7 bedroom property
Skene Street, Macduff, Banff, Aberdeenshire AB44
- 7 bedrooms
- 6 public rooms
- 2 bathrooms
Prestigious architect Alexander Marshall McKenzie designed Manor house for the magician and showman Walford Bodie. McKenzie is most famous for the Waldorf Hotel in London, Australia House and the Marischal College extension in Aberdeen. Manor house, completed in 1905, in Mock-Tudor style with inset pebbles on all front walls. The original lions and bird bath statue welcome you to the property.
Walford Bodie, known as the Electric Wizard of the North, was a Scottish magician who took the Victorian entertainment world by storm. This year marks 150 years since his birth. Bodie was considered one of the most spectacular acts in the British entertainment circuit at the time. Charlie Chaplin imitated Bodie on stage in 1906, and continued to do so in Hollywood years later, while Bodie and Houdini were firm friends for many years. Manor House was the Bodie family home by the sea, whilst they also owned properties in London and a riverboat on the Thames.
Manor House is of a surprisingly English design isolated among low terraced cottages in the northeast fishing town of Macduff and was built on the site of three small cottages for ‘Dr’ Walford Bodie, possibly Scotland’s most famous magician of his era. In the recent years the property has been modernised and upgraded throughout, irrelevant of cost and have ensured to retained many original features, including the original fireplaces, stunning ceiling cornice with centre rose, picture rails, pitch pine panel doors and high skirting boards to name but a few. In addition the property further benefits from full double glazing with a new front door and gas central heating throughout. Decorated in a fresh crisp pallet throughout becoming of this magical property. Viewing is a must and the only way to fully appreciate all that is on offer. Huge potential, ideal for extended family living and would make a stunning B&B.
Access is through the attractive vestibule which in turn leads to the welcoming traditional reception hall with multi-fuel stove. There are four principal rooms on the ground floor providing flexible accommodation. The spacious formal lounge with its picture window and working fireplace, with access to the music room that is currently used as an office. The formal dining room exudes grandeur with a stunning fireplace and extensive dining table. The morning room/sitting room 2 the study/sitting room 3 along with a guest shower room and WC completes the ground floor.
The original carpeted staircase with wooden balustrade leads to the first-floor landing. The master bedroom is bright and spacious with access to its own balcony and a door leading to the nursery/bedroom two. There are a further four bedrooms on this floor with a spacious and luxurious family bathroom with separate shower cubical. There is further access via a staircase to the part converted attic space which could be utilized for a multitude of purposes.
The lower ground floor consists of a modern dining kitchen and also a small galley kitchen, butlers pantry, large utility room, coal cellar/wood store with access steps to bedroom seven which would have been the servants quarters. Also provides access to the side and rear gardens. To the front of the property, a gated boundary wall with access and exit points allows parking for multiple vehicles to the front of the property and a garage with access at each side to the rear of the house. The front garden is laid mostly to lawn with borders containing a variety of seasonal shrubs and flowers a mature hedge and trees with a Rustic timber antique Summerhouse. The rear garden is private and is split into several areas, perfect for entertaining and enjoying the sun and a secure area for young children and pets alike.
Two stores (beneath garage) and access to a further store (wash house) with original working WC and Belfast sink. An original style greenhouse completes the garden.
The property also benefits from a managed alarm system, CCTV system with security lighting.
By appointment through McEwan Fraser Legal on McEwan Fraser Legal are open 7 days a week: 8am - Midnight Monday to Friday & 9am - 10pm Saturday & Sunday to book your viewing appointment.
Extras (Included in the sale): All fitted floor coverings, light fitments, curtains and blinds. Certain items of furniture may be purchased by private negotiation.