Savills | Rothes Glen House, Rothes, Aberlour, Moray, AB38 7AQ | Properties for sale
14,887 sq ft(1,383.05 sq m)
Offers over £1,100,000

Rothes Glen HouseRothes, Aberlour, Moray, AB38 7AQ

  • Sold

Key features

  • Sold in September 2019
  • Restored Scots Baronial mansion
  • In the heart of the Spey Valley
  • Retaining many original features
  • Enclosed courtyard
  • Gardens, grounds with pond

Splendid and masterfully restored Scots Baronial mansion.

About this property

  • Rothes Glen House is a very fine Scottish Baronial mansion house which is dominated by its square central tower, and which occupies a fine south east facing position, with views over surrounding countryside. The tower itself is four storeys high and has a corbelled and crenallated wallhead with cannon water spouts, and an angle stair turret. The entrance front has a neo-Jacobean door piece with cable moulded architraves and a coat of arms above, together with two angle drum towers. It is a magnificent building with corbelling and crow stepped gables.

    Internally an entrance hall opens onto a stunning reception hall with a fine Italian mosaic tiled floor and a magnificent staircase, with a continuous decorative cast and wrought iron balustrade, which leads up to the first floor galleried landing and which is lit by a stained glass cupola. Off the reception hall are the principal reception rooms. These include the dining room which has a richly decorated coffered plaster ceiling, panelled doors and window shutters, together with the drawing room which along with the adjoining sitting room has a fine gilded and panelled ceiling and a white marble fireplace. Also off the western inner hallway, which has Victorian tiling is the ballroom which links to the smoke room. Beyond is the cellar/gun room.

    On the eastern side of the house, and behind and linked to the dining room is a family room with informal dining, and a warming wood burning stove. Beyond is the well appointed kitchen, a library and a reading room, a gym together with a pantry and laundry room. At both ground and first floor levels an inner hall, with a further staircase, links to the east and west sides of the house. Off this at ground floor level are two WCs.

    At first floor level, and over the front door, is the boudoir. The elegant master bedroom has an en suite bathroom, and beyond this is a dressing room. Off the east and west landings are a further four bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a further bedroom suite with sitting room and en suite, and another bedroom with an en suite shower room. At this level there is also a further sitting room and another reception room which was used as a snooker room. At the back of the house is a nursery wing with a nursery, bathroom and playroom, together with a housekeeper's store. Off the interconnecting inner landing is an office, kitchenette and WC.

    The stairs from here continue up to the second floor where there are three more bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a bedroom suite with sitting room and en suite, a sitting room, store and WC and a turnpike staircase leading up to the tower room.

    Arranged off the inner courtyard are stores, a game larder with walk in fridge, flower room and boiler room housing an Hoval oil fired boiler. Behind is a store and wood shed, and beyond is a double garage.

    The gardens and grounds at Rothes Glen House are extensive and private. The house is approached by a cherry tree lined tarmac driveway which forks by the house. The main drive continues to the front of the house whilst a back drive leads past the rear of the house and continues on to the garage. On the western side of the house there is a lovely terrace with fountain and an enclosed rose garden. Within the policies are some good trees and a small lochan with an island which is reached by a wooden bridge.

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"Rothes Glen is without a doubt one of the most exceptional private houses of this size that I have encountered. Its superb refurbishment has been achieved without compromising the extraordinary period features and detailing - it is truly a quite outstanding property and I'd be surprised if there were another house of similar scale and quality on the northeast Scottish market today."

Ruaraidh OgilvieProperty agent

Local information

  • Rothes Glen House is situated just to the north of Rothes which is in the heart of the Spey Valley, an area best known for its beautiful countryside, salmon fishing, malt whisky production and as a popular destination for those seeking activity and sporting holidays, including way marked walks, shooting and stalking on nearby estates, and salmon fishing on the world famous River Spey. There are a number of golf courses in the area, together with some well known local distilleries.
  • To the north is Elgin, which is steeped in history with a renowned cathedral dating from the 13th century. It has an impressive range of shops, together with 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 away and takes both day pupils and boarders, from 8 to 18. The Moray Firth has pleasant sandy beaches, and bird watching on the estuaries of the Spey and the Lossie, together with sea fishing, dolphin watching and yachting anchorages.
  • Inverness is easily reached, and provides all the services expected of a major city and there are frequent flights to the south and Europe from its airport. There is a railway station at Elgin. The ski slopes of Aviemore and the Lecht are within easy reach.
  • Historical Note: Charles McKean in Moray, an Illustrated Architectural Guide (The Rutlands Press 1997) describes how Rothes Glen House “replaced a burnt 1871 summer house of the Dunbars with a wonderful, towered Scots baronial confection, as it is now, designed in 1893 by Alexander Ross”.
  • Rothes Glen House, which was formerly known as Birchfield House, was built in 1893 as a summer residence for the Dunbar-Dunbar family. It later passed to a relative, Mrs Dunbar-Naismith who lived at the house until 1921. Thereafter it was let as a shooting lodge until the Second World War, when it was used by Gordonstoun School, and its junior school which later moved to Aberlour House. In 1946 the house was sold and it was run as a country house hotel until 1998. Since 2004 it has been fully refurbished and is now an exceptional private house.

Additional information

  • Directions: If coming from the south take the A9 north from Perth, and then take the A95 through Grantown on Spey and continue onto Aberlour and Craigellachie. From there take the A941 signposted to Rothes and Elgin. Rothes Glen House will be seen on the left, some 2.5 miles north of Rothes. Proceed up the tarred drive, past the stone gate piers, to the house. Alternatively from the A96 (Inverness to Aberdeen road) turn on to the A941 at Elgin, signposted to Rothes. On leaving Elgin continue for a further 5.7 miles and the drive into Rothes Glen House will be seen on the right.
  • EPC Rating = F