Stracathro Mansion House - Scotland
An exceptional Palladian style mansion house
- 8 reception rooms
- 9 principal bedrooms
- Gardens, ponds, wooded grounds
- Four 2 bedroom cottages
- EPC Rating = E
Stracathro Mansion House is part of an outstanding small Scottish country estate. Whilst accessible it has the covetable qualities of majestic gardens which are manageable and a magnificent 'A' listed House at its centre. It also has an arboretum, ponds and a range of landscaped and wooded policies and four terraced cottages.
Stracathro Mansion House has been sensitively developed and loved as a mini estate. The view has been enhanced by the creation of two ponds to the south of the Mansion House. The garden grounds are host to an abundance of wildlife and screened by policy woodland. Located on the crest of a ridge, it has a commanding outlook to the Angus Glens to the north.
Lot 1: Stracathro Mansion House (about 12.73 acres)
Archibald Simpson's finest design is widely considered to be the classically elegant Stracathro House, where neoClassical features evoke a timeless splendour in this Palladian style house. This is an elegant and desirable mansion with vast potential as a family home or events location. Stracathro Mansion House is a fine A listed Palladian style mansion that is comfortable, elegant and desirable, laid out over three floors and extending to some 2,648 sq metres (28,513 sq ft) and set in nearly 13 acres of immediate policies and gardens.
To the south west of the House is a beautiful arboretum and adjacent ponds which provide great amenity. There is a listed three span cast iron foot bridge across one of the ponds.
Stracathro House is approached through automated black iron entrance gates and along a tarred drive which culminates in a parking area at the front of the house. Magnificent
Corinthian columns support the entrance portico and stone steps lead to glazed entrance doors. With decorative neoClassical period features throughout the house, the overall effect being one of timeless splendor.
The airy and spacious entrance hall has considerable impact, with a contrasting black and white marble floor, white marble
Corinthian columns and a beautiful decorative atrium with golden yellow scagliola walls. The three principal reception rooms flow
along the northerly aspect and are connected by magnificent mahogany double doors. Each of the reception rooms are highly decorative and have floor to ceiling sash and case windows overlooking the terrace. French doors from the sitting room lead to the terrace, which has a stone balustrade. Numerous
period features adorn each room including open fires with beautiful carved ornate marble mantelpieces, moulded ceilings and parquet flooring. Particular features of note are the
ornate carved white marble mantelpiece in the drawing room with its large mirror above, original leather wallpaper in the dining room and the beautiful chandeliers in the dining room and sitting room.
At the front of the property, to the south west of the hall is an atmospheric library with mahogany bookcases, marble fireplace, painted frieze and ceiling, while to the south east off the hall is an elegant studio gallery. To the west of the reception hall is the Pompeian red staircase with ornate gold painted cast iron spindles and frescoes of tropical birds. The red hall leads to the 2 connecting kitchen areas with fitted units with sinks, dishwasher, hob and oven, the breakfast room and boudoir. The boudoir, off the south side of the drawing room, has a coffered quadripartite vaulted ceiling, beautifully painted with birds and intricate foliage. To the south east of the reception hall, a passage leads to the morning room with a dual south easterly aspect. There is also access to the gallery, butler's pantry, bathroom and laundry in this area of the house adjacent to the east staircase.
There are two single-storey wings to the east and west. The west wing houses the impressive orangery with terracotta and black floor tiles, cast iron roof supports and large
oriel window on the gable end. The wonderful yet unrestored orangery, would make the most breath taking 'social gathering space' with its double doors access to the Italianate courtyard garden. The east wing comprises a billiard room (artist's studio), an office, store and WC.
On the first floor, bedrooms and bathrooms lead from two hallways or landings that are connected by the red staircase and the east staircase. The master suite is accessed along the
'long blue vaulted hallway' towards the southeast corner of the first floor level and has wonderful south and easterly views. The dual aspect master bedroom with dressing room (currently a gym) has plumbing for en-suite facilities. Also along the southerly or long hallway landing are four bedrooms, each with washhand basins and the potential to create en-suites. Along the northern or bedroom hallway landing, there are four further bedrooms; one with a connecting dressing room and one with a connecting study, together with a further bathroom and WC. Off the east staircase is a kitchenette. The second floor has six further bedrooms, a bathroom and a separate WC and washroom.
There are a significant number of rooms on the lower ground floor including the former kitchen, wine cellars, former larders, servants' quarters, dining hall etc. The trade entrance leads to a 6 bay fluted and covered Corinthian colonnade.
Adjacent to the cottages are three garages.
Lot 2: 3-6 Stracathro Mansion House Cottages (about 0.51 acres)
Lying to the south west of the Mansion House are four single storey cottages within a terrace of six, which were constructed in the 1950s and extended in the 1970s.
The cottages have their own access and parking. Built of brick, the cottages have recently been internally refurbished and are now fully equipped and furnished for a variety of purposes including short term lease, accommodation for staff, overspill accommodation for the main house or for holiday lets.
Each cottage has a front and back garden. The accommodation in each is similar and comprises hallway, sitting room, kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. They are double glazed and each fitted kitchen has a cooker and washing machine.
There is a communal parking area, with sufficient space for two parking spaces for each cottage. Cottages 1 & 2, which are in separate ownership, have rights to use the parking area and have a right of pedestrian access along a path in the garden of No 3 cottage. There is an attached garage with No 6 cottage.
Square Footage: 28513 sq ft
Acreage: 13.24 Acres
Stracathro Mansion House is conveniently located for the principal Angus towns and lies in the fertile lands of Strathmore. The A90 dual carriageway which provides easy travelling north to Aberdeen and south to Dundee is close by.
The house is three miles south east of the small picturesque village of Edzell, which is situated at the foot of the Angus glens and has a collection of shops, a garage, church, a primary school with nursery, health centre and a range of accommodation including two hotels. There is a renowned 18 hole golf course, together with a 9 hole course and driving range. From the south the village is entered through the Dalhousie Arch dating from 1887. Nearby is Edzell Castle which dates from the 1500s and is in an attractive ruinous state, with a well known garden.
The cathedral city of Brechin and the town of Montrose provide further shopping facilities and primary and secondary education. Private schooling is available at the High School of Dundee and Lathallan with Aberdeen offering further options. The nearest railway stations are at Laurencekirk and Montrose, offering east coast mainline services.
The A90 dual carriageway links Aberdeen with Dundee and Perth. At Perth it connects with the A90 to Edinburgh and the A9 west to Stirling and Glasgow. Both Aberdeen and Dundee are easily reached and offer all the services expected of major cities. Aberdeen Airport provides a range of domestic and European flights and there are services from Dundee to London Stansted.
The range of outdoor pursuits in this part of Angus is impressive. Golf courses include Brechin, Forfar, Edzell, Letham Grange (Arbroath) and the championship course at Carnoustie. St Andrews is also easily reached. Salmon and sea trout fishing can be taken on the nearby River South Esk or on the North Esk. There are pleasant sandy beaches at Lunan Bay and at St Cyrus. The Angus Glens offer some of the best hill walking in eastern Scotland. From Edzell the scenic Cairn O' Mount road gives access to Deeside.
If coming from the south on the A90 (Dundee to Aberdeen dual carriageway), some 1 mile north of the second turning into Brechin (B966 –signposted Brechin and Edzell) turn left, signposted Inchbare. If coming from the north, then immediately after passing the turning for Stracathro Hospital and Service Station, turn right signposted Inchbare. After 0.6 miles turn right at the West Lodge. Proceed up the tarred drive past the former walled garden and after 0.4 miles, electric gates into Stracathro Mansion House will be seen on the left.
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