Shipping magnate’s great estate
For sale – Scotland’s most expensive estate, writes Susan Welsh
The Kinpurnie Estate in Angus is one of the finest agricultural, residential and sporting estates in Scotland – and with a price tag of offers over £29million, it’s also the most valuable estate ever placed for sale on the open market in Scotland.
The ringfenced, 5,400acre estate offers property, farmland, woodland, six privately owned lochs and an exceptional driven pheasant shoot.
In addition to extensive estate dwellings and eight luxury holiday cottages, there are two outstanding residencies including the eight-bedroom Kinpurnie Castle and nine-bedroom Thriepley House, which was largely rebuilt and has evolved into a magnificent, principal estate residence which remains a beautifully appointed family home.
Formorethan30years, it was the home of Sir James Cayzer, who died in February 2012, aged 80.
He was a genial and kindly man – a well-known figure throughout the Angus area as he was driven everywhere in one of the vintage Rolls-Royces he owned.
It’s said the charming bon vivant devoted much of his time entertaining himself and friends in the style of a bygone age but he was a generous benefactor and supporter of a great many charities in the area.
A close friend of the late Queen Mother, Sir James inherited vast wealth derived from the shipping business founded by his Victorian great-grandfather.
The estate has been in the Cayzer family since 1905 having been acquired by Sir Charles Cayzer, an extremely successful and powerful businessman.
Sir Charles founded and established the Clan Line which plied the Cape route to India and the Far East from its home port of Liverpool, and became one of the world's great shipping companies.
A subsequent merger with Union Castle created British & Commonwealth Shipping in 1956.
The original estate was extended in 1972 with the purchase of the adjacent Lundie Estate.
Sir Charles also owned the estates of Ralston, near Paisley and Gartmore, near Aberfoyle in Perthshire. The associated Lundie Estate Barony title may be available to a purchaser.
Nigel Cayzer, nephew of Sir James said: “It is with considerable sadness that we are placing Kinpurnie on the market.
“While it will be a great wrench for me and for my family, the estate has never looked better, and I very much hope that a new owner will derive as much pleasure from it in the future as it have given us over the last 30 years”.
Luke French from selling agent Savills, said: “Kinpurnie Estate presents a rare combination of residential, agricultural, commercial and leisure enterprises.
“An estate with any one of these assets would be special but to find one with all ofthemincluding exceptional sporting facilities is almost unheard of.”
The majority of the agricultural land is in hand, with the remainder coming back in hand on December 31, 2014.
It comprises a well balanced mixture of land, from fertile Grade 2 and 3 land in Strathmore, in the north of the estate, to hill ground.
There is a unique opportunity to create a significant in-hand farming operation incorporating cereal, vegetable and livestock enterprises.
Kinpurnie is renowned as an outstanding high pheasant shoot.
While the focus in recent years has been on pheasants, it has in the past also produced exceptional partridge drives.
There are 22 principal drives; of particular note is the Quarry Drive which is considered by many to be one of themostchallenging drives in Scotland.
Contact: Savills on 0131 247 3739.
Sir James Cayzer