The church dates back to 1843 and is a B-listed building. It is built in the perpendicular style of James Gillespie Graham and the character has been retained wherever possible.
The property benefits from central oil heating, all side facing windows are double-glazed catching either morning or evening sun and on first floor the high windows with gothic top start from floor level.
This unusual Bed and Breakfast and unique family home has been very tastefully re-designed to provide the guests a very special, unforgettable vacation experience and the owner very comfortable accommodation.
The original gothic-styled double door leads into the attractive entrance vestibule with access to the two stairwells on each side of the bell tower. The stairwells are giving access to ground floor accommodation, the office in the former vestry and stairs to upper landings; as well as further up into the bell tower with bell and two levels of storage and a marvellous outlook from the top. The property has recently been completely redecorated in neutral colours and benefits from new carpeting.
From the upper landing original doors to the drawing room and dining room.
The drawing room is a superb double aspect room with a comfortable, spacious sitting area featuring original exposed oak ceiling beams, pine panelling and large multi fuel stove, steps to the raised gallery dining room with attractive balustrade. An excellent, very spacious room for breakfast and dinner, meetings and receptions with its perfect acoustics.
A door opens to the main hall which gives access to the living room, dining room, kitchen, shower room and master bedroom rear stairs to the ground floor (the living room and dining room could be used as bedrooms 5 and 6. Each having large fitted wardrobes with mirror lighting doors)
To the right of the hall is the kitchen which has fully fitted custom-made units (Old Barn Style) with special features including a gothic-styled cupboard serving at the moment as the main private kitchen and for the Bed and Breakfast; included are washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, double oven/grill, ceramic hob and extractor fan (all are built-in), stainless steel double sink unit with mixer tap and a separate wash hand basin. Excellent rural views.
Opposite the kitchen is the living room, this is a side facing room with fitted storage cupboards and the dining room is also a side facing room with fitted storage cupboards.
The shower room is fitted with W.C., wash hand basin and shower cabinet with a power shower from unvented pressurised water system.
To the end of the hall is the spacious elegant master bedroom room with excellent rural outlook and views. Fitted wardrobes with mirror doors providing hanging and storage space. There is also a built-in cupboard with gothic features in the doors. A door to leads to the en-suite bathroom with attractive exposed stone walls, original, leaded glass windows and fitted with corner bath, W.C., wash hand basin and sauna.
Stairs lead to the lower floor where three Bed and Breakfast suites are situated. This can also be accessed from the front door where a door opens to the hallway where the guest lounge and the single suite sit.
To the left is the superb guest lounge with original features including the original wooden wainscoting, pillars of the former balcony and the original wooden floor plus a fitted bar.
To the right of the hall is a side facing single suite with en-suite shower room, the suite has the original wooden wainscoting around.
To the end of the hall is a two-bedroom luxury suite which has its own private bathroom, kitchen and lounge. It also has its own access from the garden, through the spacious foyer into a small hallway where there is also a utility room.
The final suite is accessed from the guest lounge and has an en-suite bathroom.
Original spaces/rooms in the rear of the building
Former altar room 5.2m x 3.45m with stone floor, lower part of the leaded glass windows of the master en-suite upstairs and original high wooden wainscoting plus two of the original pews. Fantastic gothic-styled door to former vestry (small room with window, wooden floor and the former minister cupboard with shelves and hanging spaces) and from there into rear vestibule with former minister toilet. There are also two spectacular cathedral like ceilings, one in the main lounge and one in the master en-suite.
Huge potential for further development as to extend the apartment into at least one third more living space.
The Bell Tower as the centre feature at the front of the building hosts the entrance vestibule, the office, original fire place and original built-in cupboard, two rooms for storage, the bell, which is still in use manually and automatic clock as to count the time by stroke of the bell. There is also access to the tower roof with fantastic far reaching views to the Grampian Highlands and across the sea towards Caithness/Sutherland.
External access to the boiler room (housing the central heating boiler) through a shed with plenty storage space.
Full Planning Consent in place as one project together with permission to erect a West, East & North lodge as holiday lets at the lower parts of the grounds, hidden in midst the trees but with lovely open outlook and with the mighty church building as a spectacular background.
This converted church is situated in a superb rural location approximately 5 miles east of Elgin close to both, the Grampian Highlands and the white sandy beaches and dunes of the Moray Firth. The location is half a mile from the village of Urquhart and presents open, uninterrupted views to the surrounding countryside. The property occupies garden grounds extending to approximately 2 acres.
Elgin offers a wide range of services which include schools and a college, a variety of shops and supermarkets, professional services, hotels and restaurants. There is a cinema and leisure centre with pool, ice rink, gym, spa and sauna. Elgin has travel links to Inverness and Aberdeen which in turn offer major travel connections throughout the UK and abroad.
The leisure facilities available are extensive and include coastal and forest walks; the unique Malt Whisky Trail and Stone Circle Trail, golf on some excellent links and inland courses (Lossiemouth's World Championship Course is just around the corner). There are plentiful fresh and sea fishing opportunities, boating , sailing, hill walking and mountaineering, equestrian events and skiing on the Lecht and in the Cairngorms National Park.
An excellent living and trading environment in an area that is renowned for an unusually dry and mild climate.