Historic former manse, close to the coast, and with a cottage.
The Old Manse is a most attractive and historic house occupying a lovely position very close to the coast, yet it is also very conveniently located. The origins of the house are believed to date to the early 1600s, but much of the house that we see today dates from 1738, with two later 19th century additions. It is a pretty harled house, with a slate roof, and which is U shaped around a sheltered paved courtyard. The house served as a manse until 1934, and has been a family home ever since, and was acquired by the sellers in 1996. It is a house that still retains much of its original character and features such as panelled doors and cornicings in the principal areas, but at the same time it has continued to benefit from improvements. Shortly after they bought the property the current owners refurbished the kitchen. Since 2014 the cloakroom, bathroom and shower room, have all also been refurbished, including the installation of underfloor heating in the cloakroom and shower room. At the same time the utility room was also updated.
It is a spacious and well laid out house. At ground floor level a useful porch opens to an entrance vestibule and onto the hallway. Off this are the two elegant principal reception rooms the sitting room and dining room. In addition there is a cloakroom and a large walk in pantry. Off the open plan dining kitchen is a study and garden room, which looks out to the courtyard, together with the utility room. Upstairs are five principal bedrooms and the bathroom and shower room. Off one of the bedrooms is a dressing room which has been used as an additional bedroom but could also work as a teenager's sitting room. As such it is a house that is well laid out for family living and for entertaining, and which is partially double glazed. The house sits well within its own garden and grounds. Lying to the southeast is the cottage, known as Braefoot, which was formerly let out, and has planning consent for a replacement house, granted in November 2017.
Further down the back drive is Braefoot Cottage. This was originally a stone built doo'cot which was converted and extended in the 1950s, and is harled with a slate roof. The house, which was last occupied in 2013, has considerable potential to be done up as ancillary accommodation or for letting; alternatively there is planning in place to demolish and replace it with a new house (Aberdeenshire Council Ref: APP/2017/2509). Currently the accommodation comprises hallway, living room, kitchen, utility room, bathroom and two bedrooms. The garden is again extensive and is mainly down to grass, with trees, shrubs, a garden shed and wood store. To the side is a further area of garden with a greenhouse.
View payable LBTT Calculator for this property
This is a lovely house, a classic period property, close to the coast, with a wonderful piece of Scottish history as part of its heritage. The position is secluded and yet not remote, and the lovely garden along with nicely proportioned accommodation and the additional development options for the cottage make it an excellent property for family or dual-generation buyers to consider.Ruaraidh Ogilvie