The glo­ri­ous view of sweep­ing hills and gleam­ing lochs

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Fet­ter­cairn es­tate (Fig 2) in Aberdeen­shire has gone un­der of­fer, fol­low­ing its launch in June for ‘of­fers over £15m’ through Sav­ills. For sale as a whole, or in four lots, at its heart is a grand, 22,880sq ft, Ja­cobean man­sion, cre­ated around a 17th-cen­tury core, by Wil­liam Burn in the 1820s and Robert Lorimer in the 1890s, and beau­ti­fully ren­o­vated by the present own­ers.

The sale in­cludes 22 fur­ther es­tate houses, 1,345 acres of arable land, 281 acres of pas­ture, 1,840 acres of rough graz­ing and 562 acres of com­mer­cial and amenity wood­land.

Fol­low­ing the sale in lots, through Sav­ills and CKD Gal­braith, of the Cayzer fam­ily’s 5,400-acre Kin­purnie es­tate in An­gus af­ter it failed to find a sin­gle buyer at its orig­i­nal £29m ask­ing price, Sav­ills (0131–247 3720) and Davis & Bowring (01524 274430) are joint agents in the sale of the 21,768-acre Tulchan es­tate (Fig 3) on Spey­side, whose guide price of ‘of­fers over £25m’ makes it the most ex­pen­sive ‘whole’ Scot­tish es­tate cur­rently on the mar­ket.

De­scribed as ‘a sport­ing Utopia’ and ‘sim­ply one of the best all-round sport­ing es­tates in Scot­land’, Tulchan oc­cu­pies a glo­ri­ous po­si­tion on the edge of the Cairn­gorms Na­tional Park and is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble by road, rail and air. Run­ning through the es­tate is Scot­land’s third longest river, the ma­jes­tic River Spey, whose eight miles of dou­ble-bank fish­ing has earned Tulchan Water the ac­co­lade of one of the finest stretches of fly water in Europe.

In ad­di­tion, the es­tate of­fers redand roe-deer stalk­ing, two driven grouse moors, hill-loch fish­ing and an ‘es­teemed’ driven pheas­ant shoot. Over­look­ing the Spey val­ley at the heart of the es­tate is Tulchan Lodge, a 13-bed­room Ed­war­dian shoot­ing lodge built by George Mc­corquo­dale in 1906 and ideally suited to large house par­ties, with al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion pro­vided by the mod­ern stone-built, six-bed­room Knock­tulchan Lodge and a num­ber of hol­i­day cot­tages scat­tered around the es­tate.

It’s all vested in a lim­ited com­pany, Tulchan Sport­ing Es­tates Ltd, which is wholly owned by the ven­dors, Der­byshire busi­ness­man Leon Litch­field and his wife, Gil­lian, who bought the es­tate in 1993. Trans­fer of own­er­ship will be ef­fected by means of a sale of the shares in the com­pany, whose as­sets also in­clude a pro­duc­tive in-hand farm, five let farms, ex­ten­sive nat­u­ral wood­land and forestry and var­i­ous de­vel­op­ment sites.

Eve­lyn Chan­ning of Sav­ills is also han­dling the sale of the his­toric and pic­turesque Leckie es­tate (Fig 4) near Gargunnock, Stir­ling­shire, pre­vi­ously owned by for­mer Scot­tish Sec­re­tary Sir George Younger, 4th Vis­count Younger, who died in 2003, and, fol­low­ing the death of his widow, Diana, is now be­ing sold on be­half of their fam­ily.

An an­cient and orig­i­nally much larger es­tate owned by the Crown, Leckie was granted to Mal­colm de Leky in the 1350s. The Leck­ies re­mained in pos­ses­sion un­til 1668, when the es­tate was sold to the Moir

Fig 4: Handy for Glas­gow or Ed­in­burgh: the Leckie es­tate in Stir­ling­shire Of­fers over £3.38m

Fig 3: Serene Tulchan on Spey­side has 21,768 acres. Of­fers over £25m

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