Savills | Kildrummy (Jersey) Ltd, Alford, Aberdeenshire, AB33 8RA | Property for sale
5,600 Ac(2,266.24 Ha)
Offers over £9,500,000

Kildrummy (Jersey) LtdAlford, Aberdeenshire, AB33 8RA

  • Sold
  • Freehold

Key features

  • Sold in June 2020
  • Edwardian mansion house (16 en suite bedrooms)
  • Commercial interests including Kildrummy Inn
  • In hand and let farms
  • 12 further estate dwellings
  • Commercial and amenity woodlands
  • Fishing on the River Don
  • Lowground shooting, walked up grouse and deer stalking
  • Leasehold interest in Wind Farm (available in addition)


About this property

  • Estate Description
    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).

    Kildrummy House
    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.

    Kildrummy Inn
    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.


    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.

Local information

  • Located on the north east coast, Aberdeenshire is one of Scotland's largest and most diverse counties and extends from the North Sea coastline inland to the Cairngorm mountains which rise majestically to the west. Kildrummy lies about one hour's drive west of Aberdeen (35 miles), nestled in the most attractive undulating countryside. Rich in historic castles and boasting fertile farmland, the area is renowned for producing the malting barley which supplies the many whisky distilleries in the region.
  • Strathdon, through which the River Don flows, has attracted visitors from far and wide since Aberdeenshire became a favoured holiday destination of Queen Victoria in the late 19th Century.
  • There is a wealth of sport on offer for which Scotland is famed: salmon fishing on the rivers Dee, Don and Deveron; pheasant and partridge shooting on many of the low ground estates; red and roe deer stalking; and the opportunity for grouse on the rolling heather hills. Kildrummy offers all of these.
  • The area boasts numerous golf courses. To the east lie Royal Aberdeen and Trump International, both well regarded links courses. More locally, there are challenging 18 hole courses at Alford and Aboyne.
  • The Cairngorm National Park known as a stronghold for many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna is situated 3 miles to the west of the estate and offers a wide range of outdoor activities including hill walking, skiing, mountain biking and wildlife spotting. The steeper mountains at The Lecht (18 miles) and Aviemore (54 miles) offer skiing when winter conditions are suitable and endless walking challenges throughout the year.
  • Having been the ‘Oil Capital of Europe' and a vibrant hub for many years, the university city of Aberdeen boasts a broad range of professional services, cultural facilities and an international airport (32 miles) as well as a mainline east coast train service with daily services to London. Private schools include Robert Gordon's College, The Albyn, St Margaret's (girls) and the new International School of Aberdeen. Gordonstoun (48 miles) is a co-educational private school for boarding and day pupils for children between the ages of 8-18.
  • More locally the town of Alford (9 miles) provides everyday facilities including a supermarket, doctors' surgery, banks, post office, primary and secondary schooling. The village of Lumsden (3 miles) has a primary school, fuel station and shop for basic supplies.

Additional information

  • Kildrummy Estate is the principal asset of Kildrummy (Jersey) Limited, a registered limited company. 100% of the shares in Kildrummy (Jersey) Limited will be offered for sale. Transfer of ownership will be effected by means of a Share Sale/Purchase Agreement in respect of the company without any disposition being granted.
  • Kildrummy House and part of the salmon fishings on the River Don are not owned by the company and are being offered for sale in conjunction with the share sale and will be sold concurrently by a disposition of the heritable title.
  • EPC Rating = F