A PERTHSHIRE estate with a substantial commercial forestry business that is an “outstanding example of good practice” has come to the market through John Clegg and Co and Strutt and Parker.

Bolfracks Estate, near Aberfeldy in the heart of Highland Perthshire, is a residential, farming, sporting and forestry estate which extends to 3790 acres. It includes 2674 acres of forestry and woodland featuring a combination of mature commercial conifer plantations, amenity woodlands and natural regeneration.

The estate, which has been in the ownership of the same family since 1922, is available as a whole for offers over £10,900,000 or in 16 lots. Bolfracks Forest (Lot 7) extends to 2674 acres and is available for offers over £3,750,000. It is a substantial commercial conifer forest which forms a major part of the estate. Situated in an area well suited to conifer production, it has been extended and enhanced by the current owners.

The forest combines vigorous, high yield-class conifer crops with mixed native woodland and native Caledonian woodland. The forestry operations are undertaken following an approved Forest Plan, which runs from 2013 to 2032. With carefully managed annual harvesting and thinning programmes, these forests offer the potential for truly sustainable forestry activities.

Some of the timber from Bolfracks has been converted into woodchips and the estate has various contracts to supply properties in the area.

Partner at John Clegg and Co, Jon Lambert, said: “Bolfracks Forest is unusual in that the forestry operations are managed in-hand, with all forestry equipment owned by the estate.

“The owner is exceptionally passionate and particular about his forestry and he has looked after all the woodland on his estate to a very high standard throughout his ownership. Additionally, his passion for forestry has led to activities and an attention to detail not normally found in commercial forests. For examples, pockets of broadleaves have been brashed and high pruned and a small area of agroforestry has been successfully established where protected broadleaves are under-grazed by sheep. This is the result of the owner’s dedication and Bolfracks is an outstanding example of good practice within the forestry industry.”

Mr Lambert added: “It benefits from a broad range of age classes, with young, mid-range and mature crop, which will produce a significant tax-free income for the years to come. The forest is served by a comprehensive network of forest roads, most of which have been upgraded to handle modern timber traffic and operational requirements.”

Bolfracks Estate includes a nine-bedroom principal house with renowned gardens, a contemporary five-bedroom house, an additional residential property portfolio, an in-hand organic livestock farm, diverse and productive commercial forestry plantations, a run-of-river hydro-electricity scheme, leisure and tourism opportunities and a diverse range of traditional field sports.