Savills | Whitehill Church, Grange, Keith, Banffshire, AB55 6TH | Property for sale
3,832 sq ft(356 sq m)
Offers over £395,000(€457,281)

Whitehill ChurchGrange, Keith, Banffshire, AB55 6TH

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Striking converted church, originally built around 1771.
  • A fabulously versatile five bedroom home ideal for family living and home working.
  • A perfect example of a successful union between traditional and modern influences.
  • Open plan sitting room with wood burning stove.
  • Four of the five bedrooms have en suite bath/shower rooms.
  • Extensive garden grounds of about 0.9 acres, with grassed paddock, outbuilding and ‘boat house'.
  • Superb views across open countryside and farmland towards the Cairngorms National Park.
  • Located just under 9 miles from the thriving town of Keith with railway connection to Inverness and Aberdeen.
  • Video tour available on request

Tremendous five bedroom converted church situated within garden grounds of about 0.9 acres and enjoying far reaching views across open countryside towards the Cairngorms National Park.

About this property

  • This remarkable property was built around 1771, and formed part of a team of churches in the Grange area. De-consecrated in 1967, it was purchased by a farmer who used it for storage before selling in 1987 when it was converted into a residential home. Known locally as ‘the old kirk on the hill,' the attractive fascia has been beautifully maintained by the current owners. Internally, the accommodation is versatile, warm and welcoming, with care taken to preserve the original features such as deep skirtings, decorative architraves and tall windows with pointed arches and stained glass. A tranquil country retreat with beautiful gardens and outstanding views, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

    At the base of a square tower, double wide panelled doors open into the welcoming entrance vestibule which features tiled flooring and a tall arched window overlooking the grounds. A generously proportioned cupboard is ideal for storing outdoor clothing and equipment. Plumbed for white appliances, the cupboard also houses the central heating boiler.

    The generously proportioned dining kitchen is perfect for formal entertaining as well as relaxed family living, with a large central window providing fabulous views across the grounds, over the fields to the hills beyond. With a further two windows providing lots of natural light, the kitchen is fitted with an attractive range of base and wall units, which also incorporate shelving and glazed display cabinetry with internal lighting. The extensive laminate wood effect work surfaces incorporate a 1.5 stainless steel sink with drainer, in addition to a Rangemaster with double oven and six ring induction hob. A large multi fuel burning stove is situated within a brick lined recess with slate hearth.

    A partially glazed door opens from the vestibule into the impressive central space that lies at the heart of this unique home. Utilised as a family/music room which lies on open plan to the sitting room, a wide carpeted staircase with decorative pillars leads up to the galleried square landing above, all beneath the original curved ceiling. A striking living space which enjoys views across the garden grounds, the sitting area is presided over by a large wood burning stove, thought to be where the pulpit was formerly situated. Located close to the sitting room is the fully enclosed study. Currently utilised as a store room, this versatile room includes an arched internal window.

    The light and airy garden room was created by the current owners. Of neutral decoration and wooden flooring, it is an ideal spot for watching the local wildlife, with access to the raised decked terrace beyond. In close proximity to the garden room is the WC cloakroom, which includes a white two piece suite.

    Double bedroom five completes the ground floor. A spacious guest room with dual aspect windows allowing for plentiful natural light, bedroom five also boasts a contemporary en suite shower room.

    The central staircase ascends first to a mezzanine landing before splitting in two to access the square first floor landing, which allows for splendid views of the gardens and accommodation below.

    The tranquil principal bedroom lies on a gentle split level. Fully carpeted and fitted with double wardrobes which also house the hot water cylinder, there is ample space for freestanding furniture. The fantastic arched window overlooking the property frontage and beyond is an outstanding feature. The distinctive en suite bathroom features extensive monochrome tiling and a pine lined curved ceiling. The splendid curved bath is of a copper and tin design, with rain effect shower head above. Twin wash hand basins sit atop a large vanity unit, while there is also a white WC, twin mirrors and wall sconces.

    Double bedroom two is of neutral decoration and has a large arched window framing the view of the garden, along with a double fitted wardrobe. The en suite shower room includes a white two piece suite and a corner curved shower enclosure housing an electric shower.

