North College House, King Street, Elgin, Moray, IV30 1HU













North College House

 North College House is a wonderful, 16th century, B-Listed family home situated in the heart of Elgin, next to the Cathedral, overlooking Cooper Park. The property is one of Morayshire’s most notable residential homes, parts of which date back to the 13th century. The main house offers generous family accommodation situated over three floors and comprises of five stunning public rooms, five generous double bedrooms (3 en-suite), a well-appointed bathroom, family kitchen and home office. North College House has all the fine period features one would expect in a property of this age yet all the modern functionality of a practical family home. The mature garden grounds of North College House extend to about 1.7 acres and is enclosed by a stone wall and fence providing security and privacy. The grounds are mainly laid to lawn with various well stocked flower beds, herbaceous borders and mature trees which includes a Yew Tree which is believed to be over 400 years old. North College House offers ample off-street parking for up to 7 vehicles, a large 5 car garage and a further timber garage which provides additional enclosed and secure parking and useful garden storage.

The Practice Rooms

Adjoining North College House is a private clinic currently used by Moray Osteopaths. This single storey extension was added by the current owners and comprises of three separate practice rooms, a reception area / office, WC and store cupboard. This part of the building also has a separate access and would be an excellent base from which to further establish a business from home or with the appropriate consents and permissions be turned into an additional residence.

Development Potential

North College and the surrounding grounds provide considerable scope for development (subject to obtaining all necessary consents). Plans have previously been prepared for the conversion of the main house into three separate dwellings whilst planning consents have previously been granted for the construction of six new dwellings within the grounds and an extension of the existing practice rooms. Planning references: 11/00054/APP; 11/00053/APP and 09/0850/FUL. Further details are available from the selling agents or from the Moray Council Planning Department.


North College House

The Practice


Accommodation Comprises


North College House


Ground Floor

Vestibule, Hall, Sitting Room, Family Room, Kitchen, Breakfast Room, Utility Room

First Floor

Drawing Room, Dining Room, Study / Bedroom, Bedroom (En-Suite), WC.

Second Floor

4 x Bedrooms, (2 x En-Suite), Bathroom, Linen Cupboard.

Garden Grounds

Garden Grounds of Circa 0.70 ha / 1.73 ac, Carriage Way Driveway,

Ample Off-Street Parking, Large 5 Car Garage, Timber Garage

Practice Rooms

Reception / Office, 3 x Practice Rooms, Cellar.


The Practice Income

The practice rooms are currently rented out to Moray Osteopaths.



Aberdeen 66 miles, Inverness 39 miles, Aviemore 46 miles

(all distances are approximate).

Vendor Solicitor Details

Mr Don Macleod

Turcan Connell

Princes Exchange, 1 Earl Grey Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9EE

Tele – 0131 228 8111

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North College sits in a private yet central position in the historic city of Elgin, between Aberdeen (66 miles) to the East and Inverness (39 miles) to the West. Elgin, with its famous 13th Century Cathedral, provides an excellent range of amenities. It offers numerous medical practices and a Hospital, plus several highly regarded primary schools and two secondary schools. Private schooling is available at Aberlour House and Gordonstoun School, about 6 miles away, and Moray College campus forms part of the University of the Highlands and Islands. There are several supermarkets in Elgin, including an M&S Food Hall and a number of local and national shops. It is a short walk (5 mins) over the river Lossie from North College House to the world famous woollen mill, Johnston’s of Elgin, which is renowned for its Cashmere and fantastic café. Walking into the city centre (10min) there are several restaurants, additional cafes, pubs, a leisure centre and a cinema. Cooper Park, situated directly on the boundary of North College House, hosts numerous sporting pursuits including well-attended tennis, cricket and bowling clubs and a boating pond. Elgin library and the Biblical gardens are also situated in Cooper Park.

Elgin offers a regular train service which takes you further afield to Inverness (about 45 mins) and Aberdeen (about 1.30 mins). Inverness provides all the facilities of a modern city including an International Airport (31 miles). Whilst Aberdeen (Europe’s oil capital) is one of the UK’s wealthiest cities full of desirable shops and restaurants. Aberdeen also offers an International Airport (61 miles).

Elgin is in the county of Moray which is famous for its mild climate. Moray has a beautiful and varied countryside with a coastline of rich agricultural land, prosperous fishing villages and wide, open beaches. The upland areas to the south are sparsely populated and provide dramatic scenery, some of which forms part of the Cairngorm National Park. This unspoilt landscape provides a wide range of leisure and sporting opportunities including fishing on the world famous Spey and Findhorn rivers, skiing at The Lecht and Cairngorm range, sailing and walking. There are many highly regarded golf courses nearby including Elgin Golf Club, The Moray Golf Club in Lossiemouth and also the two championship links golf courses in Nairn. Located about 20 minutes drive away is the ‘jewel’ of the Moray Coastline, the historic village of Findhorn with its sheltered bay providing excellent sailing, water sports and highly regarded Inns.

The History of North College

North College is perhaps the most historically and architecturally interesting building in a small city full of noteworthy properties. It is believed that the original house was built within the grounds of the Cathedral in the 13th Century, soon after the Cathedral was built and that a small part of this building is embodied in the present house. It is understood that North College was used as the Precentor’s Manse when the Bishop was visiting the Cathedral from nearby Spynie Palace. After the Reformation, North College was purchased in 1568 by Sir Alexander Dunbar of Burgie and became a fortified house with the original stone staircase believed to be in existence behind the drawing room wall. The Dunbar coat of arms dated 1520 with the motto ‘ornat fortem prudentia’ is carved in stone at the front of the house. In the 1920’s, the house was owned by Sir George Cooper, a well-known Elgin philanthropist who donated the present day Cooper Park to the Burgh of Elgin. More recently, the house has been renovated, extended and improved by the current owners to create a wonderful family home along with excellent business premises in the form of the current Moray Osteopath’s practice rooms and a useful let property / additional accommodation in the form of the adjoining wing.


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Useful Links

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Fixtures and Fittings

Only items specifically mentioned in the particulars of sale are included in the sale price. Other items may be available through separate negotiation.

Listing and Conservation

North College House is B-Listed.


Mains gas fired central heating, electricity, water and drainage.

Fibre Plus broadband services are available.


Council Tax


North College House

Band G

The Practice Rooms

Rateable Value £6,100 p.a.


Energy Efficiency Rating


North College House

Band D (Rating 62)

The Practice Rooms

Band D (Rating 47)


Local Authority

Moray Council
Telephone: 0300 123 4561


Agents Note

Please note, The Wing is on a separate title to North College House.

Joint Agent

Galbraith Elgin

Mr Rod Christie

Tele: 01343 546 362

Mob: 07766 250 797


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