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A Hidden History of Kinclune House

10th November 2023

Nestled in the heart of Scotland's birthplace, Angus, Kinclune House and Estate stand as a testament to the history of this enchanting region. This baronial mansion and country estate hold tales of war, farming and industry, with a unique blend of heritage and natural beauty.  

Just a stone's throw from the rugged north east coastline and surrounded by lush woodlands, Kinclune is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. 

Gifted by The King 

Kinclune Estate was once part of a significant forest stretching north to Glen Prosen and west to Glen Isla, both now popular tourist spots in the north east. Kinclune Estate was gifted to the Abbey of Arbroath by King William the Lion, King of Scotland from 1165 to 1214.  

The Abbey, founded by the king, was the wealthiest in the country. It was built as a memorial to William’s childhood friend Thomas Becket, the murdered Archbishop of Canterbury and helped to expand the king's authority in the north-east of Scotland. The Abbots and Monks of the monastery had the sole rights to hunt in the forest grounds that the estate now sits in. With its abundance of wildlife, it was the perfect hunting ground. 

Kinclune estate and house, autumnal views

After the estate was sold by the monastery, it was split four ways. Over the years Kinclune has belonged to the family of James Nicoll, a manufacturer in Kirriemuir, who died in 1856, and to Sir James Farquharson, an East African railwayman, originating from Glen Moy in Angus. Farquharson, the last person to join the Caledonian Railway in 1922, was awarded an OBE, a CBE and a knighthood for his services to railways.

World War 2 

During the Second World War, Kinclune House accommodated evacuees during the bombings. It has been reported that 30 children from the nearby city of Dundee occupied the house in this time. 

WWII Evacuees outside Kinclune House

Kinclune today 

The current owners, Rowan and Marguerite Osborne, bought the estate from the Farquharson family in 2002.  

Marguerite was born and brought up in Kingussie, in the Scottish Highlands where her father, James Mcintosh, was a tenant farmer, bootmaker, Highland pony breeder and supplier of working ponies to Highland estates. Marguerite followed in her father’s footsteps and was a keen horsewoman and breeder, setting up her own Highland pony stud. She is a past President of the Highland Pony Society and former Secretary of the Clydesdale Horse Society.  

Rowan Osborne, a past British Olympian, was born in Achill Island, Ireland. His mother and her three young children relocated to America after the tragic drowning at sea of Rowan’s father, a fisherman. In his early twenties, Rowan came to Scotland to study at the University of Edinburgh, where he met Marguerite. They moved back to Kingussie, in the Highlands, as tenant farmers and worked their way up to owner-occupiers of a small farm in Midlothian before buying Kinclune House and Estate in 2002. They lived in Kinclune House until 2022 when they moved to East Kinclune Cottage and commenced the refurbishment of Kinclune House as a holiday home and events venue.  

With the estate now under the care and management of their children, Aylwin, Virginia, and James, the house is a popular choice for rural weekend getaways and family celebrations, such as birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings, Kinclune holds cherished memories for many and is set to see many more created. 

Book a stay at Kinclune House 

If you are interested in booking a rural escape, special event, or family getaway at Kinclune House, find out more here. Bookings for the Christmas period, New Year and January are now open. 

 

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What our Customers Say

Thank you for the wonderful house and hospitality. This weekend has been precious. The scenery, wildlife, ‘Fandango’ the Highland pony and the chanterelle mushrooms – all good! 

Leonie CowieLondon / Jamaica / Auchenblae, September 2023

A truly fantastic short break. What a great setting to come and unwind from our troubles. Kinclune House was just what we needed. Thank you for allowing us to enjoy everything about it. The fire in the drawing room was perfect to end the night on.

Beth Durham, November 2023

Fabulous stay in a beautiful house. The photos don't do it justice. The views are breathtaking! 

The Henderson FamilyScotland, November 2023

We had a lovely stay at Kinclune House with our family and 3 dogs. Such a beautiful spot. Enjoyed watching the sunrise and sunsets, Reekie Linn Falls and Peel Farm Cafe for some cake. Looking forward to seeing the developments on the estate. Thank you for a gorgeous holiday!

E and A MartinAberdeen, October 2023

Thank you very much for a beautiful stay at Kinclune House. We absolutely loved the views. It was such a treat to see the ponies and get a walk of the hills. The games room was just perfect for rainy days. We enjoyed every minute of our stay! 

J and L MartinOctober 2023

What a beautiful place God has blessed you with! You have been so good to us this weekend. I loved the views, the tour of the farm, the horses and the swimming. Thank you for a great time!

MelissaAberdeen, September 2023

Thank you for a lovely stay. Lots of extra thoughtful touches and time taken to explain and help us. The house and proximity to the ponies, cows and sheep, as well as the views were wonderful.

R and A MartinScotland, October 2023

This is a wonderful getaway to escape from worry and troubles. Kinclune House was luxurious and I found it very peaceful and beautiful. I loved walking around with my camera, enjoying the scenic landscape. Scotland is beautiful. I also appreciated learning about all the nature conservation projects the owners are working on.

Yesenia Veracruz, Mexico, September 2023

I couldn’t have had a better place for a nice weekend getaway. The scenery at Kinclune is therapeutic and the interior of the house is welcoming, homely and luxurious. I had an amazing time swimming in open water at Backwater Reservoir. Will definitely recommend this place to anyone, especially those planning an intimate destination wedding.

OgoAberdeen / Nigeria, September 2023

We stayed in Kinclune House for the Christmas holidays and enjoyed every second of it. Whether sitting by the fire next to the beautifully decorated Christmas tree or just looking at the gorgeous views, Kinclune House brings peace to the soul.

The Melville FamilyScotland, December 2023

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Ponies on the hill
Roe deer in a meadow
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Highland pony foal
Kinclune House kitchen and range cooker
Osprey on eyrie
Curlew in flight
highland pony filly
Sheep on path in autumn
Kinclune House master bathroom
Highland pony stallion
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Kinclune House master bedroom
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Kinclune House drawing room at Christmas
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Kinclune House drawing room
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