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Dalmunzie

Glenshee, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH10 7QE
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£4,000,000
Diverse sporting estate in spectacular Highland scenery
About 6,500 acres (2,630 ha) in all
Contemporary principal residence with 7 bedrooms
Dower house with 4 bedrooms
6 additional holiday cottages
Gamekeeper's cottage
Estate steading
Red deer stalking averaging 35 stags
Walked up grouse shooting averaging 192 brace
Nine hole golf course and tennis court
In bye and hill grazings
About 588 acres (238 ha) woodland
EPC= E-G

SITUATION
Dalmunzie (pronounced Dalmungie) lies in a spectacular location in Highland Perthshire just to the north-west of Spittal of Glenshee. It is bounded by Invercauld to the east, Fealar to the north and Glenfernate and Dirnanean to
the west, all well-known sporting estates.

Dalmunzie is unusually accessible for an estate of its kind being, less than a two hour drive from Edinburgh Airport, which provides a wide range of flights to UK, Continental and North American destinations.

Blairgowrie, some 20 miles to the south, has an excellent selection of local shops whilst the larger regional centres of Perth and Dundee are within easy reach. Daytime and overnight rail services to London are available from both and from Pitlochry. Dundee Airport offers flights to and from London Stansted. Perth Airport at Scone can accommodate small private aeroplanes (runway 850m) whilst Dundee Airport caters for larger light aircraft.

Perthshire has a particularly wide choice of private day and boarding schools including Glenalmond, Strathallan, Ardvreck (Crieff), Morrison's Academy (Crieff), Craigclowan (Perth) and Kilgraston (Bridge of Earn). Dalmunzie is within the catchment area for Kirkmichael Primary School and Blairgowrie
High School.

In addition to the sport offered by the estate the area has an unrivalled range of sporting and leisure facilities. These include the extensive downhill skiing centre at Glenshee only 6 miles from the property, salmon fishing on the Rivers Tay and Ericht, championship golf courses at Rosemount (Blairgowrie), Carnoustie, Gleneagles and St. Andrews together with hill
walking in the Grampians and the Cairngorms National Park.

DESCRIPTION
Dalmunzie is a traditional sporting estate lying within the Cairngorms National Park and offering a diverse range of sport and outdoor leisure pursuits together with good quality farmland, woodlands and a successful holiday letting business. Unusually for a property of this type it has a contemporary principal residence which offers comfortable family and/or guest accommodation of a high quality. It stands in a commanding south facing location with outstanding views down the glen. The original lodge is now a hotel and in separate ownership.

Seven of the estate houses and cottages are currently let out to holidaymakers and provide useful annual income. They are very well equipped and furnished and attract significant repeat business. They range from the spacious Dower House, which sleeps eight, to the enchanting Lochsie Cottage, a romantic hideaway with an unusual and quirky open plan living room/bedroom and cosy open fireplace.

The sport at Dalmunzie is exciting and varied. The red deer stalking is challenging and produces an average of 35 stags and 26 hinds per annum. The ground is best suited to walked-up rather than driven grouse shooting. There is a good stock on the estate and an average of 192 brace has been shot over the past 5 years. Ptarmigan are found on the high tops, the highest point of the estate being the summit of Glas Tulaichean, a Munro standing 3448 feet above sea level. The lower ground provides excellent topography for the development of a driven pheasant and partridge shoot. About 8 roe bucks and 14 does are culled annually. Falconry is also popular and generates sporting and holiday cottage revenue.

The private nine hole golf course is an unusual asset for an estate. There are some spectacular challenging holes. The tennis court is situated close to the Dalmunzie Hotel.

The lower ground on the estate provides productive grazing for livestock. There are about 90 acres of in bye land and this, together with the hill grazings, is let on an annual grazing licence to a local farmer.

The woodlands comprise, in the main, three blocks of commercial timber planted between 1974 and 1979 and younger plantations of native species and conifer shelter belts.

