A rural home is a dream for many, and Scotland attracts its fair share of international buyers with top end homes offering privacy, peace and access to the great outdoors. But occasionally properties come to the market which offer the best of the country in one place.
Tower of Lethendy, in Perthshire, must be considered at the very pinnacle of Scottish rural property.
The estate has at its heart a fully restored B listed Scots Baronial house, in part dating from 1570, but with the extravagant turrets and gables of its Victorian redesign.
It is set in immaculate grounds of nearly 40 acres and including estate cottages, a heated swimming pool, two tennis courts - grass and clay - and landscaped gardens including a private golf course. The whole is surrounded by mature trees, making it a beautiful, private and sheltered spot.
The location is special too; 14 miles North of Perth, it is an hour from Edinburgh airport and on the edge of the Highlands.
Evelyn Channing, of Savills, says it is amongst the best examples of residential property in Scotland. “The setting is stunning and the house itself is beautiful. One of its key features is that is so typically Scottish and has been refurbished to an exacting standard.”
The house, which is currently owned by a Canadian family, is of a manageable size for a private buyer she says. “You wouldn’t have the headache of having to look after hundreds of acres although there is easy access in this part of the world to hunting, shooting and fishing, so I can see it being bought by an international buyer who lives elsewhere.”
The tower itself is striking. Built of local red sandstone the accommodation is over four floors with exquisite features in the stonework and wood panelling throughout. The grand front entrance, guarded on either side by two stone lions, leads into a wonderful entrance and reception hall. The reception rooms and bedroom suites are suitable for hosting lavish house parties yet the house is equally suited to being a comfortable and homely family abode - with plenty of space for the largest of families.
There are eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms, and the public rooms include a spectacular vaulted sitting room, a panelled library, billiard room and formal dining room with three sets of French doors out on to the terrace. The grounds contain four cottages, of three and four bedrooms each, with further outbuildings and coachhouses.
Channing says of Tower of Lethendy, which as well as being a family home has also been let as a wedding venue and for upmarket group holidays: “Properties like these are few and far between, there will only be one or two coming to the market in any year. It offers everything you could want in terms of a beautiful large family home.”
Offers over £4.6m, contact Savills on 0131 247 3700.