Pair added touch of class to his­toric build­ing

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - HOME STYLE - By Lau­rna Robert­son

IT WAS a school for more than 100 years and at its peak had 90 pupils aged be­tween five and 14. Hil­ton School – now Hil­ton House – in Banff, which the cur­rent own­ers be­lieve opened in the 1860s, closed in 1972 and pupils had to com­mute to Port­soy or Mac­duff for the rest of their school­days. How­ever, for­mer pupils who re­mem­ber their old school now have a chance to own it. “The school build­ing still has its orig­i­nal in­te­rior with the fire­places and one orig­i­nal desk,” said Trevor Moore, 56. “We own it along with the head­mas­ter’s house, which is where we live. “It was ob­vi­ously a well re­garded school in its day. “We have se­cured plan­ning per­mis­sion for a four bed­room house, how­ever the next own­ers could use it for any­thing, re­ally.” Trevor and part­ner Bruce Dan­ning, 42, bought Hil­ton House four years ago. Hav­ing both worked as prop­erty de­vel­op­ers, they moved to the North-east six years ago af­ter a long-term dream to break free from the rat-race in Lon­don. And as they have fam­ily liv­ing near Fraserburgh, Aberdeen­shire was the nat­u­ral choice for their es­cape. They love un­usual prop­er­ties, so they were lucky to get their of­fer in on time for Hil­ton House, af­ter spot­ting it in a prop­erty mag­a­zine. “The house was go­ing to a clos­ing date on the day we viewed it so we sat out­side and con­sid­ered whether to buy it or not,” said Trevor. “Al­though there was a lot of work need­ing done we couldn’t re­sist.” The pair have com­pletely re­fur­bished the school­mas­ter’s house and brought it right up to date. And ev­ery now and again they have for­mer pupils pop in to look round and rem­i­nisce. Af­ter six happy years of re­lax­ation and ren­o­va­tion in Banff Trevor and Bruce are head­ing for pas­tures new. “We’ve de­cided to re­lo­cate to Edinburgh as we’re ready to be near a city again and, with the fam­ily up here, we’ll still get to come back and visit reg­u­larly.” Hil­ton House, Hil­ton, Banff is avail­able for of­fers over £360,000. To view the four bed­room house con­tact Ste­wart & Wat­son on (01261) 818883.

ORIG­I­NAL: Trevor Moore and the old school build­ing at Hil­ton House, Banff. MAKEOVER: The head­mas­ter’s house and, be­low, the in­te­rior of the old school build­ing.

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