A fine Victorian manse dating from the early 1800s and substantially extended in 1850.
Beechwood is an imposing former manse in an idyllic rural location, 18 miles from Aberdeen. The granite, stone and slate property is a fine family home with well proportioned accommodation and an abundance of period features. The original part of the house dates from the early 1800s with a significant extension added in 1850 by the United Free Church. Beechwood has been a happy family home for 36 years, the sellers having sensitively modernised and maintained the property throughout that time. The house sits in a beautiful south facing walled garden with open farmland beyond.
A solid wood front door leads to a large vestibule with glazed inner door leading to the hall. The hall leads to the principal reception rooms and has the original staircase with twisted iron balustrade and pine banister. The beautiful sitting room displays plenty of character and charm and is well proportioned with a marble fireplace with wood burner as the focal point. The room is filled with natural light from two aspects including the south facing bay window. Period features include pitch pine wainscotting, door and window surrounds, an ornate cornice and ceiling rose. Across the hall, the dining room is another fine entertaining space with period features including an alcove, picture rail, plate rack and working shutters. The family room is a versatile room with a Victorian fireplace and working shutters.
The hall leads past a useful shower room with a cloaks area and onto the earlier Georgian part of the property. The charming dining kitchen is an atmospheric room with a wood burner in the stone range inglenook. There are cream fitted wall and floor units with ample worktop space on the hardwood iroko worktop. The triple aspect ensures an abundance of natural light and there is ample dining space.
A double door lead to the back entrance and the very useful and spacious utility room which is pine lined and has excellent storage.
The elegant staircase leads from the hall to a mezzanine level with a large modern family bathroom with a bath and separate shower. The first floor landing provides access to the four well proportioned bedrooms and study, each with fine views. There is an attic space spanning the width of the front of the house that accessed from the study via a Ramsey ladder providing excellent storage with two skylights and two lights.
Beechwood is approached through a stone dyke and beech hedge entrance with a wooden gate. Adjacent to the gravel parking and turning area are beech trees and bluebell woodland.
The beautiful south facing walled garden retains its Victorian layout with gravel paths crisscrossing the lawn. The garden boasts mature beech, ash and sycamore trees, yew hedges, colourful herbaceous and flower borders, a productive vegetable patch and a greenhouse. The southern façade of the manse is adorned with a climbing hydrangea. Beyond the wall and accessed through a gate at the foot of the garden is a wildflower area with a wonderful mature copper beech and fir tree.
To the rear of the property , adjacent to the back door is a paved area with lean to stone and slate log stores against the garden wall and a gate to the walled garden.
Single garage, block built and harled with an aluminium roof. Power and light and a greenhouse at the rear.
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Viewing is required to appreciate the wonderful natural light of this home and I love the life and texture of the interior woodworkFiona GormleyProperty agent