Ardoyne,1 Alexandra Terrace, Forres IV36 1DL

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Property Details

  • Type: Detached House
  • Availability: For Sale
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Reception Rooms: 3
  • Parking: Driveway, Garage, Off Road Parking
  • Outside Space: Private gardens
  • EPC Rating: E
  • Council Tax Band: G

Property Features

  • Substantial Detached House
  • Directly opposite Grant Park and Cluny Hill
  • Walking distance to schools and amenities
  • Fantastic gardens

Property Summary

A truly magnificent house situated in probably one of the best locations in Forres. With 3 substantial public rooms, 5 bedrooms, a dining kitchen, pantry/store, study, 2-3 bathrooms and multiple outbuildings, this house has accommodation flexible enough to suit most family circumstances.

Built in 1902, this house stands prominently on the corner of Alexandra Terrace and St. Leonard’s Road. It is directly opposite an entrance to Grant Park and Cluny Hill and 5 minutes walk from the primary schools, community centre and library, all High Street amenities, cafes and pubs, the secondary school and swimming pool. Both Alexandra Terrace and St. Leonard’s Road are beautiful streets lined with large stone houses set in spacious gardens.

Ardoyne is a grand stone building retaining its wonderful original features with fine cornicing in the public rooms, 3m high ceilings downstairs and 2.7m upstairs, stripped pine doors throughout, all the original wooden windows and fine wooden banisters going up the wide staircase.

Downstairs the accommodation comprises:

The house is entered through wide double wooden doors into a small vestibule. A half-glazed door then leads into an impressive hallway with doors leading to all ground-floor accommodation. A wide staircase with stunning wood banisters leads to the upper floor. The hallway and stairs are carpeted with good quality woollen carpet.

Sitting room (4.4m x 6.0m)

A striking formal sitting room with large windows, framed by wood panelling, facing north towards the Tolbooth and Forres High Street. External half-glass door, to the garden. Until recently this door led to a large conservatory. This has been demolished however it is believed that it could be replaced easily with a new conservatory, with direct access from the sitting room. Stripped pine flooring. Multi-fuel stove set into a red brick fireplace. Beautiful cornicing and a picture rail. This room is truly beautiful and reminiscent of the grand days of the last century.

Dining room (4.6m x 4.3m)

With a large bay window and a further window facing north this classic room provides ample space for a dining table to seat 10. Wood flooring. Ornate original cornicing and a picture rail complete the elegance of this room.

Study (4.0m x 3.9m) (also previously used as a downstairs bedroom and a playroom)

As with the other public rooms, the study is a generously-sized room with high ceilings, cornicing and a picture rail. A double window looks out towards the front garden and the Grant Park. Carpeted with pale Berber carpeting.

Downstairs shower room (1.9m x 3.0m)

This shower room has floor-to-ceiling original wood panelling on all walls. White 2-piece suite (WHB + WC) and a large Matke shower cubicle with 2 glass walls and an electric power shower. The bathroom fittings were installed in 2011. Laminate flooring. Large opaque-glazed window to the garden.

Dining kitchen (3.9m x 5.2m)

Substantial room with a range of wood base and wall units. One-and-a-half bowl sink with mixer taps. Built in gas hob and electric oven. 2 large windows looking out to the gardens, and high ceilings make this a bright room. Great potential to create a truly stunning modern kitchen. Door leading to rear vestibule.

Wood panelled pantry/store (2.6m x 3.0m)

Accessed from the rear vestibule. All the walls are wood panelled with shelves on 2 walls and coat hooks on a 3rd wall. With stone flooring this is a very cool room all year round.

Rear Vestibule

Vestibule with door leading to the back garden. Stone floored. Wooden door with a glass pane. Doors to kitchen and storeroom.

Upstairs – main stair access

The stairs split at the centre point with a “back staircase” leading to a bedroom and bathroom and the main staircase leading to 4 further bedrooms and a bathroom.

Back stairs

Bedroom (2.8m x 4.0m)

Generous double fronted cupboards containing deep shelving and the hot water tank. With a window to the garden and a skylight window in the ceiling this room would make a wonderfully private bedroom comprising part of a suite quite separate from the other bedrooms. Currently this room has a fascinating custom built model railway layout covering approximately half of the room, which can either be left for the new occupiers or will be removed by the sellers.

Study 2/bathroom (2.9m x2.0m)

Originally this room was a bathroom and we understand is still plumbed. It has wood wainscoting on 3 walls. Single sink with taps. This room has more recently been used as a study and also as a dark room for developing photographs. Window to garden.

Main stairs

Leading to an large upper landing with wooden floor (2.6m x 2.9m)

Master Bedroom (4.45m x 6.0m)

An extravagant room with large windows facing north and a further window facing west. This beautiful bedroom has cornicing and a picture rail. Carpeted.

Bedroom 2 (4.3m x 4.0m)

A further substantial room with 2 windows. Cornicing. Carpeted. This bedroom has a small balcony.

Bedroom 3 (2.3m x 2.8m)

Previously the dressing room for Bedroom 2 this has been used for the last 50 years as a single bedroom. Beautiful smaller bedroom perfect for a child’s room or a nursery. Carpeted. Window facing towards Grant Park.

Bedroom 4 (3.9m x 3.6m)

A bright bedroom with a large window facing towards Grant Park.

Cupboard with shelving. Carpeted.

Family bathroom (2.9m x1.9m)

A bright room with a 3 piece coloured bathroom suite (WHB, WC and Bath). Over bath mains shower. Carpeted. Opaque window to the garden.


Ardoyne has extensive gardens, wrapping around the entire house, laid out to a combination of lawns and flower beds. It has previously had an orchard, a putting green and extensive vegetable patches in the back garden. There is an abundance of colour in the garden with mature shrubs and trees. From the back garden you look across St. Leonard’s Road to the Grant Park and Cluny Hill, and from the side out over the town towards the Tolbooth and the High Street.

There are a range of outbuildings including:

Stone built garage (originally a carriage house)

Wash house/utility room with original Belfast sink (this room could potentially could be knocked through to the kitchen to make a utility room)

2 wood/coal sheds

Outside toilet containing the original 1902 toilet. This could be renovated or used as a further store.