Award winning four/five bedroom steading conversion with double garage, nestled within the beautiful rolling farmland and countryside of Aberdeenshire.
Dating back to the late 1800s, Winterfold Cottage is a unique example of a traditional U-shaped farm steading which has undergone a sympathetic programme of renovation over the last 30 years. A distinctive country home, there are many striking design features, including the turret and splendid vaulted ceilings in the central and south wing. Situated just north of Oldmeldrum, the property enjoys a picturesque setting amidst rolling farmland with views of the hills to the west.
The entrance vestibule is fitted with attractive cedar wall panelling and Indian slate flooring which continues into the inner hall, while an interior window looks into the dining kitchen. Within the inner hall there are wall mounted coat hooks and a splendid circular stairwell with timber staircase which leads to the upper northern wing.
The spacious and welcoming kitchen/dining room lends itself well to both dining and relaxation, with multiple vantage points over the garden grounds. Of neutral decoration and fitted with engineered oak flooring, there is an exposed feature fireplace. A range of attractive base and wall units complements the extensive grey Corian breakfast bar area and work surfaces which incorporate a moulded sink. Integrated appliances include a dishwasher, two fridge units and four freezer units, while a range cooker sits neatly in a wall recess.
Within the kitchen area there is access to a double fitted cupboard, before a split level stair leads to the rest of the living accommodation. The utility room is plumbed for white appliances and includes a stainless steel sink and there is access to the canopied terrace area and gardens. The family bathroom includes a three piece suite and a large shower enclosure.
Bedroom two is a well proportioned room of neutral décor and carpeting which predominately overlooks the rear garden and field beyond via a deep silled window. The cosy and inviting family room also enjoys views of the rear garden, and given its range of fitted storage this room could also be suitable as a third bedroom. A door from the family room leads into the magnificent green oak framed sitting/dining room with vaulted ceiling. A versatile living area fitted with limestone flooring and underfloor heating, there are peaceful views over the property frontage. An open oak framed porch to the rear allows for further natural light and a more formal entrance to the splendour of the sitting/dining room.
A door from the central wing leads into the stunning principal bedroom suite. Formerly a working granary, there is an impressive vaulted ceiling with exposed oak beams and a delightful spiral beech staircase to the galleried study/seating area above. The room is of neutral decoration to complement the limestone flooring, and a full height window and door allow for plentiful natural light. An equally attractive en suite bathroom includes a walk in shower, and in addition there is a well fitted dressing area with a range of wardrobes and access to the driveway. Ascending the staircase to the versatile study above, one can better appreciate the wonderful stained glass window created by Roland Mitton of Forgandenny, Perthshire, which depicts the sunset over the Bennachie hills.
Returning to the inner hall, the curved staircase within the turret leads to further living accommodation which would be suitable as a self contained annexe if required. Given the spacious dimensions of the landing, it is currently utilised as a peaceful hobby/sewing room. Bedroom four would work equally well as a spacious living room as it includes a kitchenette which is fitted with a range of units and an electric hob and oven. Bedroom five is a further sizeable room with a large deep silled widow facing the rear garden. Completing the accommodation is the shower room.
Situated within garden grounds extending to approximately 4.3 acres, around 3 acres are of mixed mature woodland which was planted approximately 25 years ago. The remainder of the grounds are laid to lawn with gravelled driveways and established borders, while there is ample opportunity for outdoor dining on the canopied terrace or the further paved terrace areas beside the porch. The property also has the benefit of a detached double garage/workshop with two electronically operated up and over doors. There is also a fully floored attic, which may be suitable for conversion subject to obtaining the necessary consents.
View payable LBTT Calculator for this property
Truly a breathtaking property both inside and out, Winterfold Cottage combines a delightful countryside setting with a bold and stylish interior. With the option for a separate annexe and good transport links to both Inverurie and Aberdeen, in my opinion Winterfold Cottage is a must-view' property for a wide variety of buyers.Fiona Gormley