Badenoch ‘castle’ sold to Scottish couple as private residence


The property manager of Glentruim House, near Laggan, has confirmed that the sale of the house and its 53 acres has been completed.

The deal officially ends at the end of October, the Strathy announced today.

Contrary to local rumour, it was not sold to Middle Eastern interests – as some neighboring estates did – but to a Scottish family.

Exquisite setting: Glentruim House amidst its 53 acres

Former seat of the Clan Macpherson, the estate was acquired as a holiday home in 2008 by Gordon and Sydney Ingram, but within a few years they had completely renovated the house which, cleverly marketed as Glentruim Castle, quickly acquired a reputation as a very popular wedding venue. complete with smoking room, library, beauty spa, sauna, gym and home cinema.

It has retained its original main reception rooms and comprises eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

Its cottages have also been totally modernized.

Estate manager Deirdre Falconer told The Strathy that the place has gone from strength to strength: “I would say we’ve maintained an average of 10 weddings a year.”

Lately, however, Ingrams wanting to move into the property have been marketed through agents Strutt & Parker for offers of over £3million.

Deidrie Falconer, who with her husband Ackie has managed the estate since 2008
Deidrie Falconer, who with her husband Ackie has managed the estate since 2008

A deal has now been reached and the new owners, who have not yet been identified, are said to have been looking for a private home for themselves.

“I am delighted the estate is in Scottish hands,” Ms Falconer said.

“I hope the new residents will be very happy. It is a very beautiful place and I have enjoyed my 14 years here, but now I intend to retire and take up housework. nanny!”

Her husband Ackie, responsible for the maintenance of the estate, will also retire.

Their granddaughter Maisie Falconer was born in June.

“But I also retain my seat on the Cairngorms National Park Authority board and fully intend to stand in the next election.”

Ms Falconer, former president of the Kincraig and Vicinity Community Council, will aim to retain her seat on the CNPA board on a platform of “actual increases in truly affordable housing for rent and purchase for those living in the park area”.

It will continue its fight for decent jobs and improved local services.

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