Isla Bank House
Isla Bank House, built we understand in 1873, is an impressive and most attractive house located in private and secluded grounds at the heart of the town. Arguably the most desirable and largest house in Keith, it has provided a wonderful family home and more recently has been used as a successful holiday let. The property comprises Isla Bank House, beautifully maintained extensive garden grounds, an orchard and a paddock.
The house is constructed of stone under a series of pitched slate roofs and provides extensive and very well appointed accommodation over two and a half storeys. From the front drive, the accommodation on the ground floor is accessed through a bright and well lit reception hall. An ornate staircase leads to the first floor whilst doors lead to an impressive dining room with a rare black marble and copper fire surround and a magnificent drawing room with an attractive open fireplace with a marble fire surround and individual antique tiles.. The drawing room and library are both excellent reception rooms and the magnificent billiards room is an ideal entertaining room which would be ideal for large parties. In addition, there is a cloak room / WC and a useful second kitchen. A passage leads to the rear of the house and to the main kitchen / living room, a spacious room and fully equipped room with a 4 oven Aga and a range of wall and floor units. Useful ancillary accommodation includes a laundry room, larder, boiler room, coal store, gardener's cloak room and a workshop.
On the first floor, a bright split level landing leads to the principal bedrooms. On the southern side of the house, there are 6 bedrooms, many with fine views over the garden, as well as a family bathroom.
On the northern side, there is a 7th bedroom with a private bathroom. Accessed from a separate passage are three further bedrooms, a store and a bathroom which can be occupied separately if required and which form a very self contained dwelling together with the kitchen / living room and ancillary accommodation below. A second floor provides excellent storage space in 5 large attic rooms.
Isla bank House is an impressive and most attractive house offering not only substantial and flexible accommodation but also a wealth of fine period features that one would expect to find in a property of this character and age. The room layout is such that it could be used not only as a family home but also continued to be used as high quality holiday accommodation or adapted for use a boutique Guest House.
Surrounding the house are wonderful and extensive grounds which provide considerable privacy and seclusion with the house being well screened from neighbours by a many mature trees, hedges and a stone wall. The colourful gardens include areas of lawn, rhododendrons, well stocked borders and flower beds as well as a network of footpaths that lead to a delightful summer house. An impressive walled garden includes a range of stores and a greenhouse as well as productive fruit and vegetable beds. There is also a range of useful outbuildings including the old coach house, which was used for staff accommodation and an apple store offering development potential to create additional accommodation (subject to the necessary consents).
To the north of the house and garden is a superb grazing paddock flanked by a mature orchard of apple trees. The paddock provides excellent grazing for horses or other livestock whilst it may also offer considerable potential for future development (subject to obtaining all necessary consents).