An eco-lodge of Scottish vernacular design with a Scandi-twist offering spacious, open plan living including four double bedrooms.
About 34 acres of former farmland predominantly planted with crops of Christmas trees, capable of reinstatement to productive agricultural use.
About 36 acres of commercial conifers and about 42 acres of mixed native woodland.
A 4-acre loch surrounded by native woodland providing wild duck flighting, goose shooting, trout fishing and habitat for a variety of flora and fauna. Productive roe deer stalking, excellent rough shooting. Potential for tourism development, subject to planning.
Annual rental income from the leaseback of Christmas tree crops to the vendor.
LOT 1 MUIR LODGE AND WOODLAND
Muir Estate is an outstanding amenity estate with a majestic Highland-fringe setting which combines a 21st century family-sized home with a wooded landscape comprising native woodland, a maturing coniferous crop and commercial Christmas trees.
Nestled within the surrounding woodland, the residential element, Muir Lodge, is a hidden gem which has stunning views south, stretching across the gentle landscape of the Carse of Stirling towards the Gargunnock Hills. Throughout the estate, there are panoramic views of the dramatic mountainous scenery of the Trossachs including Ben Ledi, Ben Venue and Ben Lomond.
The current owner operates a commercial Christmas tree business growing premium quality Nordmann Fir trees which are harvested and sold wholesale to a variety of buyers.
In order to facilitate the planting and extraction of timber and Christmas trees, the vendor has installed and maintained an excellent network of tracks throughout the estate. This includes a spacious loading bay for Christmas trees close
to the entrance to the estate. An extensive and level area of hardstanding, this site is well suited to the construction of a range of estate buildings if required by the purchaser.
There is no active farming on the estate at present and the vendor does not own any Entitlements to the Basic Payment Scheme.
Sporting and Amenity
A particular feature of the estate is Muir Loch lying at the north eastern end of the estate. Extending to about 4.08 acres in total and with a sheltered setting surrounded by native woodland, the loch is home to a wide array of plant, insect, bird and animal life and is an oasis of tranquillity.
For sporting or conservation enthusiasts, the loch attracts mixed wildfowl including mallard, teal, widgeon and geese which provides the opportunity for wildfowling.
Whilst not currently stocked, the loch has a population of wild brown trout and there is the potential to build a boathouse along the southern shore. Alternatively, the setting is ideal for a tourism development such as holiday cabins/ lodges, subject to the necessary consents.
The native woodland and Christmas tree plantations attract significant numbers of woodcock during the winter months providing excellent rough shooting.
Whilst the estate is deer fenced, there are both red and roe deer present which provide the opportunity for year round stalking.
There is also potential to create further ponds and wetlands for additional sport and amenity.
LOT 1: Muir Lodge and Woodland
Muir Lodge (About 122 acres): The lodge was designed by the owner with input from Swedish architect, Märtha Wachtmeister and her vision of less is more, with help from Murdoch Chartered Architects in Perth. Muir Lodge fuses traditional Scottish construction features with contemporary Scandinavian layout, design and finishes.
Externally, the lodge, which was built in 2010 on the site of a pre-existing ruin, has a distinctly Scottish vernacular appearance. Of timber framed
construction with a stone façade under a slate pitched roof, it has Danish double glazed windows, with individual sliding panels, which reveal the Scandinavian internal theme.
Internally the open plan layout is flooded with natural light and radiates comfort.
The accommodation is spread over an L-shape floor plan, incorporating a wing consisting of 3 double bedrooms (one with a private en-suite) and an additional shower room. In the centre of the plan there is a boot room, shower room and drying room. In the core living space in the opposite wing there is an open plan kitchen, dining area, with a beautifully designed and modest staircase which leads to the first floor.
On this level is another open plan space, used as a sitting area, and the master suite comprising a large master bathroom, with his and her basin units, double bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and an office.
The layout and dimensions of the accommodation are shown on the floor plan within this brochure.
A particular characteristic of the lodge is the well renowned, high quality Danish Dinesen Douglas Fir flooring used throughout. The full length planks, which are 400mm in width, produce clean lines and highlight the simplicity of the architecture. Other Danish design features include the kitchen and three stylish Rais stoves situated in the dining room, lounge and master bedroom.
Environmental sustainability was to the fore in the design process with the services and systems including a Danfoss under floor and ground source heating system. Furthermore, over specified insulation, 50% thicker than standard, has been installed which enables the lodge to retain heat for prolonged periods and reduces energy consumption.
In terms of services, water is sourced from a private water supply with a 104-metre-deep borehole situated a short distance from the house. There is also private drainage to a septic tank. There is mains electricity and the lodge is fitted with a security alarm and CCTV which additionally provides surveillance of the timber loading yard and entry to the estate.
Adjoining the house with covered entrance there is a useful outbuilding including double garage equipped with a butchery, game larder and WC.
Gardens, Grounds and Policies:
The grounds north, east and west of the lodge are largely laid to lawn flanked by maturing woodland. There is also a paved terrace for outdoor dining and BBQ. On approach to the south there is ample parking for a number of vehicles.
The land comprises of former farmland predominantly planted with Christmas trees, commercial and mixed native woodlands.
Proposed Leaseback of Christmas Tree
Unless a purchaser is prepared to pay an additional sum for the Christmas tree crops, the vendor intends to sell the land retaining ownership of the crop and a right to harvest the trees. This leaseback will enable the vendor to continue growing, managing and harvesting the Christmas trees.
It is proposed that the vendor will pay a fixed rent of £250 per hectare (approx. £100 per acre) per annum for each compartment.
Compartments will be returned to the landlord on April 1 post harvest. Any remaining trees, stumps or debris will be mulched to a standard to be mutually agreed between the landlord and tenant, either suitable for replanting or for agricultural use, ready to be sown with grass.
A map identifying the location and extent of
each compartment and a draft lease is available
on request from the Selling Agents.
Lying on the southern fringe of the Scottish Highlands close to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, the location of Muir Estate provides both tranquillity and privacy, whilst remaining extremely accessible.
On the western edge of the Carse of Stirling, within the heart of central Scotland, commuting from Muir Estate to Stirling, Glasgow, Perth and Edinburgh is straightforward with each city being within an hours drive under normal traffic conditions. These cities provide a full range of services and facilities, together with recreational
and leisure opportunities.
Closer to home, one mile to the south of Muir Estate, is the village of Thornhill which offers primary schooling, and basic services including a village shop, community hall and hotel. To the north, 5 miles distant, is the popular town of Callander, the doorway to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, where various cafes, shops and hotels can be found. Five miles to the west of Muir Estate, the village of Aberfoyle is popular with tourists and provides additional recreational and leisure opportunities.
Secondary schooling is provided at McLaren High School in Callander. The closest private schools are equidistant and approximately 23 miles away: Dollar Academy, east of Stirling, and Morrisons Academy in Crieff.
Edinburgh and Glasgow airports are 40 and 48 miles distant respectively whilst the closest railway station is at Dunblane (12 miles) with frequent services to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth.