The Byre, Inchyra Estate, Glencarse
Perthshire, PH2 7LU, Scotland

History of Inchyra Estate

Marry beside Grade A listed Regency splendour

Inchyra House was built in 1795 for an Edinburgh lawyer, James Anderson. Its architect, James Gillespie Graham, also designed the impressive Royal Bank of Scotland head office in St Andrew’s Square, Edinburgh. Graham was a follower of the renowned architect Robert Adam and several of Inchyra’s distinguishing features are reminiscent of Adam’s iconic style. Anderson marked his success by commissioning the famous artist Raeburn to paint portraits of himself and his wife; the paintings were valued at over £20,000 in the 1920s, but sadly their whereabouts is unknown today. The first chapter of Inchyra’s history belongs, therefore, to the Andersons. Over subsequent decades it passed through three or four families until, in the 1950s it was purchased by Sir Frederick and Lady Hoyer Millar, later to become the first Lord & Lady Inchyra, for their retirement.

 

Points of interest on your journey to the Bridal Day Room

  • Adams-style fanlight window above the front door - and the absence of a keyhole; it was assumed a servant would always be present to open the door from the inside.  
  • Imposing stone fireplace in the hallway, complemented by ancestral paintings and other fine art and antiques.
  • Beyond the inner hallway, you ascend a flying staircase to the Bridal Day Room. Above you, the ceiling is adorned with the finest Regency plasterwork
  • Antique French bed, covered with a Victorian hand-embroidered cover
  • The double aspect room is full of light, overlooking the ancient Wellingtonia and Monkey Puzzle trees
  • Every Spring, the view is a sea of golden daffodils - the scene was featured recently on the front cover of Scottish Field


 

James Knox's map of 1850

one of the last Hereditary Peerages

During an outstanding diplomatic career, Sir Frederick was tasked with managing the British sector of West Germany in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, ultimately returning it to German control under the leadership of Chancellor Adenauer.  He went on to run the Foreign Office in the 1950s and, in recognition of his work, was created Baron Inchyra of St Madoes in 1962. In 1965 the new Lord and Lady Inchyra retired to Scotland, the country of his birth. They set about transforming the kitchen garden into the enchanting quartered parterre Walled Garden that it is today and planted thousands of trees on the estate. In 1999 the house passed to their grandson, James, who became the 3rd Baron Inchyra in 2011.  

The story behind The Byre

James and his wife Caroline moved to Inchyra from London in 2002 with their three children. The family thrived at Inchyra, together with a growing menagerie of large animals from horses to deerhounds.

 

2012 was a significant year for the family with both James and Caroline’s 50th birthdays and the 10th anniversary of moving to Scotland. It was time for a party. Rejecting the cliché of a marquee, their sights settled on the dilapidated yet promising Byre behind the house, built for cattle in 1877. Six months of renovations ensued, orchestrated by Caroline’s brother Tim, Estate Manager at Inchyra.

In July 2012, the first party at the Byre at Inchyra for nearly 200 guests was a huge success, and James and Caroline happened upon their new vision for the Byre at Inchyra as a rustic barn wedding and party venue par excellence.

Plans were drawn up, permissions sought and building work started in October 2013. The ethos was not to touch anything that didn't need to be touched, which resulted in the character of the old barn being entirely retained. Every possible piece of wood, slate and stone was saved and re-used. The Byre is now a triumph with vaulted timber roofs, rough stone walls, original stone cattle troughs and the old sunken cattle court now forming a unique central dance floor. In June 2014, the Byre was officially opened by MSP John Swinney, Scotland’s Finance Minister. The Byre is now considered to be one of the best wedding venues in Scotland… a wedding barn that exceeds all expectations.

Chris and I feel so privileged to have been one of the first couples to have got married at Inchyra Byre. It is such a special place and every nook and cranny is packed with significance and family history. Thank you so much for being a great team and managing our stress so well.  May this enterprise provide you with many more years of success and great memories.  
Chris & Leigh