Ellyside Lodge is a most impressive detached house sitting in a charming and easily accessible rural setting near the popular village of Cullen, an historic coastal town located between the rivers Deveron and Spey on the Moray coastline. Moray is renowned as being one of the sunniest and driest counties in Scotland and it has a wide range of excellent places to stay, eat and shop. The county is famed for its breathtaking scenery, long sandy beaches and wildlife and offers wonderful leisure and recreational opportunities. There are many golf courses accessible within a short drive, whilst the county also offers superb Salmon and Trout fishing including the highly acclaimed Rivers Spey, Deveron and Findhorn. A popular tourist area, local attractions in Moray also include 'The Whisky Trail', 'The Speyside Way', Cairngorm National Park, together with many ancient monuments, castles, buildings and villages of historical significance.
Cullen has a rich and diverse range of services and amenities and is becoming a haven for arts, cultural and social events, antique centres, independent vintage shops and an architectural salvage yard. The town has a unique charm with good day to day amenities including a deli, bistro and coffee shops. The village has a strong feeling of community with many amenities to support a variety of interests. There are well-established sporting clubs including a private tennis and bowling club, an 18-hole links golf course, football, badminton and many diverse craft and art groups. The town has a playgroup, nursery and well respected primary school. Secondary schooling can be found at Buckie High, Keith Grammar or Milne's High School in nearby Fochabers. Cullen is also served by a post office, medical centre and Community Centre / Library. Elgin and Aberdeen are both within easy commuting distance whilst train stations at Keith and Elgin provide direct links to Aberdeen and Inverness. Elgin also offers major supermarkets, a library, a good selection of independent shops, sporting and recreational facilities. Aberdeen provides all of the facilities expected from a modern and prosperous city, with an excellent selection of shopping, retail parks and associated services, rail links and airport.
Ellyside Lodge is a most impressive detached house created from the sympathetic conversion and renovation of two traditional attached cottages. Predominantly constructed of stone under a pitched slate and pan tiled roof, Ellyside Lodge has been renovated to an extremely high standard, creating a home of exemplary quality with flexible accommodation provided over one and a half storeys.
From the sweeping gravelled driveway at the front of the house, the ground floor is accessed through a well lit vestibule which leads to a wonderful open plan kitchen / dining / sitting room. This attractive room includes a full height ceiling with exposed timber beams and which is overlooked by a mezzanine level gallery, high quality wall and floor kitchen units with a Corian worktop, electric Aga (with AIMS), a range of integrated Neff appliances, under floor heating with engineered Oak flooring, a built in wood burning stove and large picture windows which open to a timber decked seating area and the garden. A door leads off to the bright and airy sun room which also enjoys wonderful views over the garden. Off the kitchen there is a useful utility room (also with a side door to the garden), whilst steps from the kitchen lead to the inner hall with stairs to the first floor. Also on the ground floor are a family shower room, a double bedroom and the elegant master suite with French doors leading to the garden and a superb en suite bathroom with high quality fittings including a 2 man bath and tiled walls and floor. On the first floor, the landing leads to a gallery level seating area / study and a third bedroom with a far reaching outlook over the garden and fields beyond. The house appears to be in excellent condition and is tastefully decorated throughout. It benefits from double glazing, oil central heating (part under floor heating on the ground floor) and solar panels (which generate around £1,700 to £2,000 per annum).
Outside, the grounds are no less impressive than the house and extend in total to about 0.77 acres or thereby. The garden, which is nicely enclosed by a mature hedge, fence and trees, has been designed and planted with considerable care and has been laid out in such a manner that separate 'compartments' allow one to experience a new delight around every corner. There are numerous well stocked beds and borders with a variety of rhododendrons and plants that provide colour throughout the year. Seating areas and patios have been placed to capture the sun at different times of the day including a decked seating area overlooking a delightful pond and the surrounding woodland. Slabbed paths, a pergola, timber summer house, raised vegetable beds and areas of lawn complete what is a magnificent landscaped garden. To the rear of the house is a superb detached studio built from timber and glass under a pitched shingle roof. Measuring about 6.50m x 3.50m, the studio could be used for a wide range of purposes including an office or additional living accommodation to the main house. It has power and water, is well insulated and has large south facing picture windows. Ample parking space for a number of vehicles is provided on a gravelled driveway whilst there is also a useful garage (about 7.9m x 3.0m).