Royal Deeside estate on market for over £4.3m

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A Royal Deeside estate with salmon fishing on the River Dee is to be launched onto the market.

The Lower Dess Estate, three miles from Aboyne, features a country house, a farmhouse, four cottages, farmland, woods and more than two miles of fishings in one of Scotland’s most popular sporting destinations.

The 428-acre estate is for sale as a whole at offers over £4.3million or available in 10 lots.

Lower Dess is set in a private location on the banks of the Dee, which has a reputation for providing some of the best spring fishing in the UK.

The Lower Dess Fishings beat is 1.25 miles long and includes 10 pools. The average catch over five years is 96 salmon a season. The Upper Dess Fishings beat, which is about a mile long and includes eight pools, has a five-year average of 72 salmon. Both beats have fishing huts.

Lower Dess House is a three-bedroom country home with views over the Dee Valley. Mill of Dess Farmhouse, with views over the surrounding countryside, has recently been extended and has four bedrooms.

Mill House, complete with its old mill wheel, offers spectacular views down the river. A rod room and lunch room fill the ground floor, while the first floor has two double bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom and a bay-windowed sitting room.

Maryland Farm extends to about 160 acres and is the base of the estate’s farming operation, with the five-bedroom Maryfield Farmhouse at its heart. The sale also includes the four-bedroom Warren Cottage, Mill of Dess Steading, which offers potential for conversion into residential units, and the three-bedroom Burn Cottage as well as a trout pond and a salmon hatchery – Deeside’s first commercial salmon hatchery.

The estate has a range of wildlife, from roe deer and red squirrels to ospreys, golden eagles, peregrine falcons, hen harriers, whooper swans, curlews, sandpipers, warblers, skylarks and linnets.

David Strang Steel, handling the sale for Strutt & Parker, said: “It is extremely rare for an estate of this nature in one of the most sought-after areas of Scotland to come to the market. It offers everything a discerning buyer will be looking for: prime location, privacy, spectacular outlook and cachet.”