Thriepley House lies a short distance inland from Dundee on the east coast of Scotland and within about 65 miles of Edinburgh and Aberdeen and some 79 miles to Glasgow, the three principal cities of Scotland. All three cities can be accessed easily both by road and by rail from Dundee whilst the airport in Dundee provides regular services to London Stansted airport. The River Tay and the Carse of Gowrie lie to the south and the renowned farmland of Strathmore immediately to the north, with the Grampian Mountains beyond.
Dundee, known as the 'City of Discovery,' provides an excellent range of shops and professional services together with leisure facilities and the two universities of both Dundee and Abertay. Dundee is an established centre of excellence in education and life sciences. The waterfront is the home to RRS Discovery which was the last traditional wooden three masted ship to be built in Britain and took Robert Scott and Arnold Shackleton on their first successful journey to the Antarctic. The waterfront will be further enhanced with the addition of the new Victoria and Albert Museum of Design which is due to open in 2018.Nearby private schools include the High School of Dundee and St Leonards in St Andrews with further independent schools available in both Perthshire and Edinburgh. There is a primary school in Birkhill whilst secondary schools can be found in both Dundee and Monifieth. Thriepley is well positioned for a wide array for outdoor pursuits. Walking may be enjoyed both from the Sidlaw Hills and further afield in the Grampian and Cairngorm Mountains to the north. For the winter sport enthusiast the ski slopes at Glenshee are about 35 miles journey by car to the north. There are numerous golf courses within a comfortable distance of Thriepley including the championship courses of Carnoustie and St Andrews together with the local 18-hole course at Piperdam. Sailing can be enjoyed on the Tay Estuary and around the coast whilst shooting and stalking may be taken locally, as well as salmon fishing on the Rivers Tay, North Esk and South Esk.
Thriepley is situated on the southern side of the Sidlaw Hills occupying an elevated position overlooking the Round Loch. Extending to some 75.91 acres, the land includes immaculate and well-tended gardens and policies together with farmland, woodland and the Round Loch. Thriepley House is the core of the land formerly known as Kinpurnie Estate which is renowned across Scotland as an outstanding high pheasant shoot. In addition, fishing may be enjoyed on the Round Loch. The carefully managed and maintained woodland on the estate extends to approximately 22.14 acres and provides wonderful amenity and privacy.
Thriepley House dates back to the 1800s and is an exquisite and extremely comfortable house. Originally a modest farmhouse, it has evolved into the magnificent principal estate residence of today with an attractive tower in the style of the Scottish architect, Robert Lorimer, forming a distinguishing feature.
There are four reception rooms, library, study, well-appointed kitchen and breakfast room on the ground floor. On the first floor are the master bedroom suite, four further double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a shower room, together with three bedrooms, sitting room, shower room and kitchenette which have been used as a wing for children. Within the tower are a further bedroom, bathroom and store. The outbuildings, which form the east side of a gravelled courtyard, have been adapted to provide a suite of rooms for entertaining; a stunning orangery used as a dining room overlooks the immaculate Italianate gardens which have been meticulously planned and developed to create an ambience that one might enjoy in Continental Europe. There is garaging for three cars, a laundry and a number of stores for fuel, garden and estate equipment. A traditional cottage has been converted to a guest annexe and provides two further bedrooms and bathrooms.
The gardens at Thriepley are a particularly fine and notable feature. The exquisite terraced gardens to the rear of Thriepley House have been created over the last 20 years and must rank amongst the finest in Scotland. The three tiers of terraces draw on a wide spectrum of design influence. The garden design involved huge personal input from the owner with ideas and designs which were then formalised with the aid of an artist and an architect.
The result is a formal, yet relaxing outdoor space, where water, in the form of rills and fountains, is a keynote. Described in an article by Caroline Beck in House and Garden (June 2013) as an "amalgam of Italian and Moorish design - a sort of melange of the great gardens of the Medici and the Alhambra in Granada", it also possesses elements drawn from the Taj Mahal and Versailles Palace. One area, outside the orangery, has been designed for outdoor entertaining, with a charming "sitooterie" on the top tier of the garden where the lawn can accommodate a marquee for larger gatherings. Lying immediately to the front of Thriepley House is a terrace, leading on to an extensive sweeping lawn down to the Round Loch. The gardens are bounded by a fine collection of deciduous trees with a gravelled drive to the south.
Lying immediately to the west of Thriepley House is the Round Loch, a haven to a variety of wildlife and other water birds. The loch provides an exciting sporting opportunity and also a charming place to enjoy the flora and fauna. A fishing syndicate, believed to be one of the oldest in Scotland, has an annual lease of the Round Loch.
The farmland extends to approximately 75.91 acres in total and can be analysed as follows:
Thriepley House, gardens & policies 8.01 acres
Round Loch 15.07 acres
Arable 24.74 acres
Woodlands 22.14 acres
Other 5.96 acres
Total 75.91 acres
Most of the farmland is currently let on grazing and cropping leases until the end of October 2015.
From Dundee take the A923 road for Coupar Angus and on entering Muirhead turn right onto the B954 road signposted for Alyth. After approximately 3 miles turn left onto the minor road opposite the small bus shelter and the entrance to Thriepley House will be reached in approximately one mile.