Scots mansion to be sold for £1 million


A HISTORIC Aberdeenshire mansion has been put on the market for £1 million.

Dunecht House, a Category A listed property, features 24 bedrooms, an impressive library/ballroom and a chapel.

It was built in 1820 and designed by John Smith, Aberdeen’s pre-eminent city architect. Dunecht House was originally built for William Forbes, whose family had owned the Estate since the 15th Century.

The house was built in 1845

It was bought in 1845 by the 7th Earl of Balcarres and after many years of work on the property by his heir, Lord Lindsay, the house was eventually sold in 1900 to A C Pirie of Craibstone. The 1st Viscount Cowdray initially rented and then purchased Dunecht House in 1910.

The historic property has remained in the Cowdray family since. It is now owned by Charles Pearson, the owner of Dunecht Estates.

Mr Pearson said: “Dunecht House is a magnificent building and is suitable for uses ranging from an outstanding residence to commercial use such as a hotel or conference centre.

“Our family home in Aberdeenshire has been in Strathdon for some years now. Dunecht House cannot remain unoccupied indefinitely and deserves to have a new owner who can realise its potential.

“The House is being offered for sale with its immediate garden grounds and the adjacent Dunecht House Golf Course is not included. The proposed sale of the House will not affect jobs or tenants and Dunecht Estates will continue to be run separately as a progressive rural business. We believe that a successful sale of Dunecht House may bring significant benefits to the local area and its economy.”

The sale of Dunecht House will be conducted by Savills in Edinburgh and CKD Kennedy Macpherson in London and has been placed onto the market at an offers over price of £1 million. The House is being offered for sale with its immediate garden grounds and the adjacent Dunecht House Golf Course is not included.

Charles Dudgeon of Savills said:  “This is an outstanding opportunity to buy one of Aberdeenshire’s most important and impressive properties.  Its history and prime rural location, close to thriving Aberdeen and the city’s airport, means that not only will Dunecht House be attractive to oil rich Aberdonians and private investors from all over the UK and overseas, but it will have particular appeal to those whose aspirations lie within the tourism, wedding and corporate events market”.

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