This impressive 16-bedroom mansion will blow visitors away, writes Susan Welsh
There are grand homes and luxurious homes and, occasionally, homes which simply blow visitors away.
Blervie House, near Rafford, about three miles south of Forres, falls into the latter category.
It’s an impressive 16-bedroom mansion which enjoys 20-mile views across the Moray countryside.
It was built in 1910 by Major Harold Bessemer Galloway, who was in the 7th Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders, and designed by Edinburgh architect JM Dick Peddie.
It is regarded as a masterpiece of Edwardian architecture.
Later, it was modelled by Scottish architect Michael Laird and in recent years has been fully and tastefully renovated by the present owners who bought it in 1985.
The mansion is full of charm and elegance and has numerous period features including sash-and-case windows, moulded cornicing, panelled doors with architraves, a central vaulted stair hall with arcaded screen and supported by Roman Doric columns and a cupola which floods the house with natural light.
Visitors entering the house come into a large reception hall before moving on to the accommodation, which is spread over three floors.
Rooms of note on the ground floor include a billiards and table tennis room; connected double drawing rooms; a sitting room and dining room; library; dining room; study; laundry room with a walk-in gun safe; kitchen/breakfast room, and assorted storerooms.
The first floor has five bedroom suites, four further bedrooms, two bathrooms and a linen cupboard. There are seven more bedrooms, a bathroom and storeroom on the second floor from where steps lead to the cupola level which has a 360-degree painting of the view from the house.
While billiards and table tennis are on offer inside the house, outside there’s also plenty of room for fun, or peace and quiet, as the house sits in an estate.
There is a pretty loch with pontoon, 69 acres of pasture, 117 acres of woodland and stunning gardens which include a Ziggurat maze.
Those finding their way to the centre are rewarded with a seating area and fountain – an ideal spot to relax.
Blervie House and estate is being marketed through Strutt & Parker at offers over £2.5million, and viewing can be arranged through their offices in Edinburgh and Inverness.
Tom Stewart-Moore, handling the sale for Strutt & Parker, said: “This is one of the best country houses I have seen in my career.
“It is in superb condition and will attract interest from the UK and overseas. It is a very special property.”
The asking price also includes a three-bedroom housekeeper’s wing which is attached to the main house and the subjects and a cottage within the grounds.
For further details call Kevin Maley in the Inverness office on 01463 719171.