Savills | Couligartan, Loch Ard, Aberfoyle, Stirling, FK8 3TN | Property for sale
56 Ac(22.66 Ha)
Offers over £950,000

CouligartanLoch Ard, Aberfoyle, Stirling, FK8 3TN

  • Recently sold
  • Freehold

Key features

  • Sold in August 2021
  • Situated within a scenic national park
  • Over 1km of loch shore frontage
  • Boat house, bothy and a full range of outbuildings
  • Riparian rights to Loch Ard
  • Paddocks and grazing
  • About 56 acres in all

A rare opportunity to design and built a bespoke loch-side family home.

About this property

  • Couligartan occupies one of the most desirable loch side settings to have come to market in recent times. Not just benefitting from the stunning views, the site has direct access to the shore frontage and offers a truly unique opportunity to create a magnificent family home within Scotland's most famous national park. Surrounded by mature woodland and stunning scenery, the site is very private and yet there is no need to travel far for local amenities or indeed for further seclusion.

    There is an existing house on the site, however the condition is now such that Planning Permission in Principle has been granted for demolition and rebuild due to the impossibility of repair works to be done in a manner that can "economically be brought to modern living standards". While there are matters to be approved prior to the granting of full consent, the flexibility of tailoring the design of the house to suit an individual's requirements is a rare and highly prized opportunity. The current owner has had preliminary sketches completed for a striking 10,000 sq ft Scots Baronial style house that would certainly not look out of place in such a setting and would echo the architectural traditions of the area.


    To the east of the existing house a large terrace leads to extensive lawns, flanked by rhododendrons with a number of mature specimen trees including cherry, spruce, oak, Japanese maples, magnolia and Scots pine. The gardens to the south include a path flanked by azaleas leading to a pond bordered by bamboo and acer trees. Adjoining the conservatory is a courtyard garden featuring a large decked area leading to a bridge over a pond and onto a secondary pond. The courtyard is enclosed by dwarf stone walls planted with a variety of shrubs providing a perfect place to entertain.

    Couligartan is ring-fenced by approximately 56 acres in total which comprises grass fields, semi-ancient oak woodland and an orchard. The elevated setting provides stunning views to the east over fields which lead down to the shore of Loch Ard where there are a number of bays and a substantial boat house. Many of the fields are unfenced and are interspersed with naturally regenerated oak and birch trees.


    To the south-east of the house there is a range of useful outbuildings including a stone built, two storey bothy which is used by the current owner for storing garden equipment. The bothy has electricity throughout and a W/C and wash hand basin with plumbing for a bathroom and stairs leading to an open-plan first floor that has been used as a games room. Subject to the necessary consents, the bothy could be converted to provide ancillary accommodation to the main house. Next to the bothy there is a large open sided pole barn with an adjacent Dutch barn which are both currently used for storing logs and garden machinery.

    On the eastern edge of the drive, as you approach the house, there is a 50ft x 50ft timber and corrugated-iron clad former piggery which has not been used for its original purpose for some time and is in a state of disrepair but could be reinstated to provide miscellaneous storage or a conversion project subject to the necessary consents.

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One of the very best settings for a loch side house I have ever seen. Simply stunning!

Cameron EwerProperty agent

Local information

  • Couilgartan sits in an enviable elevated position overlooking Loch Ard, 4 miles west of Aberfoyle, within the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park which is part of The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.
  • Kinlochard offers excellent leisure facilities including a sailing club, the Go Country outdoor activity centre and the MacDonald Forest Hills Hotel and Spa. The wide range of activities in the area include mountain biking and walking, horse riding and pony trekking, canoeing and paddle boarding, wild swimming, shooting and fishing, and the UK's longest zip wire is at the nearby Go Ape centre located at the David Marshall Lodge visitor centre. Aberfoyle provides a full range of facilities including a primary school, shops, post office, supermarket, petrol station and a variety of hotels and restaurants as well as an 18 hole golf course.
  • Secondary schooling is at McLaren High School in Callander, and independent schools are available in Bridge of Allan, Glasgow and Dollar. The Lake Hotel and Nick Nairn's Cook School are nearby at Lake of Menteith.
  • The Trossachs is the heart of Rob Roy MacGregor's Scotland and it was in this area with its delightful mix of lochs, burns, hills and glens that he lived his life and where some of his more famous exploits took place.
  • The Trossachs has a diversity of wildlife including magnificent golden eagles, osprey, peregrine falcons and red deer, which coexist with creatures like roe deer, wildcats, foxes, feral goats, badgers and red squirrels.
  • Writers, poets and artists have all been drawn to the shores of its lochs, fascinated by the tales of Rob Roy and the mystery of the 'Children of the Mist', the clans who lived amidst these wild hills. William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and James Hogg all savoured its incomparable atmosphere. Nearby Loch Katrine was the inspiration for Sir Walter Scott's Lady of the Lake.
  • Several films including The 39 Steps (1959 version, starring Kenneth More) and Rob Roy (1953, starring Richard Todd) were filmed in the area.
  • Loch Lomond is at the end of the B829 at Inversnaid, opposite the Arrochar Alps and the famous Loch Lomond Golf Club.

Additional information

  • Planning
  • Application number 2019/0302/PPP through Loch Lomond & The Trossachs planning authority.
  • “Demolition of existing dwelling house and erection of 1no. replacement dwelling house”
  • Details of the permission can be obtained via the selling agents.
  • Services: The existing house is connected to Mains electricity. Private water (spring fed and UV filtered). Septic tank drainage.
  • Purchase price: Within 7 days of the conclusion of Missives a deposit of 10% of the purchase price shall be paid. The deposit will be non-returnable in the event of the Purchaser(s) failing to complete the sale for reasons not attributable to the Seller or his agents.
  • Directions: Heading west out of Aberfoyle on the B829, follow the road on the north bank of Loch Ard to Kinlochard. Once in the village, turn left at the Wee Blether tea rooms and continue to follow the road out of the village and round the western extent of the loch, past Blairhullichan and it is a further 0.5 miles to the top of Couligartan's private drive.
  • EPC Exempt