Savills | Cater Milley, Templehall, Longforgan, Perthshire, DD2 5HS | Property for sale
6.11 Ha(15.10 Ac)
Offers over £1,450,000($1,754,747)

Cater MilleyTemplehall, Longforgan, Perthshire, DD2 5HS

  • Under offer
  • Freehold

Key features

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  • Home Report value - £1,500,000
  • Striking architect designed modern country house in a dramatic yet convenient River Tay setting
  • Cleverly designed to a very high specification, making the most of its position, and extremely energy efficient
  • Extensive outbuildings including stable block, modern agricultural shed, riding arena and paddocks
  • Expansive contemporary accommodation centred on a magnificent open plan living / dining / kitchen, linking to the gardens

Stunning modern country house, land and extensive outbuildings, in a dramatic setting on the River Tay.

About this property

  • Cater Milley is an outstanding modern country house, situated in a most enviable position on the banks of the River Tay estuary, with dramatic views across to Fife, with ever changing light. It is believed to have once been the site of a Roman fort. The name (which has also been Catermille or Catermily) may have been derived from the Latin “quator millia” which may signify “camp of the four thousand”. Alternatively “Cathair” is a gaelic word and the second word could be “mileadh” which means warrior, or “meallan” which means knolls (perhaps long gone remnants of past fortifications).

    However it now is a thoroughly modern house which was completed in 2010. Cleverly designed to make the most of its position, the building's linear shape suggests the appearance of a wave breaking over a wall. Some port holes, and the view down from the landing, almost give the house a nautical feel. The overall effect is stunning. It is steel framed, block built with a harled finish, a zinc roof over the main part of the house, and copper roofing on the wings, together with copper downpipes and gutters. Designed for the sellers it was built to a very high level of specification, utilising many modern practices such as ground source heating with an air ventilation system, underfloor heating throughout, together with Villeroy & Bosch bathroom fittings and LED lighting which also provides a dramatic night time effect, with outside multi coloured lighting. All taps have instant hot water. In addition, there are Callum Walker Interiors and fitted units by Bentleys of Dundee. Along with the ground source heat pump there is a turbine, helping to reduce running costs and make the property hugely energy efficient, as well as providing useful income.

    The accommodation has been arranged around a magnificent open plan living, dining and kitchen room. This is very much the heart of the house, with German windows and bi-folding doors linking out to the garden. This main living space is overlooked by the landing above, while downstairs the principal bedroom suite is to one side, and a family / TV room to the other, while beyond is the linked tower. Arranged off the hall are useful rooms such as the laundry, boot room, cloakroom and a store / larder. Many of the rooms at ground floor level have Italian marble tiled floors. Upstairs are four further bedrooms (two en suite) and a family bathroom as well as an office overlooking the front door. The tower has a tower room, study and gym. Outside are gardens and grounds, including an extensive stable block, which is also used as offices, so has potential for a wide variety of uses, together with a riding arena, large agricultural shed and paddocks. All in all, it is a thoroughly unique property, which is perfectly designed for spacious contemporary family living and is also ideal for entertaining.

    Cater Milley is approached by a tarred drive from the minor public road. Off this are gates which open to a private drive which leads past the paddocks and riding arena to tarred parking and turning areas at the house, and which also links to the outbuildings. There are views from the front.

    A more detailed accommodation summary can be found under additional information

    The garden in front is mainly an expansive lawn. Wrapped around the house, linking the family room, living room, principal bedroom suite and on to the plant room, is composite panelled decking, creating a fabulous seating and entertaining area. This in turn connects to a hexagonal wooden garden house (4.3m x 4.95m max) which has power and a felt tiled roof. Between the house and the plant room is a hot tub (available in addition) and an outside shower. Within the plant room itself are a NIBE heating pump and water tanks. On the other side of the house are further areas of lawn with two wooden play frames (one with swings and the other with a climbing frame, playhouse, chute and zip wire). Adjacent to the house is an enclosed dog compound and kennel with run.

    Lying to the west of the house is the U shaped timber framed stable block. This comprises a large store room with roller doors, two offices, a kitchen with fitted units, sink, plumbed for a washing machine and high level storage cupboards, and two WCs with washbasins. In addition, there is a tack room, five loose boxes, a covered yard (currently divided into two) and a workshop with double doors. Adjacent is a timber framed, timber lined general purpose shed with concrete floor and box profile roofing.

    Beyond this is a drained silica sand and rubber riding arena (31 m x 40 m approx), and on the other side of the drive is a Gaia 133 11Kw turbine. There are are three fenced paddocks.

    A further 10.9 acres may be available in addition.

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“Apart from the extraordinary design and sense of space in this property, perhaps my favourite element is the dramatic and constantly changing view over the River Tay towards Fife which is quite mesmerising. The interior finish is immaculate, while the equestrian facilities and land make this the perfect property for those who wish to keep horses or hobby livestock.”

