Drumcroy Holiday Lodge, Development Opportunity, Aberfeldy, PH15 2EA
Guide Price £575,000
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Lot 1 - Offers Over £165,000
Lot 2 - Offers Over £250,000
Lot 3 - Offers Over £160,000
Introduction to Drumcroy
Drumcroy provides purchasers with a rare opportunity to acquire a development site in a magnificent Highland Perthshire setting enjoying views across the Strathtay Valley, all within approximately 90 minutes’ drive of both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Extending to approximately 4.05 Ha (10.02 acres) in total, the site benefits from direct access from the public road (A827) with internal access already formed and planning permission to erect 19 new high specification 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom lodges, a large accommodation complex which can sleep approximately 22 at capacity across 6 self contained suites and a 3 bedroom apartment, and a generous Manager’s house, with additional integral 2 bed holiday lodge, all in an elevated position with magnificent views.
Drumcroy previously formed part of the neighbouring farm and came under the current proprietor’s ownership in 2015. Following an initial amendment to the existing planning permission at that time, and a further revision last year in light of the increasing interest in the domestic holiday/leisure market, the density and variety of lodge has been increased, alongside the introduction of a large and flexible accommodation complex capable of catering for larger groups, smaller parties or couples as required.
Nestled amongst the undulating foothills of the highland fringe at approximately 135 metres above sea level, Drumcroy benefits from a primarily northerly outlook with largely unobstructed views of the adjacent bank of the River Tay and into the Strathtay Valley beyond to the west and east.
Located approximately one mile east of the town of Aberfeldy, which is a 10-minute walk or a short drive, Drumcroy enjoys easy access to local services which include a supermarket, petrol station, health services, bank, post office, veterinary surgery and dental practices.
Further to the south east lies Perth, the major urban hub in the region, which provides the full range of commercial, professional and leisure services one might expect from a city. Perth can be easily accessed by road via the A827 which links directly onto the A9 (the arterial road link between Inverness and the south) at the Logierait/
Ballinluig grade separated junction 8.5 miles to the east.
There are also mainline railway stations available at Pitlochry (14 miles to the north east) and Dunkeld (17 miles to the south east), both of which provide regular services to Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The sleeper service tp London is also accessible on this line.
The Drumcroy Development would be ideally suited to the developer looking to cater for the ’staycation’, or long weekend holidaymaker who is keen to secure an escape from the city to take advantage of the abundant outdoor pursuits available across wider Highland Perthshire, or to simply relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery.
The county is well known for its adventure sports opportunities and, within a relatively short distance by car, there are plenty of adrenaline-charged activities available including quad bike treks, 4x4 driving experiences, white-water rafting, canyoning and if sufficiently brave - bungee jumping.
Widely known as ‘Big Tree Country’ Highland Perthshire also provides plenty of opportunity to enjoy walks amongst the majestic Douglas fir and pine forest at The Hermitage, near Dunkeld, or the larch and pine forests that border the Bruar Falls, one of Perthshire’s most famous beauty spots near Blair Atholl.
You might also visit the Yew Tree in Fortingall, thought to be the oldest living thing in Europe at approximately 5,000 years old, or enjoy the numerous walks available as part of the local path networks.
For the golfer there are some fantastic local courses available within a relatively short drive including Aberfeldy, Mains of Taymouth, Dunkeld and Birnam which is in a mixed woodland setting, or the well-regarded Pitlochry which boasts fantastic views.
For the country sports enthusiast, day tickets for salmon and sea trout fishing are available on the Rivers Tay, Tilt, Tummel, Lyon, Almond and Earn, to name just a few, while field sports might similarly be taken on local estates. There are of course abundant opportunities to enjoy the
renowned Highland landscape with Strath Tummel, Loch Rannoch and Schiehallion to the north and Loch Tay to the west. The internationally acclaimed Cairngorms National Park is, of course, just a short distance away and home to numerous Munros and abundant wildlife, while in the winter skiing can be enjoyed at Aviemore or Glenshee.
The area surrounding Drumcroy is also rich in historical sites of interest such as Castle Menzies (approximately 2 miles to the west at Weem), Blair Castle, Dunkeld Cathedral and the Dufallandy Stone.
The area also has a vibrant arts scene with the Dunkeld Art Exhibition attracting approximately 10,000 visitors every year and hosting artists from all over the UK showing paintings, prints and sculptures.
The Birnam Arts Centre also enjoys a burgeoning reputation offering a diverse programme of high-quality performances in music, theatre, dance and comedy as well as a wide range of workshops and activities.
In Pitlochry there is the acclaimed Festival Theatre, known as Scotland’s ‘Theatre in the Hills’, which has a busy calendar of theatrical performances and other events throughout the year.
