Spacious and inviting 11 bedroom detached period property, located within the beautiful surroundings of the Cairngorm National Park between the historic villages of Braemar and Ballater.
Originally built around 1760, Inver Lodge was formerly the local coaching inn. In more recent years it has been a popular family run hotel, and more latterly has been a welcoming self catering holiday home. With spacious and versatile living accommodation, the property offers the opportunity to create a striking residence with suitability for multi generational living, or to establish boutique vacation/event accommodation along Royal Deeside and within the splendour of the Cairngorm National Park.
A bright entrance vestibule leads into the welcoming reception hall, which features a high pitched ceiling with ample wall display space. Painted in red and white to complement the tartan carpeting, a staircase leads to the first floor accommodation. Beneath the staircase, a cupboard houses the fuse boxes and shelving.
The sitting/dining room is a generous and versatile space. Extensively fitted with tartan carpeting and parquet style wood flooring, this room has previously hosted formal dinners, large parties and ceilidhs. Of neutral decoration, part of the sitting area has been used for music making. Within the formal sitting area there is a charming window seat, while the wood burning stove is situated on an elevated granite hearth with mantel.
Within the dining room area a series of windows allows for plentiful natural light, while a door leads out to the extensive driveway. A partially glazed door from the dining room area leads to the WC with disabled access, while the separate shower room has been extensively tiled, with plumbing and electrics in situ for a sauna.
Returning to the dining room, a bright hallway allows access to twin guest WCs, while within the sitting room a large, secure walk in store features extensive shelving.
The dining kitchen is of excellent proportions. A wide range of base and wall units provide storage and display space, while there are also extensive laminate granite effect work surfaces which incorporate a 1.5 stainless steel sink with drainer and a further ceramic sink. Central to the kitchen is the blue AGA, while there are also two integrated Miele dishwashers and a freestanding oven with four ring electric hob.
To the rear of the dining kitchen a doorway leads out to the garden and driveway. The utility room is off the kitchen. A fitted work surface area incorporates a stainless steel sink with drainer, with storage beneath. The walk in boot room is situated opposite the utility room.
With its own separate entrance as well as internal access, the bar was completely refurbished during 2016, whilst the current owners have taken great care to retain the traditional charm of this room. Pine panelled to dado rail height, a deep silled window with inset seating overlooks the property frontage. With ample space for informal seating, the striking granite fireplace was constructed from Invercauld granite. Dating back to the 1760s, the fireplace now houses a wood burning stove. The traditional style bar is a unique feature.
From the bar, a small corridor leads into a large store room which is fitted with extensive shelving and strip lighting. With access to the rear of the property, this room may be suitable as a home gym.
Completing the ground floor is bedroom 11, which overlooks the property frontage. Fitted with a single wardrobe, a sliding panel door leads into the wet room.
Ascending the carpeted staircase, to the right of the first floor landing is the annexe accommodation. Inclusive of a double bedroom, sitting room, study and dressing room, there is also a modern bathroom with shower facilities.
Returning to the landing, there are two good sized storage cupboards, one of which houses the hot water cylinders. A fire escape at the end of the landing leads down a set of concrete stairs which leads to the rear garden and which also allows standing for fishing rods.
Bedrooms one, two and three are all well proportioned rooms with the benefit of modern en suite bathrooms with shower appliances. Bedroom four also overlooks the property frontage and includes a modern en suite shower room and a large full length walk in cupboard which provides access to the attic. Bedroom five enjoys views over the rear garden and includes an en suite shower room. Double bedrooms six, seven, eight and nine are all of a good size with the benefit of en suite bathrooms with shower facilities.
Inver Lodge is situated within generously proportioned grounds which are mostly laid to lawn with an extensively gravelled driveway to the rear. With ample scope for outdoor dining, a timber summerhouse is the ideal spot to enjoy an evening glass of wine.
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Inver Lodge is an exciting addition to the country property market in Aberdeenshire and with some imagination could be configured to create fantastic connected but separate accommodation for a family plus grandparents or could work as a holiday retreat/exclusive let or indeed an events or hospitality venue once again. Or even a combination of all three. Whatever its final incarnation, this is a hugely attractive building in a landmark Scottish region that has impeccable historic and Royal credentials.Laura Totten