12 bedroom house for sale
Candacraig House & Courtyard, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, AB36 8XT
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- Beautiful Scottish mansion house
- Stunning highland setting
- 4 reception rooms
- 12 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms
- Three cottages
- Walled garden. Tempietto and loch.
- Woodlands. About 14 acres.
- Four courtyard cottages in 4 acres
- EPC Rating (House) = F
Candacraig House has a lovely setting overlooking its own grounds in the unspoilt highlands of west Aberdeenshire. The house is situated in scenic Strathdon with the River Don running through the valley in front. There are flat grass fields beyond and the house is backed by established forestry with moors and mountains rising above.
Strathdon is surrounded by highland estates which offer a wide range of field sports, including red and roe deer stalking, walked up and driven grouse shooting, pheasant and rough shooting, salmon and trout fishing, all of which can be leased by arrangement. There is also winter ski-ing at the Lecht Ski Centre which is only 10 miles away. Balmoral, the highland retreat of the Royal Family, is only 16 miles away, just beyond Ballater.
The house is close to Speyside and is within the Cairngorms National Park. The road through Strathdon joins the A939 which connects Ballater to Grantown-on-Spey. There are many deer forests and grouse moors in Speyside with salmon fishing on the famous Rivers Spey and Findhorn to the north. Inverness, ‘Capital of the Highlands’, is 65 miles away.
Strathdon has a well established place on the Highland Games circuit, with the Lonach Gathering being one of the most famous games in Scotland. The Lonach Highlanders originate in Strathdon and their march through the glen in full highland garb is one of the most colourful occasions in the highland calendar. The present owners host the Highlanders at Candacraig House on the morning of the games.
Bellabeg, 2 miles from Candacraig, has a local shop / post office and a garage. There are further local shops at Alford. Aberdeen is the main centre for north east Scotland and is the headquarters for many businesses related to the North Sea oil industry. The city has an excellent range of shops, schools and services.
Although it has an idyllic rural setting, Candacraig House is not remote. Aberdeen Airport is 45 miles away and offers daily services to London, other UK cities and Europe. Aberdeen also has a mainline railway station with direct services to London.
The original part of the house dates from the 17th century. It was enlarged and altered into essentially its present form by the Aberdeen architect ‘Tudor Johnny’ Smith of Aberdeen in 1836 for the Anderson family, who occupied the house for 10 generations. Smith is said to have copied the style of a French château to create the Baronial effects which were popular in Scotland at the time. The house passed by marriage in 1866 to the Forbes of Newe. The Forbes originate from Strathdon and still have a house in the area.
In 1900 Candacraig Estate was bought by the Wallace family who own the surrounding land until this day. The west wing, by George Gordon of Inverness, was added in 1901. The family had further additions carried out in the 1920s by George Bennet Mitchell & Son of Aberdeen. The house was badly damaged by fire in 1955 and Alexander McKenzie, an Aberdeen architect, was employed to reconstruct the building. This he did very successfully, creating a practical and manageable home for modern day occupation while retaining its traditional Scottish style.
The Wallace family sold off the house in 1982 and it was subsequently bought by the Roddick family in 1986. They completely refurbished and redecorated the whole building, mainly using local craftsmen, creating the magnificent and luxurious home which exists today. New central heating and hot water boilers were installed at that time. This refurbishment has been enhanced by the present owners who have also bought the adjoining walled garden and courtyard cottages back in, to restore to the property the privacy it deserves.
Candacraig House is a traditional Scots Baronial mansion house built of harled stone under a slate roof with pepper pot turrets and steep pitched roofs with crow stepped dormer windows to the front.
The house has fine reception rooms including a magnificent timber panelled drawing room with a highly decorative plaster ceiling and a panelled library beyond. These two rooms and the dining room are to the front of the house and are reached off a long picture gallery. To the rear of the house are a large family kitchen and an office / utility room. A passageway with historic carved timber panelling leads to a billiard room.
The master bedroom suite is above the drawing room at the west end of the house. A long passage served by three separate staircases leads to the other bedrooms. There is extensive storage and utility space at basement level and in the outbuildings behind.
There is a yard at the back of the house with concealed propane gas tanks.
