Earlsmill House

Darnaway, Forres, Moray, IV36 2ST

Offers Over £625,000


  • 5 bedrooms and 3 reception rooms

  • Grade B listed

  • Elegant and very desirable former Factor’s House

  • Spacious, well appointed and flexible accommodation

  • Many fine period features

  • Well maintained garden

  • Accessible rural setting

Earlsmill House is an exceptional, grade B listed country house located in a stunning yet accessible position at the entrance to Darnaway Estate. Built in the 1860s for use by the Estate factor, the current owner purchased Earlsmill House and ...

Earlsmill House is an exceptional, grade B listed country house located in a stunning yet accessible position at the entrance to Darnaway Estate. Built in the 1860s for use by the Estate factor, the current owner purchased Earlsmill House and grounds in the late 1990s and over the years has carried out various improvements to the property to create what is now a very desirable and characterful family home. From the sweeping driveway which leads to the front of the house, the ground floor is accessed through a covered portico and vestibule into a well lit hallway. From here, doors open to a splendid drawing room with a curved outer wall, working timber shutters, two window seats and an attractive fireplace. On the opposite side of the hall is a dining room, another very elegant room with a fireplace and a door which leads to a study area and kitchen. A cloak room and bedroom are also accessed from the hallway as well as the study area which has double doors to the garden room and opens into the well equipped breakfasting kitchen with an oil fired Aga, an electric hob and oven, fitted wall and floor units, double Belfast sink, granite worktops and a door out to a decked seating area. The garden room is a wonderfully bright and airy space with exposed timber beams, a part glazed roof and sliding doors out to the garden. Completing the ground floor accommodation is a generously sized housekeeper’s room with a larder and freezer room and stairs leading to the lower ground floor. A porch / boot room is also accessed from the kitchen. On the lower ground floor are a spacious boot room / store, a wine cellar and utility room / laundry. Back in the main hallway, a staircase with a carved hand rail and ornate balusters leads up to the first floor landing. Doors lead to the master bedroom which, sitting above the drawing room, also has a lovely curved wall and window seats and doors to a dressing room and a ‘Jack and Jill’ bathroom. There are also a WC, family bathroom and three further bedrooms, one of which has an adjoining nursery.

The house appears to be in good condition and is tastefully decorated throughout. The drawing room, dining room, garden room, kitchen and master suite are particularly appealing rooms with large windows flooding the interior with natural light. As one would expect from a property of this age and style, the house has many fine period features including open fireplaces and cornicing. The rooms have a lovely easy flow and the floor layout is very flexible allowing rooms to be used for various purposes according to wish and requirement. Earlsmill House is heated using oil central heating and is single glazed.

Outside, the grounds are no less impressive than the house. Extending to about 2.8 acres, the garden is part enclosed by a wall, fence and mature hedging ensuring privacy and seclusion. The grounds include areas of lawn set over different levels, a number of well stocked beds and borders, a wide variety of mature trees and rhododendrons, a covered seating area, a decked patio accessed from the kitchen and amenity woodland including a charming Beech copse. Accessed over a sweeping tarmac driveway, there is ample parking space for several vehicles to the front and side of the house. There is also a range of useful log and coal stores as well as the original stable (garden store about 4m x 6m) which adjoins the house and could easily be adapted for use as a home study / office (subject to planning).