THE CLUNIE, 1 ARTHURSTONE ESTATE, MEIGLE, PERTHSHIRE
This duplex apartment is described by selling agent Savills as ‘a brilliant fusion of contemporary lifestyle with Victorian splendour’, and these photos certainly illustrate why. This property is one of 15 apartments that were created within Arthurstone House by the Cumbria-based DARE Group, who specialize in the conversion and sustainable redevelopment of buildings and sites of historical or architectural importance.
This Perthshire mansion house located in the Vale of Strathmore certainly fits the bill. The property was home to the Carmichael family for well over a century after being acquired in the late 1850s by Peter Carmichael, who was head of the renowned jute spinners and manufacturers Baxter Brothers in Dundee. The family sold the house in 1990 and it was then used as a prep school until 2003, after which the property was split into apartments - a project that was completed in 2006.
Why: The Clunie occupies one wing of Arthurstone House and has recently been refurbished to create a dramatic and surprisingly contemporary home, where modern additions like the sleek kitchen offset the elaborate period detail. And this apartment is packed with detail, including oak doors with decorative brass hinges and oak panelled walls, not to mention the carved fireplaces and the original rococo plasterwork in the drawing room.
In any other property, this drawing room would be the highlight. After all, with those tall windows framing the views onto the gardens, combined with that ornate plaster detailing, this is a pretty spectacular room.
Here, however, the highlight has to be vast open plan living room - it’s just shy of 12 metres long - which incorporates the kitchen, a full height dining area within the broad bay window, a study space, and a seating area with a wood burning stove. It’s an incredible space, and it’s made even more striking by the contemporary furniture and styling throughout.
There are two bedrooms on the upper level, both with vaulted ceilings, and both with en-suites. Someone might choose to use the drawing room as a really indulgent master bedroom, as this space - and the main living area - share access to a spacious, split-level bathroom with a freestanding bath. Again, gorgeous.
And just when you thought this apartment couldn’t get any more impressive, consider the grounds, as each of the 15 properties at Arthurstone House share the 37 acres of land that comes with the house, including tennis courts and a curling pond. It’s like another world.