Become A Laird of the Lodge at Gruinards

by Alicia Simpson

Monday, August 15th, 2016

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A new-to-the-market Highland estate is offering the chance for someone to enjoy life in a beautifully secluded and luxurious retreat in the heart of Scotland.

At the heart of Gruinards Estate is a fine example of a traditional Baronial Victorian Lodge.

Completed in 1897, the substantial property – featuring a majestic four storied tower with battlements – was built from stone quarried in its grounds and is characterised by first class stonemasonry and craftsmanship throughout the historic building.  Internally, its pitch pine panelling, fine plasterwork and impressive fireplaces capture the true essence of the Highlands of Scotland.

To add to the whole attractive package, Gruinards was extensively renovated in the 1980s, during which it was rewired and had a new central heating system installed.

The wider estate – which includes a three bedroom cottage and two bedroom Coach House in its grounds – is set in about 4,057 acres of land in the heart of Strathcarron, located next to River Carron and close to the village of Ardgay.

The estate offers business opportunities from a range of mixed sporting pursuits within the grounds and surrounding local area, such as red deer and sika stalking, shooting (grouse shooting and duck flighting) and brown trout fishing.

An ‘En-tout cas’ tennis court and former curling pond is situated just a short distance from the main lodge. The Royal Dornoch Championship golf course, also lies within 20 minutes of Gruinards.

Though set in highly private grounds, Gruinards is also well-connected to major hubs. Inverness is less than one hour away and there are good rail links from Ardgay to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and London, as well as good road networks nearby.

The desirable property is currently on the market with Chartered Surveyors, Land and Estate Agents Bell Ingram for offers over £1.5million.

Alastair Harington, of Bell Ingram in Bonar Bridge, said: “Gruinards is a diverse estate which offers excellent potential as a superb family home and sporting estate.

“The deer and grouse population of Gruinards also provides excellent opportunities for varied and challenging sporting estate business activates across its grounds while the currently vacant Coach House also provides an additional income opportunity as a holiday let.

“Gruinards offers the best of both worlds in terms of setting, as its location close to Inverness means it is extremely accessible while also boasting high levels of seclusion in a truly stunning location.”

The lodge comprises a total of 11 bedrooms and six bathrooms and features a gun room, game larder and workshop, as well as a variety of traditional outbuildings including a dutch stable, log store and pig sty. It offers outstanding views across the River Carron to the mountains beyond.

The Coach House offers the option of further extension to create a new accommodation or an additional self-contained home while the Cottage is an impressive, traditional stone property.

The estate extends to just over 4,000 acres with the in-bye fields extending along the river bank for approximately two miles, providing excellent grazing and though originally farmed in hand are now let out on a short term seasonal basis to local farmers.

Viewings are strictly by appointment only and can be arranged through Bell Ingram’s Inverness office on 01463 717 799.

Established 117 years ago, Bell Ingram has 130 professional staff across 11 UK offices including: farm, estate and forestry managers; estate agency, chartered surveyors, architects, planners, and building surveyors; and tourism, GIS mapping, and renewable energy specialists.

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