A handsome Georgian manse and cottage, close to the centre of Perth.
Beechgrove is situated on the leafy east side of the River Tay in the Kinnoull area of Perth. The house is perfectly positioned for access to the centre of town ( it is about 0.5 miles to the High Street ). The parks at Riverside and Kinnoull are close by and the house is set back from one of the main routes out of the city enabling swift access to Dundee, Fife, Stirling, Edinburgh and the north.
Perth has an excellent choice of shops, bars and restaurants as well as a concert hall, theatre, art gallery, museum and cinema. The town's leisure facilities also include the Perth Climbing Centre, The Willowgate Activity Centre, Perth Leisure pool, an ice rink and two sports centres. Local golf courses include the North Inch Golf Course (one of the oldest in Scotland), James VI Golf Course on Moncrieff Island (a short walk away), Craigie Hill and Murrayshall. The world famous golf courses at Glleneagles and St Andrews are both within 35 miles. There is National Hunt racing at Scone Palace, which also hosts The Scottish Game Fair.
Perth is often referred to as a gateway to the highlands and for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits, the rivers, hills and lochs of the Perthshire highlands and the Angus Glens are all within easy reach. Fishing, shooting and stalking are also readily available from local estates and the ski slopes of Glenshee are about 40 miles north.
Perth train station has regular services to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness and London. Edinburgh Airport is about 40 miles away and direct flights from Dundee Airport (20 miles) to Stansted will (as at June 2020) shortly be replaced by a direct service to London City Airport.
In terms of education, there is a choice of primary and secondary schooling in the city, with Kinnoull Primary School just 250m away along Dundee Road. There is also a good choice of private schooling nearby. A bus runs from the Dundee Road to The High School of Dundee and Strathallan, Kilgraston, Glenalmond and Craigclowan are all located within a few miles of the city.
All distances and travel times are approximate.
Dating from 1830 Beechgrove was built to be the manse for Kinnoull Church and remained in the ownership of the church until 1986. With only three owners in its entire history the house has retained much of its original character and many traditional features of this c-listed house, such as the staircase, window shutters and cornicing, have been well preserved. Beechgrove was built as a home and so it remains, a wonderful family house with ample room for home offices with fibre optic Wi-Fi. A secondary income could be possible by operating a bed and breakfast on an occasional basis, or more, as the current owners have done successfully.
A private driveway leads to an expanse of gravel parking at the front of the house. The front porch is one of the prettiest features of Beechgrove with its curved lead canopy topped with decorative wrought iron balustrading. The front door opens to a vestibule and then through a glazed inner door to a welcoming reception hall. From here there is access to all the formal rooms of the house and an elegant Georgian staircase rises to the first floor. Both the drawing room and the dining room have high ceilings, tall sash and case windows and working window shutters. These rooms are filled with light and have views of the garden. The drawing room has an open fire and is a fabulous room for entertaining.
Beside the drawing room is a double bedroom with en suite shower room and a short well-lit passage leads to a cosy sitting room with wood burning stove. Directly opposite is the magnificent open plan kitchen with family dining area. With its vaulted ceiling, roof lights and a wall of glazing at the far end it is a large and social room which would suit most modern family lifestyles. A long central island is fitted with a small sink with a Quooker boiling tap, induction hob and griddle plate with oven, double sink and dishwasher fitted into glossy white units opposite. French windows beside the dining area at one end of the kitchen open into the courtyard garden. Beechgrove has excellent storage and utility space. From the kitchen there is access to a back hall, utility room and laundry and from the passage outside the kitchen there is access to an office, study, store room and WC. At this end of the house there is also a double bedroom with en suite shower room. On the first floor there are four double bedrooms and one single bedroom all with en suite facilities. The bedrooms are beautifully decorated and, in keeping with the whole property, they are immaculately presented.
Beechgrove is situated in a garden of about 0.75 acres which provides it with enormous privacy. Much of the garden is down to lawn with herbaceous borders, rose beds, spring bulbs, rhododendrons and a bank of herbaceous plants providing plenty of colour in the spring and summer. Copper beech, scots pines, birch, larch and two wellingtonia are amongst some mature trees in the periphery of the garden. One of the most magical parts of the garden at Beechgrove is the courtyard and private garden which can be accessed directly from the kitchen. Both are sheltered and sunny spots to eat out in good weather.
Converted from outbuildings which would once have been the manse stables, the cottage has a bedroom, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. It is currently let out as a self-catering holiday cottage however it would also be ideal for accommodating a relative or a house keeper.
Square Footage: 4092 sq ft
Acreage: 0.75 Acres
If approaching from the south on the M90, follow signs to Dundee and Coupar Angus, exiting the motorway immediately after crossing the Friarton Bridge and follow signs to Coupar Angus. This route will take you into Perth via the Dundee Road. Follow the Dundee Road for just under a mile and Beechgrove is on the corner of Manse Road and Dundee Road. Turn up Manse Road (immediately before the Isle of Skye hotel) and the driveway to Beechgrove is the first entrance on the right.