Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH16 5JT
Balchandy Farmhouse is of traditional stone and lime construction under a pitched timber framed slate covered roof. Spread over two floors, it provides 3 bedrooms, with a 1.5 storey kitchen and utility room to the rear. Currently, the floor above the kitchen has no fixed access, but given some internal reconfiguration this could easily be converted to form additional living space. The two large reception rooms both feature solid fuel fireplaces and benefit from the stunning far-reaching views down the glen. Internal renovation would be necessary to restore Upper Balchandy to a charming family home in its current configuration.
Subject to securing the requisite planning permission and the addition of a sizeable extension Upper Balchandy has the potential to provide further spacious and flexible accommodation. This would provide a fantastic opportunity to create a beautiful 5 bedroom family home with significant outdoor space, all in a delightful secluded setting within easy reach of local amenities and transport routes.
A planning feasibility report commissioned by the estate from Ristol, an independent property and planning consultancy, suggests that Upper Balchandy would likely be successful in gaining planning permission for extension. A copy of this report can be made available on request.
The garden, which surrounds the property to the front and sides, is predominantly laid to lawn with some herbaceous borders enclosed with a drystone dyke while the mature broadleaves which follow the access track provide a varied habitat and some shelter. In addition, there are approximately five acres of good quality grazing extending to the south west of the house, with an additional smaller area to the east, as shown on the plan.
The land is designated as Grade 3.2 on the James Hutton Institute’s land classification for agriculture and consists of mainly podzols soils. Grade 3.2 land is generally capable of average production though high yields of barley, oats and grass can be obtained. The land is currently in permanent grassand is IACS registered, however it is not intended that entitlements would be transferred as part of the sale.
Upper Balchandy is equipped with a range of modern and traditional semi redundant farm buildings which could be reconfigured for a variety of uses, and may, subject to securing requisite planning permission, have development potential. The Ristol report details the likelihood of gaining planning permission for redevelopment of these buildings and a copy of this report is available on request. These buildings have the potential to be converted to a range of other uses from storage or stabling to a studio space or workshop.
The agricultural buildings currently comprise:
Traditional Barn – A traditional stone-built barn with timber framed, fibre cement clad roof. Internally, there is a timber mezzanine floor over part of the barn which has been used as a hay loft, with ample storage in the rest of the building. Externally there are two attractive traditional arched apertures accessing smaller general-purpose stores.
General Purpose Shed with Lean-to – A large steel portal frame construction with a mix of traditional stone and blockwork walls, Yorkshire board cladding, a fibre cement roof and a predominantly poured concrete floor.
Dutch Barn – A steel portal frame construction with corrugated sheet pitched roof and open sides over a hardcore floor.
Located on the eastern side of the Tummel Valley, Upper Balchandy is conveniently located to take advantage of local services available in the nearby historic town of Pitlochry which provides quality independent shops, galleries, dentists, banks and numerous well-regarded places to eat. There are primary schools in both Pitlochry and Ballinluig, with the local high school also in Pitlochry. Various highly regarded private schools are available within the wider Perthshire area including Morrisons Academy, Glenalmond College and Strathallan. Further services and amenities including a hospital and larger supermarkets can be found in Perth, approximately 25 miles to the south.
Upper Balchandy is approximately 1.2 miles from the A9 which provides excellent transport links both north and south. Pitlochry is just 4 miles to the north where the mainline railway station provides regular services to Inverness, Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as the Caledonian sleeper service to London.
Despite these convenient transport links, the relatively isolated nature of the property offers a rarely available degree of privacy in what is an extremely sought-after area.
Upper Balchandy is accessed by a 600 metre hardcore estate track suitable for most standard road vehicles.. The track leads up to a private gate which then opens out to the rear of the house and adjacent agricultural buildings.
The property currently benefits from double-glazed windows throughout, an oil-fired central heating system and multiple fireplaces (including one woodburning stove) for additional space heating. There is mains electricity and telephone service, while the water supply is from a shared private source originating elsewhere within Atholl Estates and drainage is by way of a private septic tank.
The sellers would like to make potential purchasers aware that, in the past, there have been issues with the quality of the water supply from the existing source. However, there is a mains water supply nearby and the estate may provide the requisite servitude rights of access through adjoining ground (where able) to facilitate connection or for a bore hole if required.