4 bedroom detached house for saleLower Freuchies, Glenisla, By Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH11
Sold STC £490,000
- Home Report £515,000
- 2 reception rooms, conservatory
- Dining kitchen
- 4 bedrooms (2 en suite)
- Integral garage with games room above
- Gardens and grounds
- 2 bedroom chalet
- EPC Rating = C
A modern well appointed house in Glenisla with good views and a separate cottage
Lower Freuchies enjoys a lovely position at the foot of Glenmarkie, which is a small glen leading off Glenisla. The hills and woods, known as Glenisla Forest, provide shelter and give the property a highland setting with established forestry and with the moors and mountains of the Cairngorms National Park rising behind.
Glenisla is described by Nigel Tranter in 'The Queen's Scotland: the Eastern Counties' (Hodder & Stoughton) as "the westernmost of the famous Glens of Angus, those picturesque valleys which probe northwards into the loft and lovely eastern Grampian mountain mass from the wide fertile vale of Strathmore." Glenisla is unique having access from both the south and the north.
The area, which is very close to the county boundary of Angus and Perthshire, offers a wide range of leisure opportunities, with three golf courses at Alyth, and a championship course at Rosemount. Low and high ground shooting, including grouse and stalking, can be taken on local estates. Salmon and sea trout fishing is available on the rivers Ericht, Isla and Tay, together with the North and South Esks. In addition there is local fishing at Lintrathen. The surrounding glens are famed for their range of outdoor activities and offer plenty of opportunities for some of the best hill walking and riding in eastern Scotland. There is skiing in Glenshee in the winter which is an easy drive, being only about 15 miles further north via the B951 and A93. There is a riding and trekking centre further up Glenmarkie.
Locally Glenisla has an active community with its hotel, village hall and annual Highland Games. A bus takes children to the new Isla Primary School at Lintrathen. Secondary schooling, together with a range of shops, banks and associated services are found in Kirriemuir (known as the Gateway to the Glens). Further shopping is found in Alyth, while more extensive services are found in Blairgowrie. Both the 'Fair City of Perth' and Dundee are also easily reached and offer all the services expected of major cities.
Despite its idyllic rural setting, Lower Freuchies is not remote. The main road running through Glenisla is easily reached, providing access both north and south, while the A93 in Glenshee links north to Royal Deeside and south to Perth, and the A9 to Pitlochry is reached via Kirkmichael and Strathardle. From Perth the M90 links to Edinburgh and the south, while the A9 goes west to Stirling and Glasgow. There is a regional airport at Dundee with services to London Stansted and Amsterdam. Edinburgh Airport has a wide range of services and there are railway stations at Dundee and Perth.
Lower Freuchies is a most imposing and well presented modern country house, occupying an enviable position at the foot of Glenmarkie. Although modern, it has a traditional feel to its design externally, yet is thoroughly contemporary inside, and enjoys lovely views. Architect designed, the house was built for the sellers in 2007/08. It has stone and timber cladding to the front, a traditional harl finish to the rear and a slate roof.
On entering the house there is a stylish and contemporary open plan hallway / dining room and kitchen. A sitting room and a living room provide further family and entertaining space and there is a games room. Upstairs are four well appointed bedrooms. The house benefits from oak doors, fittings and furnishings, and door ironmongery and other finishings are all of a high quality. A well appointed wooden chalet beside the entrance was previously used for holiday letting, and given the location, has considerable potential for providing an income, or could be used as ancillary accommodation.
A gravelled drive leads up to a block paved and gravelled parking and turning area. A partially glazed front door opens to a semi-circular vestibule with a tiled floor which leads
into the main open plan living space, which has engineered oak flooring. This includes a hallway / dining room with stairs to the first floor and a walk in store. Off the hallway are the sitting room and the kitchen. The Hacker kitchen has black high gloss units with granite work tops and tiled splashbacks, and low level lighting, and which includes a fitted NEFF dishwasher, sink with drainer, Toledo range cooker with extractor, American style GEC fridge and freezer with water and ice dispenser. There is a breakfast bar for informal dining with a wooden work top and a wood burning stove. Off the dining hall area is the sitting room, again with engineered oak flooring and cornicing and a wall mounted LG television, and double opening doors to the sun room, creating a lovely entertaining area. This has beautiful views and double opening doors to the patio. Also off the hallway is the living room with cornice and downlighters and two wall lights.
A rear hall off the kitchen gives access to a tiled shower room with shower, circular Roca washbasin and WC, a boiler room housing a Worcester oil fired boiler and a back door. The utility room has fitted wooden units with sink, plumbing for washing machine and dryer and a door through to an integral double garage with automatic roller doors and an understair cupboard. A door opens to a lobby with further back door and steps up to a games room with dormer windows and a wall mounted LG television.
A custom-made oak spiral staircase leads up to a landing with a hatch with attic ladder to the floored roof space. Bedroom 1 has a built in wardrobe. Bedroom 2 has a built in wardrobe and a tiled en suite shower room. The master bedroom has built in wardrobes and a tiled en suite shower room. Adjacent to the bathroom is Bedroom 4. The bathroom is well finished with a bath, shower cubicle, Roca washbasin and WC.
At the back of the house is a log store. Adjacent is a block built workshop (9.75 m x 5.72 m) with concrete floor, roller door and a slate roof. On the other side of the house is a sheltered area of garden with a lawn and a patio which links to the sun room. This has a covered seating area and a covered hot tub, which is heated by a wood burning stove. The remainder of the garden is a mix of banking, trees and borders.
The wooden chalet has a slate roof and a verandah. Doors open to an open plan living room and kitchen with wooden floor, wall mounted TV and wood burning stove. The kitchen area has fitted wooden units, Stoves Newhome hob and oven, sink, Diplomat dishwasher and fitted fridge. Off this is a small study and a utility room with fitted units with sink, pl umbing for washing machine, Grant oil fired boiler and a back door. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom with bath, shower, pedestal washbasin and WC. Outside is a wooden shed and a gravelled seating area.
Square Footage: 4,205 sq ft
Acreage: 0.82 Acres
If coming from the A90 (Aberdeen to Dundee dual carriageway) turn off at the Forfar bypass and proceed to Kirriemuir on the A926. From Kirriemuir take the B951 to Glenisla passing through Kirkton of Kingoldrum. Continue for a further 8.3 miles and turn right, before reaching Kirkton of Glenisla, signposted Glenmarkie (pony camps and horse riding). Continue on this tarred road for 0.4 miles and the turning to Lower Freuchies will be seen on the right.
From the south and Perth take either the A93 to Blairgowrie and then the A926 to Alyth, or the A94 through Coupar Angus and at Meigle turn left onto the B954 to Alyth. Alternatively from Dundee take the A923 and the B954 to Alyth. From the roundabout at Alyth take the Glenisla turning and then turn right at the T junction. Continue on this road for 4 miles and after crossing the bridge at Reekie Linn take the B954 signposted Backwater Reservoir and Kirkton of Glenisla. At the next T junction turn left onto the B951 signposted Kirkton of Glenisla. Continue for 2.4 miles and before reaching Kirkton of Glenisla, turn right signposted Glenmarkie and proceed as above.
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