EXCITING SCOTTISH ESTATE ON DONSIDE WITH A DIVERSE RANGE OF ASSETS
The estate extends in total to about 5,500 acres and stretches from the River Don in the south to 1,955 feet (596m) at the top of the Hill of Snowy Slack with the natural contours providing a high degree of privacy for, unusually, two principal houses. Kildrummy House lies at the core of the estate surrounded by a rich tapestry of beautiful trees and parkland from which fine vistas over the surrounding countryside can be enjoyed. The estate also includes the original residence, a fine Jacobean style mansion which has been run as a hotel for the past 60 years, a number of other dwellinghouses, in hand and tenanted farmland interspersed with attractive amenity woodlands and well stocked stands of commercial forestry in addition to other diversified assets which include an inn and a wind farm (available in addition).
Designed by the well known architects Law Dunbar Naismith and constructed in 1996, Kildrummy House is a traditionally styled house which occupies the site of the original Gamekeeper's Cottage and lies at the head of a tree lined tarred drive. Built of stone and finished to a high specification, Kildrummy House offers extremely commodious, well appointed accommodation with all the comforts of modern living.
Externally the house is surrounded by terraced gardens to the rear and lawns to the south. Electric gates to the east lead to a gravel sweep at the front door which continues to the rear of the house where there is an integral double garage with automated doors. At the top of the terraced gardens are sited the former stone built kennels which now encompass a garden store, a greenhouse and gym.
Kildrummy Castle Hotel
Kildrummy Castle Hotel is a category B listed Edwardian mansion house designed in the Jacobean style which was completed in 1901 for Colonel Ogston who occupied it as his private residence and to accommodate large shooting and house parties. Kildrummy New Castle, as it was originally known, has been operating as a hotel on a commercial lease since 1956.
Estate Houses, Cottages & Buildings
There are a total of 12 further houses and cottages interspersed throughout the estate in addition to a number of farmhouses included in the let farms. The majority of the properties are let on Short Assured Tenancies (SAT) with two occupied by members of full time staff. There are a number of potential development sites across the estate in addition to several buildings with potential for conversion.
The farmland on Kildrummy totals about 2,075 acres and comprises a mix of low ground to the south and west, capable of growing spring crops and supporting grazing cattle, and heather hill and rough grazing to the north ideally suited
for grazing sheep. The in-hand land (about 536 acres) is let on a seasonal basis and thereby offers the opportunity to create an in-hand farming enterprise at Kildrummy almost immediately.
There are 12 individual farms let under differing forms of tenure totalling about 1,539 acres.
Kildrummy offers all year round sport with salmon and trout fishings on the River Don, with grouse shooting and deer stalking on the higher ground and roe deer stalking on the woodland fringe. It is the seasonal variety of the sport that makes Kildrummy more appealing than other estates in Scotland. The sport at Kildrummy is currently let to guests who return year after year.
Forestry is a key component and integral part of the estate management at Kildrummy and provides a useful income from thinning and structured felling from the commercial plantations. Established principally in the late 1950s and 1960s with the primary objective of producing timber for sawmilling, today the forestry extends to about 1,298 acres (525 hectares) in total and comprises a diverse mixture of commercial conifer plantations and native woodlands. There may be scope for further new planting beyond the existing compartments.
The original coaching inn is well located, being adjacent to the A97, and is currently let on a lease until 2033. The subjects of the lease include the Inn (which encompasses bar, restaurant, four letting bedrooms and staff accommodation), adjacent function hall, car parking and U shaped range of outbuildings.
AVAILABLE IN ADDITION
Leasehold interest in Kildrummy Wind Farm
Sited discreetly to the north of the estate, out of sight from
Kildrummy House and Kildrummy Castle Hotel, on the Hill of Snowy Slack is the Kildrummy Wind Farm. Commissioned in 2013 the wind farm is owned and operated by Greencoat UK Wind and comprises eight Enercon 2.3MW turbines thus producing a total of 18.4MW.