Dunkinty House is a very impressive house located in a private and secluded position on the outskirts of Elgin. Dating from 1878, and forming a quadrangle around a charming enclosed courtyard, the house provides extensive and very well appointed accommodation ...
Dunkinty House is a very impressive house located in a private and secluded position on the outskirts of Elgin. Dating from 1878, and forming a quadrangle around a charming enclosed courtyard, the house provides extensive and very well appointed accommodation over two storeys with five good sized public rooms, up to nine bedrooms and extensive ancillary accommodation. With large south facing windows overlooking the gardens, Dunkinty House has a wonderfully light and airy atmosphere and appears to be in excellent condition. One of the most appealing features of the house is its flexibility, offering the ability to be occupied in part or as a whole depending on requirement. It is currently a wonderful family home with manageable yet impressive reception rooms, but also has potential to be used a boutique hotel or guest house (subject to planning et al).
From a gravelled driveway to the front of the house, a spacious vestibule opens into the hallway with stairs to the first floor and doors to the principal public rooms. To the left is the drawing room, a bright and elegant room with a large south facing bay window and double doors leading to the dual aspect sitting room. A generously sized dining room has an attractive open fireplace with a stone surround. Adjacent is a cosy and welcoming snug/library with built in shelving and an open fire. A superb breakfasting kitchen has a wide range of high quality wall and floor units, a central island with a marble worktop, a Wolf range cooker, Sub Zero American style fridge freezer, integrated combi micro grill and oven, steamer, two dishwashers and Belfast sink. A pair of bi-fold doors lead to the Orangery, a recently added room with a glazed ceiling and three outer walls which flood the interior with natural light, enjoying a lovely outlook over the garden. Also on the ground floor is a wine cellar/store room, games room, laundry room, bathroom, dog room/store/10th bedroom and three separate gymnasiums.
On the first floor, a split level landing leads to a passage and accesses the main bedrooms. A magnificent master suite has a large bedroom, adjoining dressing room and a magnificent bathroom with a shower and deep set bath overlooking the garden. Three further generously sized bedrooms have en suite facilities whilst there are five further bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is a utility room / store room and a further general store room whilst a home cinema / TV room could be used as an additional bedroom if required.
In addition to tasteful, high quality kitchen and bathroom fittings, the house has many fine period features one would hope to find in a house of this age and character. These include tall corniced ceilings, open fireplaces, working timber shutters, servants bells and large sash and case windows that flood the interior with natural light. The house is heated using gas fired central heating and is connected to mains water and electricity.
Outside the grounds are no less impressive than the house and the extensive effort and work the current owners have put into the garden is clear to see. Extending to about 9.2 acres, the gardens are nicely enclosed by a fence, wall and the distillery ponds. With pockets of mature woodland giving shelter and privacy, the garden includes expansive areas of lawn, an array of rhododendrons and azaleas together, well stocked rose beds and herbaceous borders and a wealth of mature trees including some impressive Cedar, Copper Beech, Eucalyptus, Lime and scots Pine to name just a few. The garden has been designed and planted to maintain its colour from spring throughout the summer and well into late autumn. In addition, there are some useful outbuildings, a tennis court (well fenced but in need of re-surfacing), 500 sq. ft. of raised beds, two greenhouses, fruit cages and an orchard.