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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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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