A spectacular residential estate in Perthshire
Extending to about 172 acres in total, North Cassochie is a residential estate with sporting, equestrian, amenity and agricultural elements occupying a very private setting in the valley of the River Almond in Perthshire.
Having originally been a mixed arable and livestock farm, the current owners recognised that the exceptional setting and privacy afforded by the lie of the landscape at North Cassochie gave rise to an outstanding opportunity to create a unique residential estate when they purchased the property over a decade ago. At the time of their purchase, the original (but by that time, redundant) range of stone farm buildings had planning permission for development as four dwellings. In addition, there was a live consent for the development of an eco-home overlooking the reservoir on the western side of the estate.
Recognising the opportunity to do something different to maximise the potential of the setting, the owners in collaboration with architects, Muir Walker Pride submitted an ambitious planning application to build a family home which incorporated many of the most cutting edge aspects of design and technology whilst retaining a number of the features of the original buildings which provided the footprint for the development.
With planning permission approved in 2010, the construction phase of the project was completed in 2011. The owners vision has thus been magnificently interpreted and realised with North Cassochie being both a superbly appointed residential estate of peerless quality and a happy and peaceful home which has given the owners and their guests the greatest of pleasure.
The component assets of the estate are described in more detail as follows:
Lying right at the heart of the estate and approached via a drive which leads for about a kilometre from the entrance gates, Cassochie House occupies a gently sloping site overlooking an ornamental lake which was specifically created to enhance the setting of the house.
The sloping site enabled the architects, Muir Walker Pride and construction contractors, Colorado Construction to design and build an additional floor of leisure accommodation below the main living spaces. This floor incorporates a swimming pool, gym, sauna, snooker room and cinema.
The principal living accommodation is arranged around a central courtyard. This feature of the design enables southerly light to penetrate throughout the main floor of the house whilst the beautiful Fineline aluminium system windows frame the spectacular views over the lake and parkland to the North. Traditional vernacular features such as cruck frame and inglenook fireplaces have been reinterpreted in a new way to create a modern house rooted in tradition. Unique light tubes inspired by a fusion of Corbusier design innovation and traditional farm building ventilation also imbue this house with a sense of place and spirit.
The building is clad in natural stone with carved sandstone detailing at and the front door, chimney heads and window surrounds. The roof is finished in a combination of Cupra heavy slates, selected for its similarity to Scots slate and a Kalzip standing seam aluminium roof, painted to resemble weathered copper.
Wide board engineered oak flooring is used within the principal rooms with complementing oak doors, facings and flush-and-shadow gap skirting crafted by local tradesmen.
A patent glazed rooflight brings light via the glass balustrade staircase down to the lower ground floor whilst the top lit planters add colour and vibrancy to the interior. The house is heated by under floor heating.
The floor plans showing the layout and dimensions of the accommodation are included within this brochure.
Gardens and Grounds
Surrounding the house are both paved and gravelled terraces and areas for outdoor dining and relaxing. A rock garden has been created within the courtyard on the south side which is accessible from the three elevations which surround it and is a sun trap which particularly captures the morning sun with its eastern aspect. A circular dressed stone arch leads to the wide expanse of carefully maintained lawns which surround the house.
In front of the house beside the lake is an open air barbecue area. There is also a wooden jetty for mooring a small rowing boat and enabling diving for wild swimming in the lake during the summer months.
The lawns which surround the house open out to extensive open parkland planted with both individual hardwoods and copses of mixed tree species.
On a south facing slope a short distance from the house is an orchard which has been established by the owners to include varieties of apple, crabapple, pear, plum and cherry trees which bear fruit in the autumn.
For golf enthusiasts, the gently rolling nature of the parkland is ideally suited to the creation of a golf course with scope for up to 9 extremely picturesque holes.
Lying a short distance to the south of the main house, this is pine log chalet on a rectangular plan with accommodation including 3 bedrooms. It was built as a base for the owners to live whilst overseeing the development of the main house following their purchase of North Cassochie and now provides self-contained overflow accommodation for their family and guests.
Stables and Equestrian Facilities
Situated on the west side of the house is a spacious stables building including 5 looseboxes, tack and feed storage and kitchen/bathroom with shower, WC and wash hand basin. With a concrete floor and mains power, the building is constructed on a steel frame with timber cladding and profile sheet roof. Features of the building include a clock tower about the apex topped with a wrought iron weather vane depicting a horse. The roof overhangs the entrance providing weather protection and the building is floodlit externally.
