Ship­ping mag­nate’s great es­tate

For sale – Scot­land’s most ex­pen­sive es­tate, writes Su­san Welsh

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - PROPERTY -

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

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