Balhomie occupies a superb site protected by its own grounds and lying above the River Tay in the heart of Perthshire. The city of Perth lies some 10 miles to the south and offers an extensive range of services including ...
Balhomie occupies a superb site protected by its own grounds and lying above the River Tay in the heart of Perthshire. The city of Perth lies some 10 miles to the south and offers an extensive range of services including both national and independent retailers, banks, railway station, modern concert hall, popular theatre, cinema, library and hospital. The national motorway network can be accessed at Perth with day and night rail services to London available from the Perth Railway Station. Edinburgh, which offers a comprehensive array of all facilities, lies about 52 miles to the south whilst its international airport can be reached within an hours drive by car from Balhomie. Flights to both London City and Stanstead are available from nearby Dundee airport which is about 28 miles distant. In addition Dundee, known as The City of Discovery, also offers shopping centres, two universities, Ninewells hospital and will be home of the new
V & A Museum which is to be sited on the waterfront and due to open in 2018.
Balhomie is well positioned for a number of independent schools including, Craigclowan, Kilgraston, Strathallan, Glenalmond, Morrisons Academy and Ardvrek. All are within a comfortable school run from Balhomie.
Perthshire is a county boasting a wealth of recreational activities, many of which are within a comfortable distance of Balhomie. Sport may be taken locally with Balhomie sitting just above the famous River Tay which provides exceptional salmon fishing. For the golfer there are numerous courses closeby including Dunkeld, Perth, the championship courses of Rosemount and Landsdowne at Blairgowrie and three championship courses at Gleneagles. The ski slopes of Glenshee lie to the north and can be reached in about an hours journey by car whilst for the walker there are many pportunities for hill walking and mountaineering in the Grampians.
Balhomie is a magnificent Scots Baronial C Listed country house built in 1901. It has a harled exterior under a slated roof and with its crow steps, turrets, fine dressed stone architectural details and astragal sash and case windows it is very much the quintessential Scottish country house. Balhomie was built by Lord Ernest and Lady Moon as a shooting lodge and it is understood the situation of the house was chosen during a picnic when Lady Moon expressed her love of the view and so Lord Moon built a house on the very same site. Balhomie was originally much greater in size until the 1980s when the previous owners removed the north wing to create a house of more manageable proportions. The current owners sympathetically created a new north wing in the 1990s comprising the practical and good sized boot room, pantry and sewing room.
The interior of Balhomie very much mirrors its fine and attractive exterior. There are wonderful period features throughout including polished wooden floors, panelled doors with original door furniture, cornicing, cast iron radiators and fireplaces all complimented by the pleasing scale of the rooms. It has been fully re-furbished with contemporary and in-keeping kitchen and bathroom fittings and is in excellent decorative order. The principal reception rooms are reached from the finely proportioned staircase hall, with galleried landing, centred on an open fire with attractive mantle, polished wooden floors and the finely carved sweeping staircase. The elegant drawing room, with fine cornicing and ceiling rose, enjoys a southerly and westerly outlook and is centred on a stone fireplace. The delightful and cosy sitting room sits between the drawing room and dining room and looks out over the garden. The well proportioned dining room benefits from a double aspect and a bay window together with a polished wooden floor. The breakfasting kitchen is very much the heart of the house with traditional style fitted cupboards and glass fronted cabinets, painted wood panelling and a four oven Aga. A door leads to the adjacent butlers pantry/utility room. The study enjoys a quiet position beyond the staircase hall with the sewing room, practical boot room, larder and rear hall all found within the new north wing.
The bedrooms lie on the first floor. The principal suite comprises a light and well proportioned bedroom, good sized bathroom and dressing room. There are four further bedrooms serviced by two family bathrooms.
The accommodation, over two floors, comprises:
Entrance Hall. Staircase Hall. Dining Room. Sitting Room. Drawing Room. Breakfasting Kitchen. Butlers Pantry/ Utility Room. Study. Sewing Room. Cloakroom. Boot Room. Larder. Rear Hall.
Principal Suite with Bedroom, Dressing Room and Bathroom. Four further Bedrooms. Two Bathrooms. Linen Cupboard.
The well tended gardens at Balhomie are delightful and form a wonderful backdrop and setting to the house. Extending to about 3.79 acres the gardens surround Balhomie providing privacy and protection and are approached by a sweeping drive that leads to an extensive parking area to the east, flanked by a well stocked rhododendron and azalea bank giving a wonderful array of colour in the late spring months. A terraced lawn lies to the south with attractive views over the River Tay with stone steps leading down to the long, well stocked herbaceous borders. An orchard lies immediately to the west with productive fruit trees of apple, plum and crab apple. To the north is an enclosed former kitchen garden, with original glass houses, summer house and gravelled path flanked by lawns on the site of the former productive beds.
Lying immediately to the north of Balhomie is a delightful stone outbuilding with harled exterior and slated ogee roof providing a garden store.
The Old Stables
Situated close to the Onion House are the former stables, of stone construction under a slated roof. It now provides a workshop and useful store.