Astonishing feature hidden in this house is perfect for kids

The exterior of the house

It can sometimes be hard to get the kids to tear themselves away from their phones or TVs to come down and join the rest of the family for a meal.

But the children that move into this large family home in Alyth, Perthshire, should be far more willing to make their way downstairs.

That's because one of the nine bedrooms has a steel slide, which is accessed through a hole in the wall next to the bed, and which winds down into the kitchen.

At a reported cost of £10,000, it's an expensive addition to the property - but will at least make for promptness at the breakfast table.

The bottom of the slide in the kitchen

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The child-friendly feature is only fair, given that the rest of the stunning £695,000 house is very much for the adults.

"The property offers ample period features throughout with a modern twist and has had no expense spared in bringing the internal conditions up to a very complementary level," say agents McEwan Fraser Legal.

It has seven - yes, seven - reception rooms and five bathrooms, split between the main house, a granny annexe and a separate cottage. It could be ideal for holiday lets, the agents say.

The top of the slide, in the bedroom

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It's not the UK's only house with an internal slide. Recently, the 2015 Grand Designs House of the Year was sold, with an asking price of £3.8 million.

Kew House has an enormous basement playroom, accessed via a wooden slide from the floor above.

And a couple of years ago, we reported on the Notting Hill home - Rainbow House - which had a slide connecting one bedroom with the living space below. It went for £15,000 a month.

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Indoor slides have also been installed at several company offices, including Liftshare in Norwich and the Workshop offices in Folkestone, Kent. The Electric Works office complex in Sheffield has even gone one better, by installing a 40-foot-high helter-skelter. Designer Toby Hyam said it was intended as a 'statement about risk-taking'.

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