One of Scotland’s pre-eminent sporting estates, the 21,000 acre Tulchan, has been brought to market in a landmark instruction.
After 23 years of ownership, the Litchfield family has decided to sell the epic “sporting and wildlife paradise” bordering the Cairngorm National Park, which includes eight miles of double bank fishing on the Spey, revered by fly fishermen the world over as one of the greatest of all salmon rivers.
The historic Edwardian centrepiece, Tulchan Lodge, has welcomed politicians, princes and kings over the years, and the sale also includes a portfolio of let farms, houses and cottages.
Described as the “ultimate utopia” for country sports enthusiasts, highlights include an “exceptional” pheasant shoot, two driven grouse moors, red and roe deer stalking, a hill loch with brown trout fishing, snipe and woodcock shooting and wild duck flighting.
There’s a commercial herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle and a Blackface sheep flock on the land, which currently provide beef and hill-fed lamb to the estate, which is also almost self sufficient in fruit and veg from the kitchen garden.
Savills and Davis & Bowring have been tasked to find a buyer for Tulchan Sporting Estates Limited, of which Leon and Gillian Litchfield are the principal shareholders. In a statement, the Litchfields said the decision to sell “wasn’t taken lightly” but that “this is the right time for someone new to take the reins”, praising the “unwavering commitment of their staff in developing a sporting venue and rural business of the highest calibre, which is respected the world over”.
Offers starting with a £25m are being invited…
Savills’ Evelyn Channing: “Tulchan is a magnificent highland estate offering some of the finest fly fishing for salmon in Scotland. It’s the ultimate utopia for a passionate sportsman, or woman. Tulchan has a really special magic about it, whatever season you visit. The scenery is absolutely stunning and the staff look after their guests phenomenally well, both indoors and out. For me personally, Tulchan, from river to moor, is simply one of the very best and we expect global interest in this unrivalled and precious piece of the Highlands.”
The instruction is the second landmark Scottish estate to hit the market this month. The Tillypronie Estate, a favourite of Queen Victoria’s and now owned by the Astor family, came up for sale last week, sporting a £10.5m+ asking price.