12 bedroom detached house for saleJordanstone House, Alyth, By Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH11
- 4 reception rooms, billiards room
- 12 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms
- Four cottages
- garaging for 13 cars
- Victorian glasshouse
- traditional outbuildings
- wonderful gardens
- 11.9 acres
- EPC Rating = F
Impressive country house with four cottages, extensive garaging and wonderful gardens.
Jordanstone House has a private setting in 11.9 acres of its own grounds on the edge of the Vale of Strathmore, the fertile plain that lies between the Grampian Mountains and the Sidlaw Hills, on the county border between Perthshire and Angus.
The property is well placed for modern communications. The A94 connects Perth to Forfar and the main Dundee to Aberdeen road (A90). Perth is only 22 miles away and has a motorway connection to Edinburgh. Dundee Airport has services to London City Airport, Birmingham and Belfast and a railway station on the main east coast line.
Alyth has good local facilities. Blairgowrie and Forfar provide a more extensive range of shops and professional services while the larger towns of Perth and Dundee are within easy reach. There are a number of public schools in the area including Glenalmond, Strathallan, Kilgraston (girls), Dundee High School and St Leonards. Prep schools include Craigclowan, Ardvreck and St Leonards-New Park.
The recreational opportunities in the area are excellent. There is grouse shooting and stalking on nearby estates and fishing on the Rivers Tay, Isla and Ericht. There are a number of good pheasant shoots nearby. The northernmost fox hunt in Britain is just over the Firth of Tay in Fife. Both national hunt racing and polo take place at Scone on the near side of Perth. There is a golf course near the house and Carnoustie, St Andrews, Rosemount and Gleneagles are all within easy reach.
Jordanstone House is an important Scottish Mansion, the original part of which dates from the late 18th century. It was extended circa 1890 when John Murray Robertson designed a pedimented wing with tripartite windows. A corresponding wing was added by Lorimer & Matthew in 1929 to give the property a symmetrical southern façade.
It is understood that the Georgian house at the core of Jordanstone was built for Admiral Sir John Knight. Knight is perhaps best known as the Sea Captain sent out to bring Caroline of Bruntswood to Britain for her ill-fated marriage to King George IV.
The house was sold to the Duncan family in 1892, the last of whom, Sir James Duncan Bt, was a well known politician, being MP successively for Kensington, Angus and Kincardineshire. The family were great benefactors to the district and it was Sir James's father who endowed the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee in 1909. Before becoming a Faculty of the University of Dundee, the College conferred its last Honorary Fellowship on the late Lady Duncan. The Duncans instructed the enlargement and aggrandisement of Jordanstone, employing Sir Robert Lorimer in 1929 to add the drawing room wing which restored the symmetry of the south facing elevation.
The current owners acquired Jordanstone in 2004 and have renovated the property to create the stunning country house and gardens that can be seen today.
Jordanstone House has been upgraded but retains its period character. The house is built of stone and partially rendered under a predominantly slate roof. Internally period features include ornate marble and carved stone fireplaces, elaborate plaster work relief ceilings, circular windows and a south facing loggia.
The house is approached though an impressive gateway with a tarmac drive leading past the West Lodge to the sweep at the side of the house.
Double oak doors to a vestibule with vaulted ceiling, sandstone corbels, flagstone floor and initialled marriage stone. Part glazed double doors to hall with the library to the side with oak panelled walls and bookcases and fireplace with marble surround.
Reception hall with decorative carved stone fireplace depicting the Duncan family motto 'vivat veritas' (long live truth) and wood burning stove. Ceiling rose, cornicing. Double doors to south facing loggia.
Drawing room with fireplace with pink marble and carved oak surround and brick hearth. Lorimer decorative moulded plasterwork with plastered panels and ceiling depicting fruit and flowers. Dado panelling, window seat and polished wood sprung floor.
Study with fireplace with wooden Adam period mantel. Shelved cupboard. Dining room with dado panelling and fireplace with marble surround and carved decorative mantel. Panelled ceiling in geometric design.
Kitchen / family room with a large carved stone fireplace surrounded by wood panelling. Four oven electric Aga and hand-built timber units. Bay window. Door to stairs down to billiards room and up to two staff bedrooms and a shower room.
Pantry and butler's pantry with original floor fitted cupboards and silver safe. Gun room / cloakroom with cast iron fireplace with marble slips. Original glass fronted gun board above. Twin enamel sinks with marble surrounds. Separate WC.
In the south west corner, master bedroom with fireplace with stone hearth and carved mantel. En suite bathroom with free standing bath, dual wash basins with marble surround, WC and shower. Second bathroom with bath, shower, wash basin, separate WC.
Off landing three south facing bedrooms with fireplaces and wash basins. Bathroom.
In east wing two bedrooms with marble fireplaces. Bathroom and separate WC.
