Arisaig House is a once-in-a-lifetime property with links back in history as far as the Jacobite Rebellion. The house stands in one of the most scenic parts of the Atlantic seaboard on the Western Highlands just ten miles from the fishing port of Mallaig,
Historically, it is said that Bonnie Prince Charlie set off for his flight to Skye in a boat from the beach just below the house; in the Second World War, Arsaig House was to provide the training grounds for The Special Operations Executive who were elite corps trained to harry German forces from the rear in Europe.
The house and grounds now comprise a compact country estate in truly beautiful surroundings. Arsaig House is a traditional fifteen-bedroom house, a traditional courtyard and outbuildings, as well as three apartments and four estate houses which form a thriving lettings business.
Totally sheltered from the north, with far-reaching views to the south and east of both sea loch and mountains, this is Scottish scenery at its most breathtaking. Built in 1864 to the design of Philip Webb, the famous Victorian architect but was remodelled substantially after a fire in the 1930s.
Of particular note in the house are the cherry-panelled dining room, vaulted ceiling in the drawing room and a beautiful oak carved staircase while the kitchen has been completely refitted as a modern kitchen/breakfast room complete with Aga. The house has 12 principal bedrooms including two full suites and there are three further bedrooms. Within the house are two self-contained flats and separate housekeeper’s accommodation. The staff flat is in a working clock tower, has been recently upgraded and has one bedroom and a sitting room.
Each of the four separate estate cottages is set within the stunning wooded grounds and they are all completely self-contained.
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Outside the garden has extensive Victorian terraces and three walled gardens at different levels with fruit and vegetables (and a hard tennis court), flowers for the house and a rock garden in the third.
The rest of the grounds comprise sweeping lawns, flower borders and woodland walks down to the sea to the private jetty. On the south side of the house is a magnificent stone terrace covering some 10,000sq ft including 16 flower beds planted with tulips and roses. On a clear day you can see 20 to 30 miles across the sea and mountains.
The property has been a country house hotel in the past, and would easily bear being converted back to this state.
The area offers some of the most beautiful sailing on the west coast of Scotland, and there is also very good golf, fishing and riding locally.
Main shops and services are at Fort William 32 miles away, but in nearby Arisaig itself there is a Post Office and a general store as well as a doctor and some local churches. Beasdale, just a mile from the house, has a request-stop railway station which connects to Fort William which then has sleeper services to London.
The guide price is £1,750,000. For further information contact Strutt and Parker on 0131 226 2500 or visit www.struttandparker.com.