7 bedroom detached house for saleOrchil Castle, Braco, By Gleneagles, Perthshire, FK15
Sold STC £1,475,000
- 4 principal reception rooms
- 4 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms
- 3 bedroom flat in wing
- Upper floors requiring upgrading
- 2 bedroom cottage & large shed
- 21 acres parkland with loch
- Walled garden, drive & 35 acres
- Lot 1 - offers over £1.35 million
- Lot 2 - offers over £125,000
- EPC Rating = G
Orchil Castle has a magnificent setting in 21 acres of its own parkland with panoramic views over its own loch to the Ochil Hills.
The castle is one of several properties which originally formed the Orchil Estate. Each property is set in its own beautiful grounds. The castle owns over 56 acres in total including the south driveway and woodland.
Braco is the nearest village. The house is also well placed for the towns of Crieff and Auchterarder and for Gleneagles Hotel. Gleneagles was host to the 2014 Ryder Cup and has won awards as the Best Golf Resort in the World and as Scotland's Best Hotel Spa. The country club associated with the hotel has three golf courses - The King's, The Queen's and The PGA Centenary Course. There are many other facilities at Gleneagles, just a few of which are the spa and leisure club, riding school, shooting school, falconry and both indoor and outdoor tennis courts. Gleneagles is also home to Scotland's only two-star Michelin restaurant.
Other golf courses in reach include the Old Course at St Andrews, Loch Lomond and Carnoustie.
Auchterarder and Crieff provide a good range of shops. The larger towns of Perth and Stirling are both within 20 miles. Glasgow and Edinburgh and their airports are within 50 miles with fast links via the A9 and motorway network.
There is a railway station at Gleneagles with an overnight sleeper service direct to London Euston and a daily direct service to London King's Cross, taking just under six hours. The town of Dunblane, nearby, has services to both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
There are several good schools in the area including Morrison's Academy and Ardvreck (a preparatory school) in nearby Crieff; also Glenalmond, Strathallan, Dollar Academy and Kilgraston, all of which accept both boarding and day pupils.
The property is well positioned for access to the Highlands, with hill walking, mountaineering, skiing and water sports all available just to the north.
Orchil Estate was acquired by Rev John McDougall of Dundee and his wife in 1867. They commissioned the well known architect Andrew Heiton Junior to build Orchil Castle; it is considered Heiton's most ambitious and successful country house.
The castle passed into the ownership of Rev Thomas Crawford in 1907. In 1917 the interior of the house was largely destroyed by fire. When the Crawfords rebuilt the interior they added the stained glass windows in the hall where the initials TC (Thomas Crawford) and EJC (Elizabeth Jane Crawford) form part of the design.
In 1927 the estate was sold to the Dawson family. It has been claimed that the then Dukes of Kent and York were frequent visitors and that Colonel Dawson was known to keep watch for German war planes from the castle tower. In 1947 the estate was sold again, this time to the Drummond Moray family and was resold in lots between 1949 and 1953. Orchil Castle was described in the sale particulars as 'the finest country house in Scotland'.
After the war the fortunes of the house declined somewhat. It was used as a foster home for a few years, and was then bought by a farmer who wanted the land more than the house. The farmer took up occupancy of the outbuilding which had served as the castle's generator shed and laundry (now the cottage lying to the north of the castle), and allowed his sheep and pigs to roam amongst the marble fireplaces and carved oak panelling on the ground floor of the castle. Hens were kept on the second floor where some of their roosting perches can still be seen today. In 1967 the house caught fire once again, but only the central roof was lost. Following this, the house was sold to an addiction rehabilitation organisation and then to the Elim Pentecostal Church of America. Students were brought from America in the summers for bible study tours but they were also put to work on the house itself. It was sold to a developer in 1993 but remained in a ruinous state.
The house was returned to private ownership in 1995 and the process of restoration began. The ground and first floors are now mainly restored, but the upper floors and basement require refurbishment.
Orchil House has magnificent exteriors with a main tower, crow stepped gables and turrets with spires. All four facades are impressive and each presents a charmingly different aspect of the outstanding architecture. To the rear is an archway leading to a pretty courtyard enclosed within the U shape of the castle.
The interiors, accessed off a large reception hall, are most impressive. The rooms are large but retain a manageable layout. A self-contained three bedroom flat, with its own entrance from the courtyard, has been created in the east wing. There are four bedrooms on the first floor.
From the shared driveway a tarmac drive sweeps up the edge of the parkland to a parking and turning area to the north of the house. There is a low retaining wall set with thistle-shaped urns leading to the inner courtyard and back door. On the west side a paved pathway leads across th e terraced lawn to the main entrance, an arched portico with a stone carved coat of arms above. A large brass bell attached to the stone wall announces the arrival of visitors. Entry is gained by an arched doorway with cast iron railing and thistles to:
Entrance hall with stone fireplace. Wooden dado panelling. Arched doorway to reception hall.
Anteroom with fireplace. Office with cupboard containing central heating boiler and hot water cylinder and fireplace with large solid fuel stove.. Cloakroom with fitted coat hooks and wash basin. Separate WC.
