Savills | St. Brandon House, Boyndie, Banff, AB45 2JT | Property for sale
4,466 sq ft(414.90 sq m)
Offers over £450,000

St. Brandon HouseBoyndie, Banff, AB45 2JT

  • Recently sold

Key features

  • Sold in June 2021
  • Spanning three floors, there is spacious and versatile living accommodation throughout
  • Opportunity to create self-contained living accommodation along the ground floor if desired.
  • A host of original period features remain, including decorative plasterwork, deep silled windows and picture railings
  • Set within beautifully maintained garden grounds, with far reaching views across open countryside
  • Located within the peaceful village of Boyndie on the outskirts of Banff and between the coastal villages of Whitehills and Portsoy
  • A fantastic home for a growing family, or a superb countryside retreat, being only 47 miles from Aberdeen International Airport.

A fine and elegant Victorian six bedroom listed former manse house in a peaceful rural setting with ease of access to the wonderful Moray coastline.

About this property

  • Built in 1842 with stone walls, pitch slate roof and clad in scotch wet harle as the local church manse by William Robertson of Elgin, St Brandon has a number of notable external and internal features; hence its Category B listed status. Designed in the style of a Georgian Edinburgh townhouse, St Brandon is situated within beautifully manicured grounds which are mostly laid to lawn with mature trees and a super driveway designed to loop around the property to accommodate horse and carriage in days gone by. A striking home with far reaching views across open countryside, St Brandon includes an array of original features including high ceilings, sanded and varnished floorboards, Georgian style finished windows, window shutters, panel doors with grooved facings, decorative cornicing and plasterwork, picture railings and eye catching fireplaces.

    A grand exterior stone staircase leads up to the entrance vestibule from where far reaching views from the entrance doorway can be enjoyed. Within the vestibule there is a cloak cupboard and doorway to the welcoming reception hall, which allows access to the living accommodation and affords a good flow of entertaining space. The well appointed drawing room has twin aspect windows allowing a lovely garden aspect with feature fireplace. Formal dining and entertainment is available in the dining room which mirrors the outlook of the drawing room and includes a traditional style fireplace. Convenience is catered for with a serving/prepping kitchen for quick delivery to the dining room. Enjoying a pleasant outlook to the rear of the property, this room could easily be transformed in a further public living space if so desired. With twin aspect windows at the rear, the family room has a wood burning stove, ideal for creating a warm and inviting ambience.

    Descending the staircase to the ground floor, there is first the charming WC cloakroom which lies on a split level and is fully pine lined with skylight.

    The substantial ground floor living accommodation is extensively laid with Caithness natural stone flooring. Bespoke handpainted solid wood cabinets make up the dining kitchen, with the focal point being the cream range cooker. Everyday tasks can take place in the large utility room with twin Belfast style sinks, while the boot room is very useful for the storage of outdoor equipment clothing and other items. The morning room is a delightful space to enjoy a leisurely breakfast or early supper, and has twin aspect windows overlooking the grounds, while there is also a fireplace with green tiled inset. Completing the ground floor accommodation there is the versatile double bedroom six, which would be equally suitable as a further public room if desired, while the entirety of the ground floor could possibly be used for annexe accommodation. The stairwells and landings are flooded with an abundance of natural light from the second floor landing with feature cupola and high pitched ceiling. On the second floor there are four bright double bedrooms, all with lovely views across the gardens. The fifth bedroom is currently utilised as a study with superb views across the property frontage, while completing the accommodation are two well appointed shower rooms to either side of the central landing.

    A gated entrance with elongated driveway provides an immediate view of the depth of the rear of the property and allows ample turning and parking space to the front. Mostly laid to lawn with extensive seasonal bulbs, the garden attracts a wide variety of wildlife throughout the seasons, while the front south facing view offers a wonderful countryside vista.

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St Brandon House exudes a real sense of grandeur when you see it sitting proudly surrounded by sweeping lawn, yet inside it is also warm and welcoming, the formal elegance complemented by soft décor and traditional design.

Fiona GormleyProperty agent

Local information

  • St Brandon is located in the charming village of Boyndie on the outskirts of Banff and positioned close to the Moray coastline. The Boyndie Visitor Centre is very popular with locals and visitors alike, and includes a restaurant, gift shop and garden centre. Set amongst six acres of gardens and woodland, there are walking trails for all abilities. The Visitor Centre also carries information about the wartime role of former RAF Banff (“the Boyndie ‘Drome) and the Shipbusters. With a variety of coastal walking trails, the coastal village of Whitehills lies approximately 2 miles away and has a small harbour and a small selection of amenities, including a pub, café and fish shop.
  • The coastal village of Portsoy was established as a Royal Burgh in 1550 by Mary Queen of Scots and is famed for its green Portsoy marble or serpentine, which was used in the construction of Louis XIV's Palace of Versailles. It is still quarried locally, in small quantities, and items made from it are sold in the harbourside Portsoy marble shop. The town is largely a conservation area, focused on the harbour which was built around 300 years ago and upgraded in 1825 for the herring fishing fleet. Portsoy hosts an annual Scottish Traditional Small Boats Festival in late June/early July which is enjoyed by as many as 15,000 visitors and encompasses history, music, arts, crafts, food and drink as well as a variety of maritime activities.
  • The Royal Burgh of Banff is situated at the mouth of the River Deveron. Many of the properties in Banff date back to the late 17th or 18th century, including the magnificent Duff House which was built in 1730. Duff House operates as an outstation for the National Galleries of Scotland and has extensive grounds including a play park. There is a regular bus service into Aberdeen and schooling is available locally with various primary options and secondary schooling at Banff Academy. Banff also provides a wide range of local amenities.
  • The wider Moray Coast is renowned for having a relatively mild climate and some of the highest levels of sunshine in the UK. Beautiful beaches and a number of renowned golf courses lie along the coast. The famous Duff House Royal and Royal Tarlair golf courses are found at Banff and Macduff respectively, while there is excellent sea angling along the coast. There are also a number of castles and distilleries in the area.
  • Elgin is steeped in history with a renowned cathedral dating from the 13th century, and has 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.
  • Aberdeen International airport lies approximately 46.2 miles away and provides excellent transport links by air to 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 several colleges of further education.

Additional information

  • Directions: Proceed North from Aberdeen on the A947, heading towards Banff through the towns of Oldmeldrum and Turriff. On reaching Turriff, follow signs for the B9025, which will take you over the River Deveron. Turn right off the B9025 along the B9121 and follow this road for some distance before turning left at the crossroads with the A98. Thereafter turn right at crossroads marked for Boyndie. Continue through the village and you will see the gated entrance driveway for St Brandon House on the right hand side following the converted church. Banff 3.5 miles Portsoy 5 miles Elgin 32 miles Aberdeen 48 miles Aberdeen International Airport 46.2 miles *Please note that all distances are approximate
  • EPC Rating = E