    Central to the landing, partially glazed doors open into double bedroom three. Currently being used as a spacious home office, there is deep set shelving to either side and an ornately concealed fold down bed. Twin deep silled windows overlook the grassed paddock and countryside beyond. A ceiling hatch with folding ladder leads up to the extensive attic space which is fully floored and has strip lighting and electricity sources.

    Completing the accommodation is double bedroom four. Fitted with open shelving and a double wardrobe, bedroom four enjoys peaceful views from the large arched window, while there is also the benefit of a well appointed en suite shower room.

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A unique and inviting country home, the central galleried landing is simply stunning, while I could easily while away an afternoon taking in the fantastic views from the dining kitchen and principal bedroom.

Fiona GormleyProperty agent

Local information

  • Whitehill Church is the perfect base from which to explore the great outdoors, with many walking routes available from the front door. While the surrounding area comprises woodland, rolling farmland and open countryside, this part of the northeast of Scotland is also famed for its outdoor pursuits, including mountain biking, horse riding and golf. Salmon fishing is available on the rivers Deveron, Don, Dee and Spey, while game shooting is another popular sport. The nearby coast offers sailing and sandy beaches. The local area is steeped in historical interest, being in the heart of castle and whisky country. Whitehill Church is believed to lie in the catchments for Ordiquhill Primary School and Keith Grammar School.
  • Just under 9 miles from Whitehall Church lies the thriving town of Keith, which sits between Aberdeen and Inverness with a modern railway station. The town has a good range of amenities, including a Tesco supermarket and petrol station, independent shops, cafés, dental practice, pharmacy, cottage hospital, medical centre, primary and secondary schooling, in addition to an 18 hole golf course. Located within the town is the Strathisla Distillery, which is a popular stop on the Whisky Trail.
  • Huntly is an historic town approximately 13 miles away which prospered during the 18th century through the expanding linen industry. Today, the amenities include two major supermarkets, butchers, hairdressers, restaurants and recreational facilities, including the popular Huntly Falconry centre. The train station provides a direct link to Aberdeen and Inverness, with a connection railway at Insch. A regular bus service provides travel to Aberdeen.
  • Elgin is steeped in history with a renowned cathedral dating from the 13th century. There is an impressive range of shops, together with a railway station, business and leisure facilities, including a swimming pool and leisure centre. The famous public school, Gordonstoun, which includes Aberlour House as a junior school, is only a short drive from Elgin and takes both day pupils and boarders, from 8 to 18. Johnston's of Elgin is located within the town, and is well known for its production of the finest woollens and cashmere.
  • The A96 provides ease of access to Aberdeen, which lies under 53 miles away. The international airport provides excellent transport links by air to Amsterdam, London and other UK and European cities. The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route has greatly improved travel in and around Aberdeen, with a quicker and more direct route south. There are regular rail services from Aberdeen, including a sleeper service. Aberdeen provides all the services expected of a major city, including business and leisure facilities, theatres, restaurants and a wide range of shopping. There is private schooling in Aberdeen including Robert Gordon's College, St Margaret's and Albyn, as well as the International School at Pitfodels. There are two universities and colleges of further education.
  • Keith 8.7 miles
  • Huntly 13.1 miles
  • Elgin 25.3 miles
  • Aberdeen City Centre 52.7 miles*
  • *Please note that all distances are approximate.

Additional information

  • OUTSIDE
  • Whitehill Church is situated on a southwest facing slope at the base of Knock Hill and within attractive grounds of about 0.9 acres which are lined by mature beech trees. With ample parking available on the gravelled driveway, the remainder of the grounds are mostly laid to lawn and planted with seasonal bulbs. To the east side of the property is an extensively decked area which provides fantastic opportunities for al fresco dining and includes a canopied hot tub. The eye-catching upturned hull of a boat, believed to be formerly employed within the Macduff fishing fleet is now an imaginative seating area. To the north, a fenced paddock is laid in grass, while a timber framed shed is accessible from the driveway, and comprises a wood store, enclosed work shop and open sided storage.
  • Directions: From Aberdeen, follow the A96 through Inverurie and towards Huntly. On reaching Huntly, proceed straight ahead at the roundabout, before turning right along the B9022. Follow this road for some distance before turning left, passing the Knockdhu distillery on the right hand side. At the junction with the A95 turn left, thereafter turning right at the junction signposted for Sillyearn. Continue along this road and turn right along a track just after a farm. Whitehill Church is clearly marked on the left hand side.
  • EPC Rating = E