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Situated on the southern side of the Sidlaw Hills, Thriepley House occupies a quiet corner of the estate overlooking the Round Loch and enjoying extensive views over its own land. In contrast to Kinpurnie Castle, Thriepley House is of relatively recent construction and is an extremely comfortable family home with delightful Italianate gardens. Originally a fairly modest country house, it has evolved into a magnificent principal estate residence, with an attractive tower in the style of Scottish architect Robert Lorimer forming a distinguishing feature.
The accommodation comprises four reception rooms, library, study, well appointed kitchen and breakfast room on the ground floor. On the first floor are the master bedroom suite, four further double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a shower room together with three bedrooms, sitting room, shower room, and kitchenette that have been used as a wing for children. Within the tower there is a further bedroom, bathroom and store. The outbuildings which form the east side of a gravelled courtyard have been adapted to provide a suite of rooms for entertaining; a stunning orangery overlooks the breathtaking gardens which have been meticulously planned and developed to create an ambience that one might enjoy in continental Europe. There is garaging for three cars, a laundry and a number of stores for fuel, garden and estate equipment. A traditional cottage has been converted to a guest cottage and provides two further bedrooms and bathrooms.
Gardens & Grounds
The exquisite terraced gardens to the rear of Thriepley House were created over the last 20 years and must rank among the finest in Scotland. The three tiers of terraces draw on a wide spectrum of design influence. The garden design involved huge personal input from the owner with ideas and designs which were then formalised with the aid of an artist and an architect. The result is a formal, yet relaxing outdoor space, where water, in the form of rills and fountains, is a keynote. Described in an article by Caroline Beck in House and Garden (June 2013) as an ?amalgam of Italian and Moorish design ? a sort of melange of the great gardens of the Medici and the Alhambra in Granada?, it also
possesses elements drawn from the Taj Mahal and Versailles Palace. One area, outside the orangery, has been designed for outdoor entertaining, with a charming ?sitooterie? on the top tier of the garden, where the lawn can accommodate a marquee for larger gatherings.
Sunnyhall Farmhouse is an attractive house situated in a private position on the extremity of the policies, to the west of Thriepley House. Over two storeys, it has a large kitchen, utility room, sitting room, three bedrooms, and a bathroom. Outside there is a large enclosed garden to the rear and a useful range of outbuildings.
Sunnyhall Cottage is an attractive detached cottage situated in an elevated position overlooking the estate. The accommodation over a single storey comprises kitchen, sitting room, dining area, three bedrooms, and a bathroom. Outside there is an enclosed garden to the east of the cottage and to the west are a former bothy and a traditional range of kennels.
Neuk Cottages Nos 1 & 2 are a pair of detached single storey cottages situated to the east of Thriepley House. They are accessed directly off a quiet country road and both have enclosed gardens to the rear and a shared parking area to the side. The accommodation is the same in each cottage and comprises: kitchen, sitting room, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
Quarry House is a single storey detached dwelling located on the eastern boundary of the estate in a woodland setting. The accommodation comprises kitchen, sitting room, bathroom and four bedrooms. The cottage sits in its own enclosed
gardens with a private drive off the public road leading to a parking area.
Planning permission has been granted for the conversion of the steading to the rear of Sunnyhall Farmhouse and two further traditional stone buildings to the south of the farmhouse to form three dwellings. Further details are available at the Angus Council website (ref: 13/00585/FULL). An idyllic site overlooking the Long Loch has been identified as a potential site for an eco home, subject to obtaining the necessary consents.
Thriepley is located towards the centre of the larger estate and is contained within a ring fence intersected only by a short section of a minor public road. The land extends to 1,710 acres in total and is best suited to a mixed arable and livestock enterprise and can be analysed as follows:
Arable - 206 acres
Ploughable Pasture - 63 acres
Pasture - 172 acres
Rough Grazing - 165 acres
Hill - 575 acres
Woodland - 406 acres
Long Loch and Round Loch - 86 acres
Other - 37 acres
TOTAL 1,710 acres
There are some exceptional blocks of woodland throughout Lot 1, extending to about 406 acres in total, which currently form part of the larger shoot across the whole estate but provide ample coverts for an excellent standalone shoot. The woodland has been well managed, with an emphasis on new planting for both sporting and amenity purposes. Hidden on the eastern extremities of the estate is a former stone quarry used for storing and recycling inert material. The quarry may offer other similar uses subject to obtaining the necessary consents. The site is accessed directly off the public road and there are two modern steel framed buildings providing secure storage, which are currently let for the storage of potato boxes. The high quarry sides form the foundation of the famous pheasant drive which tests the most experienced shots.
CLOSING DATE: 12 NOON WEDNESDAY 4TH DECEMBER 2013.
All offers should be accompanied by a financial reference confirming how the purchase will be financed.
We anticipate successful bidders will be notified on Wednesday 11th December before close of business.
Kinpurnie Estate, Angus
For sale as a whole or in up to 23 lots.
Lot 1 - Thriepley Estate
Kinpurnie Estate lies a short distance inland from Dundee on the east coast of Scotland, and within 75 miles of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, the three principal cities of Scotland. All three cities can be accessed easily both by road and by rail from Dundee . The estate straddles the Sidlaw Hills. The River Tay and the Carse of Gowrie lie to the south, and the renowned farmland of Strathmore immediately to the north, with the Grampian Mountains beyond. Dundee provides an excellent range of shops and professional services, together with good leisure facilities. Home to the Universities of Dundee and Abertay, Dundee is an established centre of excellence in education and life sciences. The city's renowned cultural facilities are soon to be augmented by the V&A museum at Dundee, anticipated to open in 2015. This world class building by Kengo Kuma will be the centrepiece of Dundee's ambitious waterfront regeneration project.
Road - The nearby A90 dual carriageway links Aberdeen via Dundee to Perth and the motorway network of central Scotland.
Rail - There are direct rail services from Dundee to London including a sleeper service.
Air - Dundee Airport has direct services to London City Airport with onward connections to many European destinations. Edinburgh and Aberdeen Airports (both within approximately 1.5 hours by road) provide a wide range of domestic, European and international flights, including daily services to New York (Newark) from Edinburgh.
Golf - The area boasts numerous golf courses, both links and parkland. The nearby Carnoustie course hosted the Open in 1999 and in 2007 while the world famous course at St Andrews is within 25 miles across the Tay. Gleneagles is due to host the Ryder Cup in 2014 and also within 43 miles. More locally, there is a challenging 18 hole course at Piperdam.
Water Sports - There is sailing on the Tay and attractive sandy beaches along the coast.
Walking - Locally, the Sidlaw Hills provide wonderful walking country; to the north, the Grampian and Cairngorm Mountains offer more challenging hill walking in an unspoilt environment.
Field Sports - In addition to the estate's own resources, grouse shooting can be leased in the Angus Glens and Perthshire. The River Tay is renowned for its salmon fishing, and in addition the Rivers Isla, Earn and North and South Esks are all easily reached.
Local primary schools are found at Newtyle or Birkhill, with secondary schooling at Monifieth High School or in Dundee. Private education is available at Dundee High School and at St Leonards in St Andrews, which offers a dedicated bus service from Dundee and there is a wide range of private schools in both Perthshire and Edinburgh.
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