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A fishing hut called Tarka built for A Fish called Wanda director

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A Perthshire log cabin built for the director of A Fish called Wanda has gone on the market.

Tarka, in Kirkmichael, near Blairgowrie, features an unusual turfed roof.


The property was commissioned by Charles Crichton, who co-wrote the 1988 film with John Cleese, who also directed many of the Ealing comedies.

He used it as a base for fishing and after his death his wife Nadine made it her permanent home.


The property is being sold by their oldest son, David, for offers in the region of £260,000.

Speaking from their home in Buckinghamshire, David’s wife Judith said: “The house was built in the mid-80s.


“Charles liked fishing, so he went up there to fish – David would call it a ‘fishing retreat’.

“Nadine, his wife, died in 2014 and she lived there almost to the end, having moved there from London after Charles died.”

A spokesman for CKD Galbraith, which is marketing the property, said it is the perfect retreat for outdoor-lovers.

“Situated on the south-eastern fringes of the village of Kirkmichael, Tarka enjoys an attractive rural setting,” he said.


“Perthshire is renowned for its picturesque landscapes and there are a wealth of opportunities for outdoor pursuit enthusiasts with a number of trails for walking and mountain biking.

“Shooting, fishing and stalking can all be taken locally and the ski slopes of Glenshee are only a 30-minute drive away.


“Kirkmichael itself provides a village store and Post Office as well as a petrol station, church, primary school and hotels.

“Very much the heart of the house is the open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room, this bright spacious room is ideal for modern family living with large patio doors and windows making the most of the stunning scenery surrounding the cabin.”

A Fish Called Wanda was Crighton’s final film before retiring. It earned him Oscar nominations for both Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.


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