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North College House

King Street, Elgin, Moray, IV30 1HU

Offers Over £1,000,000


  • 6 reception rooms. 9 bedrooms

  • Grade B listed

  • Many fine features

  • Extensive ancillary accommodation

  • Adjoining business premises

  • Separate 4 Bedroom Wing

  • Delightful mature grounds

  • Considerable development potential

  • Idyllic central location overlooking Cooper Park

  • About 1.73 acres

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NORTH COLLEGE HOUSE
With crow stepped gables and dressed stone, the house dates from the 13th Century and is primarily
constructed from harled stone under a pitched slate roof and provides extensive yet easily managed
accommodation over three storeys. The …

NORTH COLLEGE HOUSE
With crow stepped gables and dressed stone, the house dates from the 13th Century and is primarily
constructed from harled stone under a pitched slate roof and provides extensive yet easily managed
accommodation over three storeys. The central section of the building comprises North College House. From the sweeping gravelled driveway, the house is accessed through a semi circular vestibule which leads to a bright and well lit hallway. There is an atmospheric sitting room with a vaulted ceiling and a large fireplace with a wood burning stove whilst an archway leads to a private study area with built in shelving. The spacious kitchen is fitted with good quality floor and wall units, a granite worktop and a 4 oven Aga with an extractor hood. There is a double ceramic sink and an integrated dishwasher and fridge. From the kitchen, doors access the vaulted breakfast room and a family room with an attractive stone built fireplace and a door to the garden. Linking the main house to the practice rooms is a utility room / rear hall with glazed doors that lead to the garden and driveway respectively. On the first floor are the principle reception rooms including the magnificent drawing room with bow fronted windows overlooking the garden and park beyond, an impressive fireplace with a marble surround, cornicing and a shelved alcove. The dining room is equally impressive and is well lit with windows on all three external walls. Also on the first floor is a double bedroom with an en suite bathroom, a WC and a delightful semi circular study which could potentially be used as a bedroom. On the second floor, the generously sized master bedroom sits above the drawing room and enjoys equally fine views and which also has an ‘en suite’ bathroom, whilst there are also 2 further bedrooms (1 ‘en suite’), a family bathroom, a large airing cupboard / store and another study that could also be used as a bedroom. The house has all of the fine period features one would expect in a property of this age and quality and has gas central heating and is part secondary glazed.

THE WING
On the ground floor, an interconnecting door from the sitting room leads to The Wing which also has its own private entrance ensuring it can be used separately as at present or as additional accommodation to the main house if required. The Wing is a substantial home in its own right and is currently let on a Short Assured Tenancy providing a useful income. The Wing includes a well lit hall / dining room with double doors to a private driveway, a good sized kitchen with high quality fittings, a sitting room, living room with an open fireplace and stone surround, a utility room, family bathroom and a large store / bedroom. On the first floor, there are four bedrooms, two of which have ‘en suite’ facilities. The current rent is £795 per month.

THE PRACTICE ROOMS
The northern section of North College comprises the premises currently used by Moray Osteopaths. This
single storey section of the building was added by the current owners and comprises three separate practice rooms, a reception area / office, WC and store cupboard. This part of the building also has a separate access and would be an excellent base from which to further establish a business from home. The current rent and contribution towards running costs.

HISTORY
North College is perhaps the most historically and architecturally interesting building in a small city full of noteworthy properties. It is believed that the original house was built within the grounds of the
Cathedral in the 13th Century, soon after the Cathedral was built and that a small part of this building is embodied in the present house. It is understood that North College was used as the Precentor’s Manse when the Bishop was visiting the Cathedral from nearby Spynie Palace. After the Reformation, North College was purchased in 1568
by Sir Alexander Dunbar of Burgie and became a fortified house with the original stone staircase believed to be in existence behind the drawing room wall. The Dunbar coat of arms dated 1520 with the motto ‘ornat fortem prudentia’ is carved in stone at the front of the house. In the 1920’s, the house was owned by Sir George Cooper, a well known Elgin philanthropist who donated the present day Cooper Park to the Burgh of Elgin. More recently, the house has been renovated, extended and improved by the current owners to create a wonderful
family home along with excellent business premises in the form of the current Moray Osteopath’s practice rooms and a useful let property /
additional accommodation in the form of the adjoining wing.

GARDEN AND GROUNDS
The grounds at North College extend to about 1.7 acres and are enclosed by a stone wall providing considerable privacy and seclusion for such a centrally located property. The house is surrounded by expanses of lawn with various mature ‘parkland’ trees including Spanish Chestnut, an impressive Cedar of Lebanon and a Yew believed to date over 400 years. There are various well stocked beds and borders whilst there is ample parking space available for a number of vehicles on a gravelled driveway. A timber built garage provides useful storage.