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North Lodge

Spoutwells, Dunkeld, Perthshire, PH8 0AZ

Offers Over £745,000

  • About 3.27 acres (1.33 ha)

  • 4 reception rooms, 5/6 bedrooms (1 en-suite)

  • Generous family accommodation

  • Detached double garage and outbuildings

  • Extensive well-tended gardens

  • Paddock of about 1.745 acres (0.706ha)

  • Outstanding views and conservation village setting

Dunkeld is among the best preserved and most historic villages in Scotland. It has a thriving community, with a surprising range of amenities. Along with a good selection of cafes, restaurants and specialist retailers, there is a supermarket, a ...

Dunkeld is among the best preserved and most historic villages in Scotland. It has a thriving community, with a surprising range of amenities. Along with a good selection of cafes, restaurants and specialist retailers, there is a supermarket, a medical centre, two dental surgeries and a well-regarded primary school. An organic vegetable-growing project and a community orchard, both run by volunteers, supply fresh produce for residents.

Dunkeld Cathedral, with its stunning riverside setting, was founded in the 13th century on the site of a former monastery. It is still the parish church and hosts concerts during the year. Dunkeld and neighbouring Birnam have a dynamic arts and music scene, with a diverse programme of theatre and music staged at the Birnam Arts centre.

The surrounding area has many beautiful walks, great tracks for cyclists and plenty of fishing for anglers. Loch of the Lowes near Dunkeld is a designated wildlife reserve. Dunkeld and Birnam Golf Club is one of the most picturesque in Perthshire. Indoor swimming pools can be found at the Dunkeld House Hotel and Erigmore Estate.

The nearby Hermitage and Tay Forest Park have some of Scotland’s tallest trees and offer far-reaching views to the lochs and mountains of the Highlands.

Edinburgh and Glasgow are little more than an hour away by car. The train station at Birnam, a 20-minute walk from North Lodge, has regular services to Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness and a nightly sleeper train to London. Buses to state and independent schools all make stops in Dunkeld.

North Lodge is an impressive family home that offers generous accommodation over three storeys and benefits from a superb location on the edge of Dunkeld Conservation Area.

The house has five to six bedrooms, three bathrooms, two open-plan living rooms and a modern south-facing garden room with stunning views onto the secluded garden. The outbuildings adjacent to the house include a double garage, a workshop and a games room that could easily form an independent workspace. Alongside is a stone-built, slate-roofed boiler room that once stabled the horse of the commanding officer of The Scottish Horse. Subject to planning permission and consents, this range of outbuildings could be repurposed.

North Lodge is a ‘B’ listed Georgian property that has been lovingly maintained over the years and tastefully renovated in keeping with the house’s history while also adding a modern edge. The welcoming dining kitchen has bespoke wood cabinets, worktops of Lakeland slate, an AGA with hand-painted tiles above, two sinks, French oak flooring, a pantry and a utility room and cloakroom off to the side.

The triple aspect garden room has underfloor heating, modern insulation and three custom-made Norwegian sliding doors. The high ceiling has north-facing Velux windows to maximise light while the floor is flagged with limestone. The living rooms both have brick-built fireplaces; one has an open fire and the other a 16 kW cast iron wood-burning stove. Part of the wooden floor is sprung, originally to make for the dancing of reels. All the rooms on the ground floor ‘flow’ into each other, making the house ideal for entertaining.

The first floor has three large double bedrooms. The master bedroom, with walk-in wardrobes, has a panelled en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom has an adjoining hobby room with a cork work surface and shelving for tools and parts — a previous owner was an expert maker of dolls’ houses. This floor also has a family shower room, store cupboard and a linen room kept warm by the hot water tank.

Both second-floor bedrooms and the adjoining studio room have cleverly designed cupboards, as does the separate bathroom, with original vintage blue tiling. The studio room is particularly light and spacious, with four Velux windows and a sash window overlooking the paddock.

High-quality, wooden cupboards, wardrobes and doors are found throughout the house. Deep panelled window recesses, several of which serve as window seats, are another appealing feature that adds to the house’s character together with many attractive fireplaces. As well as ample storage, North Lodge has central heating, fired by a wood pellet boiler that offers a £5,000 rebate for each of the next three years.

Viewing is highly recommended to appreciate this charming family house, which has the rare quality of offering a lot of space while still feeling homely and lies just a short walk from the heart of Dunkeld.

The accommodation comprises:

Ground Floor: Front and Rear Porch, Dining Kitchen, Garden Room, 2 Sitting Rooms, Utility, WC

First Floor: 3 Bedrooms, Shower Room, En-Suite Bathroom, Linen Cupboard, Cupboard

Second Floor: 2 Bedrooms, Studio Room/Bedroom, Bathroom, WC, Eaves Storage

The gardens at North Lodge form a wonderful surrounding for the house. They contain many unusual trees and shrubs, a large range of rhododendrons and azaleas as well as some magnificent topiary pyramids, spheres and hedges.

Beside the house, a south-facing terrace leads down to a good-sized lawn edged by established herbaceous borders. Paths criss-cross the borders to form a succession of different garden ‘rooms’ with some magical woodland corners that are particularly appealing to children and wildlife.

At the end of the garden is a handkerchief tree that bears eye-catching white bracts in summer. Other trees, including a cedar deodora, peeling-bark maple, a selection of sorbus and an impressive yew hedge and arch, screen the garden from Dunkeld. A gingko, wedding cake tree, flowering cornus, cercis, enkianthus, euonymus and a collection of acers add to the interest.

The garden is something of a hidden gem. Visitors are often surprised that such a spectacular garden lies unseen in the centre of Dunkeld. The well-stocked beds include various types of trillium, meconopsis, viburnum, tree peony, willow gentian, cotinus, primula and Himalayan lily. Climbing roses skirt one edge of the garden known as the ‘white border’.

Stone steps lead to a private terraced garden with views over the hills towards the Tay valley. Beyond, lies an orchard with highly productive plum, apple and pear trees, and vegetable plots with asparagus, blackcurrants and rhubarb.

Two fenced paddocks, suitable for grazing ponies and extending to about 1.745 acres, wrap round the length of the garden, offering protection to the house. The larger paddock, known as Sunny Brae, is edged by mature beech trees that provide magnificent spring and autumn colour. A gate leads to the countryside, with paths to the Loch of the Lowes and an ancient oak forest.

The detached outbuildings consist of a double garage together with a range of stores, one used as a pellet room for the boiler. They offer excellent storage capacity or, subject to planning permission, could be converted for other purposes. There is also an attractive greenhouse close to the back door.