High­land get­away

Re­mem­ber­ing Scot­land’s his­tory in Glen­moris­ton, writes Su­san Welsh

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If an award of £30,000 was of­fered in re­turn for in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the cap­ture of some­one on the run, peo­ple would not only sit up and take no­tice but may be tempted to spill the beans.

Yet that re­ward – equiv­a­lent to more than £3mil­lion to­day – wasn’t enough to tempt the Seven Men of Glen­moris­ton who fa­mously swore to pro­tect Bon­nie Prince Char­lie, and helped him escape to safety af­ter the Bat­tle of Cul­lo­den in 1746.

Glen­moris­ton played a key role in Scot­tish his­tory. To­day, at the head of it, sits Cean­nacroc Lodge – a lovely fam­ily home, with the wilds of Glen Shiel and Kin­tail to the west, and a sense of his­tory sur­round­ing it.

The large, de­tached coun­try house sits in colour­ful gar­dens which run down to the River Moris­ton, and takes full ad­van­tage of its location, a prime High­land beauty spot on the road to Skye.

Not far from the lodge is Rod­er­ick Macken­zie’s cairn, a tribute to a loyal sup­porter of the Stu­art Prince. Rod­er­ick pre­tended to be Char­lie and al­lowed him­self to be cap­tured and killed by the sol­diers pur­su­ing the young pre­tender.

With his dy­ing breath, he called out, ‘You have killed your prince’, which en­sured the sol­diers took his head to Fort Au­gus­tus – giv­ing the real man time to escape to the safety of a moun­tain cave high up above the glen. The cave is noted on all cur­rent Ord­nance Sur­vey maps.

Joanne Sten­nett, from sell­ing agent Bell In­gram’s In­ver­ness of­fice, said: “Cean­nacroc Lodge is a clas­sic ru­ral High­land prop­erty, of­fer­ing the at­trac­tion of its fa­mous place in Scot­tish his­tory. Its bloody his­tory is hard to imag­ine now, as it is in such a lovely, peace­ful location.”

For­merly an es­tate farm­house and part of the orig­i­nal shoot­ing lodge built around 1902, the home is full of charm and char­ac­ter with high ceil­ings, wood pan­elling and large sash and case win­dows.

Given its location, the five-bed­room house, on the mar­ket at offers in the re­gion of £365,000, would make an ideal B&B, while a re­cently added one-bed an­nexe would be suit­able for hol­i­day lets or a granny flat.

The lodge is ap­proached via a tarred drive­way lead­ing to a gravel fore­court. Steps lead to the main en­trance which opens into a small hall­way with wood pan­elled walls and which gives ac­cess to a use­ful util­ity room and cloak room.

The util­ity room has a fit­ted wine rack and two free­stand­ing full-height freez­ers in­cluded in the sale. The cloak­room has plenty of space for stor­ing out­door gear which is just as well as this home is ideal for out­door fans with 21 Mun­ros within a half-hour drive.

The kitchen has plenty of space for a din­ing ta­ble and comes with a good range of units while an oil-fired Ray­burn also pro­vides hot water. A Hot­point free­stand­ing cooker with ce­ramic hob, Beko wash­ing ma­chine and dish­washer are in­cluded in the sale.

Other rooms of note in­clude a din­ing room with dual as­pect win­dows of­fer­ing far-reach­ing moun­tain views; a spa­cious draw­ing room full of char­ac­ter with panoramic views over the gar­den to the river and moun­tains be­yond. Nice touches here in­clude a work­ing open fire with slate hearth and cast iron sur­round and mar­ble man­tel­piece, shelved presses and a bay win­dow with seat­ing.

A sit­ting room has triple as­pect win­dows and there’s also a sun room which in turn, leads to the front gar­den.

Along with a fam­ily bath­room, WC and shower room, the house has five good-sized bed­rooms while sev­eral ar­eas within the prop­erty are dual-pur­pose.

A land­ing dou­bles up as an of­fice while the up­per hall­way is wide enough to ac­com­mo­date a set­tee and has win­dows of­fer­ing fine views, along its length.

At the side of the lodge is the re­cently ren­o­vated an­nexe. Ac­com­mo­da­tion here in­cludes a kitchen/diner with French doors, a dou­ble bed­room, shower room and a store­room which could pos­si­bly be turned into a sec­ond bed­room or work stu­dio.

The house sits in beau­ti­ful turfed gar­den grounds ex­tend­ing to ap­prox­i­mately 0.75 acres with ma­ture trees and bushes. There’s also a large work­shop/barn in the gar­den.

Fort Au­gus­tus is the near­est vil­lage to the house. Si­t­u­ated on the Cale­do­nian Canal, it has good lo­cal ameni­ties in­clud­ing school­ing.

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