Unique, fully renovated traditional granite property dating back to 1830, on south facing aspect with superb views over the Dee Valley and gardens of about 1.4 acres.
It was shortlisted for best residential property in the 2019 Aberdeen Society of Architects Awards, after an extensive refurbishment and extension in 2018, designed by Eoghain Fiddes Architects Ltd. The end-result is an impressive, modern, flexible space that blends contemporary living with period elegance.
The entrance to the property has imposing wrought iron gates and a sweeping driveway, opening up to a unique period granite house, and stunning south facing views of the Dee valley. The modern contemporary living is at the side and rear of the property, clad with Siberian Larch and zinc roofing. There is parking for multiple vehicles.
On entering the house, you are greeted by an impressive reception hall and vestibule. The refurbishment of the original house has retained all original features and created a feeling of period elegance and refinement for functional modern living: carved fireplaces, high ceilings, wood panelling, cornices, ceiling roses and window shutters. Throughout there are new bespoke Alu-clad double glazed windows, new plumbing system and electrical wiring, modern Italian bathrooms with Duravit sanitary fittings, and new traditional style column radiators. A sense of continuity between the old and new is achieved using engineered French Oak hardwood flooring throughout the ground floor.
From the hallway there are two bright and spacious double aspect reception rooms with south facing bay windows and shutters, that are both stunning and elegant and can together connect for large scale entertaining. Each reception room has a restored fireplace, with lined chimneys and new Dik Geurts wood burning stoves. Informal living space is provided by a further reception room accessed from the hallway, with a wonderful garden aspect, and a restored fireplace and Stovax wood burning stove. The hallway leads up to the contemporary part of the house, an outstanding and striking luxury kitchen/dining/family room. The German Nobilia kitchen is fitted with a fine range of sleek contemporary cabinets, a long Silestone centre island and breakfast bar, with deep storage pan drawers. All are complemented by a granite Blanco double sink and Quooker tap. NEFF appliances include induction hob, fan oven and fan oven/microwave, warming drawer and integrated dishwasher. There is an American style fridge freezer with plumbed-in water and ice dispenser. This stunning open plan area is perfect for everyday casual relaxation. The kitchen flows into a large dining space, where one aspect has retained the original exposed stonework. Bringing the outdoors in has been achieved using floor-to-ceiling corner sliding windows providing garden access and views of the Dee Valley. There is a side vestibule with integrated cloak cupboard and a separate cloakroom with wall-hung Duravit toilet and wash basin. With rearaccess is the boot room/utility room, which is fitted with wall and floor cabinets, plumbed for a washing machine and tumble dryer, along with a Blanco porcelain sink and shower style tap. It also has a clothes pulley and two cupboards housing the electric controls and boiler respectively.
A large staircase with wooden balustrades leads to a split landing, where high ceilings and a skylight create a bright space. With stunning views across Cults and the surrounding countryside is the spacious principal bedroom suite, with period cornices, a large bay window with shutters, and fitted floor-to-ceiling bespoke wardrobes with mixed hanging, shelved cupboards and a dressing table. There is also a walk-in dressing room with open hanging and shelved storage. The fully tiled en suite shower room has a bespoke wall-hung washbasin and vanity unit, WC and large shower enclosure. Across the hallway is another double bedroom with a front facing bay window and original shutters, enjoying excellent views and floor-to-ceiling bespoke fitted wardrobes. These rooms are separated by a dedicated home office in the turret, with arched windows and access to the flagpole on the roof. The third double bedroom is a bright and airy space, with storage, and views over the mature grounds. On the other side of the split landing is the fourth bedroom, another double bedroom that is tastefully presented, with views of the garden, and floor-to-ceiling fitted wardrobes. On the other side of the split landing is the fourth bedroom, another generously proportioned light and airy double bedroom that is tastefully presented, with views of the landscaped garden, and floor-to-ceiling fitted storage. The fifth double bedroom, another well presented room overlooking the gardens. There is a bright, large modern family Italian bathroom that is stylish with ample storage, featuring a double end bath, separate shower enclosure, WC and double vanity unit.
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I love the views and natural light from the south facing aspect of this home. Wonderful sun rises and sun sets can be enjoyed from many of the rooms.Fiona Gormley