THE choices range from a luxury Highland castle with helicopter landing space to a modest semi-detached in sunny Polmont.
Hundreds of Scots have put their homes up for rent for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in 2014, with charges rising from around £2,500 to a whopping £105,000 per week.
While some of the properties are centred around Gleneagles in nearby towns and villages such as Auchterarder, Crieff and Comrie, agents say they have had interest from homeowners as far away as Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders, all looking to cash in on the thousands of golf fans who will descend on Scotland next September for the world’s biggest golfing tournament.
Gary Robertson, property manager at Irving Geddes, an estate agent based in Crieff and Comrie, said: “The thing that’s got everybody going is the pound signs in their eyes. It’s a unique event and there will be thousands of people coming to the area, so a lot of people are taking the opportunity to disappear themselves and make some money.”
While some of the more glamorous properties advertised through various websites include fully catered luxury accommodation, four-poster beds and Jacuzzis, many of the more modest houses feature more traditional fixtures and fittings such as fitted wardrobes and gas hobs.
Robertson added: “In the past week alone I’ve probably spoken to around 16 people looking to rent their houses out, and those range from a one-bedroom flat all the way to a six-bedroom villa.”
However, Robertson said he had turned down those in the large cities as being too far away. Brian Higgins, accommodation manager at website Accommodation For the Event, which runs a website devoted to Ryder cup rentals and has more than 200 properties online, said prices often depended on how close a house was to the golf course itself.
“It really weighs up on the quality of the property and the distance,” he said. You can have something that’s far away as long as it’s got land for a helicopter. And for a lot of people coming from abroad to see the Ryder Cup, an hour in the car is not very far. ”
Many of the 60,000 or so golf fans expected to descend on Gleneagles at the Ryder Cup each day will be American, with others coming from Asia and parts of Europe.
Higgins said: “One of the great benefits of renting a property is that most hotels in the area are already fully booked, and have been for the last three months. When ten people rent a house for £15,000 for ten days, that’s working out at £150 a night. A lot of hotels are charging £300-£400 a night as they know they can charge that much, so they’re saving money in the long term.”
One company, Glen Golf, is offering a number of large- scale properties for rent during the event, including Cloan Castle, an eight-bedroomed mansion owned by Viscount Richard Haldane just three miles from Gleneagles that has played host to the likes of JM Barrie and Julian Huxley, and Lintrose House, near Cupar Angus, which can accommodate 12 adults at a cost of £1,500 per day on a 150-acre estate with space to land and park a helicopter.