16 bedroom detached house for sale
Rafford, Forres, Morayshire
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Considered by many experts to be a masterpiece of Edwardian architecture, Blervie House was built and lived in by Major Harold Bessemer Galloway, who was in the 7th Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders. Stone from the nearby ruin of Blervie Castle was used to construct this Edwardian masterpiece, built to the design of JM Dick Peddie.
The current owners bought the estate in 1985 and have embarked on a careful and comprehensive restoration of the main house, gardens and policies to create an extremely private and attractive Country House Estate.
Additional land and forestry was then acquired in order to enlarge and consolidate the Estate.
Blervie House Estate comprises the principal 16-bedroom Edwardian Mansion House with remarkable 20-mile views from both the ground and upper floors. There is an integral Housekeeper's Wing, a detached cottage, gardens, woodland policies and farmland extending to a total of about 190.50 acres.
The entrance to the house is approached through sandstone pillars along a tarmac drive lined by rhododendrons, amid mature wooded policies to terminate in a gravel sweep in front. Facing East, the stunning neo-Georgian façade is constructed of sandstone beneath a pitched slate roof.
Built in 1910 to the design of Edinburgh architect JM Dick Peddie and was re-modelled by eminent Scottish architect Michael Laird. The house has been well maintained with features of the exterior including the portico entrance supported by two pairs of Doric columns with a segmented pediment above and the Galloway coat of arms in the centre of the tympanum.
On entering the house into the large reception hall, natural light floods into the house through the cupola and large timber-framed sash-and-case windows. Other features of the interior include the moulded cornicing, the timber panelled doors with architraves and the central vaulted top lit stair hall with arcaded screen and supported by Roman Doric columns. There is a manual dumbwaiter serving the master bedroom.
The accommodation is over three floors as follows:
Ground Floor: entrance hall, cloakroom with separate W.C, main hall, billiards room, connected double drawing rooms, sitting room, dining room, study, laundry room (with walk-in gun safe), library/screening room with annexe room, kitchen/breakfast room, pantry, wine cellar, utility room with separate WC, wood store and ping pong room.
First Floor: landing, 5 bedroom suites, 4 further bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and linen cupboard.
Second Floor: landing, 7 further bedrooms, bathroom, 2 store rooms and attic store.
Steps lead up to the cupola level which has an amusing 360º view painting of the view from the house.
Attached to the southern gable of the main house, this is a two storey wing of traditional stone construction beneath a pitched slate roof. The accommodation is over two floors as follows:
Ground Floor: hall, W.C, sitting room, dine-in kitchen and utility room.
First Floor: landing, 3 bedrooms and bathroom.
Stairs lead from the hallway down to the basement which includes a wine cellar, coal bunker and store room.
The sitting room has a wood burning stove and the cottage is served by night storage heating.
The wing is occupied by the Housekeeper on a Service Occupancy Basis.
EPC Rating - F
Blervie House Estate is located in an extremely private and picturesque part of Morayshire near the village of Rafford, about 3 miles south of Forres.
Forres has a range of shops including a supermarket, hotels, post office, railway station and a large secondary school. There is a well-regarded private nursery and primary school called Rose Abbey in Kinloss (6 miles), whilst the renowned Gordonstoun school is only 16 miles away. More extensive services can be found in Inverness (30 miles).
Inverness Airport (22 miles) offers regular flights to London and a range of European destinations.
Morayshire is well known for its mild climate and varied landscape of attractive coastline interspersed with traditional fishing villages and beautiful beaches to rich farmland through to the Spey Valley and rising up to the dramatic upland areas forming the Cairngorm National Park.
The surrounding area has plenty of sporting opportunities with superb salmon fishing available on the Rivers Spey and Findhorn, driven grouse and pheasant shooting available to rent on surrounding estates and skiing at The Lecht in the Eastern Cairngorms, only 40 miles away.
For the golfer, the coastal town of Nairn (14 miles) has two championship courses at Nairn Golf Club and Nairn Dunbar Golf Club. There are further courses nearby with the Moray Old Course at Lossiemouth and Castle Stuart Golf Links near Inverness, host to the Scottish Open Championship in 2012.
The historic nearby village of Findhorn has a lovely sandy beach. There is sailing, windsurfing, sea angling and dolphin watching in the Moray Firth.
The gardens are a particularly fine feature at Blervie including a large oval-shaped lawn in front of the house with a heather border and surrounded by a mixture of mature deciduous and coniferous woodland. To the south, there is a wonderful and fairly unique Ziggurat Maze with a seating area and fountain in the centre, modelled by the UK's leading maze designer, Randoll Coate. To the rear of the house there is a large area of garden laid to lawn. A path at the bottom of the lawn leads through heather and birch woodland policies.
Situated to the south of the house, there is a traditional garage block of stone construction, harled, beneath a pitched slate roof. The building incorporates:
The land extends to 190.50 acres in total.
Situated at the northern end of the estate, there are three fields of pasture which extend to about 68.77 acres and can be accessed off the main road. The fields have stock proof fencing and water troughs served by a mains water supply. The farmland is now in-hand having previously been let on a series of seasonal grazing agreements.
The remainder of the policies extend to about 116.82 acres and comprise the woodlands, gardens and loch. The plantation known as Rafford Wood is a particular feature as it not only provides privacy to Blervie House but also provides amenity and coverts for Roe Deer, Woodcock, and Red Squirrels.
The woodland is a mixture of mature deciduous including sycamore, beech, oak and coniferous including Scots Pine, Larch and Sitka Spruce.
A path off the entrance drive leads through the woodland to the extremely attractive Cock's Loch with a pontoon, seating area and mown path leading round it.