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23/03/2013 Distillery House - Fancy Owning Tomdachoille Distillery?

An opportunity to create a craft distillery with provenance and heritage alongside a 4 bedroom home in Highland scenery

Summary of Accommodation:

Ground Floor: Hall, Drawing/Dining Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Double Bedroom with en-suite Shower Room, Utility Room, Cloakroom and Boot Area.

First Floor:
Landing, Master Bedroom with en-suite Shower Room, Double Bedroom and Family Bathroom. Accessed via a separate stair is Double Bedroom 4/Study with en-suite Shower Room.

Exterior: Former Distillery with potential for a number of uses subject to the existing residential planning consent or as a micro distillery subject to obtaining the necessary consent.

Distillery House


Noted whisky writer and commentator Ian Buxton (101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die) is selling his Perthshire home along with the original buildings of the Tomdachoille Distillery.

A typical 19th Century farmhouse distillery, Tomdachoille was established around 1816 by Charles Duff. Noted distillers of their day, the Duff family continued to operate the distillery until 1878 when they removed their operations to Speyside (John Duff was one of the founders of Glenlossie and later Longmorn distilleries).

By 1821 the distillery was well established and is recorded as making 3,905 gallons (approx. 17,700 litres) of spirit for ‘home consumption’ (i.e. in Scotland). By contrast, at the same period the Lagavulin distillery made 4,178 gallons and Ardbeg 4,183!

Following its life as a distillery Tomdachoille was operated more recently as a dairy. Today, nothing remains of the distillery operations except the buildings and some remnants of a malting floor.

However, recent changes in legislation have prompted the revival of craft distilling and it is now possible – subject to the necessary consents – to viably operate a boutique distillery on a traditional farmhouse scale such as at Tomdachoille. Previously the law, which dated back to 1823, required that stills must have a minimum capacity of 400 gallons or 18 hectolitres, thus effectively barring small-scale operations.

Today, HM Revenue & Customs are required only to “protect the revenue” and must act reasonably in applying their judgement. So you can apply to operate any size of still your heart desires and unless HMRC can come up with a reasonable objection they are obliged to grant permission. Tomdachoille can live again!

In consequence, there has been a revival in artisanal distilling, the produce of which is finding a ready market at premium prices. “But,” says Ian Buxton “a site such as Tomdachoille offers the opportunity of instant heritage and provenance. ‘Since 1816’ would be a powerful marketing tool for a micro-distillery.” Along with the distillery, Ian and his wife are selling the adjacent 4 bedroom Distillery House. This property dates from ca. 1800 but was been extensively modernized and extended around 10 years ago to provide a comfortable family home in a stunning setting overlooking the River Tummel.

Together Distillery House and The Old Distillery provide an exceptional opportunity to combine an attractive home with a highly-desirable lifestyle business.

For further information please contact Alastair Houlden, Associate Director for Rettie & Co. 0131 220 4160 or Ian Lyburn, Rural Sales for Rettie & Co. 0131 624 9087. All of our properties can be found on our website