Kirkside is a particularly attractive house located in a very accessible rural setting between Lhanbryde and Elgin. Designed by architect Ken Lawson and constructed in 2002 (and further extended in 2008) using skilled local tradesmen, Kirkside Lodge is an outstanding family home providing well laid out accommodation over one and a half storeys. From the gravelled driveway, a porch leads to an impressive hallway with hardwood veneer flooring, tall corniced ceiling and a large walk in store room. Stairs also lead to the first floor whilst the most striking aspect of the hall is the direct entrance to the dining room with its three large windows opening up the fabulous southerly views over the garden and beyond. The living room is equally as appealing with a bright and airy atmosphere and an attractive open fireplace. An astragalled glazed door leads to the garden room, another room enjoying a delightful outlook over the garden. A well equipped kitchen / living room has fitted wall and floor units, a central island, various integrated appliances and a glazed door out to the garden and patio. From here, a door leads to the rear hall, a WC and a generously sized utility room. A good sized office could also be used as a 5th bedroom if required whilst completing the ground floor accommodation is a master bedroom with an en suite shower room, a second bedroom which has been used in recent years as an art studio and a family bathroom. On the first floor, the landing leads to a walk in linen cupboard, a shower room and two double bedrooms.
Kirkside Lodge has many fine features including large windows that flood the interior with natural light giving the house a bright and airy atmosphere whilst the flexible floor layout allows the house (and specific rooms) to be put to various uses. The dining room, sitting room and open plan kitchen / living room are particularly appealing rooms and there is also excellent built in storage space throughout. The house is heated using oil central heating with the kitchen and ground floor bathrooms zoned separately. A 4 kW solar panel system on the south facing roof was installed in 2011 and generates a useful income of about £1,500 per annum.
Outside, the garden is no less impressive than the house. Extending to about 1.2 acres, the grounds are nicely enclosed by the west facing wall of the neighbouring Kilcluan House walled garden and some fine mature broadleaf trees to the west giving both shelter and privacy. The garden is mainly laid to lawn together with various well stocked flower beds and borders, a patio, vegetable patch and many specimen trees. There is also a sheltered seating area and a greenhouse (with power). Excellent storage space is provided by a useful timber garage (about 9.5m x 3.4m) and a double garage of similar construction to the house (measuring about 5.6m x 8m) with an automatic up / over door, water supply and ample power sockets. Parking for several vehicles is provided on a spacious gravelled driveway.