Magnificent reception hall with sweeping wooden staircases to galleried landing above. Central fireplace with large solid fuel stove, stone surround and wood panelling above.
Drawing room with bay windows to the south and west. Fireplace with large solid fuel stove. Decorative cornice work and wall panels.
Sitting room with cast iron fireplace. Glazed door to the south with steps to garden.
Kitchen with wall units with sink, Raeburn oil fired cooker, integrated dishwasher, electric hob, stone tiled floor. Four large windows giving views over the loch.
Dining room which requires refurbishment. Stone fireplace with large solid fuel stove. Bay windows to south and east.
East Wing Flat
Corridor with door to spiral stairs and store room off with metal door to strong room. Connecting door to flat.
Kitchen / living room with raised fireplace with solid fuel stove. Fitted floor cupboards with electric cooker and hob, sink, integrated dishwasher. High pitched ceiling. Four large windows giving expansive views to the east.
Three bedrooms. Bathroom with shower cabinet, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail.
Spiral stairs down to large basement with flagstone flooring. Undecorated but providing useful storage.
From the reception hall there is a magnificent wide stairway up to the large galleried hall on the first floor. Pitched ceiling with decorative cornice. Magnificent triple arched windows. Chapel with stained glass arched window.
Master bedroom with bay windows to south and west. Fireplace. En suite bathroom with bay window to west, bath, shower compartment, WC, bidet, heated towel rails and tiled floor.
Passage connecting to dressing room with two large windows to west and full wall fitted wardrobes. West corridor to Bedroom 3, boiler cupboard and undeveloped room.
Bedroom 2 with fireplace and two south facing windows overlooking the loch. Bathroom with two windows to south overlooking the loch. Free standing central bath. Shower compartment. Wash basin. WC. Fireplace. Tiled floor. Heated towel rails.
Bedroom 4 with bay window to south overlooking the loch. Dressing room and bathroom with period tiles, bath, WC and wash basin.
East corridor with undeveloped room and door to corridor with undeveloped room off.
From the first floor landing there is a curtain to the stairs up to the second floor. Extensive undeveloped space with plywood flooring and exposed stone walls. Front and side rooms with original wooden flooring. Two electric hot water cylinders serving bathrooms on first floor.
From second floor spiral stair up to tower room. Curving bay window with magnificent views to south. Upper tower room with two porthole windows. Half glazed door to battlements.
To the north of the castle is Orchil Castle Cottage. This was originally the generator house for the castle and subsequently the castle laundry. It is built of brick under a pitched slate roof with velux windows. The cottage has been fully refurbished and has partial, electric under floor heating.
Living room / kitchen. Two sets of glazed double doors to west. Half-glazed doors to the south and north. Fitted kitchen with Firenz double wall oven, hob with extractor fan and 1½ bowl sink. Integrated dishwasher and fridge.
Hall with store cupboards. Tiled wet room with twin showers, wash basin. WC with wash basin. Utility area with sink. Corridor to two bedrooms, each with two windows giving views of the castle.
Orchil Castle is set in gardens and grounds extending to about 20 acres.
Immediately around the house are terraced lawns with stone steps. Below the stone steps is parkland interspersed with fine mature hardwood trees. The parkland leads to the 4 acre loch which has a wooden boat house. There is a mass of rhododendrons around the loch.
To the east of the house are further lawns with an enclosed garden with beech hedges around.
In the corner of the grounds beyond the castle is a tarmac yard with a large shed. This measures 27m by 16m and has an hydraulically powered up and over door.
Lot 2: South Drive and Walled Garden - 35 acres
Owned under separate title is the south drive and walled garden. This is accessed off the minor road between Braco and Gleneagles Hotel. Tree-lined driveway with fully fenced area of woodland and burn, known as Orchil Den, off.
At the top of the drive is a 1.4 acre walled garden with double entrance gates. The garden is south facing and is an area of great amenity, with flower beds at the north end and fruit trees around the walls.
Mains water to private pipe on edge of property. Mains electricity. Private drainage to septic tank.
Partial central heating from three separate oil fired boilers. Five wood burning stoves. Hot water from electric immersion heaters.
The castle is listed Category B.
Orchil Castle is in Perth Council Tax Band H. The cottage is band D.
Orchil Castle has a servitude right of access over the north drive and contributes to its maintenance. This drive is used by four other properties in addition to the two gate lodges at the entrance.
Orchil Castle owns the south drive (lot 2). This is subject to a right of access in favour of The South Lodge at the south end of the drive and Orchil Home Farm at the top end of the south drive (both properties in the same family.) Old House of Orchil and Pipers Croft also have servitude rights of access.
Square Footage: 17,047 sq ft
Acreage: 21 Acres
From Stirling take the A9 north towards Perth. Continue north on the A9 past Dunblane and take the next exit left onto the A822, signposted Greenloaning, Braco and Tourist Route to Pitlochry.
Follow the A822 through Braco and continue out of the village towards Crieff. Stay on the A822. The entrance and driveway to Orchil Castle are on the right after about 2½ miles. Follow the shared driveway for about one mile. Orchil Castle is off this driveway on the left.
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