Remote but not isolated, Cairnty is a residential and sporting estate with a spectacular setting in the lower Spey valley, extending to about 586 acres in total. Combining a 21st Century home built to a classical Georgian design, with a range of outbuildings, a 3-bedroom cottage, three further uninhabited dwellings, a pheasant shoot, a let farm and c.265 acres of woodland and forestry, the component assets of the estate are described in more detail as follows:
Cairnty House Commissioned by the owners and built to their own design and specification, Cairnty House combines both family home and sporting lodge for entertaining house parties of shooting and fishing guests with accommodation, services, fittings and finishes of an exceptional standard.
Built on an elevated site facing west and overlooking the lower River Spey, the symmetry and proportion of the house is reflective of the mid Georgian period.
The main entrance is on the eastern façade which overlooks the extensive gravel sweep. With 9 bays including an extending central bay with Venetian window above the front door, features of the architecture include ashlar quoins, a string course and pitched dormer windows in the hipped Mansard roof.
The eastern façade is comprised of 12 bays with projected tripartite bays on either side of the central bay which has double doors on the ground floor leading on to the paved terrace. On the ground floor adjoining the 3 bays at the southern end is an extension of the drawing room which creates a balcony with balustrade on the first floor.
Designed by the owners with input from local architect, Kenneth Lawson, construction work began in 2010 with a locally-based firm instructed as principal building contractors. Construction was completed in 2012 with the owners moving in to the house in 2013.
Built of block construction with a harled exterior and decorative quoins, the house sits beneath a pitched Welsh slate roof with traditional cast-iron rainwater goods. Described by the owners the house built without compromise that keeps on giving Cairnty was designed with family living in mind (the current owners have 3 children) whilst also accommodating in comfort, house parties of guests for salmon fishing weeks on the nearby River Spey; for winter shooting parties and for extended family gatherings at Christmas, Easter and other festive occasions.
By way of examples of this, the accommodation includes a reception hall with galleried landing above which can serve as a dining room for larger parties of guests. The kitchen and breakfast room includes a large central island unit and recessed breakfast area. Both stylish and practical, it is the heartbeat of the house. The drawing room is light and spacious with access directly to the terrace, the dining room is sizeable (but not too large) with direct access to the adjoining kitchen and double height ceiling with 6 windows allowing the maximum of the evening sunlight to penetrate the room.
Complementing the exceptional reception space is well designed functional and utilitarian space. On the basement floor, there is a large utility room together with secure gun room and additional stores including plant and equipment storage.
In contrast with many original Georgian houses in Scotland, Cairnty House includes several bedroom suites. On the first floor, the master bedroom suite is exceptionally spacious and includes both a dressing room and en-suite bathroom with shower. There are four further bedrooms on the first floor three of which have en-suite bathrooms and the fourth has its own separate shower room.
On the second floor currently the childrens floor there are three further bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower room. In addition, there is extensive attic storage space which is currently occupied as a childrens sitting room and play room but has flexibility for a range of other uses.
Features of the interior include Brazilian slate flags throughout the ground floor, a bespoke kitchen by Riverside Kitchens of Elgin, electric Aga, halogen down-lighters and uplighters and timber-framed sash and case windows.
In terms of services, a ground source heat pump provides heating and hot water. The system consists of a ground heat exchange loop which draws heat from the earth, a heat exchanger then extracts the heat and transfers it to a heat pump which distributes the heat through the central heating system. This also serves an under floor heating system throughout the house. There is private drainage via a maceration unit and reed bed.
There is internet connection with a current bandwidth of 40mb. The house is fully wired (category 6) to provide telephone and internet connections in each room.
The floorplans showing the layout and dimensions of the accommodation are included within this brochure.
This property has 563 acres of land.