3 bedroom detached house for saleAviemore, Invernessshire, Scotland
This award-winning house, set in a stunning location in the Cairngorms National Park, was designed in 1993 by the architect Roddy Langmuir for his father, the renowned mountaineer Eric Langmuir.
The three-bedroom house sits in an elevated position overlooking a small loch with far-reaching views of the magnificent Cairngorm mountains beyond. It can be found in the Spey Valley in the pretty hamlet of Avielochan, approximately three miles from the popular town of Aviemore.
Accommodation is arranged over two floors, with the upper level primarily taken up with a spectacular kitchen / living / dining room. This partly circular space has wonderful double-height ceilings, incredible views and some delightful detailing that you would expect from a greatly admired architect such as Langmuir. A study area is also incorporated into this space whilst the kitchen and dining area are on a raised level. The dining area is circular in shape and the kitchen, which has Corian work surfaces, has units designed specifically for the space by Langmuir.
Also on this floor are three bedrooms and a bathroom. The master bedroom, which also has mountain views, has an ensuite bathroom and inbuilt wardrobes. Two of the bedrooms feature bunk-style sleeping platforms that comfortably accommodate extra guests.
Downstairs is a large room currently used as a playroom / boot room. It could easily be adapted for use as a fourth bedroom or a number of other purposes. Also on this floor is a WC, shower and changing room as well as a utility area and sauna. This floor could be adapted as an annexe as it has its own entrance and can be separated from the rest of the house via a sliding door.
There are numerous details throughout which enrich this amazing home. The exposed timber construction on the ceilings are a reminder of the expertise that Langmuir has in this area (most notably with the celebrated John Hope Gateway in Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens). Sleeping platforms evoke the local bothy culture and the steel railings are reminiscent of the nearby ski resort chairlifts. The roof is made from zinc and the exterior is clad in cedar.
Gardens surround the house and are a key part of the appeal of this property. A decked area can be found at the rear which is ideal for eating outside. At the back of the plot is a carefully nurtured woodland of birch and pine and there is also a rockery, the centre piece of which is a huge boulder from which the house takes its name (Clach Mhor meaning ‘big stone’ in Gaelic). There is a small terrace in front of the master bedroom which gives prime views of the mountains across the loch.
Langmuir’s design was awarded a Royal Institute of British Architects award in 1996 and has featured in numerous newspapers, journals and magazines including The Scotsman and The Sunday Times.
As should be expected from a property created for an authority on the great outdoors (Eric Langmuir’s Mountaincraft and Leadership is still considered the leading book on mountain safety), there is plenty to do on the doorstep for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits. The nearby loch is regularly visited by Osprey and Slavonian Grebes and beyond lies the Abernethy Forest. The area is well known for skiing, walking, salmon fishing in the River Spey, canoeing and much more besides.
Aviemore has always been a popular destination for those exploring the Cairngorms National Park as such it has a broad range of facilities including a train station that can be reached directly from London King’s Cross (or Euston via the overnight sleeper train). Aviemore also has a primary school (with a secondary school in nearby Kingussie). There are plenty of good places to eat out locally including Andersons, The Boat Hotel and The Old Bridge Inn.
Inverness airport is approximately 40 miles away.
Property ref: 121_2280_4208239
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