2 bedroom detached house
(Craig Castle Estate - Lot 2), Rhynie, Huntly, Aberdeenshire AB54
Closing date set - noon on Tuesday 5th November 2019
Lot 2 of 5 – Mill Cottage and the Old Mill (about 13 acres)
Accessed down a sheltered track off the B9002, Mill Cottage and the Old Mill lie on the eastern edge of the estate in the valley of Water of Bogie
at its confluence with the Burn of Craig both of which drain into the River Deveron.
This lot consists of a traditional cottage, a former threshing mill, two small fields of permanent
pasture, some woodland shelter and garden ground. The Water of Bogie makes for a peaceful
Mill Cottage is an attractive one-and-a-half-storey cottage of stone construction under a pitched slate
roof. Facing southeast the front façade appears almost symmetrical and includes a single storey extension housing the kitchen. Adjoining the cottage is a range of outbuildings consisting of a garage, and a former stable/byre used for storage. Solar panels on the roof of the outbuildings assist in reducing the energy consumption of the cottage.
Internally the accommodation on ground floor comprises a kitchen and two reception rooms, with two bedrooms and a family bathroom on first floor.
Externally the cottage has a small area of garden laid mainly to lawn with trees and shrubs bound by a picket fence. The driveway passes to the north and a designated parking area is situated in front of the garage.
The cottage is vacant having been occupied until recently under a Short Assured Tenancy.
The Old Mill
The b-listed former mill dating back to the late 18th or early 19th century is of stone construction, the gables are still standing, however the once
slate roof is no longer in place.
The mill has potential for development into a residential dwelling, subject to the necessary planning consents.
Included with this lot are two fields of enclosed pasture. Classed as grade 3.2 by the James Hutton Institute and therefore capable of producing good
grazing for horses or livestock, these have been let on a seasonal basis for grazing of sheep but are available with vacant possession.
Craig Castle Estate enjoys a spectacular setting in the foothills of the Grampian Mountains on the Highland fringe of Aberdeenshire. Situated a short distance to the north of Strathdon on the road to The Cabrach – an area sparsely populated and within the top thirty most remote zones of mainland Scotland – Craig Castle Estate is secluded yet accessible, being 40 miles from Aberdeen, the Granite City and oil capital of Europe. The closest village to the estate is, by a margin, Lumsden which is 3 miles south, with the village of Rhynie lying 3½ miles to the north. The combination of these villages provides convenient local services including primary schooling, a petrol station, village shop and post office. Further afield and equidistant from Craig Castle are the larger village of Alford, home of Aberdeen Angus cattle, and the town of Huntly, situated at the edge of the popular Speyside whisky trail. These settlements provide secondary schooling, and a wider range of public services, amenities and transport links.
The nearest railway station is in Huntly (12 miles) which runs services both north to Inverness and south to Aberdeen and beyond. The closest airport with both domestic and international flights is at Aberdeen (33 miles) which can be reached in about 50 minutes by car under normal traffic conditions.
Comprehensive services are available in the city of Aberdeen which provides a range of administrative, retail, recreational, educational and cultural facilities. Private education in Aberdeen
includes Albyn School, Robert Gordon’s College and St Margaret’s School for Girls. In addition, the
well-known Gordonstoun School near Elgin is 40 miles to the north.
Aberdeenshire offers a wealth of activities, including fishing, sporting, whisky tasting, golf, winter sports, walking, climbing and cycling.
The River Dee is one of Scotland’s big four salmon rivers with picturesque and productive fishing
for salmon and sea trout. It is available to rent on either a weekly and/or daily basis on the majority of beats throughout the river’s course. Nearer to home, the River Don is also a well-established salmon river but is more celebrated for the quality of its wild brown trout fishing which is amongst the best and most productive in the UK.
In addition, the River Deveron is also known for its salmon and sea trout fishing. It rises a short distance away in The Cabrach and flows into the Moray Firth at Banff.
There are a number of renowned golf courses on the North Sea coast at Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay and the Trump International Golf Links. More locally, there are enjoyable courses at Huntly and Dufftown.
For winter sports enthusiasts, the Lecht Ski Centre is situated 28 miles west, Glenshee slightly further at 51 miles distant and Cairngorm Mountain Ski centre is 57 miles away.
The Cairngorm Mountains lie to the west and provide climbing, walking and cycling opportunities amongst some of the most spectacular terrain in the British Isles.
For many, the Grampian foothills of Aberdeenshire and Moray are synonymous with Whisky – and Malt Whisky in particular. The area surrounding Craig Castle is home to historic and famous distilleries, coopers, bottlers and retailers contributing to an industry which is said to be worth about £5.5 billion to the Scottish economy according to an April 2019 report by the Scotch Whisky Association. The Malt Whisky Trail is a collaboration of distilleries offering enthusiasts
the opportunity to visit nine local distilleries in order to meet those who play key roles in this
multinational industry. It is popular with tourists and adds significantly to the variety of activities available within striking range of the estate.