In HER MAJESTY'SFootsteps

As the Royal household prepares to up sticks to Scotland for summer, Le Sommelier looks at a tartan selection of amply acred estates and bonnie boltholes
2016-08-01
Property

In The Bag

Just 33 miles from Dundee airport (daily flights to London Stansted), Ardovie near Brechin comprises a private, 78-acre residential estate with a most attractive Grade A-listed six-bedroom house at its core. On the market for £1,195,000 through Knight Frank (0131 222 9600), the sale includes a three-bedroom keeper’s house and two-bedroom gate lodge; there is a stone barn with equestrian potential, four fields of grazing and 38 acres of mixed and commercial woodland with an established pheasant shoot and opportunities for roe deer stalking.

Baronial Grandeur

Designed in a traditional style by architect and owner Ian Begg, this modern four-bedroom tower-house at Craig, Ross-shire, features a welcoming great hall, a charming loggia and views over Loch Carron towards the Applecross Peninsula. Situated three miles from the airstrip at Plockton (where Hamish Macbeth was filmed), Raven’s Craig Tower costs £675,000 through Strutt & Parker (01463 719171)

Rural Retreat

Just 35 miles from Edinburgh, 15 miles from Selkirk and eight miles from Innerleithen, Eagle’s Nest is a wonderfully private three-bedroom cottage in Mountbenger, Yarrow Valley. Set in rugged Borders countryside, it is set at the end of a rough track that is ‘easily negotiated with care. So says Rettie & Co (01896 824070), which is quoting offers over £285,000.

Tee Time

Historically revered as ‘the home of golf’, St Andrews commands a premium for its property. A three-bedroom apartment on The Scores, for example, will set you back £895,000 through Savills (0131 247 3700) – but then it is within putting distance of the R&A Clubhouse. The views across the Old Course, St Andrews Bay and the West Sands (of Chariots of Fire fame) are simply iconic.

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