An historic fortified house in Perthshire has an enormous amount of character, but is perfectly fitted out for modern living

Bannatyne House is a wonderful fortified house in Pertshire built of stone, with a slate roof, crow stepped gables and turrets, all of which lend it enormous character. Inside, the reception hall downstairs leads to the sitting room with its pretty courtyard views, and on to the kitchen which has been recently upgraded, and includes a built-in two oven Aga.Perthshire fortified house drawing room

The beautifully proportioned dining room is great for more formal entertaining with its arched alcove, and overlooks the gardens to the north and west. Upstairs, the delightful drawing room mirrors the footprint of the dining room below – its open fireplace has a striking white marble chimneypiece and the views of the countryside are spectacular. Perthshire fortified house kitchen

There are two double bedrooms on the first floor, one of which has a period stone fireplace, a small circular watch chamber within the wall of the south east corner, and a garde-robe within the wall in the north west corner.

A turnpike staircase leads to the second floor, where there are three further bedrooms, one of which has a garde-robe in the corner, which had an escape chute to the garde-robe in the bedroom below.

In the corner are three steps leading to a charming turret; the bathroom on this floor has been recently upgraded.

Perthshire fortified house gardens

 

The gardens come to just over three acres and are enormously pretty with lots of mature trees.

The village of Newtyle has a Post Office/newsagents, grocer and butcher, and a local primary school. Everyday amenities can be found in Coupar Angus or Alyth. The elegant city of Perth lies 18 miles to the south west, and the thriving city of Dundee is about 10 miles to the south east.

£800,000. (CKD Galbraith 01738 451111; Savills 0131 247 3700; http://countrylife.onthemarket.com)