Pluscarden Estate sits in a highly picturesque and desirable setting in the Vale of Pluscarden, an area of great landscape value in the County of Moray and with the world famous Pluscarden Abbey located closeby. The County town of …
Pluscarden Estate sits in a highly picturesque and desirable setting in the Vale of Pluscarden, an area of great landscape value in the County of Moray and with the world famous Pluscarden Abbey located closeby. The County town of Elgin (about 6 miles) and Forres (about 11 miles) both provide comprehensive range of shops and amenities; whilst Inverness lies about 37 miles to the west offering all the facilities of a modern city including its airport with regular flights to the south and summer flights to parts of Europe. Aberdeen is some 70 miles south east with extensive city amenities to hand including an airport and university.
The County of Moray, is famous for its mild climate, beautiful and varied countryside with 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 part of the Cairngorm National Park. This 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 in the Cairngorm range, sailing and walking. Located about 11 miles to the north west is the “jewel” of the Moray coastline the historic village of Findhorn with its sheltered bay providing excellent sailing, water sports and highly regarded inns. The Culbin Forest is a short drive away with its marked walks and cycle trails and offering excellent opportunities for a wide range of outdoor pursuits.
Pluscarden (old forms Ploschardin and Pluscardyn, locally often Pluscarty) is a district measuring some 4 miles by 2 miles and forms the south-western portion of the historic parish of Elgin. Pluscarden forms a long valley with wooded sides and rich alluvial soils drained by the Black Burn, a tributary of the River Lossie. Regarded locally for its natural beauty, Pluscarden is better known for the Abbey nearby, a Catholic Benedictine monastery which was founded in 1230 by Alexander II for the Valliscaulian Order.
LOT 1 – WESTERTON HOUSE, EAST LODGE AND POLICIES - ABOUT 12.39 HA (30.62 AC)
The subjects of Lot 1 extend to about 12.39 hectares (30.62 acres) and are centred on Westerton House, the principal house of Pluscarden Estate. Dating back to around 1990 it sits on the site of the original Scots Baronial Mansion House which was demolished in the 1960’s. Approached by a tree lined drive with East Lodge at its entrance, Westerton House enjoys a most private position, benefiting from a southerly aspect looking out over the mature and well tended gardens and grounds. Designed in a traditional style, Westerton House has a harled exterior with coin stone detailing lying under a pitched slated roof with timber windows and complemented with a timber and painted conservatory. On entering the traditional detailing continues with panelled doors, period style fireplaces, wooden floors and a sweeping staircase.
It is a highly practical house with a well proportioned dining kitchen with seating area forming the heart of the house, with a superb dining hall leading directly into the drawing room and from where the conservatory is reached and links to the kitchen. There is a good sized study or fifth bedroom with cloakroom completing the ground floor accommodation whilst on the first floor is the south facing principal bedroom suite, 3 further bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms and a practically positioned laundry room.
The accommodation, over 2 floors can be summarised as follows:
Dining hall, drawing room, breakfasting kitchen, vestibule, rear hall, cloakroom, bedroom 5/study and conservatory.
Principal bedroom with en-suite bathroom and dressing room, 3 further bedrooms (en-suite) and laundry room.
The immediate gardens and grounds of Westerton House are a particular and notable feature of the subjects. A tree lined drive leads to an extensive gravelled sweep to the north, flanked by a detached double garage. The extensive lawn lies to the south, east and west of the house and leads down to the pair of ponds to the south, bounded by a fine collection of specimen trees. To the east of the grounds is a parkland field which is down to grass whilst to the west is the original and very well kept traditional walled garden which is reached by a grass path. It was designed and created over the lifetime of the owners of Westerton House from the early 1990s and with its lawned areas, well stocked herbaceous border, manicured hedging, specimen trees, glasshouse and summerhouse, it is very much the “secret garden” of the estate. Immediately to the
north of the walled garden are a range of useful outbuildings.
East Lodge lies to the north-east of Westerton House and lies just to the south of the entrance to the principal drive. It is a traditional cottage of principally stone construction under a tiled roof with a small timber clad and flat roof extension to the rear. East Lodge offers well presented accommodation over two floors comprising:
Hall, cloakroom, dining kitchen, sitting room, staircase hall, bedroom 1
2 further bedrooms and family bathroom East Lodge sits within a good sized garden, principally down to lawn, enclosed by hedging with a timber garage to the rear.