Savills | Boulder House, Rothiemay, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, AB54 7LW | Property for sale
7,771 sq ft(721.95 sq m)
Offers over £1,900,000

Boulder HouseRothiemay, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, AB54 7LW

    Key features

    • Virtual viewing and personal virtual viewing available
    • A truly unique architect designed home, featuring a striking combination of Scottish traditional and European contemporary styles.
    • Three/four double bedrooms with impressively proportioned public living space across all three floors
    • The property features a range of high quality fixtures, fittings and finishings
    • Luxurious wellness room with Swiss pine lined sauna
    • Wine cellar
    • Situated within grounds of about 11 acres surrounded by open farmland and countryside – a peaceful haven which attracts a wide range of bird and animal life
    • Fantastic south facing views
    • Boulder House will appeal hugely to the car enthusiast – with a detached double garage and underground garaging capable of housing 12 cars

    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.

    About this property

    • 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.

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    “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 GormleyProperty agent

    Local information

    • Boulder House is situated approximately 2.1 miles from the village of Milltown of Rothiemay, which enjoys a pleasant rural setting in the Deveron Valley. Within the village there is a primary school and shop catering for everyday essentials. The Forbes Arms Hotel is a charming building situated on the Deveron, and dates back to the 1780s.
    • Situated approximately 7 miles away, Huntly is an historic town which prospered during the 18th century through the expanding linen industry. Today, the amenities include a train station, providing a direct link to Aberdeen and Inverness, primary and secondary schools, two major supermarkets, local shops and recreational facilities. There is also salmon and trout fishing on the rivers Deveron and Bogie. Its other principal outdoor activities include golf, Nordic skiing in Clashindarroch Forest, walking, mountain biking and rugby. There is also the popular Huntly Falconry Centre.
    • The coastal village of Portsoy (12 miles away) was established as a Royal Burgh in 1550 by Mary Queen of Scots and is famed for its green Portsoy marble or serpentine, which was used in the construction of Louis XIV's Palace of Versailles. It is still quarried locally, in small quantities, and items made from it are sold in the harbourside Portsoy Marble Shop. The town is largely a conservation area, focused on the harbour which was built around 300 years ago and upgraded in 1825 for the herring fishing fleet. Portsoy hosts an annual Scottish Traditional Small Boats Festival in late June/early July which is enjoyed by as many as 15,000 visitors and encompasses history, music, arts, crafts, food and drink as well as a variety of maritime activities. The wider Moray Coast is renowned for having a relatively mild climate and some of the highest levels of sunshine in the UK. Beautiful beaches and a number of renowned golf courses lie along the coast. The famous Duff House Royal and Royal Tarlair courses are found at Banff and Macduff respectively. There is excellent sea angling along the coast. Duff House at Banff is part of the National Galleries of Scotland and houses a range of art treasures and superbly furnished rooms. Inland, to the south west, the Spey Valley is an area best known for its stunning countryside, salmon fishing, malt whisky production and as a popular destination for those seeking activity and sporting holidays, including the Speyside Way long distance walking route, shooting and stalking on nearby estates, salmon fishing on the world famous River Spey, as well as mountain biking, hillwalking and kayaking opportunities. There are also a number of golf courses within the surrounding environs, most notably at Dufftown, Elgin, Rothes and Ballindalloch Castle. Those who enjoy winter sports have access to the stunning Cairngorm mountain range.
    • The A96 provides ease of access to Aberdeen, which lies approximately 45 miles away. The international airport lies approximately 38 miles away and provides excellent transport links by air to London and other UK and European cities. The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route has greatly improved travel in and around Aberdeen, with a quicker and more direct route south. There are regular rail services from Aberdeen, including a sleeper service. Aberdeen provides all the services expected of a major city, including business and leisure facilities, theatres, restaurants and a wide range of shopping. There is private schooling in Aberdeen including Robert Gordon's College, St Margaret's and Albyn, as well as the International School at Pitfodels. There are two universities and several colleges of further education. From the city, the A93 North Deeside Road provides access to the historic towns of Ballater and Braemar, the latter of which hosts the renowned Braemar Gathering every September. On Deeside there is first class salmon fishing along the River Dee, trout fishing on nearby lochs, and both high and low ground shooting can be taken on local estates.
    • Elgin lies approximately 25 miles away from Boulder House. Steeped in history with a renowned cathedral dating from the 13th century, it has an impressive range of shops, together with a railway station, business and leisure facilities, including a swimming pool and leisure centre. The famous public school, Gordonstoun, which includes Aberlour House as a junior school, is only a short drive from Elgin and takes both day pupils and boarders, from 8 to 18. Johnston's of Elgin is located within the town, and is well known for its production of the finest woollens and cashmere.
    • To the north, Inverness is a modern and vibrant city with excellent and varied facilities, including the new marina and airport with regular flights to the south and summer and winter flights to Europe.

    Additional information

    • Cairnhill Cottage
    • For those looking for multi-generational living, guest or housekeeper accommodation, Cairnhill Cottage has three bedrooms and is ideally situated close to the entrance to Boulder House. Please note that the purchase of the cottage is available in addition to Boulder House, but not independently.
    • Directions: Rothiemay 2.1 miles Huntly 7 miles Aberdeen 45 miles Inverness 63 miles* *Please note that all distances are approximate.
    • EPC Rating = D