Pair added touch of class to historic building
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.