Rothes Glen House is
Ideally located to the north of Rothes in the very heart of the beautiful Spey Valley is Rothes Glen House, the Spey Valley area is best known not only for its stunning countryside, salmon fishing, fine malt whisky distilleries but also as a popular destination for those seeking outdoor pursuits such as stalking and shooting on nearby estates as well as activity and sporting holidays, with many its many way marked walks, and some of the finest salmon fishing on the world famous River Spey.
To the north is Elgin, steeped in history and with an impressive cathedral dating from the 13th century. It has a wide range of shops and leisure facilities, including a swimming pool and leisure centre. The famous public school, Gordonstoun, which includes Aberlour House junior school, is only a short drive away and takes both day pupils and boarders, from 8 to 18. The Moray Firth offers pleasant sandy beaches, keen with bird watchers are the estuaries of the Spey and the Lossie.
Inverness is easily reached, and provides all the services expected of a major city, with good communication links and frequent flights to the south and Europe from its airport
History of Rothes Glen House.
The current Rothes Glen House was designed in 1893 by Alexander Ross as the replacement of a burnt out 1871 summerhouse of the Dunbars
Formerly known as Birchfield House and built in 1893 as the summer residence for the Dunbar-Dunbar family, it later passed to a relative, Mrs Dunbar-Naismith who lived at the house until 1921.
Thereafter it was let as a shooting lodge until the Second World War, when it was used by Gordonstoun School, in 1946 the house was sold and it was run as a country house hotel until 1998. Since 2004 it has been fully refurbished and is now an exceptional private house.
Rothes Glen House is a very fine example of Scottish Baronial mansion house which is dominated by a square central tower, the property occupies a fine south east facing position, with commanding views over the surrounding countryside.
The four storey tower has a corbelled and crenelate wall with cannon water spouts, and an angle stair turret. The entrance front has a neo-Jacobean door with cable moulded architraves and historical coat of arms above with two angle drum towers. It truly is a magnificent building with corbelling and crow stepped gables.
The entrance hall opens onto a stunning reception hall with an Italian mosaic tiled floor and a impressive staircase with a continuous decorative cast and balustrade, which leads up to the first floor galleried landing lit by a stained glass cupola.
The principal reception rooms are off of the reception hall, including the dining room which has a richly decorated coffered plaster ceiling, panelled doors and window shutters.
The drawing room along with the adjoining sitting room has a fine gilded and panelled ceiling and marble fireplace. Off the western inner hall-way the ballroom links to the smoke room. Beyond a cellar/gun room.
On the eastern side of the house and linked to the dining room is a family room with informal dining, and a warming wood burning stove, beyond which is the well-appointed kitchen, a library and a reading room, a gym together with a pantry and laundry room. At both ground and first floor levels an inner hall, with a further staircase, links to the east and west sides of the house. Off this at ground floor level are two WCs.
At first floor level, and over the front door, is the boudoir. The elegant master bedroom suite has an en suite bathroom, and a dressing room. Off the east and west landings are a further four bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms, a further bedroom suite with sitting room and en suite, and another bedroom with an en suite shower room. At this level there is also a further sitting room and another reception room which was used as a snooker room. At the back of the house is a nursery wing with a nursery, bathroom and playroom, together with a housekeeper's store. Off the interconnecting inner landing is an office, kitchenette and WC.
The stairs from here continue up to the second floor where there are three more bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms, a bedroom suite with sitting room and en suite, a sitting room, store and WC and a turnpike staircase leading up to the tower room.
Arranged off the inner courtyard are stores, a game larder with walk in fridge, flower room and boiler room housing an oil fired boiler. Behind is a store and wood shed, and beyond that is a double garage.
The gardens and grounds at Rothes Glen House are beautiful extensive and private. The house is approached by a cherry tree lined driveway which forks by the house. The main drive continues to the front of the house whilst a back drive leads past the rear of the house and continuing on to the garage. On the western side of the house there is a stunning terrace with fountain and an enclosed rose garden. The grounds have a wide range of trees and a small lochan with an island which can be reached by a wooden bridge.