Kinrara
408.73 Ha(1,010 Ac)
Offers over £3,000,000($5,477,655)

KinraraAviemore, Inverness-Shire, PH22 1QA

  • Sold
  • Freehold

Key features

  • Sold in October 2018
  • 5 estate cottages
  • Traditional steading
  • Grazing land, woodlands and wetland
  • Salmon fishing on River Spey
  • Renowned pheasant shoot

HEAVENLY HIGHLAND ESTATE ON SPEYSIDE

About this property

  • 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.


    Kinrara House

    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.

    Estate Cottages

    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.

    Grazing Land

    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.

    Woodlands

    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.

    Shooting

    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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Local information

  • The Kinrara Estate lies adjacent to the legendary River Spey, which courses through the Cairngorms National Park in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. The sheer beauty, privacy and spectacular setting of the estate combined with one of the finest Georgian houses in the region all contribute to its reputation as a truly magical estate.
  • Speyside is one of the most beautiful and accessible parts of the Highlands, renowned worldwide for its breathtaking scenery. The Cairngorms National Park encompasses Britain's highest and most spectacular mountain terrain and its largest native forests. Together with its pristine rivers and lochs, moorland and farmland, it is a stronghold for Britain's wildlife.
  • For the outdoor enthusiast, there can be no better place in the United Kingdom. The year round sporting and recreational opportunities in the area are excellent. Strathspey is renowned for the high quality of its traditional field sports including driven and walked up grouse shooting, pheasant and partridge shooting, red deer stalking, and salmon fishing on the world famous River Spey. The area also offers endless opportunities for hill walking, mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding with Cairngorm Mountain Range at Aviemore being the most popular winter sports destination in Scotland. In the summer months, the fresh water lochs offer tremendous opportunities for sailing, kayaking, wind surfing and open water swimming.
  • There are a number of excellent golf courses in the area, with the Spey Valley Championship Course in Aviemore featuring the longest hole in Scotland at 635 yards, and further courses at Kingussie, Newtonmore and Grantown on Spey.
  • The Estate is readily accessible by road, rail and air, lying within a short distance of the A9 which connects Perth to Inverness. Inverness Airport (42 miles), under an hour's drive, has domestic flights to London and many of the UK's major cities as well as connections to many international airports. The airport also accommodates private jet aircraft and has an adjacent heliport with helicopters available for charter. The nearest railway station is Aviemore (4 miles) which offers regular services to Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and a sleeper service to London. Like the Victorians who favoured the area as a holiday destination, one can still leave London after dinner on the overnight train and arrive refreshed at Kinrara for breakfast the following morning.

Additional information

  • Directions: By road, turn off the A9 approximately 1.5 miles south of Aviemore (signposted Aviemore, Local Services and Attractions) and turn right at the T junction onto the B9152 towards Kincraig. The entrance to Kinrara is on the left, approximately ¼ mile after the Rowan Tree Hotel, and on a right hand bend in the road at the end of the birch woodland. From here, follow the internal estate road for about 1 ½ miles, passing the estate cottages and buildings on the left before arriving at Kinrara House. The postcode is PH22 1PZ.
  • EPC Rating = F