Savills | Coach House, Kair, Fordoun, By Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire, AB30 1NS | Properties for sale
439.62 sq m(4,732 sq ft)
Offers over £880,000

Coach House, KairFordoun, By Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire, AB30 1NS

    Key features

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    • Home Report value - £1 million
    • Exceptional country house, presented to an extremely high standard
    • Conveniently located and ideal for commuting, yet close to both the coast and the hills
    • Delightful fusion of the old and the new, ideal for modern living and entertaining
    • Equestrian facilities with paddock, sand school and former stables
    • Thoroughly modern with outstanding accommodation, very high levels of specification and bespoke fittings

    Exceptional and very conveniently located country house

    About this property

    • Coach House was originally converted in 2003/04, when it was completely overhauled and renovated, including a new roof, and it is understood that the design was shortlisted in 2006 as a finalist for the Aberdeen Society of Architects Awards. There is a date stone of 2003. The house was acquired by the current owners in 2008. Since then they have undertaken further ambitious works to the highest of standards. As recently as 2014 these included re-roofing the atrium to incorporate it into the main body of the house, together with new Sky-Frame doors linking to the garden. In the same year a new bespoke kitchen was fitted. Previously a new staircase, which is very much the centrepiece of the house, was fitted while upstairs the master en suite was refurbished, and outside a new garage was constructed and the stable block was converted to a recreation room with adjoining store. However this could easily be converted back to stables, so together with the sand manège and paddock, the property has considerable equestrian facilities. Further works since 2008 included a Lutron lighting system, a Sonos music system in the dining room, kitchen, atrium and drawing room and new oak doors with mahogany inlaid beading. In addition there are Occhio lights in the dining room and atrium, a central vacuum system and porcelain flooring in the porch, kitchen and atrium. Great attention to detail has been paid and Coach House is now a thoroughly modern and extremely well presented house within an original shell. The conversion has been cleverly executed to make the most of its position and views, and it is well adapted for sumptuous modern living, and with impressively sized and presented reception rooms, it is ideal for entertaining.

      Coach House is a most attractive stone built country house, enjoying a slightly elevated site, with lovely views from both the front and rear, and particularly to the west and to the hills. Outwardly it has a very classic and period look, but internally it is thoroughly modern and contemporary with many unique and bespoke features. As well as being fully double glazed it benefits from underfloor heating downstairs and in the master en suite. Particular features include the double height drawing room which has large arched windows making the most of the views. Behind is the atrium, again with large windows, thus creating ideal entertaining areas. To one side is the modern kitchen and the dining room, which is again double height, while to the other side is the TV room, together with two downstairs bedrooms (one currently used as a study) and a utility room and shower room. The galleried landing upstairs overlooks the drawing room, while the spacious master bedroom overlooks the dining room. In addition there are two further bedrooms, one en suite, and a bathroom. All in all the level of accommodation in the house is quite magnificent. Outside are extensive and landscaped gardens with a pond, while to the rear and behind the garage, is a fenced paddock with the sand manège and the former stables.

      Automatic front gates open onto a tarred drive. The accommodation, more fully described in the brochure, includes
      a porch with an inner bespoke stained glass window, leads to the superb open plan dining room and kitchen. The sleek and contemporary fitted Leicht kitchen has quartz worktops. NEFF appliances comprise a dishwasher, American style fridge freezer, fan oven, two warming drawers, microwave, steam oven and coffee machine. Integrated Hotpoint washing machine, with Quooker tap, breakfasting central island unit with NEFF induction hob and integrated Siemens extractor. The striking atrium, very much the centre of the house, has a magnificent bespoke American walnut floating staircase with glass panels. In front is the drawing room, with a Bang & Olufsen music system and HWAM insert log burner. The TV room has a Samsung 65” TV, surround sound and automatic black out blinds. Behind are the two downstairs bedrooms and off the useful utility room is a shower room.

