Strathgarry sits within a delightful position in the heart of Highland Perthshire, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The town of Pitlochry lies some 5½ miles to the south east and has been a popular destination for nearly 150 years with rich Victorian heritage. Sitting below Ben Vrackie and adjacent to the River Tummel, the bustling town has an excellent range of services available including restaurants and coffee shops, petrol station and garden nursery, book shop, newsagents and chemists. There are also a range of professional service firms, medical centre, dentist and community hospital.
The town is a gold medal winner from the Royal Horticultural Society in the Britain in Bloom campaign and the Pitlochry Festival Theatre is a focal point with an all year round and varied programme of events. The town is host to many events throughout the year including the Pitlochry Highland Games, the Tummel and Tay Festival and the Enchanted Forest sound and light experience. Blair Atholl, home to Blair Atholl Castle - the venue for the annual Blair Atholl horse trials, is found some 4.5 miles to the north west and offers a village shop, hotel and railway station, with daily services to the north and south, together with a sleeper service to London. House of Bruar can be reached in about a 15 minute journey by car to the north west.
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. The Loch Tummel Sailing Club is located at Foss for those interested in water sports and the skier has the benefit of being able to access the slopes at Glenshee and Aviemore.
For golfers, this particular area of Highland Perthshire offers a diverse range of 18 hole courses including Pitlochry, Aberfeldy Golf Club and Taymouth Castle. There is also the 9 hole courses at Blair and Atholl Strathtay. The national cycle network is close by and for the walking enthusiast part of the Rob Roy Way leads from Pitlochry to Strathtay.
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.
Strathgarry House is a Victorian country house, sitting in an elevated south east facing position within its extensive and sweeping grounds. Surrounded by mature trees it enjoys great seclusion and privacy whilst being able to command the stunning views over the hills beyond.
In recent years Strathgarry House has been stripped back prior to refurbishment, thus it is currently a shell internally. It therefore offers potential purchasers the opportunity to restore Strathgarry House to its former glory or to reconfigure it into something more modern, subject to obtaining planning permission.
The current owners have had architectural drawings prepared and further details are available from the Selling Agents. As part of the ongoing refurbishment works, Strathgarry House has benefitted from a new roof which included the installation of new rhones and downpipes together with significant external drainage.
Wester Strathgarry is an immaculate country house created from the former estate buildings once servicing Strathgarry House. Constructed of stone under a slate roof Wester Strathgarry offers well proportioned rooms finished to an exceptional standard with high quality fixtures and fittings throughout. This outstanding country house provides flexible living accommodation and impressive entertaining and family living space. Arranged in a U shape, centred around a secluded south facing courtyard garden, the house commands wonderful views across the gardens and towards the tennis court.
The configuration of the property currently allows Wester Strathgarry to be one principal house or two smaller dwellings. At the centre of the house and forming part of the West Wing is the Great Hall, a magnificent reception room with double height ceilings, striking stone fireplace and mezzanine level. It forms a wonderful sitting room with dining room at one end and equally would be a perfect setting for a Scottish Ceilidh! In addition the West Wing also provides a light and bright sitting room enjoying a double aspect and lying between the Great Hall and the spacious dining kitchen. Beyond the kitchen is a practical utility room, cloakroom, entrance hall and rear lobby. The bedrooms lie on the first floor and include the principal bedroom with en-suite and family bathroom.
A door connects through from the West Wing to the East Wing, which provides equally immaculate accommodation over two floors. The open plan kitchen with sitting room forms its centre with two bedrooms on the ground floor serviced by an interconnecting bathroom and two further bedrooms complimented by en-suites on the first floor. There is also a well-proportioned entrance hall and cloakroom.
Wester Strathgarry has fine features including many dual aspect rooms, a bright and airy feel throughout, tasteful and high quality fixtures and fittings and offering tremendous flexibility as to how the property could be used.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
Strathgarry House and Wester Strathgarry lie within extensive gardens and policies extending to some 23 acres and providing a well-established and sheltered backdrop. A pair of wrought iron electric gates give on to a tree lined drive leading to both properties. An extensive lawn, interspersed with fine trees lies to the front, edged with a native woodland around the northern periphery. There is a re-surfaced all weather tennis court which was completely upgraded in 2015. The parkland field lies to the north east of Strathgarry House and is enclosed by a stock proof fence with mature deciduous trees.
Lying to the east of Wester Strathgarry is a delightful and notable walled garden dating back to the early 19th century, accessed through ornate wrought iron gates, with some of the original plants believed to be retained. It is laid out in a traditional quadrant pattern with lawns flanked by well stocked herbaceous borders and a variety of ancient apple trees in the centre. In the 1980s two further orchards were established in the top quadrant and provide annual crops of plums, damsons, cherries and crab apples.
To the north of the policies is a timber clad outbuilding (28ft x 16ft) with a lean-to providing useful storage.
To the west lies a modern steel portal frame building timber clad and forms a general purpose shed (13.79 x 11.79) with electric roller doors, WC and storage racks. Its offers a variety of uses including garaging, storage and workshop. It could easily be adapted to form stable blocks. This building houses the invertors for the PV scheme with panels on the roof.
Strathgarry House and Wester Strathgarry enjoy the benefit of salmon fishings on the River Garry. Extending to about ½ mile of single bank fishings, they are reached by a short walk from the houses over the lawn and through the woodland. There three main pools, Grilse Run, The Mid Cast and The Pot. The current owners have enjoyed this on a family basis and therefore no recent catch records exist.
Water Private (New borehole supply installed in 2015)
The current owners have installed the 50kW Biomass Boiler. It is located in a detached timber clad boiler house to the east of Wester Strathgarry with the hot water cylinders and a cold water holding tank located in the store room forming part of the east wing of Wester Strathgarry. In addition Wester Strathgarry benefits from a supplementary oil fired boiler that can be relied upon if required.
There is a 15kW solar scheme consisting of 6 panels on the roof of this east wing providing hot water to the property. This scheme is not yet registered with Ofgem however is entitled to a 7 year FiT and this would be available to the purchaser.
There are 40 solar Photovoltaic Panels fitted to the roof of the modern outbuilding providing a 10kW system. The peak load of the property is estimated at 9.7kW and if battery storage was installed this scheme would make the property self-sufficient in energy.