Luxurious home to notorious WW1 jute manufacturer on sale for £1.25m


A STUNNING country house built as a wedding present for a jute baron in the nineteenth century is on sale for over £1 million.

Dungarthill House occupies part of a glorious estate in Dunkeld, Perthshire and boasts 11 bedrooms, a billiards room and 29 acres of land.

The property was built in 1889 as a gift for one of the Cox Brothers, the renowned jute manufacturers from Dundee who went on to supply sandbags during the First World War.

The house was built in the late nineteenth century as a wedding gift for a jute baron

Currently being used as an exclusive self-catering let, Dungarthill House shows off the finer details of Victorian architecture with red sandstone and Scottish harling used in its construction.

Beautiful images show the location of the £1.25 million property in its private land on the gateway to the Scottish Highlands surrounded by picturesque lawns and protected by trees and shrubbery.

Underneath the slated roof lies attractive features such as 11 bedrooms, five shower rooms and a laundry room.

Rettie & Co are selling the property for £1.25m

A full-size billiards table occupies its own area of the house, surrounded by stunning furniture and views overlooking the nearby countryside.

A long hallway upon entering the building features a carved stone fireplace with a solid fuel stove and decorated by mounts of stag heads on the walls.

The ground has a bespoke agricultural shed that holds it’s additional wood chippings for the biomass heater and an enclosed six acre paddock.

The billiards table has a room to itself in the glorious luxury house

Dungarthill House has an exceptional view of the rolling countryside and is only four miles from the village of Dunkeld. The house also lies 27 miles from Dundee and 59 miles to Edinburgh.

It is unclear how long the Cox family lived in the house after its construction but the amenities of Dungarthill House reflect the wealth of their business.

The Cox Brothers, James, William, Thomas and George, started their company in 1841 and went on to run the world’s largest jute factory at Camperdown Works in the city from 1849.

Other features include 11 bedrooms and 5 shower rooms

Fibres were imported for their production from the Hoogli river in Calcutta, India, where local businessman later opened their own factories in an attempt to undercut the Scottish trade.

The sandbags made from jute and used during the First World War proved to be vital lifesavers and were able to block shrapnel and bullets during battle. 

It is said a bullet could only penetrate the sandbags by 15 inches.

The beautiful house sits on the gateway to the Scottish Highlands

Estate agents Rettie & Co, who are selling the property for £1.25 million, describe Dungarthill House in their brochure as: “a stunning example of late Victorian architecture, built in the enchanting Arts & Crafts half-timbered style with red sandstone details and traditional Scottish harling, under a slated roof.

“Dungarthill lies in an exceptionally scenic position amidst rolling countryside just north of the majestic River Tay in Perthshire.

“The house occupies an elevated private position in its own attractive, easily maintained gardens surrounded by many mature trees and shrubs which provide privacy and colour throughout the year.

“Designed to accommodate large shooting parties in days gone by, the house is substantial in size and has potential to be used commercially or as a large family home.”

The sandbags being put to use in the Great War (C) National Library of Scotland