Elegant property for sale

By Colin Hutchison swanstreet13@aol.com

ONE of the most coveted houses in the county of Angus has just come on to the market, at a price in excess of 700,000.

Murlingden, just a mile outside Brechin, has been owned by the same family for about 25 years and is a perfect family home and a house which combines comfort and elegance.

It has been the family home of Brechin film maker Arabella Page Croft since her parents purchased it when she was a child. Arabella, who made the BAFTA nominated short film Terry’s Tattoos, starring Chewing the Fat’s Ford Kiernan, in the city, admitted she is very sorry to be selling the home she grew up in.

Surrounded by mature trees, the principally Georgian house overlooks a small loch, fed by a burn that runs through the 65 acres of ground that surround and protect the property.

On the north side of the loch, nearest the house, a paved terrace has been created for alfresco dining, while a trellised walk leads over the dam and sluice at the eastern end of the loch to a path along the south side, where the house can be viewed.

Sensitive landscaping and exuberant planting have made the gardens quite exceptional, complementing the house beautifully, according to the selling agents, a claim not denied by anyone who has ever visited Murlingden.

The original walled garden survives intact, complete with its potting shed on the outer wall. A particularly well thought out detail is the rose and herbaceous garden near the house, with a central circular lawn and summerhouse. Clever planting makes this a sheltered spot for entertaining or just relaxing.

Murlingden has beautiful, light reception rooms, most of which open off a generous hallway. There is a formal dining room, a sitting room with a games room off it and a magnificent formal drawing room. The kitchen is a stunning yet very practical room, with a blue Aga, central island and ample dining space. Also on the ground floor are a study, cloakroom and pantry.

Upstairs are a master bedroom suite with dressing room and bathroom, a further six bedrooms, three bathrooms — one en suite — a shower room and a sewing room, or eighth bedroom.

“Whilst hardly a small house, it is entirely manageable and for all its size and elegance, it has a cosy feel,” said Ruaraidh Ogilvie of selling agents FPDSavills.

The original gate lodge has been retained and forms part of the subjects of sale, along with the gardener’s cottage behind the house. There is a tennis court to the west of the house and a four acre paddock with a pony shelter, two elements of the property likely to find favour with an active young family.

An 18 acre arable field is currently farmed under a contract farming agreement and the rest of the area is principally woodland.

“Murlingden is one of the prettiest houses in the area, with a lovely setting and beautiful gardens,” Mr Ogilvie continued.

“One of the things that makes it special is that it has kept its gate lodge and it sits right in the centre of its own grounds, making it very private, even though it is only just over a mile from Brechin. On a practical level, it’s very well placed for commuting to Aberdeen.

“I’m quite sure it’s going to attract a lot of local interest, as well as enquiries from the south and probably overseas as well.”