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6 bedroom detached house for sale
Queen Street, Buckie, Banffshire
1 Queen Street is an impressive detached period dwelling in the heart of the coastal town of Buckie. This substantial property has spacious and adaptable accommodation over three floors and is situated opposite Buckie's Rose Garden on a street locals used to describe as where the 'granders' live.
This traditional property built in 1908 was commissioned by the church. The house has retained many of the fine original features including pitch pine wall panels, shutters and picture rails, some period cornicing and attractive open fireplaces. Over the years the property has been the office of the fishery board, a tax office and latterly an architect's office before the current owners took over in 2004. The current owners have returned the property to a family home and have sympathetically refurbished the property to a very high standard. New central heating, plumbing and electrics were installed throughout the whole property in 2006.
The house is built of dressed sandstone under a pitched slate roof. The coat of arms for the burgh of Buckie is carved into the stonework of the gable end of the property and is one of several decorative crests adorning the exterior.
The vestibule opens up into a large hall with part pitch pine panelling to dado height and a sweeping pitch pine staircase. To the left is the spacious games room/gym which has original open fireplaces at either end of the room, one of which has a 1908 date stamp. This room also features part pitch pine wall panelling and shutters and striking cornicing. The three quarter length billiard table is included in the sale. Also accessed from the entrance hall is a smart study with large bay window with pitch pine shutters. This room also has part pitch pine wall panels concealing a secret door to an under stair storage area and an attractive open fireplace.
The last door from the entrance hall leads to a second hallway. This part of the house could easily be separate living accommodation with its own disabled access via the other entrance from the garden. There are two double bedrooms (one of which could be used as a lounge), a shower room, cellar and a utility kitchen. A striking feature of one of these bedrooms is the original large wall safe installed when the property was a tax office. This bedroom also has part pitch pine wall panels. The modern utility kitchen has been tastefully decorated and features a Belfast sink, gas hob, granite work surfaces and natural slate flooring.
The first floor can be accessed either via the main staircase in the entrance hall or from a second staircase in the second hallway. Ascending the main staircase onto the first floor landing, the master bedroom with open fireplace is on the left. The main bathroom is on the right and is a stunning room with double Jacuzzi bath, separate double shower, his n' hers sinks, fine Italian marble surfaces and the wonderful addition of an open fireplace.
Also on this floor is the lounge. This spacious and elegant room is bright and airy and has a wonderful open fireplace as a focal point. Through an archway the large kitchen/diner is accessed. The Ashley Ann kitchen features granite worktops and a Belfast sink. The kitchen has an attractive natural slate tiled floor and exposed stone wall as feature. There are many integrated appliances in the kitchen and a welcoming fireplace by the 8 person dining table.
The grand main staircase continues to the second floor where there are three further large double bedrooms, one of which has an ensuite. There is ample storage space in the boiler room also located on this floor.
The grounds of 1 Queen Street are completely enclosed within a stone wall and iron railings. The house sits in the centre of the plot with garden, mostly laid on three sides and the tarred driveway on other. There are two sheds in the garden which are included in the sale.