Garage Under the house. Divided into two garden stores.
Generator room Housing diesel generator.
Store room Beneath stairs up to master bedroom.
Timber Log Shed and Greenhouse
Timber Building with a corrugated iron roof, comprising kennels, log shed, studio (19’ x 11’) and store with timber panelled walls.
Staff Cottage Built of stone to ground floor and slatted timber to upper floor under a slate roof.
Gate Lodge Adjacent to the entrance gates is a small, stone built gate lodge built in similar style to the house with a spire.
Old Engine House Set above the walled garden, the cottage is built of stone under pitched slate roofs with Velux windows along the roofline. Outside, there is a summerhouse or studio with a fireplace housing a solid fuel stove and glazed arched doors into the walled garden. There is a store room below and lean-to sheds adjoin it.
GARDEN AND POLICIES
Candacraig House is set in gardens and policies extending to about 14 acres, which are south facing and slope down in front of the house.
Immediately in front of the house is a paved patio with a terraced lawn in front. The gravel turning sweep is to the side, backed by a high fir hedge. A fine mature fir tree stands opposite the sweep.
Below the terraced lawn a gravel path leads down a steep bank planted with shrubs, to an extensive area of sloping lawns. At the bottom of the sloping lawns is a timber summerhouse with a croquet lawn in front.
Parallel to this is a level garden with two rows of topiary trees enclosed by low box hedges on two sides and a high fir hedge on the third side. Next to this is a pillared tempietto with seven stone pillars on a circular base.
The pathway continues down to a stand of fir trees. Next to these trees is a loch with a timber jetty and boat shelter and a pathway with a bridge around. To the east of the lochan is a further stand of fir trees with a channelled burn with bridges over and hidden gardens with shrubs, statues and arches.
The Walled Garden is a special feature of the property. It is divided into compartments and is well stocked. There is a large parking and storage area to the side.
To the west of the house, separated off by a high fence and gateway, is an attractive courtyard which comprises five cottages. 5 Candacraig Square, in the north elevation, is not owned. The remaining cottages have all been upgraded to a high standard.
1 Candacraig Square Comprises the north east corner of the courtyard.
2 Candacraig Square Comprises the main east elevation of the courtyard. It is built of harled brick under a pitched slate roof.
3 Candacraig Square Comprises the west elevation of the courtyard.
4 Candacraig Square Comprises the southern elevation of the courtyard and is fully detached. It has three arched windows along the front with arched doorways either side.
Candacraig Square is set off the original back drive with an impressive gateway to the west. The surrounding land extends to about 4 acres and comprises grassland and open woodland. Adjacent to the back gates is a former game larder.
Services / Heating
Mains electricity with back up diesel generator. Drainage to shared septic tank. Shared private water supply.
Central heating from propane gas fired boilers. Electric storage heaters to upper floors.
Candacraig House, the gate lodge, the walled garden, Candacraig Square and the Engine House are all listed Category ‘B’.
TheTempietto, the old game larder, the gates and boundary walls are all listed Category C (S).
Fixtures, Fittings and Contents
The fitted carpets, curtains and light fittings are included in the sale price.
An inventory of contents will be made available to the buyer at a price to be agreed in addition to the sale price.
Candacraig House: Council Tax Band H
Old Engine House: Council Tax Band E
Gate Lodge: Council Tax Band C
1 Candacraig Square: Council Tax Band D
2 Candacraig Square: Council Tax Band D
3 Candacraig Square: Council Tax Band E
4 Candacraig Square: Council Tax Band D
5 Candacraig Square has rights of access to the west driveways and to the shared courtyard.
From Aberdeen take the A944 west signposted to Alford. Pass through Alford, continue for 6 miles and turn left onto the A97 signposted to Kildrummy and Strathdon. Follow this road west for 10 miles and continue straight onto the A944 signposted to Corgarff and Tomintoul. Pass through the village of Bellabeg. The gates to Candacraig House are on the left two miles beyond Bellabeg.
From Grantown-on-Spey take the A939 south past the Lecht Ski Centre. Turn left onto the A944 which leads to Strathdon. The gates to Candacraig House are on the right hand side after about 4 miles.
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