The sport, the holiday cottages, the grazing land and the golf course are all serviced from the estate steading, which is situated at Glenlochsie Farm in the middle of the estate. These buildings include the game larder, laundry and extensive general storage.

Up until the 1970s the hill ground was accessed by a remarkable private railway, which connected the former Dalmunzie Lodge (now The Dalmunzie Hotel) with Glenlochsie Lodge, a ruin lying close to the centre of the hill ground. Powered by a petrol engined locomotive this railway provided a most unusual means of
access to and from the hill for stalkers, deer, game and provisions. The engine and rolling stock, which are replicas of those used on the Western Front during the First World War, remain on the estate and are available for purchase at valuation.

DUNGRUMPIN HOUSE
Dungrumpin is a most striking contemporary house in a commanding position with outstanding views down the glen.

Designed by Roche & Darge Architects, Dungrumpin was completed in June 2005. It is constructed of a timber frame with harled and wood clad exterior under slated roofs.

Dungrumpin is a wonderfully light and bright house providing excellent family and guest accommodation. The principal reception rooms and bedrooms all enjoy spectacular views.

The entrance hall leads to the open plan dining room and kitchen. The dining area has a wood burning stove and full height, floor to ceiling, southeast facing window. The kitchen is well fitted and enjoys a double aspect and includes a range cooker and walk in larder. The drawing room lies off the dining area and is a delightful room with an open fireplace.

The practical boot room, utility room, cloakroom, spacious playroom and integral workshop and garage complete the ground floor.

The bedrooms are all found on the first floor and are reached by the broad staircase leading directly to the landing. The principal bedroom, with its double aspect, has an en suite bathroom whilst the six further bedrooms are serviced by two family bathrooms. The galleried landing provides a practical study area with excellent storage space.

Dungrumpin is fully insulated, double glazed and centrally heated by an oil
fired boiler.

Outside there is a simple and easy to maintain Highland garden with lawns, terrace and gravelled parking area.

THE DOWER HOUSE
The Dower House is situated in a prominent position, with spectacular southerly views down the glen and across towards the tops of Ben Earb and Meall Uaine. Of stone construction and with its Baronial style turret, The Dower House is surprisingly spacious and can accommodate a party of eight, with a further bunk room suitable for children.

The well-proportioned accommodation is arranged over two floors and offers ample space for family living or for entertaining.

Having until recently been used by a member of the estate owner's family, The Dower House is now used as an additional holiday let and could be further extended subject to planning consent if required.

THE HOLIDAY COTTAGES
The Dalmunzie holiday cottage business is now well established, having been operated by the current owners for over 40 years. The number of repeat bookings is testament to the success of this business which benefits from year round trade due to the proximity of the Glenshee ski centre. It turns over in the region of £80,000 per annum. The cottages have been awarded
2/3 stars by Visit Scotland. They are traditional stone built houses which are regularly upgraded. They have modern fitted kitchens, bathrooms with showers, open fires and Sky TV. All have double glazing and spectacular views.

Gate Lodge (North and South)
The Gate Lodge is situated at the entrance to the estate and has been divided into two dwellings.

The Gate Lodge North is on two floors, with an open plan kitchen/dining room and sitting room on the ground floor, two double bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.

The Gate Lodge South is on a single storey with two bedrooms, bathroom, and an open plan kitchen, dining and sitting room with open fire.

Dalmunzie Cottage
This cottage has retained many of its period features including the crow step gable.

The accommodation is arranged over two floors, with a kitchen/dining room, sitting room and double bedroom on the ground floor, and two double bedrooms, WC and bathroom on the first floor.

Glenlochsie
Refurbished in 2014, Glenlochsie has two double bedrooms, together with a kitchen, a sitting/dining room and bathroom.

Sauchmore
Situated adjacent to the estate steading, Sauchmore is ideal for families, with two double bedrooms upstairs and a double bedroom, kitchen, sitting/dining room and bathroom
on the ground floor.

Lochsie
Accessed via its own driveway, Lochsie has a sun porch to the front and an unusual open plan sitting room/bedroom with an open fire and separate kitchen and bathroom.

