5 bedroom detached house for saleStrathtay, Pitlochry, Perthshire
The original Ballechin House was built in 1806 on the site of an old Manor House which had been owned by the Steuart family since the 15th century. A wing was added to the main house in the 1860s and housed the kitchen quarters and
nursery. The house was sold by the Steuart family in 1913, and Ballechin House subsequently became uninhabited before the house was partly demolished in 1963/4, leaving
the kitchen and nursery quarters and outbuildings. The current owners built a beautiful extension in 2009 within the remains of the original outer walls of Ballechin Houseís lower floor (following its earlier demolition) and the house was renamed Old Ballechin.
Old Ballechin now comprises the original Victorian wing and the flat roof extension erected within the original walls of Ballechin House. The latter has the potential for the addition of another floor if desired. Old Ballechin has been extensively renovated to create an immaculate family house whilst still retaining the original characteristics of the house.
The ground floor is predominately floored with ceramic tiles and is bright from the high ceilings and excellent levels of natural light via the full length windows and sky tunnels.
The kitchen is well proportioned with plenty of room for a good-sized table and two window seats to relax whilst looking out to the garden. With the double islands, timber units and Aga, it creates a wonderful room for everyday living and entertaining. There is a snug off the kitchen and the additional, spacious utility room and larder complete this wing. Within the new extension is a good-sized drawing room with double aspect views, and a garden room within
the curved front entrance hall, both of which have woodburning stoves.
The master bedroom suite lies on the ground floor and has excellent views down the valley. There are three further double bedrooms (one of which has an en-suite shower room) and an office / bedroom 5 on the first floor providing
ample accommodation for most families. The ground to the back of the house is raised resulting in the bedrooms actually lying on the ground floor.
Old Ballechin lies in a beautifully landscaped garden extending to about 1.76 acres. It enjoys an elevated but private location surrounded by rhododendron bushes and
mature trees with stunning views across the Tay Valley. To the front of the house is a south-facing terrace created from the former kitchen flagstones providing an ideal location for
al fresco dining as well a place to relax in the sun. A pergola with climbing flowers creates a lovely entrance to the house. To the front of the extension is an alpine garden with shrubs and flowering plants while to the west of the house is a good sized area of lawn, with vegetable garden and fruit cage. At the back of the house is a double car port with adjoining
store and lean-to, with an additional garden store, greenhouse and summerhouse lying to the east. There is plenty of parking at the back of the house with the gravel driveway leading down to the alpine garden.
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Old Ballechin is situated in an elevated position above the Tay Valley and has superb south facing views over the valley. Approached by a private road, the property has a lovely rural setting within 2 miles from Strathtay.
Pitlochry is a popular Victorian spa town with a range of individual shops. There are three banks, a post office, a supermarket, a petrol station, new medical centre, two dentists and a well-respected High School. Pitlochry also has a Festival Theatre, a salmon fish ladder, two distilleries and several popular hotels and restaurants.
Old Ballechin is within easy driving distance of some of Scotlandís best private schools including Craigclowan, Strathallan, Kilgraston, Glenalmond, Ardvreck and Morrisonís Academy. The A9 is about 2.5 miles away and Pitlochry train station has regular direct services to Inverness, Edinburgh, Glasgow and the London sleeper service.
Ben-Y-Vrackie and Schiehallion are amongst several near by hills popular with walkers and there are a variety of water sports on Lochs Tay and Earn. Salmon fishing is available on
the rivers Tummel, Tay, Tilt and Garry, and brown trout fishing is popular in the many hill lochs in the area. Stalking, pheasant, partridge and grouse shooting are widely available to let locally. There is a 9-hole golf course at
Strathtay and 18-hole courses at Aberfeldy, Pitlochry and Kenmore. Old Ballechin is well placed for skiing in both the Cairngorms and Glenshee.
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