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6 bedroom detached house for sale
Marnoch Lodge Estate, Bridge of Marnoch, Huntly, Aberdeenshire
This is a substantial two-storey mansion house originally dating from 1800, which faces south overlooking extensive garden and grounds. The house is partly rendered and features extended crenellated bays on the southern façade. Internal features of note include an attractive mosaic tiled floor in the hall, Georgian-style open fireplaces in several rooms and hardwood timber panelling.
The house has been subject to a recent programme of upgrading and repair including re-rendering of parts of the exterior, structural repairs, painting and wallpapering, the installation of an en-suite bathroom and upgrading of the conservatory.
The proportions and layout of the accommodation are well-suited to family living. With services including oil-fired central heating and Aga, private water supply with UV filter and private drainage to a septic tank, the accommodation is on two floors as follows:
Ground Floor porch, hall, drawing room, dining room, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, conservatory, office, rod room, pantry, boiler room and cloakroom with WC.
First Floor landing, master bedroom with adjacent bathroom, 4 further bedrooms, and a family bathroom. There is a sixth bedroom with recently fitted en-suite bathroom and shower which is accessed via a separate staircase.
Situated on the south side of the River Deveron, Marnoch Lodge is set in about seven acres of gardens, grounds and policy woodlands. This includes a formal croquet lawn fringed with mature trees in front of the house, sloping grass banks leading to the River Deveron to the north of the house and a south-facing outdoor eating area in front of the conservatory.
Situated at the eastern end of the rectangular range of former outbuildings situated a short distance to the east of Marnoch Lodge, this is the larger of two modernised cottages, which have traditionally been let on a weekly basis in conjunction with salmon fishing on the Marnoch Lodge beats.
Built of locally harled granite under a pitched slate roof, this cottage was converted in the late 1990s to provide modernised letting accommodation of good standard. With services including oil-fired central heating, private water supply and private drainage to a septic tank, the accommodation is on two floors as follows:
open plan kitchen/sitting room/dining room, bedroom 1, and a shower room with WC.
bedroom 2 with en-suite shower room, and 2 further bedrooms.
This cottage has been available for let on a weekly basis and is, therefore, available to the purchaser with vacant possession.
Adjoining the western end of the rectangular range of former outbuildings, this is the original Marnoch Gamekeeper's Cottage, which is also a two-storey building constructed of stone under a pitched slate roof. The cottage is in a modernised state of repair, which is satisfactory for its current use as weekly letting accommodation. With oil-fired central heating, private water supply and private drainage, the accommodation is on two floors as follows:
sitting room, bedroom/dining room, kitchen, and shower room with WC.
landing, and 2 bedrooms.
To the rear of both cottages is a spacious garden of mainly lawn, with a small pond and peripheral trees and shrubs.
Adjoining Coach House Cottage is a workshop/general store with stairs to vacant loft space above. Adjoining this is a timber-panelled rod room/snooker room, which adjoins a triple garage on the other side which opens onto a concrete apron under a covered carport. This provides extensive storage for equipment, tools and machinery, whilst there is also considerable potential for development of further accommodation within the outbuilding range if required and subject to planning.
The Upper Marnoch Fishings
The River Deveron is acknowledged as a consistent and productive salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishery, rising in the eastern Grampians and flowing northeast for about 40 miles to enter the North Sea at Banff.
The river flows over a bed of shingle and rock in its fast-flowing upper reaches but slackens its pace after being joined by its principal tributary, the Isla, through its middle and lower course where there are deeper pools and smooth glides between fast-flowing riffles.
The season opens on 11 February and closes on 31 October. Salmon run the river throughout the year with a traditionally prolific grilse run beginning in July given appropriate water. The river is also well-known for consistently producing large specimen salmon, particularly towards the latter part of the season. The British record for a fly-caught salmon was a fish of 61lbs caught by a female angler on the Mount Blairy beat of the Lower Deveron.
Sea trout also run the river in good numbers providing alternative sport from late May onwards. The majority of fish are in the 2lbs to 4lbs category but fish of 7lbs or more are not uncommon. Night fishing during the summer months can be particularly exciting and productive.
Wild brown trout fishing on the river provides absorbing alternative sport if water conditions do not favour salmon or sea trout fishing. There is a good population of trout in every pool with the average size being just less than 1lb. Fish of 2lbs to 3lbs are caught frequently and some even larger specimens are caught each season.
The Upper Marnoch beat is situated in the middle course of the Deveron, in a section of the river which is regarded by many as being the most visually attractive and most suited to fishing a fly.
The beat is notable for the contrasting nature of its pools of which there are 5 in total. These range from deep holding pools to fast-flowing grilse water.
