8 bedroom detached house for saleCleish, Kinross, Kinross-shire
Offers Over £1,500,000
- 8 Bedrooms
- 4 Reception rooms
- Library with magnificent painted ceiling
- Well-maintained gardens and lawns
- Stone ruin with renovation potential
- Stables, fields and outbuildings
Cleish Castle started life as a single tower house, now forming the southern wing of the current L-shaped house. The old courtyard gateway has been incorporated into the Victorian single storey addition to the house. The castle was enlarged at the beginning of the 17th century, with substantial alterations to the upper parts of the original tower house. The present owners purchased Cleish in 1993 and have embarked on a comprehensive and substantial restoration programme of the castle and grounds. They have, with great imagination, added a single storey south wing which blends beautifully with the original building. The net result is truly a warm and very comfortable family home in a superb condition, suited for 21st century living.
The castle is served by two driveways. The main drive is flanked by policy woods and terminates in a gravel sweep at the front door. The accommodation is on five floors, as shown on the
floor plans, and the many improvements carried
out by the sellers have created a super home suited for a family. Each floor is linked by a spiral staircase which is a feature of the castle.
Gardens and Grounds
The gardens at Cleish Castle are superb and a most attractive feature of the property. A recent survey by Historic Scotland has confirmed that the gardens of Cleish were laid out in the early 1600s. Little remains of the original formal gardens, with the notable exception of the yew walk, which has been dated from 1620 to 1640. This is Scotland's oldest yew walk, measuring over 150 yards in length, and is substantially intact.
Over the past 20 years the garden has been restored, and has been designed to be easily maintained. There are herbaceous and shrub beds, a variety of woodland paths, lawns, a vegetable garden and beech hedges. A beech maze was planted in 2006. In spring there is a fine display of snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells, followed in the early summer by rhododendrons and azaleas. There is a wide variety of trees including beech, sycamores and conifers. A small burn runs through the grounds. To the south of the castle there is a field divided in two, suitable for ponies or livestock. There is an additional paddock, with a hen house and hen run. In the south facing angle of the castle there is a court yard with a box hedged parterre. The castle walls are planted with climbing roses.
The stables and doocot lie a short distance from the castle on the north drive. These include a large garden shed, a wood store, a pottery studio and loft space. Behind the stables is a macadam surfaced tennis court. There is a stone ruin in the policies. It has a superb position and could be developed to create a cottage for an employee or dependent relative, providing the necessary planning consent is obtained. An architect representing the seller has had preliminary discussions with the planning officer. Adjacent to the Cottage is a concrete constructed hut with insulated water tanks, which are supplied by mains water from the public supply and which serve as header tanks for the castle.
Cleish Castle is situated in a peaceful and rural setting near the Conservation Village of Cleish, and conveniently is only 25 miles from Princes Street in Edinburgh.
Built on a slightly elevated site, the castle and the grounds have outstanding views across Kinross-shire with Loch Leven visible to the east and the Ochil Hills to the north.
The county town of Kinross is 4 miles distant and provides all daily requirements with a range of local shops, supermarkets, with good medical and veterinary services.
Cleish Castle lies close to excellent communication links. The M90 motorway provides swift access to Perth (22 miles) and Edinburgh (25 miles), and the M80 to Glasgow (43 miles). Trains run regularly from Inverkeithing and Perth to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and London. Edinburgh International Airport is only 24 miles away and provides regular flights throughout the UK and to a range of international destinations.
Cleish Castle is ideally situated to enjoy the beautiful county of Kinross-shire. There are a number of cycle tracks, walks and equestrian facilities in the locality. The area is renowned for field sports with pheasant shooting and roe deer stalking available for rent on nearby estates. Trout fishermen need no introduction to Loch Leven, the
best known brown trout fishery in the world. There are a number of exceptional golf courses in the area, including Gleneagles (15 miles) and St Andrews (35 miles). Gleneagles hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup and The Open in 2015 will be played over The Old Course in St Andrews. There are some excellent local courses including Muckhart,
Kinross and Milnathort. Gliding can be enjoyed at Portmoak and sailing on the forth.
There is a primary school in Cleish, and a new secondary school in Kinross. Within the locality there is a big choice of private schools. These include Dollar Academy, Glenalmond College, Kilgraston, Strathallan, Craigclowan and St Leonards; and a large further selection of excellent schools in Edinburgh.
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