Gartincaber House is set in a stunning rural location in the rolling countryside on the border of Perthshire and Stirlingshire. The neighbouring village of Thornill is in Stirlingshire and only half an hour's walk.
The views in all directions are far reaching and spectacular: north to Ben Ledi and Stuc A'Chroin; south to the Touch Hills and Campsie Fells; east to Stirling Castle and the Ochil Hills and west to Ben Lomond.
The surrounding countryside is farmland interspersed with forestry on the edge of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The landscape to the north is genuinely highland with mountains, lochs and glens. The A84 through Callander is a main route into the Highlands, leading to Loch Earn, Loch Tay, Crianlarich, Glencoe, Fort William and Oban.
Thornhill (1.5 miles to the west) is a small village with a primary school, local shop and pub. Doune (2.5 miles east) also has several shops and the local health centre. Aberfoyle (11 miles west) and Callander (8 miles north) are larger villages with a range of local shops. They also offer a wide variety of hotels and restaurants catering for an active tourist industry.
The historic city of Stirling (8 miles) is the main hub of central Scotland. It provides a good range of shops, schools and services including The Thistle Centre, plus a full selection of supermarkets. There is a cinema, swimming pool and numerous golf courses within the vicinity including Stirling King's Park, Dunblane, Callander, and the world famous Gleneagles. Gartincaber has easy access to a range of arts venues. As well as major cultural centres in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth, more locally, events are hosted regularly by Dunblane Cathedral Arts Guild, and the MacRoberts and Tolbooth Arts Centres in Stirling.
Glasgow, the largest city of Scotland, is 35 miles via the A81 through Strathblane or 30 miles via the M80. Edinburgh and Glasgow Airports are easily reached by motorway. There are mainline stations at Dunblane (6 miles), Stirling (8 miles) and Bridge of Allan (7 miles).
The present owners bought the house in 2018. What started out as a minor renovation turned into a full refurbishment of the house with a complete overhaul of the structure and plumbing, the updating of the electrical system and installation of a new kitchen and bathrooms.
David White of John Fulton (Plumbers) Ltd acted as Project Manager for most of the restoration of Gartincaber House including all the structural and plumbing repairs but excluding the interior design, which was Project Managed by Katy Rodger (see below). John Fulton ( Plumbers) Ltd was established in 1973 by David White. They are a domestic and commercial plumbing and roofing company with prestigious clients including The National Trust and Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
Katy Rodger from Katy Rodger Making Interiors in Fintry acted as Project Manager for the interior design of the house including the new kitchen. She helped with the tasteful choice of bathroom fittings, wallpapers, carpets, floor coverings and paint colours.
A full list of the contractors involved in the restoration and maintenance of the house will be made available to the buyers.
The present day Gartincaber House combines the best of old and new in a home of exceptional character.
There is a historic brass lantern and ship's bell by the front door. The ground floor entrance has a cloakroom on one side with a wine cellar, store room and boot room behind. The stunning new kitchen was supplied and fitted by Kitchen Interiors from Croftamie (by Drymen). Beyond the kitchen is the modern extension which has recently been re-clad in Siberian larch. This extension houses the breakfast room with glazed front, WC, utility room and a double garage which contains the biomass boiler.
Stairs rise from the entrance to the principal floor which has a hall, dining room, drawing room and music room. These are three very impressive, large reception rooms all with beautiful fireplaces. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom off a side landing.
On the upper floor are two principal bedrooms each with a large, en suite bathroom. A side hall leads to two further bedrooms and a family bathroom.
Also on the ground floor is a two bedroom flat which is accessed by the main stairs and also has its own outside door.
Below the house is a large wooden shed which has housed garden machinery and tractors. The end bay is open.
GARDENS / GROUNDS
The grounds amount to 7.59 acres and once featured in the book Gardens of Scotland. The name Gartincaber derives from the Gaelic "Garran cabhar" meaning "the grove on the hill-side". It is also noted that on prominent display near the house was a bell and cannon ball from Sevastopol brought home during the Crimean War. Unfortunately this has since been removed.
Four magnificent sequoia dominate the gardens. A yew lined walk leads to the family burial ground of the Burn-Murdochs. To the side of the house are superb, partly walled formal gardens. Below these is a tennis court.
In 1747 two avenues of trees were planted at Gartincaber at right angles to each other. The avenue along the drive to the north of the house was of beech and has suffered from the gales over the years, but the grove of lime tree that was planted to the west of the house, numbering some 85 mature lime trees, has survived in far better condition and is thought to be the finest example of its kind in the UK. The avenue is only 15 feet wide and some of the trees are up to a 100 feet high.
For the past few years a local bee keeper has stored bee hives along the Lime Avenue with the current and previous owners' permission. The honey has been described as the best it is possible to produce due to the nature and type of trees.
Garticaber is on a migratory route for wild geese as Loch Watson is close by. Many other wildlife inhabit the extensive grounds and red squirrels have been seen in the grounds.
Gartincaber House is situated off the B826 midway between Thornhill and Doune.
From Stirling take the A84 north towards Doune. About 1 mile before Doune turn left onto the B826 signposted for Thornhill. Follow this road for about 1.5 miles. The gate lodge and drive to Gartincaber House is on the left.