Five amazing properties for history lovers
Looking for a property with a little bit of past? Whether you love the look of an old fashioned house, or like to have a part of history in your home, we take a look at five properties currently available on the ASPC website that will appease your nostalgia.
Manse once home to the Scottish Crown Jewels
This beautiful country house, The Old Manse in Kinneff, was once the hiding place for the Scottish Crown Jewels, after they were smuggled out of Dunnottar Castle in 1651, when the castle was besieged by Oliver Cromwell’s troops. Shortly after, the jewels were moved to Kinneff Church itself.
The house still retains some of its original charm, but is also perfect for modern living. The rustic dining kitchen and the bright sun room are the highlights of the property, which also features six bedrooms and a spacious garden.
19th century threshing mill
Originally a threshing mill for Heugh-Head Farm, this beautiful 19th century mill has been converted to a five bedroom house – but still retains original features – including the water wheel!
Despite its stone exterior and oak doors, the inside is filled with mod cons such as an underfloor oil fired heating, sound system and a two-oven rangemaster.
Arts and Crafts style mansion with Edwardian greenhouse
Respected Aberdeen architect George Bennett Mitchell built the wonderful five bedroom property Auchintoul in 1894 as a ‘summer chalet’ for the parents of Scottish photographer and naturalist Seton Gordon.
While the property has been lovingly updated, it stays true to its original design throughout, as does the self-contained cottage, which could act as a ‘granny annexe’ or guest accommodation.
The property is completed with a recently rebuilt Edwardian heated greenhouse.
'B' Listed former granite church
Looking for a property to make your own? This traditional granite church, constructed in the 1860s, offers the opportunity for a home, or potentially even a shop or restaurant (dependant on planning permission).
Vaulted ceilings and roof beams, stained glass windows and the original pews all remain in the church, while the church hall extension offers a wood burning stove, and office area and a kitchen with a sink.
Planning approval has previously been granted for part residential accommodation, however any purchaser is advised to make their own enquiries of the local Planning Department.
The Old Toll House
Looking for history, but on a smaller scale? The one bedroom hexagonal shaped toll house is a quaint property on the outskirts of Turriff, for sale at offers over £90,000.
Originally built by William Robertson in 1826, the toll house was moved in 1995, due to the re-alignment of the B9025. However, it was carefully rebuilt and maintained to its original standard a mere eight meters away.
A category B listed property, the toll house offers views along the Deveron Bridge.