Ruaraidh OgilvieProperty agent

Local information

  • Cater Milley is situated in a dramatic setting by the River Tay, just to the south of Longforgan, yet close to both Dundee and the A90 dual carriageway. The area is known as the Carse of Gowrie which stretches from Dundee along the River Tay to Perth. To the north are the Sidlaw Hills. The views and light across the river to Fife are spectacular.
  • Dundee city centre is easily reached and the property is well located for Ninewells Hospital, the Technology Park, the universities, Botanic Gardens and airport, which are all located on the western side of the city. There is ease of access both to the city centre and to the A90 linking to Perth and Edinburgh, and north to Angus and Aberdeen.
  • There are primary schools and local shopping in the villages of Longforgan, Invergowrie and Inchture. Dundee offers all the facilities expected of a major city. Secondary schooling is available at Harris Academy or at Monifieth High. Private schooling is available at the High School of Dundee, St Leonards, Strathallan or Glenalmond, as well as Craigclowan in Perth and Kilgraston. In Dundee there is a mainline railway station with services to both north and south, including a sleeper. Dundee is an established centre of excellence in education, life sciences, medicine and dentistry, and has renowned cultural facilities, including the new V&A museum. Dundee Airport has flights to London City and Edinburgh Airport is easily reached.
  • Away from the city, the range of outdoor pursuits is impressive, including sailing on the Tay, angling and walking in the Sidlaw Hills. Over the River Tay is St Andrews, “Home of Golf”, whilst the championship course at Carnoustie is only a few miles up the coast, and the course at Piperdam is close by.

Additional information

  • Detailed internal accommodation summary: A full height glazed entrance opens to the hall. The hall has lower level lighting and leads to the main living area. Off the hall is a useful laundry with fitted units, Corian worktops, two Miele washing machines, a Maytag dryer and a Miele dryer, linen cupboard. This leads into a boot room with fitted seats and storage cupboards, laundry chute from the first floor, large sink and a side glazed entrance door. On the other side of the hall is a cloakroom with a separate partially tiled WC with washbasin and vanity unit, while a practical larder / store has fitted units and a cupboard.
  • A wooden door with a striking glazed design in the shape of an exclamation mark and a coral frosted steel handle, opens into the wonderful central living space. The first part is a dining room, currently used as a games / breakout room with oak flooring, storage cupboards, a further side glazed entrance door and a staircase to the first floor. Beyond is the kitchen and living room which is a magnificent full height space with industrial beams, designed to make the most of the views. The kitchen area has a tiled floor together with a central circular kitchen with fitted curved units, Corian worktops and soft closing drawers. Appliances include a blue three oven AGA, sink with Quooker tap, fitted Miele dishwasher, further sink, Polar ice making machine, AEG induction hob with in-built pop up extractor and a de Dietrich wok. To the side are fitted cupboards with a de Dietrich microwave / combination oven, a steam oven and a walk in fridge. There is ample space for informal dining. The living area has a carpeted floor together with a large and warming Diligence wood burning stove and six bi-fold doors out to the garden terrace, making a fantastic entertaining area.
  • To one side of the breakout area is the family / TV room with built double opening doors to the decked terrace and fitted shelves. On the other side is the principal bedroom suite with full height windows, door to the garden and a separate dressing area with fitted hanging and drawer units with soft closing drawers. The Lawrence Haddow tiled wet room has stoneware collection fittings including a shower, circular washbasin, bidet and WC.
  • The glass sided and beamed oak staircase has metal handrails and leads to a landing which is also used as a work / games area with shelved cupboards and skylight windows with electric openers. Bedroom two has built in hanging wardrobes and a partially tiled en suite shower room with washbasin and WC. Bedrooms three and four each have two built in wardrobes. Bedroom three has an interlinking door to a partially tiled family bathroom with a wave bath, washbasin with vanity unit, and corner shower cubicle. Bedroom five also has two built in wardrobes and a partially tiled en suite shower room with washbasin and WC. At the end of the landing there is a galleried office overlooking the front door.A hatch with an attic ladder leads up to a large floored attic room, currently used for storage.
  • A bridge from the landing links across to the tower. On the top level is a tower room with fabulous 360 degree views over open countryside and across the Tay. At mid level is a study with fitted curved shelving, while at ground floor level is a gym which has plumbing accessible and a door to the garden.
  • Directions: From Dundee take the A90 towards Perth, and then take the first turning into Longforgan. In the village turn left signposted Invergowrie, on to Station Road. Proceed for just over a mile and just after the railway crossing turn right at the T junction, signposted Errol. After 0.3 miles turn left on to the private road, signposted Templehall. Then turn right, on to the drive, signposted Cater Milley. If coming from Perth on the A90, take the turning for Inchture. Cross over the dual carriageway on the B953, and follow signs for Errol. After 1.1 miles turn left signposted for Longforgan. Continue for 2 miles, and just after the level crossing turn right signposted Templehall, and proceed as above. Alternatively if coming off at Longforgan follow signs for Castle Huntly and continue for 1.5 miles and then turn left signposted Invergowrie.
  • EPC Rating = C