Tochieneal House and Cottage
Tochieneal House is an elegant Georgian farmhouse together with a more recently built detached cottage 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.
Likely to date from the early 1800's, Tochieneal House is one of the most impressive houses in the area. It was originally built as a farmhouse on the surrounding Seafield Estate and was latter occupied by the estate factor, however, over the years and particularly in recent times, it has been improved and upgraded to create what is now a very impressive country house.
From the sweeping monoblock driveway at the front of the house, the ground floor is accessed through a vestibule with curved walls and which leads to a bright entrance hallway. From here there is a door to the morning room, a bright and impressive room with part wood panelled walls, an attractive fireplace with a wood burning stove and working timber shutters. Across the hallway is the music room, equally as impressive as the sitting room, it has an open fireplace and a stripped pine floor. Also on the ground floor is a dining room, family room / bedroom, a bathroom and a shower room. All of the public rooms on the ground floor are bright and have tall corniced ceilings, with the dining and family rooms enjoying beautiful southerly views. On the lower ground floor is the kitchen with an oil fired Aga, flag stone flooring and a door to the garden. The breakfast room has a walk in pantry and the original range fire and ovens. A butler's pantry, wine cellar, maid's room, study and W.C. complete the lower ground floor accommodation. On the first floor, the master bedroom is generously sized and wonderfully light with delightful southerly views. The principal guest bedroom also has southerly views and an open fire place whilst a generously sized third bedroom has a large walk in wardrobe. Two further bedrooms, a family bathroom with a roll top bath and a walk in linen store complete the first floor accommodation. Between the ground floor and the lower ground floor is a half landing which leads to a magnificent leisure suite created from the conversion of the original dairy premises. The leisure suite includes a relaxing area with a wood burning stove, a sauna, shower room and swimming pool with current generator. Combined with the understated grandeur of the main house, the leisure suite further enhances the luxurious quality of Tochieneal.
Outside, the grounds extend to about 3.5 acres and include extensive areas of lawn screened by delightful mature woodland. A stone built patio and seating area provides a sheltered area for al fresco dining. Ample parking is provided on the driveway whilst there is a useful garden store and timber garage.
Located nearby is Tochieneal Gardener's Cottage, a charming detached one and a half storey cottage which would be ideal either for staff accommodation as is currently the case, short or longer term lets or simply as additional accommodation to the main house. Constructed of stone under a pitched slate roof the cottage provides comfortable and well appointed accommodation. On the ground floor, there is a modern and well equipped dining kitchen with various integrated appliances, a double aspect sitting room with a wood burning stove and a bathroom. There are two bright and airy bedrooms on the first floor. The cottage is heated using a bio mass (wood pellet) boiler which is located in a purpose built shed nearby and which is supplemented by solar thermal panels.