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Bolfracks

A B-listed house, with a fine garden, and a 1618-ha (4000-acre) estate in Perth and Kinross, Bolfracks overlooks the River Tay 2 miles (3 km) southwest of Aberfeldy. Bolfracks House, situated in the shadow of Bolfracks Hill, is an 18th-century farmsteading which was once the property of the Menzies family. The oldest part of the building is to the south, comprising a two-storey, three-bay block. A Gothic front was added in 1830 for John Campbell, the 2nd Marquess of Breadalbane (1796 - 1862), owner of nearby Taymouth Castle, when Bolfracks became home to his factor. It was probably the work of James Gillespie Graham (1776 - 1855).

Between 1890 and 1914 the house was let by the Estate as a shooting lodge. When the Breadalbane Estate was broken up in 1922, Bolfracks came into the family of the present owners. During the Second World War Polish nurses were billeted here in association with the hospital at Taymouth.

Today, Bolfracks operates as an organic farm, with commercial woodland cloaking Bolfracks Hill to the south.

The 1.6-ha (4-acre) woodland garden is open to the public. This was developed in the 18th century and comprises a walled garden with herbaceous borders, a Rose Garden and a less formal wooded garden, known as the Burn Garden, featuring dwarf rhododendrons, deciduous azaleas, lysichiton, meconopsis and many varieties of primula. Wild areas of bluebells and old daffodils carpet the woodland floor. The Burial Ground has a wide range of specimen trees. Within the garden are ten unusual gnomes, which are German and date from the 18th century.


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