Country House, Cairngorms

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  • An outstanding country house with far reaching views in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park
  • 8-bedroom traditional house with 5 reception rooms
  • 3-bedroom adjoining annexe
  • Extensive range of outbuildings
  • 5 acres of formal gardens with a former lawned tennis court and pavilion
  • 20 acres of natural Scots Pine forest
  • In all about 10.12Ha (25 acres)
  • Main House extends to circa 6,500 sq ft
  • Squirrel Cottage extends to circa 1,000 sq ft

Property Details

Broomhill lies between Grantown-on-Spey and Aviemore, close to the sought-after village Nethy Bridge, with it’s vibrant international community. The property sits in an enviable location, with its elevated site sheltered and secluded by a backdrop of mature trees and with magnificent south-facing views across the Spey Valley to the Cairngorm Mountains. Broomhill is surrounded by some of Scotland’s most beautiful and iconic scenery, yet is easily accessible, being close to excellent road and rail links to all parts of the country.

The Cairngorm Mountains and the surrounding region (about 4,500 km2) were designated as a National Park in 2003 to protect its stunning and unspoilt landscape.

This unique and beautiful region offers some of the best rural sport and recreation available anywhere in the United Kingdom all being within easy access of the property: The Cairngorms offer year-round activities, including skiing, mountain biking, walking and climbing, whilst nearby Loch Morlich offers a range of water-based sports. There are a number of popular and challenging golf courses in the area. The area also offers a variety of first-class sporting opportunities including some of the best fishing in the world on the Spey, driven shooting, walked up rough shooting and stalking in the surrounding glens.

The towns and villages of the National Park have all retained their identity and are vibrant centres offering a range of independent shops and attractions such as the Whisky Trail, art galleries, antique shops and excellent hotels and restaurants. Nearby, Boat of Garten (about 5 miles) benefits from the local steam railway as a tourist attraction. The last stop on the line is currently the small station at Broomhill (aka Glenbogle station in the tv series “Monarch of the Glen”).

The area is well catered for in terms of schooling with both state and private schooling available close by. Notably the private school of Gordounstoun is less than an hour away. There is a railway station in Aviemore and Inverness Airport is only a 45-minute drive away and caters for commercial domestic and international flights along with private charters.

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    Broomhill is an imposing private house, constructed of solid granite with ashlar dressings under a series of large stone slabbed roofs with mature gardens adjacent.

    The house was constructed for Sir Alfred Booth of Liverpool, best known for his role as Chairman of the Cunard Line and completed in 1918.

    In 1924, the Aspin family purchased the house for their 6 year old daughter Rosemary who suffered from pneumonia.

    In 1935 the original architects Balfour, Paul and Partners and the highly acclaimed architect Sir Basil Spence was commissioned to extend the house, incorporating a magnificent barrel-vaulted music room. When the Second World War became imminent, Rosemary’s parents left their townhouse in Glasgow and took up residence at Broomhill House. During WWII Rosemary worked at Bletchley Park. The pristine air quality has worked well. She has spent 85 years calling this fine property home.

    Ground Floor

    Broomhill House extends to around 6,500 sq. ft (approx. 600m2) and has been painstakingly renovated to provide all modern conveniences whilst staying true to its historic roots. The present owners have retained most of the original features and charm and have worked with the original layout to create a warm and welcoming home showcasing superb craftsmanship throughout.

    The house is accessed by the rear through a commanding wooden door under the carport. The ground floor comprises a central hallway with doors off to a cloakroom, lounge, office, drawing room, veranda, formal dining room, kitchen, butlers’ pantry and storage room.

    The entrance opens up to a formal hallway with cloakroom and open plan lounge with exposed timber beams, a wood burning stove providing warmth on cooler days and where the focus of the room is the large carved stone mantelpiece. The generous drawing room with its magnificent views to the southernly mountains and formal dining room are accessed off the lounge and both offer spacious and elegant rooms for formal entertaining. The addition of the sunroom, including the sheltered veranda provides a versatile space to enjoy the spectacular vista. The butler’s pantry with original wooden cabinets lies directly off the dining room and can be used as a preparation area for larger events. The main kitchen incorporates a dining area. It features Shaker style cabinets (DeVol), a large walk-in pantry and a 4-oven AGA. A generous storeroom and utility room beside the kitchen provides scope for expansion in the future if required.

    First Floor

    The principal bedroom accommodation is on the first floor and comprises of seven spacious bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The eighth bedroom is en-suite and at ground level is useful for those with mobility issues. The bedrooms are all centred off the main corridor and enjoy a southerly aspect and far-reaching views. The bedrooms are all substantial in size and each features a seating area or desk. Each bedroom has been decorated to reflect its own unique style with layered textures with a thoughtful use of natural fabrics and a muted natural palate with accent colours reflecting the historical period of the house whilst use of Scottish designer wares, William Morris wallpapers and natural fibres bring a chic elevated country style to the property whilst still reflecting its past and emphasising the doctrine of the Arts and Crafts Movement:- the use of vernacular design, patterns inspired by nature and simplicity of design. There are eight double bedrooms in total with a master suite above the drawing room. The bathrooms have all been sympathetically upgraded with original fixtures retained where possible.

    The first floor also gives access to the roof terrace overlooking the courtyard to the rear of the property and the spectacularly lavish vaulted music/drawing room. This later addition gives an imposing double height hall with barrel vaulted ceiling which was designed by Sir Basil Spence. Formally used as a room for entertainment it has also been used as a library and is now set up as a meeting room. Alternative uses are endless with scope to provide a boardroom, informal zoned family living space or as a grand reception hall for guests if the house were to return to a non-domestic living space.

    Staff accommodation

    The annexe benefits from its own driveway and entrance separate to that of the main house. The well-appointed property is currently managed as a stand alone unit although it could be amalgamated with the main house as there is access via a secret door by the kitchen. The recently refurbished unit has a good-sized family bathroom, country kitchen/ diner and a cosy sitting room. It potentially provides flexible accommodation for staff but with the added benefit that it can be used as a grannie flat or for private lets.

    Gardens and Grounds

    Broomhill House is approached by a sweeping private drive from the road up through a quiet wooded area. There is ample parking for 14 cars. A secondary drive spurs off from the main drive providing access to the annexe and has parking for 4 cars.

    The mature gardens are easy to maintain and extend to approximately 5 acres, providing sunny expansive lawns, well established herbaceous borders and carefully planted cut flower beds. The gardens are south facing and benefit from sun throughout the day with the veranda providing shade for alfresco entertaining. The former lawn tennis court with its thatched pavilion is a charming feature offering the perfect area for drinks other social gatherings. The house and gardens are framed by mature trees which extend into ancient Caledonian pine forest to the rear of the property. The Scots Pines house an abundance of wildlife, flora and fauna including red squirrels, pine martens, owls and woodpeckers. The ancient woodland has a high biodiversity supports several rare species. In the summer the floors are carpeted with blaeberries and in Autumn foragers can find chanterelles and other funghi. The woods extend over approximately 20 acres and offer total privacy and the opportunity to walk, relax and enjoy.

    In addition to the main house there is a range of traditional stone outbuildings with original features including a Coach House within the courtyard which is currently used for general purpose storage. With good proportions these buildings obviously have potential for further development in the future (subject to statutory consents). There is additionally a Siberian Larch multi-functional workshop. Built in 2016 this could be used for storage of garden machinery/furniture or repurposed to provide a studio or external office.