own 18 hole course. Loch Earn, lying some 27 miles to the north-west, has a sailing club with further water sports available at Lochearnhead. Perth Racecourse, close to the historical Scone Palace, offers meets throughout the year together with the Scottish Polo Club.
Foswell House has a most pleasing exterior of stone under a slated roof with crow steps, chimneys and astragal sash and case windows. On entering, the period features abound and include wood panelling, cornicing, panelled doors, fireplaces and an attractive staircase. Foswell is a comfortable family home with the rooms lying over split levels giving a house of great charm.
The hall and inner hall are most welcoming with a staircase leading down to the dining room, a well proportioned room enjoying a triple aspect and an open fire with a splendid timber mantlepiece. The drawing room lies directly above and is a room of similar scale and proportions and enjoys outstanding views over the surrounding countryside. Lying to the south is the study known formerly as the smoking room; with its box window, fireplace and wood panelling it is a cosy and warm room which could equally be used as a bedroom or snug.
The recently renovated kitchen has fitted floor and wall cupboards built from Foswell Estate wood and centred on a four oven Aga, making it very much the heart of the house. Lying immediately off the hall and conveniently next to the kitchen is the breakfast room, which could equally be used as the family room or play room.
The bedrooms lie over the first floor and are serviced by three bathrooms and a shower room. Integrated in the west side of Foswell House is a separate flat providing two rooms, kitchenette and bathroom. It requires refurbishing but could become an annex to the principal house, let as a holiday unit, staff accommodation or equally integrated fully to provide further rooms to the principal house.
The accommodation of Foswell House comprises:
Ground Floor: Vestibule. Hall. Inner Hall. Dining Room. Breakfast Room. Kitchen. Cloakroom. Pantry. Larder. Boiler Room.
First Floor: Drawing Room. Study. Gym. 5 Bedrooms. 3 Bathrooms. Potential Annex Flat with 2 Rooms. Kitchenette & Bathroom.
Second Floor: Bedroom. Shower Room. Former Study. Stores.
Attached and lying immediately to the south of Foswell House are the following outbuildings:
Former Gun Room. Store. Log Store. Workshop. Former Coach House. Double Garage. Former Chauffeurs Cottage with 3 Rooms.
To the north of Foswell House is a timber outbuilding.
Foswell House lies within a sheltered garden with an extensive gravel sweep to the front bounded by an attractive low stone wall. Steps lead down to a lawn edged with a fine collection of specimen trees and shrubs and planted with a mass of daffodils and narcissi giving a great splash of colour in the spring. To the east is a woodland which in the late spring months provides a wonderful display of bluebells, with the former flower garden lying in a beautifully sheltered position to the south-west, with a stone wall and accessed by a wrought iron gate.
Beyond the drive and to the west is the former kitchen garden which is enclosed by mature hedging and with a programme of works could be reinstated.
West Cottage lies immediately to the south-west of Foswell House. It is a Doran bungalow under a tiled roof providing the following accommodation: Hall. Sitting Room. Kitchen. 3 Bedrooms. Bathroom.
A garden surrounds West Cottage with a parking area to the east leading on to a lawned garden enclosed by a fence. West Cottage is vacant.
Situated to the west of Foswell House is Sawmill Cottage. It is a traditional stone built cottage lying under a slated roof. The accommodation comprises: Hall. Sitting Room. Kitchen. 2 Bedrooms. Bathroom.
Sawmill Cottage sits within its own garden lying principally to the south-east and west. It is down to lawn with a number of shrubs and trees. Sawmill Cottage is vacant.
Bellshill Cottage lies to the south of Foswell House. It is a traditional stone built cottage lying under a slated roof. The accommodation over one floor comprises: Hall. Sitting Room. Kitchen. 2 Bedrooms. Bathroom.
Lying immediately to the west of Bellshill Cottage is a traditional outbuilding of stone construction under a corrugated roof.
Bellshill Cottage is included in the lease of Bellshill Farm which is let under a Short Limited Duration Tenancy and expires on 31st December 2015.
AGRICULTURAL OUTBUILDING (18m X 9.04m)
Lying to the south of Bellshill Cottage is a modern general purpose agricultural shed which was constructed approximately 15 years ago. It is serviced by electricity, has an earth floor and combination walls of part block, timber and box profile with a box profile roof.
It is occupied under the Short Limited Duration Tenancy within the lease of Bellshill Farm, which expires on 31st December 2015 when the agricultural shed will become vacant.
STOCK HANDLING OUTBUILDING
Lying to the south west of the secondary drive is an L-shaped covered stock handling outbuilding of timber construction, with cattle race, sheep bath and hard standing area.
The land at Foswell extends in total to about 1,244.67 acres (503.69 hectares) or thereby. It lies between 120 metres and 485 metres above sea level, is classified as Grade 3(2) on the low ground, Grade 4(1) immediately surrounding Foswell House before rising to Grade 5 and 6 on the hill ground, all as classified under the James Hutton Institute.
The land is principally let as two farming units under two leases to the same neighbouring farmer. They comprise:
Bellshill Farm is let under a Short Limited Duration Tenancy. The lease includes predominantly the ground immediately surrounding Foswell House to the north, east and south and includes the hill ground. Further it includes the modern agricultural shed, Bellshill Cottage and Bellshill outbuilding. The Short Limited Duration Tenancy will expire on 31st December 2015.
Eind is let on a Limited Duration Tenancy until 14th April 2021. Land under this lease lies predominantly to the west, north west and south west of Foswell House.
The woodlands at Foswell extend to about 118 acres and provide both amenity, sport and potential future income from timber sales.
Four areas were clear felled and replanted in 2011/2012. These areas are the subject of a SRDP Rural Priorities contract, which will receive the final instalment (£1483) of Restructuring Felling grant in 2016 (claimed June 2015). Some selective felling was carried out within a small area (0.37 hectares) adjacent to the boat house in 2011. Natural regeneration has started to develop within this area. The new owner will be obliged to ensure that these sites re-establish to the satisfaction of the Forestry Commission. Copies of the woodland map, compartment schedule and SRDP Rural Priorities contract are available from the Selling Agent on request.
A lochan of about 2.79 acres nestles in the hill behind Foswell House. Built by the Haldane family in 1908, it has always played an important part in life at Foswell. It is secluded and fairly well sheltered and has been periodically stocked with first-class brown trout ever since. Besides fishing it offers the opportunity for boating, swimming, and duck-flighting.
Foswell Estate offers a variety of sport, which has been enjoyed by the current owners on an informal basis including a rough pheasant shoot, roe stalking and duck flighting. The topography of the lands provide the opportunity to develop a driven pheasant shoot and there is the potential to re-establish grouse shooting on the high hill.