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 one, two 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 one, 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.
Stone gate piers, with a gate and wrought iron railings, open onto a gravelled drive, lit by Victorian style lighting, which leads up to a parking and turning area at the front door. This opens to an entrance vestibule with cornice, oak flooring and an inner partially glazed door with engraved glass. The elegant hallway has a cornice, oak flooring and a staircase to the first floor. The drawing room is a fine and well proportioned room with a cornice, picture rail, open fireplace with a wooden mantel, high level skirting, a shelved press, oak flooring and a bay window with shutters, that overlooks the garden. Opposite is bedroom one, which has previously been used as a study, and which has a cornice, picture rail, cast iron fireplace, shelves and oak flooring.
Also off the hallway is the cloakroom. This has an understair coat hanging area and a separate WC with a pedestal washbasin. The sitting room is another fine reception room with a cornice, picture rail, open cast iron fireplace with a painted mantel, and a bay window with shutters and window seat, overlooking the garden. This was previously used as a dining room and links through to the dining kitchen. The fitted kitchen has bespoke Iroko wooden units with a Redfyre double oven range cooker, with two induction hobs and extractor with tiled surround and wooden mantel, a porcelain sink, and a central island unit with a Gorenje four ring induction hob. The dining area has a corner fireplace with a wooden mantel. In addition there are three wall lights and a tiled floor. Off the kitchen is the pantry with tiled floor and leads through to the hallway and has wooden units and display and storage cupboards, a small sink and plumbing for a dishwasher, dryer and washing machine and space for an American style fridge freezer. Also off the kitchen is a rear lobby with shelves and coat hooks and a back door to the garden.
An elegant staircase with cast iron banisters and wooden handrail leads up to the first floor landing. This is lit by a large double glazed skylight, and has a hatch with an attic ladder to a partially floored roof space. Bedroom two has a walk in wardrobe and a door to a shower room interlinking with the master bedroom. The master bedroom has a cast iron fireplace with a wooden mantel, overmantel and tiled surround and
oak flooring . The interlinking shower room has a corner shower cubicle, pedestal washbasin and WC. The bathroom has a period roll top bath, corner shower cubicle, pedestal washbasin and WC. Bedroom four is presently used as a dressing room. Bedroom five has a fitted hanging cupboard.
The expansive garden is enclosed on two sides by trees which, together with shrubs, afford privacy and shelter.
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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