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Bonskeid House & Newtyle Fishings, Pitlochry, Perthshire

Under Offer £2,745,000

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Lot 1 - Bonskeid House

Historical Note
The area around Bonskeid House appears in folk history from the early 14th century when Robert the Bruce was fleeing north after the Battle of Methven. Records show the Stewart family owned the land from 1494 when Alexander Stewart, great-grandson of the notorious Earl of Buchan, Wolf of Badenoch, took ownership. His descendants, the Barbour family, still own the surrounding land.

In 1796 a Dr Stewart gave a 25-year lease over the land in favour to Lady Bath and her husband Sir James Pulteney who started building Bonskeid House. Both Lady Bath and her husband died before the house was completed and so possession reverted back to the Stewarts. In 1857 a son-in-law, George Barbour, purchased the property for his wife who was a Stewart, and set about enlarging the house with the help of the most highly regarded architects of the era, Andrew Heiton. The Barbour crest can be seen above the front entrance.

In 1921 the Barbour family let Bonskeid House to the YMCA and, in 1951, it was sold to the charity. The house was then run as a youth hostel until 2001 when the present owners purchased the property and instigated an extensive programme of refurbishment that has restored the splendour of the property and returned Bonskeid to its original use as a beautiful family home.

Bonskeid House
Bonskeid House is an impressive and substantial granite-built country house which occupies a stunning setting overlooking the River Tummel in the Highlands of Perthshire. Much of the house as it stands today was built in the 1880s, although there are older sections and some more recent additions.

Over the last decade, the present owners have conducted a comprehensive programme of both restoration and renovation works to create a magnificent home, perfectly suited to contemporary family living. The house is accessed via a gated entrance beside a traditional lodge cottage, with a tarmacadam tree-lined drive leading for several hundred metres through the grounds to terminate at a spacious gravel carriage sweep in front of the house.

The ground floor reception rooms are beautifully presented with large bay windows complete with operational window shutters, and ornate period features. A particularly unusual feature of the house is the working open fireplace beneath the window in the library. The property brilliantly combines traditional architectural features with contemporary fixtures and finishes and services of high quality. The larch panelled dining room is also a notable feature of the property as are the ornate stucco cornices and plasterwork throughout the house.   

In the last decade an extension to the house incorporating a sun room was added. Designed in a style in keeping with the Scottish baronial style, this replaced a 1960s extension that had been built when the house was used as a hostel. The sun lounge leads into a kitchen and dining area. The contemporary kitchen is fitted with bespoke Clive Christian wall and floor units, granite worktops, an oil-fired Aga and integrated appliances.

On the first floor there is a study with hardwood panelling. The bedrooms are laid out on the first, second and third floors of the house. The master bedroom suite on the first floor incorporates a large bedroom, a dressing room with Clive Christian fitted wardrobes and an en suite bathroom. There are a further four bedrooms with bath or shower rooms all tastefully decorated and appointed to a high standard. There are four further bedrooms.      
The electrical, drainage and plumbing systems serving the house have all been upgraded in the last decade, while the majority of the lead work on the roof has been replaced during the last ten years.   

Caretaker's Flat
Situated within the main building at the eastern end of Bonskeid House is a self-contained flat providing modernised accommodation of a high standard including three bedrooms. This flat is occupied by the groundsman/caretaker under a Service Occupancy.

Outbuildings
Bonskeid House is served by an extensive range of outbuildings. This includes two former accommodation annexes adjoining the eastern elevation of the house. Dating from the building's period of occupation as a youth hostel, both parts of the building have the potential for conversion for a range of uses, subject to the appropriate planning and listed building consents.

Arranged around a courtyard is a range of functional outbuildings including garages, stables, workshop and machinery stores and several general stores.

A timber-built former tennis pavilion is located to the north of Bonskeid House and has in the past been used for sleeping accommodation.