      At first floor level the spacious master bedroom has fitted maple furniture, Lutron blinds,and a tiled en suite with a Jacuzzi shower with body jets, bidet, WC and a glass washbasin with vanity unit. On the other side of the landing are bedrooms four and five and a bathroom with corner bath, WC, bidet and two circular washbasins. Bedroom four has an en suite shower room.

      Outside is a garage with two automatic up and over doors, paddock with post and rail fencing, sand school (19.5 m x 39 m approx), stable block now a recreation room (7.1 x 7.15 m) with multi screen surround golf simulator and a store, practice putting green and bunker. The attractive gardens have a small pond with water feature and fountain.

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    “Conveniently located and immaculately presented, I feel that Coach House is a seriously impressive property with some stand out specially commissioned features that put it firmly in the ‘exceptional' bracket. Ideal for families keen on golf or horse riding alike, it really should be on the ‘must view' list for buyers in this market.”

    Ruaraidh OgilvieProperty agent

    Local information

    • Coach House is situated some 1.25 miles east of Fordoun in the Howe of the Mearns, in a slightly elevated position with views across to the hills. The Howe of the Mearns is a renowned area of farmland which is sheltered from the coast by the Hill of Garvock. Inland lie the glens forming the foothills of the Grampian mountains to the north and west. The house is easily reached from the A90 dual carriageway which provides fast access north to Aberdeen and south to Dundee, Perth and central Scotland.
    • There is a primary school at Fordoun, and local shopping at Inverbervie and in Laurencekirk which also provides local services together with primary and secondary schooling and leisure facilities at the new Mearns Community Campus. Further shopping and secondary schooling are available in Stonehaven. Locally private schooling is available at Lathallan School, Johnshaven. In addition there is a wide range of private schooling in Aberdeen including Robert Gordon's College, St Margaret's School for Girls and Albyn School. Aberdeen, the “Granite City” which has benefitted from a variety of new infrastructure investments of late, is a truly global energy city, and has a wide range of shops and businesses together with two universities, and extensive leisure, entertainment and cultural facilities. Journey times to Aberdeen and to Aberdeen Airport have been much reduced with the opening of the Western Peripheral Route.
    • Locally there are golf courses at Auchenblae, Edzell and Montrose. There is a leisure centre at Laurencekirk. Fishing can be taken on the nearby North and South Esks, while the River Dee and Royal Deeside are easily reached over the scenic Cairn o'Mount road (B974). St Cyrus Nature Reserve and beach are located on the coast. The nearby glens offer some of the best hillwalking in eastern Scotland. There are coastal walks at Inverbervie and forest walks and riding in Inglismaldie Woods. Close by is the Castleton Farm Shop and Café.
    • Railway stations are found at Stonehaven and Laurencekirk with services to Aberdeen and to the south, including a sleeper. Aberdeen Airport has a wide range of domestic and European flights.

    Additional information

    • As the name suggests, Coach House was built as the stable block for the nearby Kair House, which is a late 18th century house. Jane Geddes, in Deeside and the Mearns – An Illustrated Architectural Guide (Rutland Press 2001) describes Kair House as being “a later 18th century, clean faced classical mansion,” and continues that the house is “neatly echoed by stables which have a projecting central bay with pediment and side wings of two bays”. Jane Geddes also quotes an attribution from G Robertson in the early 1800s as stating that Kair House “is remarkable as being amongst the first works of the late celebrated Adam, the architect”. The stables were built to complement the house, which was built for George Kinloch, a local businessman, close to the site of a Roman camp.
    • Directions: From Aberdeen head south on the A90 (Aberdeen to Perth dual carriageway). Some 9 miles south of Stonehaven, at Fordoun, turn left onto the B967, signposted Arbuthnott. Continue for 1 mile and after crossing a small bridge turn left, signposted Kair. Proceed for 0.6 miles, passing Kair House and the drive for Coach House is next on right. If coming from the south take the A90 north from Dundee. Some 3 miles north of Laurencekirk, at Fordoun, turn right onto the B967, signposted Arbuthnott, and proceed as above.
    • EPC Rating = C