• For Sale
  • Offers in excess of 1,250,000 GBP 
  • Build Size: 32,626 ft2
  • Land Size: 32,626 ft2
  • Bedroom: 10
  • Bathroom: 9
Magnificent A-listed neoclassical country house of outstanding architectural interest designed by James Playfair and completed by Sir John Soane.
Cairness House has been described by Country Life as “Scotland's most important Greek Revival house”.Cairness House is approached by a drive about ¾ mile (approx 1 Km) in length which starts on a quiet unmarked country road at the imposing entrance gates, flanked by two sphinxes and a pair of gate lodges. The drive is planted as an avenue and affords distant views of the house beforesweeping up to the east of the house to the gravel area with ample parking.The main entrance is via an elegant porch at the top of wide steps. The house is laid out over four floors, with a raised ground floor and first floor acting as the main living space. The front reception rooms form a long enfilade, all with south-facing windows and extensive views over rolling Aberdeenshire country. Each room is elegantly proportioned and extremely sophisticated in its design and detail.James Playfair went on a “grand tour” in the early 1790s and there are many classical references in the interior design.The Egyptian Room is the earliest surviving of its type in the world, and contains a number of hieroglyphic symbols . The library is an Etruscan room, its colours copied from ancient painted terracotta vases. There is wonderful original plasterwork throughout.The main bedroom floor is accessed via two staircases leading to a long arched gallery passage. Most of the bedrooms have en suite bathrooms, some with roll-top baths.ArchitectureCairness is a remarkable example of neoclassical architecture but it is also a comfortable and manageable family home. In its design, construction, and furnishing, it was the ultimate expression of the Enlightenment ideals of thelate 18th century. James Playfair's design is highly unusual and contains elements unique in British architecture. It is believed that at the core of the present house sits the earlier structure from 1781-2 by Robert Burn – essentially the central five bays of the main block – which Playfair remodelled and enlarged a decade later. Playfair's remodelling entailed the addition of two bookend wings, the flanking pavilions, the hemicycle at the rear of the house, and the ice house in the centre of the courtyard.OutbuildingsAt the rear of the house is an attractive semicircular range of domestic offices and outbuildings. These have considerable potential for further development or commercial use.Gardens and groundsThe walled garden at Cairness is approximately 4 acres on a gentle south-facing slope. It is well sheltered by its high stone walls and a belt of mixed hardwoods and conifers creating its own microclimate, being warmer in the summer and milder in the winter months. There is a collection of fruit trees and large lawned areas divided by box hedging and recently planted yew hedges.The garden could be developed as a commercial organic venture or as a kitchen garden for an exclusive venue in conjunction with the house. A very exciting arboretum of approximately 150 young specimen trees was planted on the lawns around the house to mark the Queen's golden jubileein 2002, including rare varieties of oak and beech as well as many exotic specimens of great arboricultural interest.Some of these trees are now of considerable height as they approach early maturity and provide shelter and amenity around the lawns as well as all year- round colour. The dense shelter belts are a haven for diverse wildlife and the many songbirds that nest there. The policies extend to about 16acres in total.Gate lodgesThere are two gates lodges dating from 1891, but built to Playfair's designs of the 1790s. One has been renovated as a holiday cottage with: a main bedroom, bathroom, open-plan sitting room/kitchen, shower room, and a further bedroom/study room. The other has been restored as a storeroom.
Fraserburgh 7 miles, Peterhead 12 miles, Aberdeen
Tom Stewart-Moore
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