Boquhan
58 Ac(23.47 Ha)
Offers over £2,500,000

Boquhan HouseBoquhan, Stirling, FK8 3HY

  • Under offer
  • Freehold

Key features

  • Set in magnificent private gardens and grounds at the foot of the Gargunnock Hills
  • Superb views to the hills to the south and over parkland to the distant highlands to the north
  • The estate of Boquhan dates back to the 16th century
  • Steeped in history and contains a Martello tower known as the Lady's Tower
  • Well designed house with grand façades, balconies and French doors to terrace
  • Three additional cottages and gate lodge
  • Stable block with tack room and feed store as well as a workshop/tool store
  • Set in approximately 58 acres with walled garden and all weather tennis court

Prestigious residential estate centred on a luxurious stone built mansion in an accessible rural setting.

About this property

  • The house is well designed with grand façades. The south façade is bright and sunny with full height windows in the majority of rooms. French doors lead out to the terrace at ground level and to balconies on the first floor. The north façade is also impressive with a pillared entrance flanked by steep pitched gables.

    The imposing structure is matched by the high quality interiors and fine woodwork used throughout. Wooden floors are twinned with beautiful wall panelling: the Ionic pillars in the reception hall set the tone for the wonderfully elegant style within. Internally the accommodation is bright, well proportioned and excellently laid out both for entertaining and for modern family living. The entrance leads to a large L shaped hall with French doors leading out to the terrace. Off this hall are the main reception rooms comprising two drawing rooms, a library and a dining room. The breakfast room and kitchen adjoin the dining room with a sitting room opposite which was previously used as a gun room. The east wing comprises a laundry and stores and contains a staff sitting room, bedroom and bathroom.

    The first floor accommodation is set around a passage with landings at either end. The master bedroom suite is off the west landing and comprises the master bedroom, two large dressing rooms and a bathroom. There are two further bedroom suites off the corridor and an elegant first floor drawing room with a balcony outside and a sitting room. The east landing has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen and has been used as an integral flat. There is extensive space on the second floor containing large store rooms and a billiard room.

    The house is served by a garage / workshop block with adjoining kennels. There is also a stone built garden store. There is a walled garden with stables containing six loose boxes, a store room and a studio.

    There are four cottages on the estate, including the original gate lodge next to the front gates off the A811. The three other cottages, which were built at the time of the main house, include a detached cottage at the end of the drive and a pair of semi detached cottages next to the walled garden.

    GARDENS AND GROUNDS
    In front of the house is a large tarmac sweep and parking area with a flat lawn. A ha ha divides it from the parkland in front. A fir and beech hedge fringes the drive.

    To the west of the house is the backyard which comprises a tarmac circle around a central lawn. There is a drying area beyond which is shielded by a high wooden fence to the west. A back door gives access to the house. Off the backyard is a building constructed of stone under a pitched slate roof, which contains an electricity substation and a large garden room.

    The main gardens are to the west of the house and comprise a very large lawn with a central roundel of trees. Belts of trees run along either side with open views at the end to the Gargunnock Hills. To the east of the house is a sheltered rose garden with rose beds laid out around lawns with hedges to the front and back. Immediately in front of the house is a large paved terrace with nine urns. There are raised flower beds. Steps lead up to the doors to the reception hall and study.

    The Boquhan Burn runs to the west of the property with masses of rhododendrons on either bank and a wooden bridge leads over the burn to further gardens beyond. There are acres of ‘secret gardens' with shrubs and lawns backed by further banks of rhododendrons and trees above. The gardens continue westwards to the back drive where there is an all weather tennis court enclosed by a high netting fence with a circular stone built pavilion. To the side of these gardens is an enclosure of mown parkland bordered by rhododendrons and woods. At the far end of the garden is ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie's Well' with a stone obelisk inscribed to Bonnie Prince Charlie who is said to have drunk at the well prior to the 1745 uprising. There is a vaulted well with paving stones around.

    A bridge leads from the front of the house over the Boquhan Burn to the back drive on the far side. Off the drive to the right is a road to the walled garden, cottages and garage / workshop.

    Beyond the house and cottages there is also a floodlit equestrian manège with a mixture of sand and rubber base, enclosed within post and rail fencing.

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Local information

  • Boquhan House is set in magnificent private gardens and grounds at the foot of the Gargunnock Hills. There are superb views over the gardens to the hills to the south and over parkland to the distant highlands to the north. The beautiful Boquhan Burn runs through the property and there are lovely walks in the hills above.
  • The property is easily accessible. The pivot of the motorway network is only 5 miles to the east with the M80 and the M9 giving quick access to Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively. Glasgow can be more directly reached via the A81 through Strathblane and Milngavie. Edinburgh Airport is 45 miles via the M9 and has regular services to London as well as services to an increasing number of international destinations.
  • The property is on the edge of the Carse of Stirling and the neighbouring Trossachs provide a spectacular backdrop. Loch Lomond is 15 miles to the west. Gleneagles Hotel and associated Country Club (26 miles) provides an extensive range of sports and leisure facilities including three golf courses – the Kings, the Queens and the Monarch (designed by Jack Nicklaus). Gleneagles is also well known as a centre for field sports with many guests staying at the hotel for grouse shooting, pheasant shooting and salmon fishing in the area.
  • Kippen is a sought after residential village with a primary school and small general store. There are secondary schools at Stirling and Balfron. For private schooling many attend Dollar Academy. Bridge of Allan is also home to Stirling University which has a sports centre and the MacRoberts Art Centre with its theatre and cinema. Stirling is the major town of central Scotland and provides a full range of shops, schools and services including branches of Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, a large shopping centre, a cinema and swimming pool.