Garden and Grounds
The exceptional mature gardens and grounds are a real feature of Bonskeid House. Extending to about 37 acres in total, they provide both a majestic setting and a cordon sanitaire. Several huge specimen trees within the grounds are of particular note including wellingtonia, grand fir, Douglas fir, Scots pine, oak and copper beech. The larch on the front lawn is understood to be one of the oldest of its kind in Scotland.

The extensive lawns in front of Bonskeid House slope downwards to seating area and children's play area. Beyond the lawns are the policy woodlands of both ornamental and native species, with winding footpaths leading down to the banks of the River Tummel. This is a particularly picturesque stretch of the Tummel with the brown trout fishing rights from the right bank included in the sale.

To the west of Bonskeid House, there is an enclosed tennis court. To the north of this is a walled garden with an orchard planted with various varieties of apple and other fruit trees. To the north of the house, mature woodland and shrubs screen the property from the public road to create a sheltered, private environment surrounding the house.

East Lodge
Beside the gated entrance to Bonskeid House is the charming gate lodge. This is a granite-built property under a pitched slate roof with architectural features including dormer windows, ashlar dressings and ornate chimneypots. The three-bedroomed lodge has been comprehensively refurbished and modernised during the last decade to include contemporary fixtures and fittings and the installation of oil-fired central heating.   
The cottage is let under a Short Assured Tenancy at a rent of 450 per month.

Lot 2 - The Newtyle Salmon Fishings

The River Tay
The River Tay is the longest of Scotland's salmon rivers. The river and its many tributaries drain an area of approximately 3,000 square miles. The many lochs in the catchment, some of which are controlled for hydro-electricity production, help regulate the flow of the Tay so that large floods are rare while maintaining enough flow for salmon to enter the river even during periods of prolonged drought. The British record rod caught salmon was caught on the Glendelvine beat of the river, weighing in at 64lbs caught by Miss Georgina Ballantine in 1922.

The Newtyle Salmon Fishings
The Newtyle Salmon Fishings is one of the most highly regarded and beautiful beats on the Middle River Tay. Situated about 17 miles south of Bonskeid House near the village of Birnam, the beat extends to approximately 1.63km of double and 1.39km of single (right) bank salmon fishing which is owned by the vendor plus a further c.1,300 metres of single (right) bank fishing which is leased on an annual basis at a rent of 2,000. The beat fishes as an eight rod beat in the early part of the season reducing to 6 rods for the spring and autumn. It has a five-year average of 151 salmon/grilse.

There are 16 named pools which provide fishing from the bank and boat. The beat has a well-appointed timber-lined fishing hut above 'The Boil' pool that was recently upgraded, and has a fireplace, veranda, a store room and a WC. The banks are well maintained and there is good vehicular access and a car park.

A full-time ghillie is currently employed to accompany fishing guests and provide tuition, in addition to carrying out essential maintenance and repair.

In 2012, 180 salmon/grilse were caught, and 2013 is set to be another very good year for catches with 130 salmon caught up to the end of June.

The salmon fishing season opens on 15 January and runs through to 15 October, although the season can be extended to the end of October through an agreement with the Scottish Government. The Newtyle beat is renowned fly water with about 60% of the five-year average catch being taken on the fly.

The conservation measures set out by the Tay Foundation advisory group (www.tayfoundation.org) are observed.

The catch records for the beat since 2008 are as follows:

Year Salmon/Grilse Caught
2012 180
2011 153
2010 172
2009 114
2008 135
Total 754
5-year average 151



Lot 2 - Newtyle Salmon Fishings

In 2012, 180 salmon/grilse were caught, and 2013 is set to be another very good year for catches with 130 salmon caught up to the end of June.

The salmon fishing season opens on 15 January and runs through to 15 October, although the season can be extended to the end of October through an agreement with the Scottish Government. The Newtyle beat is renowned fly water with about 60% of the five-year average catch being taken on the fly.

The conservation measures set out by the Tay Foundation advisory group (www.tayfoundation.org) are observed.

The catch records for the beat since 2008 are as follows:

Year Salmon/Grilse Caught
2012 180
2011 153
2010 172
2009 114
2008 135
Total 754
5-year average 151




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