Beside the stables is an enclosed dressage arena with a recycled rubber chip surface.
Situated close to the stables is a range of outbuildings providing extensive open-fronted and enclosed storage for vehicles, machinery and equipment including a workshop and lofted store/office above.
Built by local firm Algo on a galvanised steel portal frame, the building is fully insulated and provides flexibility for a range of uses beyond conventional storage.
At the time of the owners' purchase of North Cassochie, planning permission existed for the development of an eco-house overlooking the reservoir on the western fringe of the estate.
With accommodation totalling 4 bedrooms (including a detached annexe to the main building), the house was designed by the well-known Perthshire-based firm of architects, the James Denholm Partnership, with full planning permission granted on 27 November 2008. Whilst the current owners chose not to initiate this development, the opportunity remains open for a future owner to either reinstate the original consent or seek a variation of the design for a house on the same site. Whilst now lapsed, the plans relating to this consent can be viewed via the planning portal of the Perth & Kinross Council website under the reference 08/01308/FUL or on request from the selling agents.
Land, Woods and Water
Beyond the parkland which surrounds the main house, there are several fields of permanent pasture with about 60 acres of mixed species woodland around the perimeter of the estate.
The pasture is let annually under a seasonal grazings lease to a local farmer for grazing of sheep only. This is renewed annually with the farmer claiming the Basic Payment Entitlement in respect of the fields.
The woods include a combination of mature stands of conifers and hardwoods with younger plantations having been established over the last decade since the current owners purchase of the estate.
In addition to the ornamental lake in front of the house, a reservoir towards the western boundary is a particular feature of the estate. Fringed by native woodland and home to a variety of wildlife, the reservoir holds a population of wild brown trout.
Sporting and Amenity
The extent of woodland and nature of the terrain provides the potential for mixed game shooting and roe deer stalking whilst the reservoir and lake provide both the opportunity for trout fishing and duck flighting.
There are paths and tracks for walking, trekking/hacking and cycling; a cross country riding course and the potential to create up to 9 golf holes if desired.
This property has 172 acres of land.
Set amid the gently undulating landscape of lower Glen Almond in Perthshire, North Cassochie Estate benefits from the ideal fusion of privacy and seclusion with outstanding panoramic views.
The estate is approached via a minor public road leading west from the village of Methven. Screened along each of its boundaries by stands of woodland, the estate lies within its own shallow valley formed by the course of the Cassochie Burn. This provides North Cassochie with the almost uniquely discreet setting which is one of its core features.
The village of Methven has a village shop but a significant and expanding range of services and facilities is available at Perth which is a 10-minute car journey from North Cassochie (5 miles).
Known as the Gateway to the Highlands, Perth is an elegant town on the banks of the River Tay notable for its Georgian architecture. It is an important administrative and commercial centre which provides a wide range of retail and professional services. There is also a general hospital.
Lying 10 miles southwest of North Cassochie is the Gleneagles Hotel and Spa, the internationally renowned resort. The 5-star hotel is widely considered to be Scotlands foremost luxury hotel and attracts guests from around the globe with its combination of facilities, service and food and drink of the highest quality, including the Andrew Fairlie two-Michelin star restaurant.
Whilst the resort is perhaps most famous for its three golf courses the Kings course, the Queens course and the PGA centenary course (host of the 2014 Ryder Cup) and associated facilities, there is a much wider range of leisure activities available at the resort including clay pigeon shooting and tuition at the Gleneagles Shooting School; extensive equestrian facilities including two indoor heated arenas; trout fishing on several lochs; falconry; off-road driving and gundog training.
The range and quality of private education available in Perthshire is one of its key attractions as a place to live. Within a 15-mile radius of North Cassochie, there are several internationally renowned independent schools including Glenalmond College (just two miles from North Cassochie), Strathallan School, Kilgraston School, Morrisons Academy and Dollar Academy. At junior level, there are two preparatory schools Ardvreck at Crieff and Craigclowan at Perth each of which is within a 15-minute drive of North Cassochie
The accessibility of North Cassochie to Scotlands two largest and best known cities Edinburgh and Glasgow is another of the propertys key features. Edinburgh is a World Heritage Site on account of its unique combination of medieval and Georgian architecture. As the capital city, it is the home of Scotlands devolved parliament and is an important hub of the financial world. Famous for its rich cultural heritage, the city is home to the worlds largest festivals of the arts and culture the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe held throughout the month of August each year. At a distance of about 58 miles, the drive from North Cassochie to Edinburgh takes about one hour under normal traffic conditions.
