The Old Manse
The Old Manse lies in the hamlet of Kinloch, some 2 miles to the west of Blairgowrie in the beautiful and sought after county of Perthshire. Sheltered in the Lunan Valley, The Old Manse enjoys a southerly and westerly aspect overlooking its gardens and grounds.
Blairgowrie offers extensive services and facilities including supermarkets, individual retailers, two doctors' surgeries, cottage hospital, banks, primary and secondary schools and library. New tennis courts have also recently opened in the centre of Blairgowrie. The historic Royal Burgh of Dunkeld lies approximately 10 miles to the west, with its ancient Cathedral on the banks of the River Tay and the Dunkeld House Hotel providing a swimming pool and leisure facilities to members. There is also a railway station providing regular services to the north and south as well as sleeper service to London.
The city of Perth can be reached in approximately a half an hour journey by car and provides national retailers, hospital, banks, restaurants, cinema, theatre, concert hall and both railway and bus stations, with the independent schools of Craigclowan, Kilgraston, Strathallan and Glenalmond close by.
Dundee, known as the City of Discovery (approximately 25 miles south-east), is comfortably positioned from The Old Manse and offers two universities, shopping centres, the private High School of Dundee and an airport with regular links to London Stansted. Edinburgh and Glasgow, both with international airports, lie to the south and are reached in approximately an hour and fifteen minutes by car.
The Old Manse is ideally positioned for many of the outdoor activities Perthshire offers. There are numerous walks in the surrounding hills and glens, whilst the Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve nearby offers the opportunity to observe deer, red squirrels, woodland birds, wild fowl and Ospreys. For the golfer there is the Championship Rosemount Course at Blairgowrie whilst Dunkeld provides an 18-hole course with further courses available in Perth. The ski slopes of Glenshee can be reached conveniently to the north, whilst both fishing and shooting can be taken locally.
The Old Manse is a delightful 'B' listed Georgian former Manse of stone construction under a slated roof with astragal sash and case windows. It is understood the original Manse dates from the mid 18th Century with the southern Georgian addition dating back to the early 19th Century. The house is a fine example of Georgian architecture with many period features throughout, including cornicing, panelled doors with some original door furniture, tall astragal sash and case windows with working shutters, period fireplaces all complimented by the pleasing scale and proportions of the rooms found in homes of this age.
The Old Manse offers an impressive entrance with the central staircase hall with its sweeping staircase and from where the principal reception rooms and kitchen are reached. The elegant drawing room enjoys both a southerly and westerly aspect centred on a marble fireplace whilst the sitting room, with its southerly and easterly aspect, is a most welcoming and bright room and alternatively may be used as a formal dining room. The study is well proportioned and could equally be a snug, playroom or dining room. Lying to the rear of the house is the light and good sized breakfasting kitchen with fitted floor and wall cupboards with a spacious dining area with AGA and lovely westerly views over the gardens to the hills beyond. In addition there is a practical utility room with storage off, together with a cloakroom off the entrance hallway. The ground floor accommodation offers impressive and very flexible living space for entertaining and modern family living.
The bedrooms all lie on the first floor and are reached by either of the two staircases. There are three bedrooms which all enjoy a southerly aspect with the further two overlooking the west garden and onto the hills beyond. They are serviced by a family bathroom and shower room with a walk-through dressing room leading to the fifth bedroom.
The accommodation over two floors comprises:
Vestibule, Inner Hall, Cloakroom, Two Staircases, Hall, Sitting Room, Study, Drawing Room, Side Lobby, Breakfasting Kitchen, Rear Lobby, Utility Room with cupboard off.
Landing, Principal bedroom, 4 further bedrooms, Walk-through dressing room, bathroom, separate WC, Shower room.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The Old Manse sits within extensive gardens and grounds extending to about 2.67 acres. A tree lined drive leads to a gravelled sweep lying to the east of the house, giving ample parking and leading directly to the garage. A path flanked by a pretty border and lawn, leads to the west garden which is principally down to lawn with an extensive terrace, well stocked borders and partly enclosed by a traditional stone wall. A raised terrace gives an ideal seating area from which to look out over the garden and onto the outstanding views of the hills and loch beyond. The garden to the north is down to lawn with a number of mature Beech trees, practical log store and a small second pony paddock beyond. To the south is the principal pony paddock extending to about 1.30 acres and fully enclosed by a stock proof fence.
Take the A923 (Dunkeld Road) heading west from Blairgowrie. After approximately 2 miles the drive to The Old Manse is found on the right hand side as you enter the hamlet of Kinloch.