Home of the week in rural Perthshire

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Denfield House, Trinity Gask, has a great many of the features required of the quintessential Scottish country house.

It is set in the rolling countryside of Strathearn near Auchterarder in Perthshire, with open views on every side.

The former farmhouse is a handsome Georgian home which has been sympathetically extended to create a six-bedroomed home property with a modern layout and a south-facing orientation.

As well as its large front garden with lawns and mature trees, there is a walled garden, a private gravelled driveway, a two-acre paddock, stabling and a garage.

Gordon and Kristine Davies, who have lived at Denfield for the last decade, were won over by the house, despite it being much larger than they required.

Kristine says: “We had spent 30 years in Buckinghamshire but I am from Kinross-shire, where I grew up on a farm.

“Both our children went to university in Edinburgh and are now based in Scotland so we were looking to move back and to downsize.

“We fell in love with Denfield, particularly its location, and its size has meant that it has been easy to accommodate the whole family for visits, with the grandchildren that have come along since.”

When they saw it, Denfield had been empty for nine months but fortunately had been very well looked after.

Kristine and Gordon have found out a great deal about the history of the house.

An elderly lady they met at church turned out to be the niece of the family that lived there over 100 years ago.

Kristine says: “She gave us photos from around 1900 which show that at least two of the trees, the copper beech and a Scots pine, were already mature.

“They are still here and are probably as old as the house.”

A friend of the couple rented Denfield from the farmer owner 30 years ago and told them of the layout of the original farmhouse, which was much smaller with four bedrooms and one bathroom.

The house was substantially extended 20 years ago to add a modern wing which houses the large kitchen, a boot room, pantry and utility, three more bedrooms and a bathroom.

Kristine says: “The lady who extended it ran the house as an upmarket bed and breakfast for shooting parties and also ran a cookery school here so the kitchen is of a professional standard with features such as the walk-in pantry with marble shelving, and a separate utility room.

“The extra storage space means we don’t need wall units in the kitchen, so it is a really bright open space with six windows and french doors to the garden.”

It has an Aga as well as an electric oven and a wood-burning stove and enough space for sitting and dining areas.

The modern extension has also reconfigured the house so practically every window is south facing.

The house was in good order when the Davies bought it but they have redecorated in neutral colours over the years.

An interesting feature is the annexe; an ensuite double bedroom converted from an adjoining dairy.

Kristine has used the annexe to offer occasional bed and breakfast.

She says: “Guests love it as they have their own entrance and a table and chairs to sit outside in nice weather but it is two steps into the kitchen for breakfast.”

The views from the house are of the River Earn and the Ochil Hills to the south, and north to Gask Ridge to the Roman road, which for Kristine and her daughter Anna was an ideal place for a ride; the grounds of Denfield include two stables, a tack room and a paddock.

Even without the paddock it is a big garden with features such as clematis, climbing roses and a sweeping lawn.

At the back of the house is a smaller enclosed walled garden with a terrace which is a sunny spot for eating and a safe play area for the couple’s grandchildren, Honor, two and Edward, one.

The imminent arrival of two more grandchildren means that Gordon and Kristine have decided to move closer to their family who are in Edinburgh, and finally carry out the downsizing planned ten years ago.

For the next owners, Denfield House is a very attractive proposition, offering a country life in a beautiful period home in its own grounds, within easy access of the central belt.

Kristine says: “It’s been a wonderful home for us and we shall be sorry to leave.”

Offers over £675,000.

Contact Rettie & Co on 0131 220 4160.

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