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5 bedroom house for sale
Altonburn Road, Nairn, Nairnshire
Alltan Donn House is an exception period home set in mature grounds in the exclusive west end of Nairn and enjoying spectacular views to to the north over the Moray Firth. The house has a wonderful history and was originally built for a wealthy Italian gentleman's son as his Scottish home in the late 19th century before being sold to the Captain Gilbert Blane of Foliejohn Park, Windsor in 1909 as a second home. The family moved permanently to Nairn at the outbreak of the First World War and used the house as a convalescent home for officers during this period and as a rest home for injured airman during the Second World War. The family then sold the property in the sixties and in the 1980's the servant's wing was converted to three flats with a separate access drive.
The current owners bought the property about 12 years ago and have carried out a considerable amount of improvement works including double glazing the north and west elevations, rewiring, installing new hot and cold water systems, new radiators, new double glazed cupola, a new kitchen, new oil tank and complete re-decoration. The property is truly in walk-on condition and capable of providing extremely flexible and comfortable family accommodation for the discerning purchaser. Of particular note is the well-lit stairwell with full height stained glass window, spacious reception hall with immactulate pitch pine woodwork, contemporary kitchen with granite worktops, bathrooms with Villeroy & Boch and Dornbracht fittings, and well lit spacious reception rooms with original cornicing and 12 foot ceilings.
Popularised by the Victorians who built grand mansions and villas lining leafy avenues in the west end and often described as the "Brighton of Scotland", Nairn enjoys one of the sunniest climates of the country. The town also benefits from a bustling high street with many local traders, restaurants, hotels, banks, primary and secondary schools, library, community centre, sports centre, swimming pool, marina and 2 championship golf courses. Nairn West recently hosted the Walker Cup in 1999 and will also host the 2012 Curtis Cup. There
is also a wide range of country pursuits available locally including salmon fishing on the Rivers Nairn, Findhorn, Spey and Ness as well as grouse and pheasant shooting, sailing, riding and walking.
Inverness Airport which offers regular flights to the South and to parts of Europe is only 8 miles away with the City of Inverness 13 miles away. Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, is a thriving and expanding city, its strong economy reflected in its amenities with excellent restaurants, good shopping and continuing development. This mix of old and new has still allowed the city to retain much of its historic dignity and strong Highland culture and these blend happily with modern theatre and the arts to offer services commensurate with a major regional centre.
The garden grounds are extremely attractive and extend to 1.62 acres, affording both privacy and views to the Moray Firth. The front garden is laid predominantly to lawn and sheltered from the west by a number mature
trees whilst the back garden is bordered by amenity woodland and interspersed by fruit trees, fruit bushes and bordered by flowering shrubs and bushes.