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17 Feb 2010

A country house, once described by novelist and journalist Daniel Defoe as “the most beautiful piece of architecture in all Scotland, perhaps in all Britain”, has come on to the market for the first time in more than 230 years.

Anne Porter Properties’ associates, Knight Frank, are looking for offers over £4,25m for Kinross House, on Loch Leven in Kinross-shire.

Designed and built for personal use between 1685 and 1693, Kinross is the masterpiece of Sir William Bruce, who introduced classical architecture to Scotland. The house, which sits on 76 acres and has magnificent formal gardens, is a classic Palladian mansion. His other commissions included the rebuilding of Holyrood House in Edinburgh and Hopetoun House, South Queensferry.

The location of Kinross House was selected so that the central axis of both the new house and the gardens focused towards Loch Leven Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned. Internally, Kinross House has accommodation over three floors including five reception rooms, a first-floor ballroom, eight bedrooms and a self-contained two-bedroom flat.

The asking price includes two gate lodge cottages and a stable courtyard consisting of four cottages, a flat and outbuildings. The purchaser will also be given the right to put two boats on Loch Leven and fish its world-renowned trout.

In 1777, Kinross and the surrounding estate were bought by George Graham, the great-great-great grandfather of the current owners. The house was then passed down to the Montgomery family in 1819 when Sir James Montgomery married George Graham’s daughter, Helen.

In 1902, after the house had been unoccupied for 18+ years, Sir Basil Montgomery inherited the estate and it has been continually lived in as a family home by the Montgomery’s since then.

For more information contact Lanice Steward on 021 671 9120 or send an email.

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