A charming, Grade A listed, former game larder dating from the 18th Century

Originally built as the game larder in the 18th Century it was converted along with the adjacent properties in Cullen House by the well known Kit Martin in the mid 1980s.

Steeped in historical significance, Cullen House was for some 400 years the home of the Earls of Seafield, and generations of the Ogilvy and Grant families.

The name Playfair is in honour of the architect James Playfair who was born in Dundee in 1755 and who was involved in creating and embellishing Cullen House in the 18th Century. He was also responsible for the Town Hall in Forfar and Melville Castle outside Edinburgh.

3 Playfair Court is a an ideal family home or holiday retreat and retains many original features from both Cullen House and its days as the game larder including a full length mirror, iron hanging hooks and cast iron bedroom fireplace. Built of dressed sandstone under a slate roof, the house is approached by a private drive, which sweeps round to a parking area.

The owners of the properties at Cullen House are members of Cullen House Gardens Ltd. The owners association share the grounds at Cullen House, which extend to 16.5 acres. The landscaped grounds were laid out by Robert Robinson, the famous 18th century gardener and landscape architect, along either side of Cullen Burn. All the properties within Cullen House enjoy private fishing rights for sea and brown trout on the Burn. Crossing the burn is a magnificent bridge built by Robert Adam in 1740 and a smaller bridge where it is believed that Bonnie Prince Charlie once sharpened his swords! The gardens offer lovely walks through specimen rhododendrons, azaleas, trees and fine shrubs.


Outside Adjacent to the house is a single garage, which is built of concrete block under a slate roof with timber doors. 5.27m x 2.64m with lighting, ample sockets, a workbench and a partially floored upper storage area. Additional outside parking for at least two cars.

Shed in courtyard housing 1200 litres oil tank.

Gardens No 3 has a private large patio area, beautiful herbaceous border and area of lawn to the east, behind the house. Adjoining lawn is owned by 4 Playfair Court. There is a sunny, sheltered courtyard with herbaceous border that is shared with the other courtyard owners (6 in total) which is also ideal for outdoor living.

Grounds The grounds of Cullen House are magnificent, from the first impressions coming down the drive where one catches glimpses of the sea, to the castle itself. The castle is divided into a number of apartments, mostly used on a temporary basis, as are the adjacent properties. The grounds are maintained for the exclusive use of the residents.

From 3 Playfair Court the drive continues past the main house and onto the imposing single arched Robert Adam Bridge standing 64 feet above the Cullen Burn. Several paths lead from the formal garden to a south facing secluded garden with a great array of shrubs and trees, where the horticulturalist will find much of interest. There are also numerous paths, which provide attractive and varied walks throughout the grounds, and the larger well wooded policies are a source of beauty in all seasons.

This is an unusual opportunity to enjoy almost exclusive use of a grand garden and yet to live in a comfortable, practical house within an historical Scottish country estate.


3 Playfair Court is within easy walking distance to Cullen, a picturesque coastal village with a beautiful beach and offers local shops and amenities, hotels and restaurants and a primary school. Secondary schooling is provided at Banff, Keith and Buckie, and private schooling is available at nearby Gordonstoun.

There are numerous scenic walks in and around Cullen. Cullen boasts its own 18 hole golf course overlooking the Moray Firth and in the summer you may see a group of bottle nosed dolphins playing off the coastline. Cullen has an active bowling and tennis club. Nearby Portsoy has a rowing club, folk club, amateur dramatics group and the Annual Scottish Traditional Boat Festival attracts an international audience. There are opportunities for salmon and sea trout fishing available on the nearby Spey and Deveron Rivers. For the more adventurous, skiing and other outdoor pursuits are available a short drive away in the Cairngorm National Park.

Cullen is approximately equidistant between Inverness and Aberdeen. Both with International Airports, they provide all the ancillary facilities you would expect from a major city. The nearby city of Elgin boasts an excellent selection of leisure, recreational, shopping, entertainment and cultural facilities.


From Aberdeen travel north on the A96 towards Inverness. At Keith turn right onto the A95 towards Buckie and then turn right and take the B9018 to Cullen. In Cullen square turn right onto Grant Street. At the top of Grant Street there is the entrance to Cullen House grounds. Half mile along the drive past the entrance to “Old Cullen”, 3 Playfair Court is the first house on the left before the main house.

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Playfair Court, Cullen House Cullen Aberdeenshire AB56

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Playfair Court, Cullen House Cullen Aberdeenshire AB56

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