Rural investment

Kildrummy estate sold to US couple in £11m deal

Kildrummy Inn near Alford is part of the estate

Kildrummy Estate in Aberdeenshire has been sold to a wealthy Californian couple for more than £11 million after generating a significant level of interest from the UK and abroad.

The 5,600 acre estate includes an Edwardian mansion house, forestry plantations, a wind farm, The Kildrummy Inn, farms and estate dwellings.

The buyers are Chris and Camille Bently who are patrons of the arts and provide support for animal rights. They were married at Castle Stuart on Bute in 2015. Mr Bently owns distillery businesses in California.

Evelyn Channing, head of rural agency at Savills in Scotland, said:  “Even in these challenging times, the market for Scottish rural land and property is still moving.

“During lockdown we have agreed and completed on a number of estate sales totalling over £30 million demonstrating the strength and depth of the Scottish estate market.

“There was a notable increase in the number of new buyer registrations following the General Election in December, with a particular focus for income producing and natural capital assets.

“Throughout lockdown we have received a continual flow of enquiries for Scottish rural property from across the world as the many and varied merits of owning an estate in Scotland have been brought to the fore.”

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