Auchintoul Birse, Aboyne, AB34 5ES

Price over £875,000


Aspc ref: 355735

5 Bedrooms 6 PublicRooms 3 Bathrooms 376 m2 EPC E

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This superb property was built in 1894 in the Arts and Crafts style by the well-respected Aberdeen architect George Bennett Mitchell, as a summer chalet for the parents of Seton Gordon, the renowned Scottish naturalist, photographer and author. He inherited it when his father died in 1915 and then sold it a few years later when he moved permanently to Skye.

The current occupants have owned Auchintoul since 1973 when they bought it from the estate of Miss Dora Usher who had lived there since the early 1930’s and have continued the work done by her of upgrading the house and garden. A particularly significant extension and modernisation was completed in 1994, which considerably enhanced the enjoyment of Auchintoul’s unrivalled elevated location overlooking the River Dee, Aboyne Bridge and village and to the hills beyond.

Automatic gates open onto the sweeping red gravel driveway which weaves its way round an extraordinary oasis of plants and shrubs and leads to the south facing sunny porch with doors into both the sitting room and vestibule. The vestibule leads into the main hallway and all accommodation radiates from there. The “hub” of the house is the kitchen with breakfast room located to the rear of the property. Worthy of note is the bespoke kitchen with matching dresser. Built and designed by John Lewis of Hungerford in neutral cream tones the kitchen features a central island incorporating an AGA and an induction hob. The units are enhanced by the tiled worktops with beautiful beech finishings. The built in “Miele” washing machine, tumble drier and dishwasher along with NEFF combi oven and fridge/freezer are included in the sale. Also on this level is the study, sitting room and formal dining room, which in turn opens into the large, impressive Mozolowski & Murray conservatory on the west wing. Numerous storage rooms, a lobby, with side access to the cobbled courtyard, and a WC complete the lower floor accommodation. A generously proportioned family shower room lies on the mezzanine level with a spacious family bathroom located on the first floor. All bathrooms benefit from cast iron baths and all fitments are of high quality nickel. Located on the upper west wing is the Master Bedroom suite. With a door leading out onto the large front balcony, overlooking the gardens, this is ideal for leisurely breakfasting. A spacious dressing room, fully fitted with storage wardrobes and an expansive en suite with five piece suite, complete this accommodation. Two further double bedrooms, both with Dutch cast iron fireplaces with brass ash pans (currently covered but easily opened up) are also located on this floor. A gallery featuring window seats with storage underneath, bookshelves and wonderful views of the river leads into the magnificent studio which is situated to the rear of the first floor. With 270º panoramic windows and unusual coved ceiling this room is a “haven” of light with stunning views. A door from the hallway discreetly opens up to reveal the staircase to the attic accommodation. With large front and rear attic bedrooms and good storage this multi purpose space could easily be a children’s’ play room or hobby room.

Full Double Glazing

Oil Central Heating

Mains Water and Sewerage

Standby Generator


Burglar Alarm

Note: some pendant light fittings and curtains will be removed

The Courtyard and Cottage Entirely in keeping with the period and style of the main house is the cobbled courtyard comprising a modern triple garage, with electric up and over doors and four adjoining “stable” style storage units, one of which houses the oil tank. Completing the courtyard is the detached one bedroomed Cottage. Self contained with its own bathroom and sitting room with kitchen area on open plan. The Cottage currently serves as occasional guest accommodation but could also be used as a “granny annexe”.

Locally sourced “cassies” give a period feel to this relatively new courtyard area.

Self-Contained One Bedroom Cottage

Triple Garage and Electrically Operated Doors

Four “Stable” Style Storage Units

Gardens Magnificent 1 ½ acre garden grounds filled with an abundance of mature trees, shrubs, plants, many fruit bearing trees  and a productive vegetable plot. A particularly special feature is the large rock garden. To the rear of the main house is the expansive and stunning sun terrace which enjoys uninterrupted panoramic views of the River Dee and the hills beyond.

The garden was part of the yellow book Scottish open gardens scheme for several years.

1 ½ Acre Mature Garden

Recently Rebuilt Edwardian Heated Greenhouse

Large Double Wooden Shed and Garden Room.

An additional plot of land, adjacent to Auchintoul, may be available for purchase by separate negotiation.

Note: stag ornaments and anchor will be removed

Additional land may be available by separate negotiation.

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