With a population of about 630,000, Glasgow is Scotlands largest city and third largest in the UK (behind London and Birmingham). Built on heavy industry and trade with the Americas, Glasgow has undergone a renaissance in recent years to become a vibrant and modern city which thrives as a centre of commerce, culture, recreation and leisure. Glasgow is ranked as one of Europes top ten financial centres and the best city for millennials to live and work in according to recently published research. The city centre and airport can both be reached in little more than an hour from North Cassochie under normal traffic conditions.
Scotland is famous around the world as the home of the Highlands with its innumerable mountains, lochs and glens. With magnificent views to the Highland Line the range of hills which marks the southern limit of the Highlands just a few miles to the north, North Cassochie is metaphorically on the doorstep of the Highlands.
A short distance from the estate lie the Perthshire Highlands of Glen Almond and the Sma Glen with one of the countrys most picturesque roads leading north from Crieff to Aberfeldy and Strathtay.
The Scottish Highlands are well known for providing field sports of the highest quality including red deer stalking, red grouse shooting and Atlantic salmon fishing. Within less than an hours drive from North Cassochie, there are many estates which offer for let exceptional red deer stalking to suit all standards of physical fitness. Perthshire was traditionally considered as the home of many of Scotlands most revered driven grouse moors. In recent years, some of these moors have been restored to productivity providing the opportunity for the owner of North Cassochie to rent driven grouse shooting within the locality.
Pheasant and partridge shooting is also a feature of the area with driven and walked-up shooting on some of Scotlands best known estates available to rent locally.
The River Tay and its tributaries is one of the worlds most famous Atlantic salmon fisheries attracting anglers on an annual basis from around the globe. Whilst the main stem of the River Tay is 5 miles from North Cassochie at Perth, the closest tributary is the River Almond which is 2 miles north of the property. Emerging from the Sma Glen to flow through a picturesque valley of farmland and woods, the Almond offers idyllic fly water for salmon and sea trout. Fishing on several beats of the river is available to rent locally on a day permit basis or through joining the local angling club.
The famous beats of the middle and lower Tay are available to let on both a daily and weekly basis and are all within a short drive of North Cassochie.
Equestrian activities of all types are a feature of this part of Perthshire. With members of the vendors family having competed in both cross-country and dressage events, the equestrian facilities at North Cassochie are first class. In addition to modern, spacious stables, tack and feed storage, there is an enclosed arena, a cross-country course within the parkland and several tracks and circuits for trekking and hacking.
There are a number of local and regional equestrian events in Perthshire including the Blair Castle Horse Trials Scotlands leading equestrian event attracting international competition to Blair Atholl for four days each August.
With the courses at Gleneagles Hotel situated so close to North Cassochie, the opportunity to play some of the UKs best golf courses is another of the principal attractions of the location of the estate. In addition to these, the Open Championship venues of St Andrews and Carnoustie on the Fife and Angus coasts respectively are within an hours drive. For those who are partial to more adrenaline-fueled activities, the Scottish Parachute Club (Skydive Strathallan) lies a few miles to the west of North Cassochie whilst Scotlands National Motorsport Centre and Racing Circuit home to a range of international events and competitions including the British Touring Car Championship is at Knockhill, 26 miles to the south.
For watersports enthusiasts, Loch Earn (23 miles) offers a range of water sports including water skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing and sailing whilst for winter sports enthusiasts, Glenshee ski centre in north Perthshire is about an hours drive.
From Perth, follow the A85 west towards Crieff. On entering the village of Methven, take the second right signposted to Glenalmond. Follow this road for about 1.5 miles at which point the entrance gates to North Cassochie Estate are on the left hand side.
Satellite navigation with the postcode PH1 3RT will lead you to the entrance to South Cassochie Farm where there is a signpost directing you to the entrance to North Cassochie 150 metres further on the left hand side.Read all
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