7 bedroom detached house for saleStrathmashie House, Strathmashie, Laggan, Newtonmore, PH20
- Former Shooting Lodge
- Holiday Cottage
- Separate Flat
- Courtyard Outbuildings
- 2 Receptions Rooms
- 7 Bedrooms
- 4 Bathrooms
- About 6.69 Acres
- EPC Rating = F
After visiting Strathmashie with Albert, Queen Victoria described the scenery in her diary as "singularly beautiful, wild and romantic"
Strathmashie sits on a bend of the River Mashie and enjoys stunning views to the west and north, nestled between the Monadhliath and Cairngorm Mountains. The A9 trunk road linking Perth and Inverness is only 9.5 miles to the east and Inverness and Edinburgh airports can generally be reached in about an hour and two hours respectively. There are regular daytime and sleeper services to London from Dalwhinnie and Kingussie rail station (9 and 13 miles respectively).
The property lies within the boundaries of the beautiful Cairngorms National Park and offers both an abundance of wildlife and a diversity of year round recreational and sporting facilities. Laggan (2.7 miles) is the closest village with a shop, Post Office services, doctor's surgery and a primary school. The larger communities of Newtonmore (10 miles) and Kingussie (13 miles) provide a wider range of shopping and services.
The cities of Perth (66 miles) and Inverness (55 miles) are both prosperous regional centres with many high street stores, supermarkets and recreational and leisure facilities. Supermarket delivery services are available. There is skiing at Cairngorm Mountain near Aviemore (35 miles) and Ben Nevis (37 miles), and water sports on Loch Insh and Loch Morlich (20 and 30 miles respectively). Excellent golf courses are located at Newtonmore and Kingussie, with several others within easy driving distance. Cycling on national cycle path networks, mountain biking at Wolftrax (0.5 miles) and hill walking are popular pastimes, as is fishing for salmon and trout on the many rivers and lochs nearby, including the renowned River Spey, just a few hundred yards from the property. The area is famous for its field sports. In addition to fishing, deer stalking and pheasant and grouse shooting can be rented on many local estates.
The stunning scenery of the area became well known as the location of the television series "Monarch of the Glen". Ardverikie House, the fictional Glenbogle, is just a few miles to the south west.
Strathmashie House is believed to date from the 17th century and probably started life as a farmhouse. The majority of the house was built in the late 19th century when it was used as a shooting lodge. The courtyard buildings were designed by John Rhind, the architect of Ardverikie, in 1873 and further additions and alterations were carried out by William Carruthers in 1897. With its white painted exterior under a slate roof, the house sits beautifully in its highland setting. The current owners have successfully operated a mail order publishing business from the premises and built a spacious and functional wing which has been designed aesthetically to fit in with the original building. The house provides a very comfortable family home with grounds running down to the River Mashie. There are two holiday properties and potential to create a third.
"On the 28th, about 5 o'clock, Albert drove me to Strathmashie, and back again, sixteen miles in all. Here the scenery was splendid: high bold hills, with a good deal of wood; glens with the Pattack, and a small waterfall; the meadows here and about reminded me much of Thuringen. We were delighted with the scenery, which is singularly beautiful, wild and romantic, with so much fine wood about it, which greatly enhances the beauty of a landscape." From Queen Victoria's diary (held at the McPherson Museum in Newtonmore).
Strathmashie House is approached by a driveway which sweeps through the grounds and across a cattle grid from the main road. It leads to a large gravel parking area on the north side of the house. Entry into the house is through an open fronted entrance porch into a vestibule. The spacious reception hall has an open fireplace and leads through to an inner hall and kitchen beyond.
The drawing room opens off the hall and has a wood burning stove and a large double glazed bay window providing magnificent westerly views to the hills around Loch Laggan. The other main room which also benefits from the westerly views is the kitchen which has fitted units and has plenty of space for dining and sitting. The dining room has a bay window looking to the east, an open fireplace and can also be accessed directly from the front vestibule.
Also on the ground floor is the rear hall which gives access to the 17th century cobbled courtyard. This hall has a wood burner, and a secondary stair up to the first floor. From here there is access through to the east wing which was formerly the Victorian kitchen, scullery, butler's pantry, and basement wine cellar (accessible through a floor hatch). The current owners have used this area as a printing room and storage for their business however they have recently relocated the business out of the house.
The extension which was built in 2008 provides approximately 106 sq metres of open plan space with under floor heating. Currently used as an office and racking space, this bright open space could be used for a variety of purposes such as a gym or studio, or converted to form further living accommodation. It can be accessed from the main house but also has its own separate access.
The first floor, which is accessed by way of a wide elegant staircase from the reception hall, pr ovides seven bedrooms and four bathrooms. Most of the bedrooms retain their original fireplaces and surrounds, and have shuttered windows, some of which have secondary glazing. Many of the rooms have original built in capacious cupboards. There is access from one of the bathrooms to the attic space, much of which is boarded.
First floor flat
An external metal staircase leads up to the first floor flat in the east wing of the property. It comprises living room with kitchen area, two bedrooms and a bathroom. Known as the Butler's Flat, it has been used for holiday lets as well as longer term lets.
The Keeper's Cottage
Situated on the south side of the property, this two storey cottage retains many original features. On the ground floor there is a sitting room with wood burning stove, and a spacious dining kitchen with an Aga and a door to the outside. There is also a utility room with plenty of space for coats and boots and a cloakroom with WC. Stairs up from the front lobby lead to the first floor and two double bedrooms and a bathroom with a shower over the bath. The cottage has also been used for holiday lets and longer term lets.
This building was formerly the Newtonmore Bowling Club Clubhouse. Believed to be of Edwardian vintage, the timber building has potential, subject to the necessary consents, to be converted into a further holiday home. The current owners have previously used it as storage for their business.
Strathmashie sits in an idyllic setting and the gardens and grounds are simply but attractively laid out. The main area of garden lies to the west and north of the house. Although the boundary of the property is the banks of the river, deer fencing with a gate, has been erected on the Strathmashie side of the river. There are further outbuildings around the historic cobbled courtyard to the rear of the house which provide storage and garaging.
There are two grass parks on the eastern boundary of the property which do not form part of the property, but may be available to rent on a seasonal basis if required.
Mains electricity, private water and drainage. Oil-fired central heating and gas by way of LPG bottles or tanks.
Strathmashie House council tax band F, Keeper's Cottage band C, Flat band B.
Fixtures and fittings
Carpets and curtains are included in the sale.
Servitude rights, burdens and wayleaves
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all servitude rights, burdens, reservations and wayleaves, including rights of access and rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cable, drains and water, gas and other pipes, whether contained in the Title Deeds or informally constituted and whether referred to in the General Remarks and Stipulations or not. The Purchaser(s) will be held to have satisfied himself as to the nature of all such servitude rights and others.
Square Footage: 8,422 sq ft
Acreage: 4.5 Acres
Travelling north on the A9 from Perth, turn left just south of Dalwhinnie onto the A889 signposted for Dalwhinnie, Spean Bridge and Fort William, and travel along this road until its junction with the A86. Turn left and travel for approximately 2.2 miles. The entrance into Strathmashie is on the right immediately after the "falling rocks" road sign and the drive slopes slightly downhill.
If coming from the north take the turn off from the A9 onto the A86 signposted for Kingussie and Newtonmore. Follow this road through Newtonmore and Laggan. Strathmashie is approximately 2.7 miles after Laggan.
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