An imposing Victorian house with an extensive garden, in the coastal village of St Cyrus.
Alma House is a most attractive house, set within its own gardens and grounds, in the village of St Cyrus. It is a fine house which dates from 1865, or possibly earlier, and which was extended to the rear in the early 1900s. The house looks out over its own gardens, which are sheltered by trees, providing privacy. Thus a key feature of the house is that it is within the village, yet private. It is a stone built house with a slate roof, that still retains many of its period features and character.
The house was originally called Alma Lodge and was named after the Battle of Alma, which in 1854 was the first battle in the Crimean War. It is believed that the property was gifted by a local laird to his daughter, for her forthcoming marriage, but that her fiancé was tragically killed at the battle. At some stage the name was changed to Greywalls, despite being built of red sandstone, but the name later reverted to Alma House.
It is a house that has benefitted from considerable improvements in recent years, all of which have been done sympathetically. Since 2001 it has been substantially rewired and re-plumbed. In 2013 the shower room was refurbished, with the bathroom being redone in 2007. In about 2010 oak hardwood floors were fitted throughout much of the house and the boiler was replaced, whilst as recently as 2013 the kitchen was refurbished. In 2016, new radiators and pipework for the central heating were installed, and the bedrooms 1, 2 and the sitting room were redecorated. In 2018 the drawing room, hall, master bedroom, bathroom and pantry were also redecorated. Plans have also been drawn up to subdivide the pantry into an en suite for bedroom 1, while still retaining a pantry serving the kitchen (for further information please contact the selling agents). As such it is a lovely family house, with well proportioned and elegant reception rooms which are ideal for entertaining, whilst retaining so much of its original character with panelled doors, cornicings and high level skirtings.
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For buyers on a quest for a period family home with a good sized garden that doesn't require upgrading or even re-decorating in this ever popular coastal village, the search could well be over. Alma House perfectly fits the bill with its winning combination of old and new, along with its fabulously proportioned rooms and delightful garden.Ruaraidh Ogilvie