First class apartment, within an historic castle setting.
Finavon Castle is a Category C Listed baronial mansion house dating from 1865, built for the
Greenhill-Gardyne's and which remained in the same family until the early 1980s. The ruins of an earlier castle are close by. In 1984 the building was converted into eight apartments. The Esk is on the second floor of the castle and has lovely views over farmland to Finavon Hill. Entry to the flat is through a large astragalled door at the side of the castle into a vestibule and a shared hallway and up a wide carpeted stair to the first floor. The wooden entrance door to the flat leads into a hallway and stairs up to the accommodation, which has been completely renovated over recent years, with particular attention to detail. In the last five years a new fireplace has been installed, while prior to that windows were refurbished and the boiler replaced. In addition, the roof has been thoroughly renovated.
The sitting room has lovely views to Finavon Hill, a fireplace with wooden mantel and Villager wood burning stove, a separate study area and engineered oak flooring. Also accessed from the hallway is a walk in store with a Worcester wall mounted boiler and wooden flooring, while the adjacent utility area has shelving and is plumbed for a washing machine. There is a shower room with a shower cubicle with wet walling and a tiled floor. The bathroom is timber-lined to dado level and has a freestanding roll top bath, pedestal washbasin, WC and tiled floor. Bedroom one has a cornice, window shutters and a wooden floor. Bedroom two has a cast iron fireplace with a wooden mantel and window shutters. The fully fitted Fired Earth kitchen has soft closing drawers, a Cookmaster Leisure electric range cooker with five hot plates, two ovens and a grill, plumbing for a dishwasher and double porcelain sink. In addition there is a cornice, window shutters, tiled floor and ample space for informal dining. Wooden stairs lead up to a dining room with a wooden floor and a lovely period window.
Within a communal block of six garages is a garage with an up and over door, concrete floor and power.
A rhododendron-lined path leads to the shared walled garden which is divided into eight private spaces. The garden for The Esk is a lovely fenced south facing area with fruit trees including apple, plum and cherry and a wooden summerhouse (2.3 m x 3.0 m) with decking. There are raised vegetable beds, a wooden garden shed (1.2 m x 1.1 m) and a greenhouse (1.9 m x 1.9 m).
The communal grounds include many fine specimen trees and lovely walks.
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This beautifully upgraded and characterful apartment is the perfect way to experience a splendid Listed building along with enjoying wonderful garden grounds without all the responsibility.Ruaraidh Ogilvie