6 bedroom detached house for saleDulnain Bridge, Grantown-on-Spey, Morayshire
- Edwardian lodge
- Stunning views of River Spey
- In heart of Cairngorms National Park
- Reception hall
- 2 Further reception rooms and study
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- 6 En suite bedrooms, bathroom and shower room
- Additional 1 bedroom coach house
Auchendean Lodge is a 6 bedroomed 3 storey house with cellar. It was built circa 1911 in an Arts & Crafts style and is located in the Cairngorm National Park. The property overlooks the River Spey, one of Scotlands finest salmon rivers and has panoramic views across Nethy Bridge and the ancient Abernethy Pine Forest to the Cromdale Hills and Cairngorm Mountains. The mountain view takes in 6 of the Cairngorm Munro tops from Ben Avon in the east to Braeriach in the west. The funicular railway, Ptarmigan Restaurant and skiers on Cairngorm can be seen with binoculars. The Strathspey Steam Railway runs in the fields below and Broomhill station is overlooked from the Lodge. The sale includes a 2 storey coach house adjacent to the main Lodge. This building was extended in 1993 to include a self-contained one bedroomed flat.
For many years the property operated as a very successful small Hotel and more recently was run as a popular bed and breakfast. With its location in the heart of the Highlands, it is the ideal base for exploring the area including the Cairngorms, Loch Ness, Royal Deeside, the West Coast, Isle of Skye and the Whisky trails. The sale provides a genuine lifestyle opportunity and will suit a variety of buyers; those looking for a Highland retreat in beautiful surroundings, to those looking for a property with income potential.
Entrance to the Lodge is via an entrance vestibule with Charles Rennie Mackintosh style stained glass windows, which leads to a cloakroom and WC. There is a delightful, warm and welcoming reception room brimming with traditional features, Arts and Crafts fireplace and open fire. The property has retained its period charm and ambience, and there are a wealth of original features which include the stained glass windows, ceiling coving and raised skirtings. The formal drawing room has double aspects with breath-taking, panoramic views over the River Spey to the Cromdale Hills, Abernethy Forest and Cairngorm Mountains. It has an open fireplace.
There is a well-equipped kitchen which comes with a range of wall and base storage units, including a 4 oven oil-fired Aga, a standby bottled gas 2 burner hob and other integrated appliances. This is adjacent to a large utility room and a boiler room which leads to the back door. The large dining room with open fire is conveniently located off the reception room, kitchen and utility room and is an excellent place for entertaining with panoramic views to the south and the Cairngorm Mountains. There is also a study/bedroom with a WC/shower room.
The upper levels are reached by an elegant staircase with galleried landing, which has more Mackintosh style stained glass windows and entrance to a study with shower and WC. There are 5 well-proportioned en-suite bedrooms on the first floor, of which one is a single and one is king-sized. The staircase continues up to the second floor where there is a large double room with sensational views, ensuite facilities and additional bathroom.
As with the ground floor rooms, all bedrooms have good views and 2 of them have double aspects, to the river and to the mountains.
There is a large cellar with ample storage and shelves. Access is through a lockable door and down internal steps. Being mostly underground the temperature modulates between just +2 and +10 deg C.
Both first and second floors have fire doors which lead to a convenient metal fire escape. The main house has well-maintained fire and burglar alarm systems.
The Coach House flat is accessed via a flight of steps up to the first floor. There is an entrance lobby with cupboard and door which leads to a large lounge / dining room which has an open fire and views out in 3 directions the Cairngorm mountains, Curr Wood and Strathspey. The kitchen has views out to Strathspey, a range of wall and floor units, and a new washing machine. The well sized bathroom has a large art deco bath and a separate walk-in shower cubicle. The bedroom has double aspect. The whole flat is light and airy.
EPC Rating - E
Auchendean Lodge is located within the Cairngorms National Park on the edge of Curr Wood and couldnt be better placed for those who enjoy the outdoors. The property enjoys a lovely situation in an elevated position above the River Spey with open views across the Strathspey Steam Railway to Nethy Bridge and on to the local countryside, Cromdale hills, Abernethy Forest and Cairngorm mountains
There are almost limitless opportunities for hill-walking and mountain biking in the Cairngorms National Park. The area is a haven for wildlife with red deer, red squirrels and golden eagles among the wild animals. For sporting enthusiasts, grouse shooting, deer stalking and salmon fishing are all widely available.
The Strathspey Angling Association leases approximately six miles of double bank salmon and seatrout fishing on the River Spey including the River Dulnain pools below Auchendean and twelve miles of double bank fishing on the River Dulnain. There are also popular golf courses at Grantown-on-Spey, Nethybridge, Boat of Garten and the Spey Valley course at Aviemore.
The Cairngorm Ski Area is close by and sailing, kayaking and windsurfing are available on nearby Lochs Morlich and Insh. A short distance north, the Morayshire coastline has a string of beautiful beaches and historic fishing villages.
Grantown-on-Spey is a fine example of Georgian town planning known for its dry and sunny climate and has a range of individual shops and services, including hotels, restaurants, banks, a cottage hospital, a surgery and a petrol station. There are daily train services to Inverness and the south from Aviemore, and Inverness Airport has a daily flight to London. The nearby A9 gives fast access to the north and south.
The garden has been landscaped to include a 9 hole pitch and putt. There is also an extensive range of unusual trees, shrubs and plants including two greenhouses, organic vegetable garden and soft fruit cage. Other buildings include a hen house, a third garage and a wood/tool shed. The gardens extend to around 1.7 acres and attract red squirrels and birds.
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