Es­tates for all sea­sons

Af­ter the un­cer­tainty of the in­de­pen­dence vote, Scot­land is back in busi­ness

Country Life Every Week - - Property Market -

IN con­trast with 2014, when Scot­land’s In­de­pen­dence Ref­er­en­dum brought the mar­ket for Scot­tish sport­ing es­tates grind­ing to a halt, there is lit­tle sign of a sim­i­lar knee­jerk re­ac­tion tak­ing place in the wake of the Brexit vote on June 23. In fact, some lead­ing Scot­tish agents main­tain that the post-brexit de­cline in the ster­ling ex­change rate has reawak­ened in­ter­est among over­seas buy­ers —al­ways an in­flu­en­tial el­e­ment in this rar­efied mar­ket­place.

As Rob Mccul­loch of Strutt & Parker (0131–226 2500)—who ear­lier this month launched the prestigious, 12,000acre Til­lypronie es­tate (Fig 1) near Tar­land, Aberdeen­shire, at a guide price of ‘of­fers over £10.5 mil­lion’— ex­plains: ‘In a nor­mal year, I would ex­pect to see about 20 sport­ing es­tates launched on the mar­ket in Scot­land: in 2014, there were only seven. Last year, there were 19 and this year looks like be­ing an­other av­er­age year, with 20 or so es­tates be­ing of­fered for sale, and 13 ei­ther sold or un­der of­fer, although with Septem­ber a key pe­riod, we won’t be able to draw any firm con­clu­sions un­til the year end.’

With its first-class driven gameshoot­ing, the un­ri­valled set­ting of its man­sion house and gar­dens and its ma­jes­tic po­si­tion strad­dling Dee­side and Don­side on the east­ern fringe of the Grampians, Til­lypronie rightly be­longs in ‘the top drawer’ of Scot­tish sport­ing es­tates, with some­thing for ev­ery­one, the agents say.

At its heart lies im­pos­ing Til­lypronie House, a spec­tac­u­lar 11-bed­room man­sion built in 1867 by Sir John Clark, the diplo­mat son of Queen Vic­to­ria’s physi­cian, Sir James Clark. Not only did Her Majesty lay the foun­da­tion stone, but she of­ten vis­ited the

Fig 2: The 4,175-acre Fet­ter­cairn es­tate in Aberdeen­shire. Of­fers over £15m

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