Back landing with secondary stairs. Staff bedroom with fireplace and wash basin. Shower room.
In west wing bedroom with fireplace and door to small bedroom or dressing room. Bathroom. Scullery with sink and plumbing for washing machine.
Three bedrooms with coombed ceilings, bathroom and separate WC and staff sitting room.
The lower ground floor has its own access from a courtyard at the rear. The rooms that are in use have been renovated and include a panelled billiard room with a bay window and sitting area with fireplace. In addition there is an office, laundry and old kitchen and a number of further storage rooms.
Range of Traditional Outbuildings and Garages
The original stables and coach house have been converted into an impressive garage block with additional, new garaging being built to create a courtyard to the south. This comprises a new heated five bay garage and one four bay heated garage, a further three spaces in the covered courtyard and one off beside the four post ramp, adding up to space for 13 cars plus a further three in the separate sheds to the front of the stables. These currently house grass and tractor equipment but this could be roomed in the new facility behind the walled garden.
There are sliding double doors to internal courtyard with garage with car lift and work shop with partially floored loft above. Bothy with kitchen and shower room downstairs and bedroom above.
Modern garage with detached garage opposite both with under floor heating, electric doors, wood panelling and double glazed roof lights.
Adjacent to the garage block is a brick built range with a store, workshop and single garage at the end.
The Chauffeur's Cottage forms part of the garage block. The accommodation comprises hall, kitchen, sitting room, study, two bedrooms and shower room. There is a small garden to the east. The Chauffeur's Cottage is currently let on a short assured tenancy.
East Gate Lodge
Adjoining is the East Gate Lodge. The accommodation comprises hall, sitting room, kitchen, two bedrooms, en suite shower room and bathroom. There is a garden laid to lawn. The East Gate Lodge is currently occupied by the caretaker.
Gardens and Grounds
The gardens and grounds have been revitalised over the last ten years to create an exceptional setting for the house.
To the south of the loggia at the front of the house is a three-tiered terraced lawn with colourful planted beds leading down to the croquet lawn and on to an ornamental gate at the southern boundary. There is a timber built summer house. A footpath leads through planted borders with mature trees and heathers to an all-weather tennis court.
To the west there is an area of woodland bordering the drive and an orchard of apple trees which could be put to use as a paddock. To the north west are lawns with an herbaceous border leading to an attractive octagonal well house with an ornamental well head. Beyond the high brick wall lies a timber built store with corrugated roofing and a concrete floor. Adjacent is a large timber built lean-to store.
The Garden Cottage is stone built under a slate roof. The accommodation on two floors comprises living room, kitchen, studio, bathroom and a first floor bedroom. Garden Cottage is currently let on a short assured tenancy.
Formal Garden and Victorian Glasshouse
The former walled garden has been transformed to create a formal garden with three sets of ornamental gates leading to lawns intersected by gravel paths and hedging. There is a central fountain and canal. At the northern end of the garden is a Victorian Glasshouse with eight interlinked greenhouses, which has been beautifully restored with new glazing, slate and cast iron flower tables and window winding mechanisms. There is a central double height room. The greenhouses grow a selection of fruits and vegetables including peaches, figs and tomatoes and there is a separate melon house. There are extensive potting sheds.
Lying at the main entrance to Jordanstone is West Lodge, built of stone under a slate roof. It has been refurbished and extended. There is oak flooring in a number of the rooms and it has been finished to a high standard throughout.
The accommodation comprises sitting room with a wood burning stove, fitted kitchen with an electric Aga, study, conservatory, utility room and larder, rear hall with WC. Three bedrooms, bathroom with a free standing bath, wash hand basin and shower room.
To the rear is a garden principally laid to lawn with a garden shed and a gravel parking area to the side of the lodge. West Lodge is currently let on a short assured tenancy.
Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil fired heating.
To the south of the house is a 3.69 Kw solar panel installation which is currently entitled to a feed in tariff of 48.07 pence for every kw generated. The installation has generated circa 2900 kw in previous years.
Jordanstone House is listed category B.
Jordanstone entrance gates are category C. The sundial is category B.
Jordanstone House is in Perth Council Tax band H.
West Lodge is band D, Garden Cottage and Chauffeur's Cottage are band C and East Gate Lodge is band B.
Fixtures and Fittings
The fitted carpets, curtains and light fittings in Jordanstone House are included in the sale with the exception of the light fittings in the kitchen which are excluded.
Square Footage: 17,939 sq ft
Acreage: 11.9 Acres
From Perth take the A94 east towards Forfar and shortly before Meigle turn left onto the B954 signposted Alyth. Continue over the River Isla and at the crest of the hill, turn right signposted Jordanstone. Continue along the private, tree lined road and the entrance gates to Jordanstone are directly in front of you.
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