In high water, double-handed rods and chest waders are advisable, whilst in low water a sea trout rod and thigh waders will normally suffice. In terms of fly choice, traditional patterns tied on double and treble hooks are popular, with particular Deveron favourites including the Stoat's Tail, Munro Killer, Willie Gunn, Ally's Shrimp, Cascade and Executioner.
Method of fishing on the beat is predominantly by fly, although spinning is allowed when water height does not favour fly-fishing. No formal catch-and-release policy is operated with anglers being trusted to exercise discretion over fish which are kept and returned.
The River Deveron District Salmon Fishery Board recommends that riparian owners adopt the following guidelines:
Prior to 31 May, a daily bag limit of one salmon/grilse per rod should be observed and after 31 May this can be increased to 2 salmon/grilse. The same guidelines apply to both sea trout and brown trout.
Anglers are encouraged to fish fly only in low water.
When spinning, a single set of barbless hooks should be used.
No worming is permitted after 31 August unless during a spate.
After 21 August all hen fish should be returned to the river.
All gravid fish should be returned.
The seller fully endorses these guidelines and has adopted these during the course of his ownership of the fishings.
An attractive timber fishing hut with covered veranda, running water, bottled gas and a wood-burning stove is situated overlooking the prolific Falconer's Pool. A popular spot for picnics and barbecues, there is a hardcore track which is passable by two-wheeled drive vehicle leading from Marnoch Lodge to the car park beside the hut.
The fishing on the Upper and Lower Marnoch Beats has been let by the owner on a weekly basis in conjunction with accommodation in The Coach House and Keeper's Cottage. Both beats combined provide fishing for 4 rods with the Upper beat supporting two rods comfortably.
The most consistently productive pool is the Falconer's Pool which is in the middle of the beat and is in front of the fishing hut. This is a particularly good pool for fishing a fly and as a result of its position in front of the hut, it is subject to more concerted fishing effort than any of the other pools.
The land at Marnoch Lodge Estate extends to about 75 acres in total which is analysed as follows:
Arable/ploughable land - 49 acres
Pasture - 4 acres
Other (garden, grounds and river bank) - 22 acres
Total - 75 acres
At the heart of the property there are two large arable fields which are let on an annual basis to a neighbouring farmer. These are of grade 3i quality and are typically sown in cereal crops. This land is not registered by the vendor with SGRPID for receipt of Single Farm Payment or grant aid via the Scottish Rural Development Plan.
The remaining land comprises a mixture of riverbank, gardens and policy woodlands.
Marnoch Lodge is situated in the heart of rural Aberdeenshire in the valley of the middle course of the River Deveron. This part of Aberdeenshire is characterised by an agricultural landscape of mixed arable, beef and sheep farming interspersed with both native and commercial woodland.
Aberdeenshire is a county of contrasting landscapes ranging from the high plateau of the Cairngorm Mountains to the North Sea coast with its quaint fishing ports, high cliffs and pebble beaches.
The granite city of Aberdeen (42 miles) is both an economic and educational centre boasting two universities and further educational colleges and research institutes. There are a number of private schools in Aberdeen including Robert Gordon's College, Albyn School for Girls, St Margaret's School for Girls and The Hamilton School. The Exhibition & Conference Centre, His Majesty's Theatre and various art galleries in the city are renowned. As the base for the North Sea oil industry, the city is affluent and diverse.
The small market town of Aberchirder is two miles to the north of Marnoch Lodge, providing basic local services. The larger town of Huntly is eight miles south of Marnoch Lodge and provides a wider range of services and facilities including two recently-built supermarkets.
Marnoch Lodge is well placed for the occupants to enjoy the range of activities available in the surrounding area. In addition to the excellent salmon, sea-trout and brown trout fishing available on the Upper Marnoch beat, salmon fishing on the Rivers Spey, Dee and Don is also available within an hour's drive of Marnoch Lodge. Field sports in the area are renowned with some excellent low ground pheasant and partridge shoots throughout Aberdeenshire and Banffshire, with the grouse moors and deer forests of Grampian within an hour's drive to the south and west. The coastal ports of Macduff, Banff, Portsoy and Cullen are attractions in themselves, but also offer boats for charter for sea fishing at modest cost.
For water sports enthusiasts, there are various harbours and marinas on the northeast coast where yachts can be moored, and surfing, windsurfing and kite-surfing off the northeast coast is amongst the best in Europe.
For those with more land-based interests, there are numerous footpaths, cycle tracks and bridleways throughout Aberdeenshire catering for all levels of energy and enthusiasm.