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9 bedroom detached house for sale

Brin House, Flichity, Inverness, Inverness-Shire, IV2

Under Offer £1,450,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Brin House - 9 bedrooms
  • Self-contained apartment - 3 bedrooms
  • Two cottages (requiring refurbishment)
  • About 323 acres in total
  • 55 acres pasture
  • 256 acres woodland and hill
  • Frontage to River Nairn
  • Woodland policies
  • Range of traditional outbuilding
  • EPC Rating = F

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Residential Estate With Imposing Country House In The Heart Of Strathnairn


Brin is a compact residential estate lying to the south of Inverness. The estate is set to the north of the picturesque and dramatic Monadhliath Mountains in the valley of Strathnairn which stretches from the historic battlefield of Culloden, the site of the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising, to Dunmaglass.

There are excellent communication links by road, rail and air. The A9 provides quick and easy access north to Inverness (14 miles) and south to Perth (107 miles). Inverness Airport (21 miles) provides a wide range of domestic and European flights, with daily flights to London Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton. There is a direct train service daily to London (Kings Cross) from Inverness, as well as a sleeper service.

The north of Scotland is noted for its great wildernesses and field sports, including pheasant, partridge and grouse shooting. Red, roe and fallow deer stalking is also readily available. Only a short distance to the south lies the Cairngorms National Park, the largest in the UK. Within the park is the popular resort of Aviemore for skiing during the winter months and hill walking and other activities during the summer.

The City of Inverness, known as 'the capital of the Highlands', is a thriving modern city offering a wide range of amenities and excellent restaurants, shops, supermarkets and professional services. More locally the Inverarnie Stores (4.5 miles) offers basic provisions and local produce.

Local primary schooling is available in Farr (3 miles) and secondary schooling in Inverness and Culloden, Independent education is available at Gordonstoun (46 miles) in Moray.


The property extends in total to 323 acres and comprises an imposing nine bedroom country house with an integral three bedroom apartment, with ancillary outbuildings, two cottages (in need of refurbishment), large gardens with a walled garden, three grazing fields, amenity and commercial woodland and hill ground extending up to and beyond the Brin Rock. The land is bounded to the east by the River Nairn. Brin is approached via stone gate posts and wrought iron gates from the quiet public road to the front of the house. Alternatively there is a central and rear driveway which is more commonly used.

Brin House was built by Duncan Stewart in 1862 and was used as a family home until 1917 when it was passed into the hands of Lady Invernairn of Flichity. It was used mainly as a shooting lodge until it was sold in 1947, when it once again became a private residence. In 1981 the estate was sold and the house was converted to manufacture scientific apparatus. The current owners bought the estate in 2000 and have undertaken to transform the house into a family home, restoring the original ceilings and cornicing, with many other original features being refurbished, including fireplaces.

Internally the house has generously proportioned principal rooms with the main reception rooms and billiard room featuring fine plaster ceilings. It is particularly suited for entertaining with a magnificent double aspect drawing room and dining room either side of the reception hall which has an impressive solid oak cantilever staircase leading to the gallery landing. Equally, it is an ideal family home with a comfortable sitting room, large kitchen with morning room and rear entrance hall on the ground floor. There is a study, wine cellar, cloakroom, boot room, strong room, two enclosed entrance porches, and an additional entrance / storage room. A lift (requiring refurbishment) connects the ground floor to the first floor.

On the first floor there are nine good sized bedrooms including a master suite with a dressing room and en suite bathroom. There is an additional family bathroom, separate toilet and separate shower room. Also on the first floor are a number of storage rooms which could be converted to provide additional bedrooms or alternatively a studio or an office.

Additional accommodation can be provided by the integral apartment in the east wing which comprises a sitting room, large dining kitchen, utility room and shower room on the ground floor with three bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor. Alternatively it could be let as a self-contained unit with its own independent access and staircase, or used for staff or for holiday lets. Adjoining the house in the rear courtyard is a garage and boiler room.

To the rear of the house there is a traditional steading range, a pair of cottages and a bothy. The steading is of stone and slate construction and provides garaging, useful garden storage and the former stables with a loft above, coach room, and former groom's room, currently used for additional storage.

The two cottages offer significant potential for conversion into one larger cottage (subject to the necessary consents) to provide additional accommodation, either for guests or as a separate holiday letting enterprise.

The Bothy is of stone construction under a corrugated iron roof with kennels and a run adjoining it. To the rear is a lean to shed used for storing logs and machinery.

There is a large general purpose shed (42.6m x 14.9m) to the north of the House. It is of concrete portal frame construction and is currently used for storage although it could easily be converted for holding sheep or cattle. Nearby are two wooden stables, small wooden shed and a field shelter.

Surrounding the house are the formal lawns which are interspersed with mature hardwoods and rhododendrons which provides shelter and colour. To the north east of the house lies the walled garden which is predominately down to lawn with herbaceous borders.

The Land
The land at Brin extends to 323 acres in total which includes a number of mixed hardwood and conifer plantations and agricultural land on the low ground and naturally regenerated woodland and open hill rising up to the Brin Rock, the highest point on the estate at 435m above sea level. To the north of the Brin Rock there is an area of gently undulating hill ground. The fields to the south east run down to the River Nairn and offer good grazing for stock or horses. Parts of the fields have been planted with broadleaves which enhances the amenity. To the north of the rear drive there are two further agricultural fields.

Brin's undulating topography and woodland offers the foundations of an enjoyable rough shoot and exciting roe deer stalking. On the eastern boundary lies the River Nairn; the estate owns approximately 0.6 miles of left bank, and while no formal records have been kept, it should be possible to catch the occasional sea trout or salmon.

General Remarks
Viewing Strictly by appointment with Savills Edinburgh office (0131 247 3720).

Acreage: 323 Acres


From Inverness take the A9 in a southerly direction for 5 miles. Turn left onto the B851 (signposted Fort Augustus) and continue for approximately 6.5 miles then turn right (signposted Flichity). Follow the minor road over the River Nairn past the front gates to Brin House for about 0.2 miles. Turn left into the rear drive (signposted Brin House) and follow the drive around to the left. From the south take the A9 in a northerly direction and turn left onto the B851 (signposted Fort Augustus) and follow the directions above.

The postcode is IV2 6XE.

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