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Epic £2m home with private beach and cinema room built as wedding gift for son

To celebrate a joyous wedding, a stunning million-pound country home is not the standard gift for the newlywed couple.

However, one bishop had the striking house built as a present for his son.

Dunbeg House, located on the bank of a Scottish loch, is now available on the market starting at £2million.

The property is surrounded by panoramic views of the water and nearby mountains, writes Manchester Evening News.

The incredible site has five bedrooms in the main house and even a two-bedroom cosy cottage, perfect for renting out for holiday-goers.

The lucky homeowner will also be able to bask in more than four acres of woodland garden around the house.

Overlooking Bishop's Bay, named after the generous cleric Bishop Alexander Chinnery-Haldane, the property has changed hands a few times over the past century.

The Bishop commissioned well-known architects Ross & MacBeth to design Dunbeg for his son and his new wife back in the early 1900s.

The current owners bought the gorgeous home 12 years ago.

Inspired by Swiss Chalets, the house oozes holiday vibes, and with the beautiful scenery, it's hard not to pretend you're somewhere else in the world.

The Arts & Crafts villa was used as a nurses' residence during the Second World War.

The neighbouring home, Alltshellach House (which was the Bishop's own residence) became a hospital for wounded commandos.

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Dunbeg boasts 5,812 sq ft over four floors of living accommodation.

An office, study, wine cellar, cinema room, bedroom, and shower room can be found on the ground floor.

Moving up to the first, you're met with a piano room, reception hall, dining room, kitchen, and drawing room – which has a fitted corner window seat to take in the dramatic scenes over the bay.

There is also access to a balcony that runs almost the full length of the southern and eastern elevations, so you can see for miles across more than one angle at any time of day.

Situated on the third floor are four bedrooms and three bedrooms, perfect for guests and friends, and family.

Whereas at the very top in the attic level, a large room is currently used as an art studio for any enthusiasts.

A detached double garage, added on in 2014, has a kitchenette, shower room, and even a games room/studio.

Bishop's Bay Cottage, used as a holiday let currently, was constructed in 2015.

It has been run as a luxury five-star self-catering destination and could continue, or be used as a guest house or multi-generational living for a big family.

The two breathtaking houses sit on the banks of Bishop's Bay on the northern shore of Loch Leven, branded one of the most scenic areas in Western Scotland.

There is also a barbecue and decking area and a 360-degree view pod, pier, private jetty, and a private shingle beach – proving you won't ever have an excuse for feeling bored.

Bishop's Bay Cottage is surrounded by two acres of grounds itself and also has access to the bay and loch.

Dunbeg has uninterrupted views of the Pap of Glencoe and the surrounding area has some of the best skiing, climbing, hill walking, sailing, fishing, and shooting in Scotland.

Angus Kelly, from estate agent Bidwells, said: "This is one of the very best settings for a lochside house on the west coast of Scotland.

"The house itself is rich in history but has been extensively refurbished by the current owners and is finished to an exceptionally high standard throughout.

"And it has access down to one of the most tranquil and beautiful bays on Loch Leven."

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