Additional information

  • Outbuildings
  • Stable Block
  • The largest of the outbuildings is the newly constructed covered stables. This is a steel frame portal construction with corrugated panelling to the sides and roof. On top of the roof is a series of solar panels. Currently it is set with six stable doors for lodden boxes and also houses tack rooms and a feed store as well as a workshop or tool store with double doors opening onto the hard standing. Within the building the biomass boiler is also housed.
  • Walled Garden
  • Beyond the cottages is a large walled garden. The walls are built of brick with coping stones on top on three sides. The far wall has central wrought iron double gates with outbuildings either side comprising: the original stabling block can be found. This consists of three large loose boxes with concrete floor. Pitched asbestos roof built of white painted brick. Three further loose boxes. Storage shed. Large storage with double wooden doors. To the north of the stables and walled garden is an area of mown lawn backed by woods with a stone built octagonal tower (no roof) known as the ‘The Martello Tower', and a stone well known as the ‘Lady's Well'. A footbridge leads to the field in front of Boquhan House on the far side of the burn.
  • COTTAGES
  • Set in the trees beyond the garages is a pair of semi-detached cottages built of harled cavity wall construction under a pitched slate roof.
  • Garden Cottage 1 is a three bedroom property with separate kitchen and living room. The bedrooms all benefit from built in wardrobes. A fully equipped kitchen and family bathroom complete the property.
  • To the front there is a garden enclosed by beech hedging with a shrub bed in front. Rose beds and large lawn to side. Lean to greenhouse. Drying green to rear backing onto the walled garden.
  • Garden Cottage 2 is a further developed property with four bedrooms over two floors following an attic conversion. Separate kitchen and living room. The bedrooms all benefit from built in wardrobes. The upper floors have coombed ceilings and Velux windows. The kitchen is plumbed for a washing machine and has an electric cooker.
  • Front lawn with beech hedge in front fringed by heather borders. Large side lawn backed by wooden fence bordered by shrub beds. Drying green to rear.
  • There is a parking area beyond under pine trees with a single garage and concrete stand.
  • Woodlands Cottage: At the neck of the front drive is a further detached cottage. The property is formed of three bedrooms on a single floor with a family bathroom and a fully fitted kitchen. To the rear is a drying green with shrubs and partial hedging. To the side is an enclosed lawn with flower beds and raised beds around. In front is a large lawn with shrubs off. To the side of the house is a parking area with a wooden garage with parking to the side and in front.
  • East Lodge: Next to the front gates is a period gate lodge built of stone under a slate roof. The Lodge was fully refurbished in the early 2000s. The accommodation is again over one floor and comprises three bedrooms, a kitchen diner with the sitting room adjoining. To the west is a large garden enclosed by beech hedges with shrubs and trees and extensive lawns. The garden continues around to the paved terrace. On the opposite side of the drive is a large parking area.
  • Services
  • Boquhan House: Mains water. Mains electricity. Private drainage to septic tanks. Central heating and hot water to Boquhan House is provided via electric storage heaters, two solar panelled systems, one with 32KW and the other 18KW and a 199KW Biomass boiler situated in the new stable block.
  • Garden Cottage 1: Heating from solid fuel stove. Hot water from fire and immersion. Shared septic tank. PVC double glazed windows.
  • Garden Cottage 2: Oil fired central heating. The two cottages also received a power feed from Boquahn House which comes from the solar panels. This is a metered supply.
  • Woodland Cottage: Oil fired central heating boiler - Mega 50/70 coal fire – back boiler.
  • East Lodge: Oil fired central heating, electric storage heaters, solid fuel burning stove.
  • Planning Permissions
  • Within the walled garden there exists a conditional planning consent granted for the formation of three new dwellings as well as a further permission for the creation of a new outdoor equestrian arena adjoining the new stable block.
  • Right of Access
  • The neighbouring farmer has a right to cross the driveway to reach his field at the points marked on the attached plan.
  • There are rights of access over the end section of the back (west drive) in favour of the proprietors of the houses reached off that drive.
  • Directions: From Glasgow take the A81 north through Strathblane and continue north until the junction with the A811. Turn right onto the A811 and proceed east towards Stirling. The gates and driveway to Boquhan are on the right hand side about ½ mile beyond the roundabout signposted to Kippen. From Edinburgh take the M9 north past Stirling. Exit at Junction 10 and take the A84 west past Blair Drummond. Turn left onto the B8075 and follow this road to the junction with the A811. Turn right onto the A811 and continue west for about 3 miles. The gates and drive to Boquhan are on the left hand side.
  • EPC Rating = D