5 bedroom detached house for saleMary Avenue, Aberlour, Banffshire
Tower Villa has a charming history and boasts a distinctive granite and sandstone exterior with working bell tower with segmented pediments and gargoyles. Having originally been built as a girls' school in 1875 the property was converted to a private dwelling in 1879 for the Headmaster of the local orphanage. The property was also a safe haven for evacuees from Edinburgh during the war.
Tower Villa has a host of period features including detailed intricate cornicing, fireplaces, raised skirtings and the original pitch pine balustrades and part panelled hallway. Entrance to the property is via an imposing custom made solid oak door into the striking bell tower with exposed stone walls and tiled floor. Off the bell tower is a W/C with a feature timber roof and Gothic windows. The main public rooms are located off the hallway. The sitting room is generously proportioned and is flooded with an abundance of natural light from the large bay window overlooking the gardens to the front. There is also a stunning cast iron and marble fireplace. The double aspect dining room has views over the garden grounds and is an ideal room for entertaining. To the rear of the house, the large family room is currently used as the study. The kitchen has a range of wall and base units, breakfast table, integrated appliances and gas hob. The kitchen leads to the utility room with a range of white goods and two large storage cupboards. There is a shower room off the utility area.
Upstairs, the beautifully presented master bedroom with a corner fireplace enjoys fantastic views over the garden towards the River Spey and hills beyond. There are four further well-proportioned double bedrooms two of which are fitted with wash hand basins. Double doors open onto the Juliet style balcony in the bell tower. The family bathroom comprises a luxurious Heritage bathroom suite complete with bath and shower over, wash hand basin and W/C.
EPC - E54
Tower Villa is situated close to the centre of Charlestown of Aberlour. The village nestles on the bank of the River Spey and boasts a host of amenities including primary and secondary schooling, medical centre, community centre and a range of local shops and eateries. This is an area of Scotland renowned for its outstanding natural beauty, with rolling heather clad hills rising up from the River Spey. Recreational activities abound in Speyside. The River Spey is one of Scotland's most prolific salmon and sea trout fisheries, attracting fishermen from far afield and offering sport from February until the end of September. There are unlimited opportunities for the hill walker while the field sportsman has a wonderful choice of deer forests, grouse moors and low ground shoots within easy driving distance. Cairngorm Mountain is the principal Scottish ski centre and Aviemore is now an acknowledged tourist resort in its own right, only 40 minutes drive from Aberlour. There are golf courses at Grantown-on-Spey, Ballindalloch, Dufftown and Rothes. Speyside is the home of malt whisky and this area forms part of the Malt Whisky Trail with many distilleries with visitor centres close by. Transport links are excellent. The main road through Aberlour connects to the south with the A9 at Aviemore and to the north with the A96 at Elgin. Elgin has a more comprehensive range of facilities, including larger supermarkets, professional services and a variety of leisure facilities. Both Aberdeen and Inverness Airports offer a range of daily flights to London, as well as other domestic and international routes.
A tarmacadam drive flanked with mature trees and an imposing stone wall leads to a large garage with ample space to park 4 vehicles. The garage has an inspection pit, multiple power points and also a fully floored upper level for storage. The garage may be suitable for further development subject to the appropriate consents. The garden grounds which extend to approximately 0.8 acres have been beautifully landscaped and are mainly laid to lawn with an excellent variety of plants, shrubs and trees. Cleverly designed paths allow access to all areas of the garden. There is an ornate fountain to the front of the property and to the side a feature rockery, waterfall and pond. There is also a summerhouse/BBQ area and a small courtyard to the rear.
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