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3,915 sq ft(363.72 sq m)
Offers over £560,000

The Old ManseKinneff, Inverbervie, Kincardineshire, DD10 0TJ


    Key features

    • Home Report - £575,000
    • Attractive and historic former manse
    • Conveniently located in a lovely rural and coastal setting
    • Spacious and well laid out accommodation
    • Steeped in Scottish history and folklore
    • Separate 3 bedroom cottage with potential

    Historic former manse, close to the coast, and with a cottage.

    About this property

    • 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.

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    “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 OgilvieProperty agent

    Local information

    • The Old Manse is situated in a lovely rural and coastal location and is only 8 miles south of Stonehaven. With the opening of the Western Peripheral Route travelling times to Aberdeen and the airport have been much reduced.
    • Primary schooling is available at Kinneff and in Inverbervie which also has local shopping. Lathallan, at Johnshaven, is a well known local private school, catering for all age groups. There is secondary schooling in Stonehaven which has a wide range of shops, business facilities, a leisure centre and also a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and putting green. The nearby A92 connects Stonehaven with Montrose. There are railway stations at Stonehaven and Montrose, with services to Aberdeen and the south including a sleeper. Stonehaven has a delightful harbour with many traditional pubs and restaurants and still retains much historical interest and the ruins of Dunottar Castle to the south which is an iconic Scottish fortress.
    • Aberdeen, ‘the Granite City', is only some 23 miles away. It is a very cosmopolitan city and has all the amenities expected of a major centre with a wide range of shopping, leisure, entertainment and cultural activities, together with extensive business facilities. Aberdeen International Airport is well served by both domestic and international airlines. There is a good selection of independent schools in the city including Robert Gordon's College, St Margaret's School for Girls, Albyn School and the International School of Aberdeen. There are two universities, Aberdeen University and Robert Gordon University.
    • This part of the coastline features rugged rocky outcrops and cliffs, together with sandy bays and beaches, including that at St Cyrus which is also a nature reserve. There are a number of small fishing ports and harbours, including Catterline, Gourdon and Johnshaven, from which sea fishing and sailing can be undertaken. Lobsters and crabs are a local delicacy. Catterline and the surrounding area is famous for its artists who visit and live locally, inspired by the beauty and intriguing history of their surroundings. The Creel Inn in Catterline is renowned for its excellent seafood and there are good restaurants in Gourdon and Johnshaven. Away from the coast the range of outdoor pursuits is impressive. Fishing can be taken on the North and South Esks, and on the River Dee. There are numerous golf courses including those at Stonehaven, Montrose and Edzell. Inland lie the Grampian mountains which provide some of the best hill walking in eastern Scotland.
    • Locally there are lovely walks down to the coast, which is just minutes away.

    Additional information

    • The Old Manse at Kinneff stands next to the old parish church. Both are steeped in Scottish history and folklore. In 1651, as Cromwell's army advanced into Scotland the Crown Jewels and Honours of Scotland were removed to Dunnottar Castle for safe keeping. In September of that year the castle was besieged by Cromwell's forces, and the Crown Jewels were smuggled out by Mrs Grainger, the wife of the minister of Kinneff, under the noses of Oliver Cromwell's besieging forces. She took them back to the manse where she first hid them in the bottom of an old box bed. They were later removed to the Kirk where they were buried by the pulpit. They remained there for nine years, occasionally being ‘aired' in the manse, before being safely returned to Charles II and placed in Edinburgh Castle.
    • Directions: If coming from the north on the A90 dual carriageway, just south of Stonehaven take the A92 turning signposted Montrose and Arbroath. Continue for 6 miles and after passing through Roadside of Kinneff take the turning on the left signposted Slains Park and Old Church Kinneff. Follow this road for just over a mile and at the T junction turn left then immediately right. Continue down the hill and the Old Manse will be seen on the left after passing the church. If coming from the south on the A90, some 3 miles north of Laurencekirk, at Fordoun turn onto the B967 signposted Arbuthnott and Inverbervie. Continue for some 6 miles and then turn left onto the A92. After 0.8 miles turn right signposted Catterline and Old Church Kinneff. After 1.2 miles turn right signposted Old Church Kinneff and proceed down the hill as above. If coming north on the A92 then 1 mile north of Inverbervie turn right signposted Catterline and Old Church Kinneff and proceed as above.
    • EPC Rating = D