Impressive country house combining luxury living with facilities to operate business from home.
Canterbury House lies about 5 miles inland from the Moray Firth and is set in rolling farmland with a sheltering backdrop of woodland to the north. The Moray Coast is renowned for having a relatively mild climate and some of the highest levels of sunshine in the UK. Pretty fishing villages such as Portsoy, Sandend and Cullen, beautiful beaches and a number of renowned golf courses lie along the coast. The famous Duff House Royal and Royal Tarlair courses are found at Banff and Macduff respectively. For fishing enthusiasts, the rivers Deveron and Spey are a short drive from this property and there is excellent sea angling along the coast. There are marinas at Whitehills and Banff. Duff House at Banff is part of the National Galleries of Scotland and houses a range of art treasures and superbly furnished rooms. Inland, to the south west, is Speyside with its famous whisky distilleries.
Twenty plus years ago, Canterbury House was conceived by the current owners, who designed and started collecting traditional materials for the construction of a Victorian style house with all the benefits of modern technology. Constructed traditionally, the mansion house was built with Rubislaw granite, on four levels finished with slate and green fish tail feature slates and ogee aluminium gutters. The result is an imposing property which offers the best of old and new, combining traditional external and internal period features with the convenience of modern living. The standard of the works undertaken was to an extraordinarily high specification. The house has pitch pine doors, skirtings and architraves, and ornate plaster cornices and centre ceiling roses in most rooms on the ground and first floors. There are four fireplaces in the house, each with their own individual design, two of which have coal effect gas fires. On the second floor and the lower ground floor, the style is more contemporary. Features include Kingspan insulation, double glazing, fire doors, an integral vacuum system, heat recovery system, multi-room music and TV systems, cat 5 cabling to all rooms, wall activated switches to table lamps in the drawing room, a walk in chill room in the kitchen, and the facility for all fireplaces to be functional. The self contained, attached annexe offers flexible accommodation with a more modern twist and has disabled access. The house was completed some fifteen years ago.
Despite its scale the house is easily managed and it functions admirably both as an impressive house in which to host large house parties and as a comfortable family home.
Square Footage: 7434 sq ft
Acreage: 8 Acres
Travelling from Aberdeen on the A96, at Huntly take the B9002 north. At the junction with the A95, turn right and continue for about 1.4 miles before turning left, rejoining the B9002 towards Portsoy. Continue for about 1.7 miles and the gates and drive to Canterbury House will be found on the left. Travelling from Inverness, at Keith take the A95 towards Banff for about 10 miles before turning left onto the B9022 and proceeding as above.