A stunning six bedroom former manse with two traditional stone built outbuildings, situated within tranquil garden grounds of approximately 2.1 acres on the outskirts of Crimond.
Situated within tranquil grounds extending to approximately 2.1 acres, Avaig is a handsome six bedroom former manse. Category C Listed, the original early Georgian part of the building is understood to be around 200 years old, while the front section of the property was constructed by James Henderson in 1845. The current owner has undertaken a significant programme of renovation to restore this characterful property to its former glory. Providing spacious and versatile accommodation, a host of original features remain, including deep skirtings and cornicings, picture rails and ornate ceiling roses. A superb home for a growing family, or those in search of a country retreat within close range of amenities and leisure pursuits.
A stone staircase with wrought iron balustrades leads up to the entrance door with vestibule, from where a partially glazed door leads into the welcoming reception hall. An impressive curved staircase with ornate wrought iron balustrades and timber handrail leads up to the mezzanine and first floor landings. Two stained glass windows provide plentiful natural light, while a door beneath the main staircase reveals a further staircase which leads down to the lower ground floor and basement.
Within the spacious drawing room a square bay window looks out onto the front garden to the fields beyond. With arched alcoves to either side of the striking open fireplace, this is a warm and inviting public room.
The charming sitting room overlooks the gardens via a deep silled window. Arched alcoves with fitted display cabinetry and storage frame an attractive fireplace with deep red tiled hearth.
The generously proportioned dining room is ideal for formal dining and entertainment has ample space for a large dining table and there is a a window overlooking the property frontage. Central to the room is an attractive open fireplace, and there is also a walk in storage cupboard. Accessible from the dining room is the bright study, with a large frosted window overlooking the side of the property. A partially glazed door leads down a staircase which leads down to the lower ground floor and basement.
Ascending the staircase, there is first a fitted cupboard with lighting. A panelled door then leads into the inner half landing, where bedroom one is located, along with a stylish wet room and a delightful family bathroom featuring a traditional style suite which includes a freestanding claw foot bath at the centre.
Returning to the half landing, the staircase continues to the first floor landing, where a ceiling hatch allows access to the attic. Bedrooms two, three, four, five and six are all well proportioned rooms, with lovely views across the garden grounds.
Twin staircases allow access to the lower ground floor, where a door opens into the inner hall which is laid with flagstone flooring. The rear vestibule leads out to the garden. Pine-lined with an internal window to the inner hall, glazed double doors allow for natural light to enter. A pine-lined WC compartment includes a white two piece suite.
The family room is a versatile living space which overlooks the rear of the property. With a fireplace and fitted cupboard, the family room lies in close proximity to the charming dining kitchen. Fitted with terracotta floor tiling, a wood burning stove is situated in the former fireplace. Featuring a range of pine-faced base and wall units, wooden worktops incorporate a ceramic Belfast sink, while a Rangemaster cooker in a cheerful shade of red sits in a snug recess. There is a ceiling laundry pulley , and a deep silled window overlooks the gardens.
The basement level is laid entirely with flagstone flooring and of neutral decoration. Off the dining kitchen is first the spacious utility room, which is plumbed for a range of white appliances. From here there is access to a good sized boot room area and shelved store room. Further within the basement there is excellent storage available. A gym room with window allows access to a further store which would be ideal as a wine cellar. A further good sized room houses the central heating boiler and would be ideal as a laundry room.
A circular driveway lined by mature trees provides access to the property frontage, at the centre of which lies a large lawn. Within the grounds there are a considerable variety of mature trees, while the majority of the grounds are laid to lawn for easy maintenance. An area laid with Caithness slate tiles is perfect for al fresco dining and is in close proximity to the children's play area. At the rear of Avaig there is the first stone outbuilding which has been re-roofed and provides excellent storage/workshop space. Further within the grounds lies a single storey detached building.
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This property sits in a truly idyllic location and yet a good range of amenities lie within easy reach. It is a simply a superb period home for a growing family or those in search of an elegant country retreat and deserves to be viewed.Fiona Gormley