Dail Na Coille
Dail-na-Coille sits in a delightful position, just off the Pitlochry to Braemar (A324) road, within the picturesque and highly desirable town of Pitlochry. The town is situated in the heart of Highland Perthshire, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Pitlochry has been a popular destination for nearly 150 years with rich Victorian heritage and counts Queen Victoria as one of the earliest visitors. Sitting below Ben Vrackie and adjacent to the River Tummel, the bustling town has an excellent range of services available including modern and traditional restaurants and coffee shops, petrol station and garden nursery, book shop, newsagents, chemists, spas and museums. There are also a range of professional service firms, medical centre, dentist and community hospital. Nursery, primary and secondary education is available at Pitlochry High School.
The town is a gold medal winner from the Royal Horticultural Society in the Britain in Bloom campaign and the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, known locally as the 'Theatre in the Hills', is a focal point in Highland Perthshire life with an all year round and varied programme of events. Adjacent to the theatre is Pitlochry's Explorer Gardens which are 6 acres of an extensive collection of trees, shrubs, exotic flowers and resident wildlife. The town is host to many events throughout the year including the Etape Caledonia, Pitlochry Highland Games, the Tummel and Tay Festival and the Enchanted Forest sound and light experience.
The area has an excellent range of diversity with dramatic heather mountains and rolling hills and pasture. Perthshire is renowned as one of Scotland's most magnificent and inspiring areas and provides something for everyone, whether that is adventure, exploring, relaxing, nature or history. The area offers complete escapism and a variety of outdoor pursuits such as walking, cycling, golf, hiking, canoeing and bird watching, and contains a rich and diverse range of wildlife, notably the red squirrel.
For golfers, this particular area of highland Perthshire offers a diverse range of courses including golf at the local 18 hole and 6 hole golf courses with driving range in Pitlochry, nestling on the edge of the town lying over rolling countryside at the foot of Ben-y-Vrackie mountain with beautiful views across the Tummel valley, the 18 hole Aberfeldy Golf Club, established in 1895 which offers a parkland setting where the course is split by the River Tay and access is gained over a striking suspension bridge. Further courses include the 18 hole course at Taymouth Castle, established in 1925 and laid out in the former deer park within the valley of the river Tay which offers spectacular scenery, The Blair Atholl Golf Club which uses the natural contours and landscape making it an easy walking parkland course and the Strathtay golf course, established in 1909 and designed by Captain Steuart of the Ballechin Estate which is a popular wooded parkland course.
Water sports may be enjoyed on Loch Tay at Kenmore where the marina with purpose built facilities offers sailing, canoeing and kayaking and the surrounding hills and glens offer ample routes for hill walking. The magnificent Loch Tay also provides spectacular views, with Ben Lawers located on its north shore, and the river Tay offers excellent salmon fishing. The national cycle network is close by and for the walking enthusiast part of the Rob Roy Way leads from Pitlochry to Strathtay. There are fishing pools on the river Tay at Pincastle, Grandtully and Findynate and there is easy access to the Grandtully rapids.
The local countryside offers a wonderful array of vibrancy during the seasons with Spring bluebell and wild garlic covered woods, striking Autumn colours of reds, oranges and golds and the arrival of the Greylag geese to feed on the grass during the Winter. There is plenty to keep wildlife enthusiasts busy with the local woodlands being home to the red squirrel. Otters, dippers and wagtails can be seen along the riverside and salmon can be seen leaping at The Hermitage, Pitlochry Dam & Salmon Ladder, Soldiers Leap at Killiecrankie and the Linn of Tummel. Higher up the mountains are home to red deer, golden eagles, red grouse and merlin as well as the osprey migrating from western Africa to Scotland each Spring.
Perth is the closest city where a variety of shopping facilities are available from retail parks to well known high street shops, major supermarkets and a variety of independent shops, hospital, railway station, library, health and fitness centres. Independent schools can be found at Strathallan, Morrison's Academy and Glenalmond School for boys and girls, prep schools at Ardvreck and Craigclowan and Kilgraston School for girls. Perth offers an excellent selection of restaurants and places to eat with award winning and renowned local produce.
There is a mainline train station at Pitlochry with direct services to Edinburgh, Inverness, Perth and a sleeper service to London Euston from Dunkeld.
Dail-na-Coille, built circa 1895 is a double fronted stone built detached villa accessed over a sweeping drive leading to ample space for car parking. The house is set back from the road and surrounded by landscaped gardens. The internal accommodation offers plenty of flexible space, with the addition of a self-contained studio incorporated into the house which could be brought back into the main house. The principal sitting room benefits from ornate cornicing, a gas fire, a dual aspect with views onto the gardens and hills beyond. The breakfasting kitchen has a good range of country style Crannog pine units, a Stanley range working the central heating and hot water and doors leading to the patio and garden. There is also a useful pantry cupboard and cupboard with plumbing for a washing machine.
The first floor has three double bedrooms, all of which have an en-suite and two have fitted wardrobes. The front facing master bedroom has a generous dressing room, which could be used as an office or nursery, and the second front facing bedroom has an internal walk-in wardrobe/dressing room. All of the bedrooms have a dual aspect making them naturally light. The Studio, which has been a successful holiday let currently comprises a sitting room / bedroom with ornate cornicing, separate kitchen, a walk in cupboard, bathroom and a rear vestibule with access to the garden. There is a dressing area between the sitting room / bedroom and bathroom.
The Studio could be easily incorporated back into the principal house or used as a separate annexe. To the rear of the house is situated Garden Cottage which comprises a vestibule with a cupboard, sitting room, two bedrooms, bathroom, cupboard with plumbing for a washing machine, kitchen and a shower room.
Garden Cottage has been used as a holiday let and could be continued to be used as this or put to other uses (subject to planning). The garden has been cleverly designed to provide Garden Cottage with its own private area which is secluded from Dail-na-Coille.
The gardens have been beautifully maintained with well established landscaping and is a particularly attractive spring garden, with an abundance of colour from the flowering shrubs and seasonal flowers. There are a variety of mature fruit trees including apricot, pear, plum and cherry and the Moulin burn is an attractive feature running through the garden. A patio area with a pond, accessed direct from the kitchen provides outside space for eating and seating. There is useful storage space within a one car garage and there is a potting shed with a wc.
Should a prospective purchaser wish to run the Studio & Garden Cottage as an ongoing concern, there is potential for this. Historical bookings & income information available on request.