Essence of el­e­gant coun­try liv­ing


QUADRANGLE. Orangery. Crow-stepped gables. The lan­guage of tra­di­tional Scot­tish prop­erty is rich and in­trigu­ing. The terms used to de­scribe the in­te­ri­ors and ex­te­ri­ors of pe­riod homes con­jure up im­ages of old-fash­ioned coun­try piles, with sprawl­ing acres and grand in­te­ri­ors.

It is al­ways a pleas­ant sur­prise, there­fore, to find a beau­ti­ful, cen­turies-old prop­erty which still man­ages to be a stylish and el­e­gant home, per­fectly equipped to deal with mod­ern fam­ily life.

Dunkinty House, set in stun­ning grounds on the out­skirts of El­gin in Mo­rayshire, is ex­actly this kind of sur­prise pack­age.

Yes, there are ser­vants’ bells and fancy ceil­ing cor­nices, and it is not hard to imag­ine the landed gen­try, para­sols aloft, strolling around the beau­ti­ful grounds, many hun­dreds of years be­fore.

But, as lo­cal prop­erty ex­pert Rod Christie ex­plains, this house also comes with lux­ury en-suites, a home cin­ema, gym and games room, en­sur­ing it will ap­peal to dis­cern­ing guests and young chil­dren alike.

“Dunkinty House is an ex­em­plary and truly el­e­gant Scot­tish coun­try house,” sums up Mr Christie.

“The lo­ca­tion is very pri­vate and highly de­sir­able – around one and a half miles from the cen­tre of El­gin.

“But what is re­ally ap­peal­ing about this prop­erty is its flex­i­bil­ity. It has its own wine cel­lar, games rooms, gym­na­sium, home cin­ema and ten­nis court – as well as many pe­riod fea­tures.

“It is cur­rently a won­der­ful fam­ily home, but it does of­fer the po­ten­tial to be used as a bou­tique ho­tel or guest house sub­ject to plan­ning.

“Prop­er­ties of this na­ture and in such ex­cel­lent con­di­tion don’t change hands of­ten.”

Dunkinty House, which stands within nine acres of pri­vate grounds, dates back to 1878, and some his­tor­i­cal records re­fer to its as­so­ci­a­tions with the Innes fam­ily, a well-known name in the area around that time and ear­lier.

It forms a quadrangle around an en­closed court­yard, with ex­ten­sive ac­com­mo­da­tion over two storeys in­clud­ing five spa­cious pub­lic rooms and 10 bed­rooms.

The ex­te­rior is charm­ing, with crow- stepped gables and long sash and case win­dows, and in­side there are many well­main­tained pe­riod fea­tures such as cor­niced ceil­ings, orig­i­nal open fire­places, work­ing tim­ber shut­ters and ser­vants’ bells.

The ground floor in­cludes the el­e­gant, bright draw­ing room, which has dou­ble doors lead­ing to the dual as­pect sit­ting room.

The din­ing room is large but cosy and wel­com­ing, with an at­trac­tive open fire­place and stone sur­round.

A won­der­ful break­fast­ing kitchen and the re­cently added orangery pro­vide fan­tas­tic, light-filled spa­ces at the heart of the house.

The kitchen, with its soft pas­tels and cen­tral is­land, leads through to the orangery, a com­fort­able spot for read­ing, re­lax­ing and en­joy­ing beau­ti­ful gar­den views.

The ground floor also in­cludes a sep­a­rate

The spa­cious pas­tel coloured break­fast­ing kitchen leads through to the orangery

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