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Quirky homes challenge holiday cottage market

Holiday lettings have changed radically in recent years with a rise in popularity of large houses that can accommodate family reunions, groups of friends splitting the cost of a weekend away in a mansion or even do-it-yourself wedding parties.

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The exterior of Ruthven, Crieff

Steep Crieff plot meant new home had to aim high

In terms of building a home from scratch, often the most challenging sites produce the most spectacular houses. This is certainly the case for Ruthven, a large modern house on Gwydyr Road in Crieff, Perthshire.

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Average house prices are up. Picture: PA

Scottish property: House prices up £4.3% in a year

Average house prices in Scotland have risen 4.3% in the last year, according to new figures.

One sixteenth of fishing river the River Lochy is for sale.

Highland cottage and share of fishing river for sale

A share of a Highland river owned by a TV fishing star has gone on the market for offers over £410,000.

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Nearly 3500 properties in Edinburgh are now worth seven figures. Picture: TSPL

Edinburgh home to 49 ‘millionaires rows’ – but Glasgow lags behind

The average house price in 49 of Edinburgh’s streets has shot up to £1 million, according to a new rich list.

The housing market is showing signs of recovery. Picture: PA

Property market shows recovery signs after Brexit vote

The housing market is showing signs of a post-referendum pick-up heading into autumn as it recovers from “paralysis” in the immediate aftermath of Britain’s decision to quit the European Union.

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The exterior of Biel Park, Stenton, near Dunbar

For sale: the country house with a cottage feel

Biel Park, Stenton near Dunbar in East Lothian is a very pretty house set in its own grounds. Although it has the appearance of a country cottage, Biel Park is actually a substantial home with four bedrooms, four public rooms and beautiful countryside views.

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Drumcharry House, by Fortingall. Picture: Contributed

Highland mansion with 69 rooms on the market for just £550k

It may have seen better days, but this vast Highland mansion, boasting 69 rooms, is a steal at £550,000.

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Smart Property founders Kat Usher and Chris Duffy. Picture: Neil Hanna

Edinburgh’s Smart Property looks to double house sales

Smart Property, the Edinburgh-based estate and lettings agent, has set itself the ambitious goal of doubling its number of house sales in the next year.

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The Old Village of Lawers is said to be haunted

Haunted ruined village up for sale for offers over £100,000

A ruined Highlands village reportedly haunted by a soothsayer former resident who predicted the coming of the railways is up for sale.

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Nearly 3500 properties in Edinburgh are now worth seven figures. Picture: TSPL

One in seven now living in rented accommodation

The number of families living in privately rented homes has almost tripled since Holyrood was established, with one in seven households now in this type of accommodation.

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Dall House, a 38-bedroom mansion in Highland Perthshire, is the centre piece of the Dall Estate - on sale for offers over 7.5 million. Picture: Contributed

Scotland’s most expensive homes ‘failing to find buyers’

Several of the most expensive homes for sale in Scotland have failed to find buyers in the past year as the demand for high-end properties slows.

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Craigcrook Castle in Edinburgh. Picture: Neil Hanna

The five most expensive homes for sale in Scotland

THEY are all substantial historic homes, set in some of the most spectacular landscaped gardens in the country, attracting the interest of the rich and famous.

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The beautiful Rock House. Picture: Knight Frank

Rock House, once home to pioneering Scots photographer, up for sale

A house believed to be one of the oldest in Edinburgh’s New Town, has gone on sale as a family home.

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Scots castle on sale for same price as London flat

A castle described as the jewel in the crown of a prestigious Scottish estate is on the market for same price as a two bedroom flat in London.

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South View Cottage in Fife is C listed and on the market at 290,000 with CKD Galbraith.

On the market: quirky homes

Call it charm, character or originality but some properties stand out from the crowd and Scotland has plenty on offer.

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Peffermill House is a 17th century tower house on the southside of Edinburgh

17th century city fortress on Edinburgh’s southside for sale

Peffermill House is a 17th century tower house on the southside of Edinburgh

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Gin Head with Tantallon Castle in the background. Picture: Contributed.

Former WW1 radar station on market for £3.5m

It has been billed as the ultimate lair for a James Bond villain - a former WWII radar station on the market for a cool £3.5m.

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The Holm of Grimbister island off the coast or Orkney is up for sale. Picture: Savills

Scots island with free electricity and seal colony up for sale

A remote island off the coast of Orkney is up for sale for £300,000.

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Architect James Craig created a place only nice people could afford. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Capital’s New Town was ‘built for social cleansing’

It is regarded as the finest example of Georgian architecture anywhere in Europe, feted by urban planners for its elegant expansion of Scotland’s capital at a time when its cramped wynds suffered from severe overcrowding.

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