THE SPORT
Stalking
The principal sporting activity on Dalmunzie is deer stalking. The ground is varied and challenging rising from the floor of Glenlochsie to 3448 feet above sea level at the summit of Glas Tulaichean. It includes five corries. A west wind is ideal and the hill is usually stalked by one rifle and the current five year average cull is 35 stags and about 26 hinds. A hill road, passable by 4 x 4 vehicles, leads from the estate yard to Glenlochsie Lodge and beyond. Removal of deer is currently carried out using quad bikes. The estate is a member of the West Grampian Deer Management Group.

Grouse shooting
Much of the hill provides excellent habitat for grouse and there is a good stock on the ground which is best suited to walking up. There are six
separate beats which have produced an average of 192 brace per annum over the past five years, with 291 brace in 2014. For the fit and energetic, ptarmigan on the high tops offer exciting sport.

Low ground sport
The woodlands and the low ground are home to a resident population of roe deer which offer additional stalking throughout the year. In recent years a small number of pheasants have been released on the low ground. The combination of the topography and the plantations is ideal for showing birds of a high quality and there is significant potential to develop this activity.

Fishing
The Shee Water, which forms part of the north eastern boundary of the estate, contains brown trout. The salmon fishing rights are not owned by the sellers. There is a small loch which is stocked with Brown Trout at the southern end of the estate.

The estate gamekeeper currently lives in Leanach Cottage which is situated
at the south eastern end of the property. It is a single storey, traditional cottage with new double glazed porch, living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and bathroom.

THE GOLF COURSE
This is an unusual asset for a sporting estate and offers family, guests and paying customers an interesting alternative to field sports. It is a nine hole course with a total length of 2099 yards.

There are a number of spectacular holes including the first tee sitting high above the Glenlochsie Burn over which the ball is driven. The course record is 29. The estate maintains the course.

THE FARMLAND
The best land lies on the west bank of the Shee Water at the eastern end of the estate. There are a number of well fenced enclosures which include about 90 acres of good quality permanent pasture. Historically a flock of
1,000 ewes was carried on the estate. However the farmland and the hill grazings have been let in recent years on an annual grazing licence. The current stocking is about 450 ewes and 100 suckler cows.

The in bye land and the hill grazings are designated as being in Payment
Regions 1 & 2 for Basic Payment Scheme purposes. No Basic Payment
Scheme Entitlement will be available for transfer to the buyer. The majority of the land is designated as being in the Less Favoured Area (category B) and therefore is eligible for subsidy claims under the Less Favoured Area
Support Scheme.

THE WOODLANDS (see compartment schedule)
The woodlands on Dalmunzie comprise a valuable and attractive combination of mid to late rotation commercial timber and young native pine and broadleaf plantations.

A Forest Design Plan was prepared in 2013 which outlines the estate's management objectives for the woodland until 2033. Copies are available from the selling agents.

There are three large blocks of mainly Sitka Spruce, the largest of which (compartment 1) is due for felling.

The native pine and broadleaf plantations are in the main well established and provide good habitat and shelter for wildlife.

FARM AND ESTATE BUILDINGS
A traditional range of stone farm buildings provides excellent storage for farm and estate equipment as well as a room that has been converted to form the estate office. Subject to obtaining the necessary consents, these
buildings may have potential for conversion to an alternative use, such as the provision of further holiday let units.

• Lean to (19.4m x 4.5m)
• General purpose shed (19.4m x 5.5m)
• Former cattle court (18.9m x 10.1m)
• Workshop (10.99m x 5.5m)
• Office
• Coal Shed
• Open Barn (13.8m x 10.1m)
• Nissan hut (8.8m x 4.6m)
• Sheep fank situated above the golf course

A stone bothy located adjacent to the farm buildings provides a game larder with refrigeration unit, laundry room and WC, all of which are accessed separately.

• Stalking larder and fridge unit (5.6m x 2.6m)
• Laundry (2.7m x 2.7m)
• WC (2.8m x 1.4m)

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