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Isla Bank House

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This impressive, baronial-style mansion provides a magnificent setting from which to tour the Moray coast.

This magnificent, baronial-style mansion provides a stunning setting from which to tour the Moray coast and the Grampian Highlands. Standing within its own spacious grounds on the edge of Keith, on the Whisky Trail, it offers guests supreme comfort and the chance to savour the elegant lifestyle of a bygone era. There are fine antique furnishings selected to blend in with the sumptuous surroundings, which include a huge mahogany dining table, and even a grand piano, making this an unforgettable ‘live like a laird’ experience. Built in 1892, a room accommodating a full-size snooker table also features, where guests can enjoy a friendly game. The colourful and extensive gardens include formal herbaceous beds, a walled kitchen garden, vinery, greenhouses, orchard and sweeping lawns, providing space to relax and unwind in gloriously tranquil surroundings.
Isla Bank is only 10 miles from the Moray Firth, with its beautiful sandy beaches and charming fishing villages to explore, and is renowned as one of the best places in Scotland to view dolphins at play. To the south lies the stunning Cairngorm mountain range, stretching for fifty miles and offering outstanding climbing, hill walking and winter skiing. The area also boasts superb fishing on the Spey and Deveron rivers, and an 18-hole golf course and swimming-pool just a mile away. Lying in the heart of distillery country, Dufftown, the acclaimed ‘Malt Whisky Capital of the World’, is found just a short distance away. Here the Glenfiddich Distillery produces one of Scotland’s lighter and sweeter varieties of fiery amber spirit, bottled on the premises, and offering visitor tours. Behind the distillery, the Stewart stronghold of Balvenie Castle survives as a ruin, whilst several other castles abound – one of the smallest and prettiest in the area at Huntly, 10 miles away, which is also the birthplace of children’s author George MacDonald. There are many fascinating places to visit in an area with a long and colourful history. Aberdeen and Inverness airports are both an hour by road or rail, making this a very convenient holiday location. Shop 1 mile.

Entrance to porch. Dining room with 14ft mahogany table and chandelier. Music room with Bechstein piano. Library. Well-equipped kitchen. Snooker room with full-size table. Separate toilet. Utility. First floor with two landings: Four double bedrooms, one with tower room, three with hand basins. Twin bedroom with tower room. Two single bedrooms one with wash basin. Two bathrooms with over-bath shower and toilet. All bedrooms with TV.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Nine TVs
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Shared washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Payphone
  • Garden with furniture
  • Grounds of 4½ acres
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Full-size snooker table
  • Cleaning service by arrangement

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  • BarbecueBarbecue
  • Detached PropertyDetached Property
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • Games RoomGames Room
  • HighchairHighchair
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/02/2016
    Was amazed by the size of the place! Caretaker was really helpful. Ideal location for whiskey trail. Would recommend to anyone and would definitely come again

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 20/02/2016
    We loved it and are definitely hoping to go back next year. It was perfect for a group like ours: three families with a bunch of kids who wanted to romp around the rooms and the garden. Plus, Pauline was wonderful and very helpful. We felt so warmly welcomed. I'm already dreaming about our next visit.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 24/01/2016
    Had a lovely weekend in the house nice and big for all the family loved the games room and the coal fire

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/11/2015
    Isla Bank House is a fabulous place for a gathering of friends. There were 11 of us, with a few wee babes in arms and a well-behaved dog and we had a marvellous weekend in this beautiful period house. The bedrooms were spacious, with plenty room for travel cots. The dining room - complete with chandelier - was just brilliant for a sit-down meal, and the living space was cosy with its open fire and comfy reclining chairs. As a few people have mentioned, the kitchen is not ideal for such large groups, but we managed just fine for breakfast, ate out for lunch, and ordered an Indian takeaway for dinner (highly recommended!) Mrs Donaldson, the caretaker, was very welcoming and approachable. We arrived late on the Friday night and left Sunday morning, but given the opportunity we would love to have heard more about the history of this fascinating house - hopefully we will return next year and can hear all about it then!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 15/11/2015
    great place for our group, but BEDS- need replacing everyone complaing about them

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 24/10/2015
    Ideal size and location for a three generation family group, six adults and five children. Ideal for the children to play hide and seek while the adults enjoyed a game of snooker. There were lots of places to visit in the area and the orchard in the property allowed the kids to pick apples to make a crumble. It was nice to have Pauline on site for help and advice about the local area and unique suggestions to entertain the children.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 27/09/2015
    The kitchen is small for such a big house and missed the hostess trolley that used to be there.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 19/09/2015
    Great holiday Great house Great scenery and weather

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 29/08/2015
    Large property, clean and looked after well by the neighbouring caretaker. Although dated and missing some 'mod-cons' (wi-fi throughout, large kitchen, etc) the house has is fun, has lots of space and is useful when you have a large party and young kids. Being without WiFi meant the kids had to play! Location is exactly what we wanted being close to the coast, Aberdeen, Inverness, the cairngorms and of course, speyside and all it has to offer. It's definitely worth being a member of both the Scottish/english heritage and national trusts - there are so many sites to choose from and kept us going on the occasional rainy day. We will hopefully be back. Thanks

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8.5 out of 10 – based on 16 reviews collected by Reevoo
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