Come over the hills and glens to view one of the Highland’s prettiest estates.
A well-known Highland estate has gone on the market with an asking price of more than £1million.
Ardblair Estate, described as a charming small estate which sits within a diverse landscape centred around a wonderful farmhouse with modern extensions, lies within pretty Glen Convinth – between Glen Urquhart and the Beauly Firth.
Those in the market for a lovely countryside home will love Ardblair House, which has a wonderful approach over a burn and up a winding drive.
The house has been designed to take full advantage of the spectacular views over Fanblair Farm lying immediately below it and up and down Glen Convinth which has a mixed landscape of woodland pasture and heather and has the Allt Dearg Burn running along the valley bottom.
Originally a modest farmhouse, Ardblair has been sensitively extended to create a wonderful family home of great style and design that sits well within the local environment.
Thanks to a glazed wall, the spacious hall is flooded with natural light.
All of the main rooms have a lovely light and airy feel with excellent views over the surrounding countryside, and the house has a good flow to it.
Features of note here include a fantastic reception room which boasts long views down the glen and the kitchen and dining facilities are equally as impressive.
The room has a natural stone floor and there is underfloor heating throughout.
A handsome stone carved fire surround at its centre provides a nice focal point should you ever get bored with the views!
Through an opening lies the study which benefits from similarly good views. There is the feeling of light and space within the two rooms. The study is double height with a mezzanine above.
Along with the double reception room, dining room, kitchen/dining room, the house has a studio, four bedrooms and three bathrooms.
It also comes with an excellent modern range of outbuildings which include garaging and workshops, while paddocks extend to around 13.7 acres.
Available as a whole or two separate lots, lot two relates to Fanblair Farm which is an attractive four bedroom stone farmhouse with traditional steading, modern buildings, stock handling facilities, large hard standing area, silage ground, pasture, rough grazing and native woodland.
Fanblair Farmhouse was built around 1900 and is constructed in the traditional style of the area, with stone walls and a slate roof.
Accommodation in the house includes two living rooms, a kitchen, utility room, study, three bedrooms and a small box room.
The house sits in a charming garden which runs down to the Allt Dearg Burn and has lawns to the front and a small orchard.
Just a short distance from the house is the farm which has a range of traditional farm buildings built of stone and slate roofs.
They include a workshop and two byres with mains electricity; a traditional steading with a sheep and cattle handling system; two modern, portable steel buildings have been erected and are currently used as cattle courts.
There are approximately 40 hectares (100 acres) of grazing land which has produced silage in the past. A further 17 hectares (42 acres) of permanent pasture. A further 100 hectares (241 acres) of rough grazing and an area of ancient woodland extending to six hectares (15 acres).
The land comprises grade 4.2 pasture land, 5.2 and 5.3 grade grazing land, according to the land classification maps produced by the MacAuley institute.
The land is easily accessed by internal roads and there is a right of access along the road to the north, adjacent to the Boblainy Forest.
The woodland on the farm has been designated as ancient woodland and the areas surrounding this have been marked as potential native woodland network core areas and expansion areas.
While it has all the hallmarks of a country estate, Ardblair is not remote as the village of Kiltarlity is just three miles away and the town of Beauly, six miles away.
Although it’s not far from more densely populated areas, the beautiful countryside remains unspoiled and tranquil, providing a haven for wildlife.
Ardblair and Fanblair offer potentially exciting sport and red and roe deer are seen on the land.
The rolling topography of Ardblair has the potential of an exciting small family shoot while the heather may provide the chance of a walked up grouse at the higher end of the property.
World class fishing, shooting and stalking is available locally. Furthermore, this lovely open countryside offers the best in recreation from enjoying the wildlife to walking, cycling on forest tracks, and fishing for salmon and trout on the many local rivers and lochs nearby.
Available as a whole at offers over £1million, the estate may also be sold as two lots. Lot 1, Ardblair House and 13.7 acres of land is on at offers over £530,000, while Fanblair Farm and farmhouse with 393.44 acres is available at offers over £470,000.
Contact: Knight Frank on 0131 222 9600.