Perth itself is home to one of the oldest (yet recently refurbished) theatres and concert halls in Scotland which likewise hosts numerous well attended events.
In broader recreational terms Aberfeldy and neighbouring villages and towns provide a range of quality independent shops and numerous well-regarded restaurants, cafes and pubs.
Aberfeldy also boasts the Birks Cinema and the award-winning Watermill Bookshop, while the Breadalbane Community Campus provides a swimming pool, climbing wall, squash court, fitness suite, drama studio and library.
Extending to approximately 4.05 Ha (10.02 acres), the Drumcroy development site lies immediately to the south of the A827 public road, which is the main access route into Aberfeldy.
Now benefiting from planning permission to erect 19 new high specification 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom lodges, a large accommodation complex which can be subdivided amongst a 3 bedroom self-contained apartment on the first floor and 6 suites on the ground floor, and an attractive and generously proportioned Manager’s house with additional integral 2 bedroom holiday lodge, the site as a whole or as individual lots has the potential to provide a great degree of flexibility.
Initially applied for in 2005 (planning ref: 05/02437/FUL) planning permission was approved for the erection of 14 single storey lodges in 2006. Following the current owners’ acquisition of the site in 2015, the planning permission was subsequently revised in 2017 (planning ref: 17/00624/FLL) and again this year in three tranches (20/00722/FLL 7th July 2020, 20/00759/FLL 28th July 2020 and 20/00762/FLL 4th August 2020) to arrive at the current configuration.
Full details of the relevant planning permissions and
supporting documentation are available through Perth and Kinross Council’s planning department web portal https://www.pkc.gov.uk/planning or, via a secure data room managed by the sellers solicitors, access to which will be granted following the provision of some salient information by a prospective purchaser(s) to the selling agents.
As the Manager's accommodation could be considered a
permanent dwelling and occupied as a residential property, a contribution towards education and infrastructure was levied equating to £6,460, which has already been paid in full by the current owner.
However, condition no.4 of the current planning permission does specify that the new holiday lodges shall be used solely for holiday accommodation and not be occupied as the sole or main residence of any occupant.
Extending to approximately 0.85 Hectares (2.11 acres) Lot 1 includes the Manager’s house with integral 2 bedroom lodge and 3 self-contained detached 1 bedroom lodges. The proposed Manager’s house is to be located at the top of the lot and immediately to the north east of the existing Drumcroy holiday lodges, all of which sold in quick succession last year and will act as a backdrop to the
west, while the hillside continues rising to the south and will provide an additional landscape area to the rear for potential exclusive use with the Manager’s accommodation.
We understand that water and electricity supplies would be easily accessed from the existing Drumcroy Lodge site and facilitate an initial phase of development to erect the Manager’s house.
The adjacent existing lodges also continue to be managed by the sellers under the successful Drumcroy Holiday Lodges banner, and it is intended that the management of these lodges could be transferred to the purchaser of Lot 1 or indeed the purchaser of the whole site, generating an immediate and valuable income stream, further details of which may be provided on request.
The Manager’s house will be laid out over two storeys and extend to approximately 324.3 m2 while the integral lodge will be single storey and extend to approximately 55.2 m2
Extending to approximately 1.85 Hectares (4.56 acres) Lot 2 occupies the eastern third of the site and includes 8 x 2 bedroom lodges and 5 x 3 bedroom lodges.
Extending to approximately 1.16 Hectares (2.87 acres), Lot 3 occupies the north west or bottom third of the site and includes 3 x 4 bedroom lodges and a large and flexible accommodation complex, ideally suited to catering to both large or small groups as the market might dictate
Further information on specific elements of the property
as a whole and the constituent lots, including indicative
turnover and associated financial information relating to
the management of the existing holiday letting business
adjacent to site, planning documents and the deed
of conditions governing rights and responsibilities in
relation to the common areas will be made available via
an online data room, to those who have formally noted
their interest with the Selling Agent and either booked or
undertaken a viewing.
THIRD PARTY RIGHTS
The neighbouring farmer has a right of access through
the gate from the public road (A827) at the bottom of the
site but must turn immediately left to enter an adjacent
parcel of land. The sellers are not aware of any other 3rd
party rights except those to be incorporated into each
lot title following a sale by virtue of the existing deed of
Strictly by appointment through the Selling Agent.
A closing date may be fixed for individual lots or indeed
the entire site. Therefore, prospective purchasers
are advised to register their interest with the Selling
Agents through their solicitors. Prospective purchasers
should note that unless their interest in the property
is registered, no guarantee can be given that notice
of a closing date will be advised and consequently the
property may be sold without notice
- Pitlochry 10.79km
- Blair Atholl 15.46km
- Birnam 18.06km
- Perth 36.09km