A fine former manse on the banks of the Tay
Cargill House is situated in a sleepy rural hamlet on the banks of the River Tay. The house is positioned beautifully in a slightly elevated position with uninterrupted views over the water. The Cargill and Ballathie beats – two of the most famous and accessible salmon fishing beats on the river – are immediately below the house.
With the Perthshire hills and Angus Glens to the north and east and the Fife coast to the southeast, Cargill House is ideally positioned to take advantage of the many outdoor pursuits that are on offer nearby. In addition to fishing on the Tay, there is fishing nearby on the rivers Isla and Ericht. Pheasant and partridge shooting are readily available on local estates as well as stalking and grouse shooting on the higher ground a little further north. The ski slopes of Glenshee are just 30 miles away. Riverside and woodland walks locally include the spectacular bluebell woods at Ballathie. Ospreys fish directly outside the house, beavers are frequently spotted along the riverbank and otters, deer and red squirrels are numerous. Golfers will enjoy the proximity of some of Scotland’s finest championship golf courses including Gleneagles, St Andrews, Carnoustie and The Rosemount Course at Blairgowrie Golf Club.
The tranquil location is nevertheless very accessible; the A9 is only 9 miles away, there are direct train services from Perth to London (about 6 hours) and Edinburgh Airport is 51 miles away. There are also daily flights from Dundee Airport (18 miles) to London City. Private schools within easy driving distance of Cargill House include Glenalmond College, Strathallan, The High School of Dundee, Ardvreck, Morrisons Academy, Craigclowan and Kilgraston.
A full range of shops, health and professional services can be found in nearby Blairgowrie, just 6 miles away, or Perth (10 miles). Dunkeld (12 miles) with its historic cathedral and picturesque setting on the Tay has a growing selection of independent shops, cafés, pubs, bakeries and galleries.
Cargill House dates from about 1840 and was originally the manse for Cargill church. It was later sympathetically extended with wings at either end making it a much larger house and giving it quite a presence. Although it looks large, Cargill House has a wonderfully warm and friendly feel. Steps lead up to the front door and vestibule and into the main reception hall. From here there is access to three beautiful reception rooms with large windows framing mesmerising views of the Tay as it flows past the house. The sitting room has glass doors opening to raised decking and it also has a large wood burning stove. It is a large room spanning the width of the house and is ideal for entertaining. The drawing room which is an equally attractive room but with quite a different character has a pretty bay window, an open fire, timber floor and a bookcase fitted along one wall. The timber floor continues to the dining room where floor to ceiling windows once again frame the view of the river. Built-in display cabinets and a beautiful black marble fireplace make this room a lovely formal space for dining. At the west end of the house there is also a smaller sitting room looking out over the front of the house. This has a fireplace and would work well as a study.
At the east end of the house the kitchen has cream painted cabinets and a cream gas fired four oven aga as well as an enviable view from the kitchen sink. At this end of the house there is also a utility room, cloakroom and WC. On the first floor a broad landing with decorative arches leads to six bedrooms. The principal bedroom and the main guest bedroom both have their own dressing room and bathroom suites. Four other bedrooms share a family bathroom and almost all have their own walk in storage and an original fireplace.
On the lower ground floor, accessible from steps within the main house or by its own external door, is an independent apartment. With a sitting room, two double bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom this versatile space would work well for guests, relatives, as games rooms, offices or as a letting apartment. It has access directly onto the paved terrace that overlooks the garden and the river.
The outbuildings at Cargill House are incorporated into the house under the wings on the lower ground floor. At the north side of the house is a garage and a store room with direct access into the main house. On the south side there are stores and a WC.
Cargill House is approached through remote controlled gates which open to a short gravel driveway leading to a turning circle in front of the house. Just over 3 acres of garden and grounds surround the property. At the front of the house there are beautiful mature trees which include copper beech, spruce, yew and a monkey puzzle tree. The grass between the trees is filled with spring bulbs while on the river side of the house a neat expanse of lawn sweeps down towards the river with a path leading to a pedestrian gate to the riverside.
Cargill House comes with an additional 4.3 acres of grazing adjoining the south of the property. The field is bound by a stock proof fence and has vehicular access from the lane that leads to Cargill House.
Strictly by appointment with Savills – .
Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil fired central heating and lpg gas fired Aga.
Local Authority & tax band
Perth & Kinross Council tax band H.
Fixtures & Fittings
The curtains may be available for purchase by separate negotiation.
Photos taken and brochure produced
Square Footage: 6258 sq ft
Acreage: 7.63 Acres
From Perth take the A93 north towards Blairgowrie. After about 8 miles (having passed through Guildtown) and before reaching the Beech Hedge caravan park, turn left down a small lane to Cargill. Follow the lane towards the river and after about 300m the entrance to Cargill House is on the left hand side.