A truly stunning example of Swiss design and ingenuity, Boulder House represents a rare opportunity to purchase a unique home designed to the very highest of standards, set amidst 11 acres.
Privately commissioned by the current owners, Boulder House was created by Swiss architect Martin Stöhr during 2006/2007. The combined vision of both owners and architect resulted in a truly unique and striking residence, with an exciting fusion of Scottish traditional and European contemporary styles. Completed to the very highest of standards with quality fixtures and fittings throughout, Boulder House exudes elegant simplicity whilst providing versatile and spacious living accommodation, all the while enjoying the splendour of the Aberdeenshire countryside.
An arched solid wood door with ornate etchings around the exterior leads directly into the north facing tower and the impressive reception hall. Laid extensively with Caithness slate flooring, fantastic south facing views are visible from the sliding glazed doors, while the glazed partition to the gallery above is clearly visible.
The open plan dining kitchen is perfect for both family and formal entertaining. With an extensive range of burgundy base and wall units, the Gaggenau kitchen boasts an enviable array of high quality integrated Gaggenau, Miele and NEFF appliances. The central island includes a breakfast bar area. The solid Swiss pine and slate table with L-shaped bench provide ample dining space, and there is a welcoming Sablux fireplace. A glazed door from the kitchen leads out to a canopied veranda with west facing decked platform, where one can enjoy evening sunsets and barbecues.
The spacious sitting room enjoys triple aspect views across the wonderful grounds and here there is also another Sablux fireplace.
The principal bedroom suite enjoys spectacular south facing views and benefits from a spacious dressing room which leads into the generously proportioned en suite bathroom: this is fully tiled in marble and features a Jacuzzi bath, twin wash hand basins and fitted storage. A fabulous walk in shower enclosure has high power water jets.
The peaceful study is fitted with a bespoke range of office cabinetry but could be used as a fourth bedroom if desired.
Completing the ground floor accommodation is the guest WC which also includes a range of cleverly conceived storage facilities, and a cloakroom with bespoke Swiss pine cabinetry.
On ascent to the first floor, inset lighting highlights the tailormade tartan carpeting by Johnston's of Elgin which continues into the gallery and two bedrooms. Overlooking the reception hall below via a glass partition, the gallery is a superb living space with triple glazed doors allowing access to the balcony area. Fitted with a range of bookshelves and cupboards, within the gallery there are also specially commissioned wall etchings.
Both double bedrooms feature impressive high ceilings built with Swiss pine. With triple aspect views across the garden grounds, bedroom two includes a super en suite shower room with Grohe appliances. Double bedroom three is of identical dimensions and décor to bedroom two, while enjoying the benefit of an en suite bathroom.
On the ground floor, a doorway leads down a bright internal staircase to the lower ground floor accommodation. Here there is a versatile family room, from where an ornate arched door leads into the outstanding wine cellar. The wellness room is a luxurious inclusion. Fully tiled in limestone with Caithness slate flooring, there is a Swiss pine lined sauna/steam compartment with glazed walls and a shower room with Duravit fittings. The lower level also features a spacious laundry room with walk in larder. The plant room is utilised as a large drying room and also acts as the property control centre.
Situated within beautifully landscaped grounds of approximately 11 acres, Boulder House is surrounded by countryside and farmland. An extensive gravelled driveway leads down to an ornamental turning circle. The garden grounds are mostly laid to lawn, and have hosted marquees in recent years. Designed to promote easy maintenance, gravelled walkways provide lovely walking routes. Throughout the grounds there are mature trees, well established shrubs and seasonal flowering plants, while the stone remains of a former hamlet have been thoughtfully incorporated. With a number of opportunities for al fresco dining, a sunken rose garden with stone built BBQ and pizza oven provides a sheltered position from where to enjoy the local wildlife from the large granite table. Two ponds have previously been stocked with fish, and attract a variety of bird life.
A detached garage is suitable for housing approximately four cars. The driveway sweeps around and underneath the veranda, where a single double door allows access to the underground garage. Boasting temperature control, the garaging provides space for 12 vehicles.
The sale of Boulder House is a truly exceptional event on the Aberdeenshire market there is quite simply nothing like it, combining as it does a rare mix of design expertise and traditional style, with the very best of European materials and fittings. The extensive grounds offer super privacy while the underground garaging is both unusual and a fantastic draw for any car collector. A must-view property.Fiona Gormley