HEAVENLY HIGHLAND ESTATE ON SPEYSIDE
Kinrara enjoys a heavenly Highland setting within the Cairngorms National Park to the south of Aviemore. Of importance historically, architecturally, and for its spectacular woodlands, Kinrara is a haven of peace and tranquillity and has been a much cherished family home for all seasons.
The estate lies on the left bank of the majestic River Spey which flows along the entire length of the south eastern boundary. Within the estate fine specimens of Caledonian pine, Scots pine and larch proudly stand interspersed with native Silver birch, rowan and oak above a forest floor rich in Juniper, flora and fauna. The wooded hill of Tor Alvie, crowned by the Duke of Gordon monument forms a spectacular backdrop to Kinrara House. To the north of the estate is Bogach, a most attractive lochan and an extensive wetland area rich in wildlife and birdlife.
One of the finest Georgian houses on Speyside, Kinrara House enjoys a magically private and elevated setting overlooking the River Spey. Originally designed with entertaining in mind, and more recently forming a warm and inviting family home, Kinrara House is most unusual for the Scottish Highlands, being anything but a traditional sporting lodge. Of Georgian design, and orientated to take full advantage of the fine views to the south, the sheer quantity of natural light that floods into the drawing room, hall and dining room together with the principal bedrooms is remarkable.
On the ground floor, the front door leads to a well proportioned and welcoming entrance hall with flagstone flooring and open fire. Beyond, the dining room and drawing room are connected by a hallway. With bowed walls at each end featuring large sash and case windows, these rooms are filled with natural light by day, whilst large open fire places ensure a warm atmosphere in the evenings. It was however for entertaining that these rooms were designed, as evidenced by the polished wood sprung floor which runs the full length of the house, to allow for traditional Scottish reeling on a grand scale. The kitchen is accessed directly off the entrance hall, whilst an inner hallway at the bottom of the staircase provides access to the very inviting library.
There are seven principal bedrooms on the first floor with a further five bedrooms located in the "Cadet Wing" - used in recent years to accommodate cadets from the Gordon Highlanders, continuing the regiment's long association with the estate.
Integral to the main house are two self contained apartments - Butler's Flat & Library Flat which are ideally suited for staff, overspill accommodation or holiday lets.
An arched veranda on the south elevation of the house leads out to a garden of lawns and herbaceous borders which extends around three sides of the house. Centre stage is a magnificent beech and cut leaf beech tree which is reputedly as old as the house. Below the house is located a game larder, wood store, stone built bothy and a traditional steading range.
Five estate cottages lie within the policies of Kinrara. Ranging in size from one bedroom to four bedrooms, these were previously used to accommodate estate employees, but in recent times have been let, providing a valuable source of rental income to the estate.
The grazing land extends to about 201 acres (81 ha) of meadows running along the bank of the River Spey. At present, this land is let to a local grazier with a term date of 28th November 2018.
The delightful landscape that we see at Kinrara today owes much to the vision of Jane Duchess of Gordon and subsequently her daughter-in-law Elizabeth Marchioness of Huntly. Together, they are responsible for planting many of the single-species stands of Scots pine and larch that thrive today. The woodlands continue to be managed sympathetically, with maintenance of this important habitat taking precedent over any commercial activity.
Kinrara has long been regarded as one of the most enjoyable and exciting pheasant shoots in Speyside on account of both the quality of the sport and the highly picturesque setting. The shoot is currently run by a sporting tenant (to the 2 February 2019) who plans to shoot around nine days over the course of the season with typical bags of 120 - 200 birds. Bags of up to 300 have been achieved in the past.
Salmon and Trout Fishing
There is single bank salmon and sea trout fishing rights on a very pretty 3.2 mile stretch of the River Spey. With the river just a short walk from Kinrara House, it is ideal for an early cast before breakfast or in the evening. It has only been lightly fished by family and friends with no formal records kept.
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