The glorious Tulchan: One of Scotland's most pre-eminent sporting enterprises is to be sold
15 August 2016
Savills has been instructed, as joint agents with Davis & Bowring, to sell Tulchan Sporting Estates Limited (TSEL) at offers over £25,000,000.
TSEL owns the 21,000 acre Tulchan estate which lies on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park, 40 miles south of Inverness, in Speyside, where majestic landscapes and whisky distilling, arguably the hallmarks of the Highlands, reign supreme. This is an estate like no other: a real draw for lovers of country sports and a successful and diverse rural business that now forms an incredibly exciting opportunity. TSEL is seeking a new buyer to take the mantle from the Litchfield family, who have spent the last 23 years dedicated to developing and improving the estate, its farms, its sport and its buildings to an exceptional level.
At the core of the estate are 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. Tulchan is also renowned for its first class pheasant shoot and historically its productive driven grouse shooting over its two grouse moors.
This sporting and wildlife paradise offers guests a whole range of accommodation options, from a cosy two bedroom holiday cottage to the sublime surroundings of Tulchan Lodge, a traditional yet luxurious Edwardian shooting lodge that sleeps 26; this historic house is at the heart of the estate and has in the past hosted politicians, princes and kings.
The in-hand farm and surrounding moorland support a commercial herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle and a Blackface sheep flock. These currently provide beef and hill-fed lamb to the hospitality aspect of the estate, which is also almost self sufficient in fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden.
In addition to the sporting and farming enterprises, there are a number of let farms, houses and cottages that fall within the ownership of Tulchan Sporting Estates Limited.
The decision to sell TSEL has not been taken lightly, but the principal shareholders, Leon and Gillian Litchfield, believe that running a company as a successful rural enterprise is demanding and requires a great deal of drive and energy, and that this is the right time for someone new to take the reins. Crucially, the Litchfields are keen to stress that the unwavering commitment of the staff has been key to the development of its reputation as a sporting venue and rural business of the highest calibre, which is respected the world over.
“Tulchan is a magnificent highland estate offering some of the finest fly fishing for salmon in Scotland,” says Savills’ Evelyn Channing. “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.”
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