Media Release: 2013 could be year of the big house bargain

Dunaird House

CKD Galbraith, one of Scotland’s leading independent property consultancoes, said today that a generally flat residential property market over the last few years had now created a situation where large rural houses are offering prospective purchasers ‘outstanding value for money’.

John Bound, a senior partner with the firm, said: “We are now seeing signs of cautious optimism relating to the residential market. A number of recent reports and analyses are suggesting that in more desirable areas of the country, property sales could pick up this year and start moving in the direction that vendors want.

“In the rural market there is no question that large houses, with a relatively small amount of land, have suffered disproportionately over the last few years and there have been remarkably very few sales over the £1 million pound mark.

“In our view, we could be looking at 2013 as being the right climate for the big house bargain – properties that would have commanded significant premiums in the past and which now offer outstanding value for money for purchasers.

“These are country houses, rather than estates which consistently remain in demand due to their unique characteristics. The most likely purchasers of country houses with an easily manageable amount of land will have the necessary capital at their disposal and will be in a position to acquire properties at what are at present very attractive prices, given their size and location.”

Among the large country houses CKD Galbraith has brought to the market are:-

Ramornie Craigs Road Ellon Aberdeenshire AB41 9BG


An elegant Edwardian house in magnificent grounds with private beat of salmon fishing on River Ythan. A ‘C’ listed property with many period features and also walled garden and extensive policies. (About 2.9 ha (7.2 acres)) (town centre about one mile. Aberdeen about 17 miles.

Victoria Lodge Talla Reservoir Tweedsmuir Peeblesshire ML1

Offers Over £1,200,000

A charming Grade B Listed Edwardian country house with a unique history located in a spectacular setting overlooking Talla Reservoir and the surrounding hills and woodland. About 5.77 acres (2.33 ha) of garden grounds including walled kitchen garden, woodland with woodland walk.

Aberturret House The Hosh Crieff Perthshire PH7 4HA


A splendid former Dower House within well tended gardens and grounds in rural Perthshire. Four reception rooms, breakfasting kitchen, seven bedrooms. Accompanied by a three-bedroomed cottage plus traditional outbuildings. Extensive gardens and grounds. (About 3.44 acres.)

Dunaird House St. Marys Road Birnam Dunkeld Perthshire PH8 0BJ

Guide Price £975,000

A most impressive baronial mansion house, with two holiday cottages, sitting in an elevated position within thevillageofBirnam. Four reception rooms. kitchen with Aga, eight bedrooms.

Wallace Hall Auldgirth Dumfries DG2 0TG

Guide Price £850,000

Superior five-bedroom country house completely renovated and extended to a very high standard, with purpose built barn for granny annexe, entertaining or business use. Large garden.

The Beaches Burnmouth Ferry Stanley Perthshire PH1 4QF

Guide Price £795,000

A spectacular contemporary country house above the banks of the River Tay. Accommodation over three floors: five reception rooms. Six bedrooms (five en-suite). In addition there is a self contained two bedroom attached property. About 2.7 acres of land plus detached double garage. (Perthabout six miles;Edinburghabout 50 miles.)


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About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing over 200 people in offices in Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso and Peebles.

The partnership provides the full range of property consulting services across the residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland. CKD Galbraith also enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

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