Full marks for former headmaster’s cottage

Altonburn Cottage

When you think of a cottage by the sea, images of a little whitewashed home may spring to mind. Altonburn Cottage is much more than that …

The pretty house sits within a delightful, secluded setting on the edge of Nairn Championship golf course and also overlooks the Moray coast. Lying at the end of a quiet lane on the western fringes of Nairn, the cottage was originally used as a sanatorium for a boys’ school before becoming the headmaster’s accommodation.

The same family have lived in the home since 1979, and in 2001, the owners extended and fully renovated it.

The result is a graceful and elegant home where traditional and modern building methods have been combined to ensure the cottage has lost none of its historic features and charm but now benefits from modern techniques.

The work carried out included adding two timber-clad wings which compliment the original 19th-century cottage.

One of these houses the beautifully appointed Poggenpohl kitchen and ancillary rooms, while the other is home to a garden room and an en suite bedroom, both of which enjoy fine views over the established gardens.

A nice feature is having these rooms separated by a sliding wall which offers the option to create one room which makes this space ideal for those who enjoy entertaining.

Additional work on the cottage, which is on the market at offers over £340,000, includes re-roofing, re-harling, double glazing, the installation of a wood burning stove and complete redecoration.

The full accommodation comprises, on the ground floor, an entrance hall which gives access to the sitting room with lovely high ceilings, big window and feature fireplace and the formal dining room. There’s also a large conservatory-style garden room, en suite bedroom, stunning kitchen, pantry, utility, cloakroom and handy back hall. On the first floor there are two large bedrooms and a shower room.

The house is surrounded by well-tended landscaped grounds with a mature Scots pine woodland to one side. From here, it’s just a short walk from the 17th hole on Nairn Championship golf course while Nairn town centre and its beautiful sandy beach are close by.


Contact Galbraith on 01463 224343.