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.
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 Gormley