Exceptionally well located country house in the heart of Perthshire.
Dungarthill lies 4 miles east of Dunkeld in an exceptionally scenic position amidst rolling countryside just north of the majestic River Tay in the highly desirable county of Perthshire.
Dunkeld, traditionally seen as the gateway to the Scottish Highlands with its historic cathedral dating from the 12th century, is a charming small town sitting on the banks of the River Tay and boasts an array of small independent shops and galleries.
Dungarthill enjoys easy access south to Perth which provides a greater selection of shops, cultural and leisure facilities including professional services and private preparatory schooling at Craigclowan. Within the county are a number of private schools including Glenalmond and Strathallan (both co-educational) and Kilgraston (girls only).
The nearest railway station is Birnam on the Inverness Perth line with regular services between Inverness and Perth and onwards to Edinburgh, Glasgow and London (including a direct sleeper service).
Dungarthill is ideally positioned to take advantage of all Perthshire has to offer. For the traditional country sportsman, the season begins with salmon fishing on the River Tay on 15th January and runs through to 15th October. Stalking and grouse shooting may be taken on one of the many Highland estates in the county in addition to pheasant and partridge shooting which can be enjoyed more locally. The winter sports enthusiast is ideally placed for the ski slopes of both Aviemore and Glenshee. There are challenging cycling routes and wonderful woodland walks for those not wishing to tackle some of Scotland’s notable munros in the Cairngorms National Park which lies to the north. The house is within easy reach of some of Scotland’s finest championship golf courses including Gleneagles, St Andrews, the home of golf and venue for the 2020 British Open and Carnoustie. In close proximity is The Rosemount Course (Blairgowrie Golf Club) and Dunkeld Golf Club.
The immediate area abounds with wildlife attracted by the magnificent woodlands, rivers and lochs for which Perthshire’s scenery is famed.
Originally part of a much larger estate, Dungarthill House is understood to have been built in 1889 as a wedding present for Mr Cox of the renowned Dundee jute manufacturers Cox Brothers and is a stunning example of late Victorian architecture, built in the enchanting Arts & Crafts half-timbered style with red sandstone details and traditional Scottish harling, under a slated roof.
The house occupies an elevated private position in its own attractive, easily maintained gardens surrounded by many mature trees and shrubs which provide privacy and colour throughout the year.
Approached via a sweeping tarmacadamed private drive which winds and climbs through its own wooded policies before terminating in a large gravel sweep and parking area, the house is substantial in size and has potential to be used commercially or as a large family home. Designed to accommodate large shooting parties in days gone by, the house now lends itself to entertaining on a grand scale. The flat lawn to the west of the house would be ideal for a marquee. The house is currently let on an exclusive use basis.
Although located on the fringe of the Scottish Highlands, the house is very much in the style of a traditional highland lodge with a Long Hall in which guests were welcomed on return from the hills. The Long Hall runs the full length of the southern elevation and from here the principal reception rooms flow. Centred around the carved stone fireplace housing a solid fuel stove, the Long Hall features four archways along its length and opens out to the feature oak staircase with carved balusters and a large tripartite window at the half landing. At the end of the Long Hall is a seating area which leads out onto the west facing terrace and garden. The house forms an L shape with the accommodation laid out over three floors. The drawing room, morning room and billiards room all face south and enjoy views over the surrounding countryside while the dining room overlooks the west lawn. The kitchen with its Robinson & Cornish units and four oven AGA and ancillary rooms are located in the perpendicular wing.
On the first floor level there is a grand master bedroom suite incorporating the master bedroom, dressing room, bathroom and separate shower room. There are a further nine double bedrooms and 4 bath/shower rooms spread across the remainder of the first floor along with a number of stores and linen cupboards.
Accessed from a rear stairway is a further attic bedroom and store room with fitted shelving.
Gardens & Grounds
The gardens and policies are a particular feature of Dungarthill and they create an exceptionally private setting. There are a number of fine mature specimen trees, notably oak, beech, ash and sycamore alongside some impressive majestic Douglas fir. There are attractive glades, stocked with a variety of shrubs including numerous azaleas and rhododendrons, all providing colour supplemented by a mass of spring bulbs on the woodland floor. To the west there is a generous level lawned area with a pretty formal garden while to the east there is an established walk which leads over a burn and the former engine house and down to a secluded former curling pond.
To the east accessed directly off the front drive is an enclosed 6 acre paddock.
A bespoke general purpose agricultural shed has recently been erected to the north of the house and provides useful storage and houses the wood chip biomass boiler which provides hot water and central heating thereby significantly reducing the running costs for a property of this scale.
Available in addition
Situated below the wooded grounds and lying either side of the private drive to Dungarthill are four enclosures extending to about 50 acres in total. The land is currently down to grass and let on an annual grazing basis. This land, plus two areas of woodland totalling about 27 acres, are available in addition to the purchaser of Dungarthill.
Acreage: 29 Acres
From the A9 take the A923 signposted to Dunkeld. Immediately after crossing the bridge over the River Tay turn right on to the A983 signposted to Caputh and Blairgowrie. The entrance to Dungarthill is on the left hand side of a sharp bend after four miles. The tarmac drive leads through the estate before branching on to the private front drive which leads up to the house. The postcode is PH8 0JE.