Knockside is set in a wonderful elevated position to the east of Aberlour and at the heart of Speyside and the Malt Whisky Trail. Created from the sympathetic conversion of a traditional stone built steading and also including the original farmhouse (McKerron Cottage), the property commands spectacular panoramic views over the surrounding countryside and in particular over Ben Rinnes and Strathspey. Knockside enjoys a quiet and tranquil setting surrounded by rolling fields whilst it is only a short distance from the popular Speyside village of Aberlour. There is an abundance of wildlife including regular sightings of buzzards and roe deer. The village has a good range of shops including an excellent delicatessen, a post office, various restaurants and pubs. It also offers highly regarded primary and secondary schooling as well as a medical practice and an award winning dentist. Further afield, Elgin (about 16 miles) offers a wider range of facilities including a modern shopping centre, various supermarkets and a railway station with services to Inverness and Aberdeen. The property is approximately equidistant between the two airports at Aberdeen and Inverness where there are a wide range of flights to the south and overseas.
The county of Moray is famous for its mild climate, has a beautiful and varied countryside with a coastline of rich agricultural land, prosperous fishing villages and wide, open beaches. The upland areas to the South are sparsely populated and provide dramatic scenery, some of which forms the Cairngorm National Park. The unspoilt landscape provides a wide range of leisure and sporting opportunities including fishing on the world famous Spey and Findhorn rivers, skiing at the Lecht (Tomintoul) and Cairngorm range, and hill walking. The area has a number of excellent golf courses including fine courses at Ballindalloch and Dufftown. For the sailing enthusiast the marinas at Lossiemouth and Findhorn offer excellent facilities.
Knockside sits in a stunning elevated position to the East of Aberlour and enjoys far reaching uninterrupted views across Speyside and Ben Rinnes. Knockside was created from the conversion of a traditional U shaped stone built steading in 2004 and today comprises a magnificent family home with flexible and well appointed accommodation provided over one and a half storeys. Accessed from a sheltered gravelled courtyard, a porch leads to a bright and airy hallway with access to cloakroom / WC. To east of the hall is an impressive sitting room measuring about 10m in length with exposed beams, an open fireplace and hardwood flooring. Double doors lead to a superb sun room which enjoys panoramic views over Speyside and Ben Rinnes. Accessed from the sitting room is a guest bedroom with an 'en suite' shower room. With its own separate access into the central courtyard, this room could easily be used as a B&B let, granny annexe or teenager wing. Also accessed from the hall is a useful office. A substantial kitchen / dining / living room with a good range of fitted units forms the hub of the house whilst excellent ancillary accommodation on the ground floor includes a laundry room, a further WC, a utility room / rear hall, boiler room, a walk in pantry and a garage / workshop with steel roller and wooden doors. On the first floor, a bright and well lit passage accesses a recently refurbished bathroom and three good sized bedrooms. The master bedroom is particularly appealing with an en suite shower room and a 'Paris Balcony' with views over the Knock of Allerchie, with the Conval Hills further to the East. With thick stone walls, the house has a warm and cosy atmosphere yet large double glazed windows flood the interior with natural light giving it a light and airy feel. The house is tastefully decorated throughout and is heated using oil central heating. The room layout is such that the accommodation can be adapted according to individual requirements and there is excellent built in storage throughout.
The house is surrounded by a well maintained and generously sized garden which includes areas of lawn, a patio, a small pond with summer house and decked area, well stocked borders, fruit & vegetable beds contained within a covered cage as well as fruit trees within a small grassed orchard. There is also a small mature birch wood that was planted when Knockside was rebuilt. Also within the grounds are 2 car ports (currently used for wood storage and both with power supplies), a small tractor shed as well as a reformed original pig shed also used for storage. The gable end of McKerron cottage also has a glassed greenhouse which has power and water supply. Ample parking for several vehicles is provided on a graveled driveway.
Located above and to the rear of the main house is McKerron Cottage. Built as the original farmhouse, McKerron Cottage also enjoys stunning views and is currently used a holiday let and as additional accommodation to the main house when required. Accommodation is provided over a single storey and includes a porch, a well equipped kitchen / sitting room, WC, bathroom and bedroom. A wood burning stove in the sitting room and a fireplace in the bedroom give the cottage a warm and welcoming atmosphere and it is also very tastefully decorated and in excellent condition. The cottage has its own separate heating system with an oil fired boiler located in a boiler room to the rear of the house. The cottage benefits from its own private access and garden which includes a delightful sheltered seating area and heather clad embankment.
The property has an interesting history as it is understood that Knockside is the ancestral home of William Garrow, the famous 18th Century barrister who introduced the principle of 'innocent until proven guilty', a core principle of our justice system to this day.