Edge of village, close to the coast.
South Fawsyde Lodge is a most attractive house situated in secluded grounds on the edge of the small village of Kinneff. Originally the Garden Cottage and stable block for Fawsyde House, this was imaginatively converted and extended in the early 1980s, while retaining the external integrity of the building. The original building, which is believed to date from the 1860s, is stone built with a slate roof, while the extension, on the western side, is harled. It now forms a desirable property, which was entirely refurbished to create a very versatile, fully double glazed house. It was acquired by the sellers in 1988, who have since done further works, which at that stage included overhauling the roof. Since 2010 the ground and first floor front and ground floor south facing windows have been replaced, the house has been rewired and the garage has been re-roofed.
The hub of the house is very much a fabulous double height living room, with a galleried landing above. Off this is a smaller reception room, used as a family room. Also at ground floor level is the dining room, kitchen, utility room, cloakroom and three offices, one used as a study, one as a library and the other as a music store room. One of these could have potential as a downstairs bedroom if required, and has been so used in the past. Upstairs are four bedrooms, along with a bathroom and a separate shower. The house is linked to its gardens and grounds by a most attractive verandah and there is a useful garage and ample space for parking and seating areas.
The access drive leads up past the back of the house with access either side to the front, where the verandah and sliding doors open to both the sitting room and the dining room. However the main entrance door is on the western side where steps lead up to a wooden entrance door and which opens to a porch with slate tiled floor and an inner glazed door to the hallway, off which the downstairs accommodation is arranged. The impressive double height living room has a beamed and wooden ceiling, feature stone wall with a wood burning stove, together with an understair cupboard, sliding doors to the verandah, and access through to the family room which has a bay window and a timber lined ceiling. Also off the hallway is the well proportioned dining room, again with a beamed ceiling, sliding doors to the verandah and which connects to the kitchen. This has wall and floor units with a Westinghouse oven / grill, space for an under counter fridge, Moffat four ring hob with Tricity extractor and double sink. In addition there is a bay window with window seat and ample space for informal dining. Beyond is the utility room which has a side entrance door, wall mounted Worcester boiler, sink unit, plumbing for a washing machine and substantial storage cupboards. The music store room has fitted CD and LP storage shelves, while the cloakroom has a pedestal washbasin, WC and wooden floor. In addition there is a library and a wood panelled study with fitted shelves and a side entrance door.
From the sitting room stairs with wooden bannisters lead up to a galleried landing with a shelved linen cupboard and a walk in store room. Bedroom one has a beamed ceiling and built in wardrobes, while bedrooms two and three are both split level and have fitted wardrobes and washbasins. Distant sea views are visible from the larger of these rooms. There is a separate shower room with a shower cubicle while the family bathroom has a bath, pedestal washbasin and WC. Bedroom four has a timber lined ceiling, washbasin and a dressing room with built in wardrobe, which could work well as a teenager's bedroom with a separate sitting area, or a bedroom with attached nursery.
In front of the verandah is a block paved terrace, and beyond this is a large gravelled area, which in turn links to the garden. This is enclosed by beech hedging which provides effective privacy and comprises lawns and is divided into two areas, with two cherry trees and three apple trees. To the side of the house is a harled garage (6.15 m x 10.6 m) with box profile roofing, automatic up and over door, power and light. Beyond is an open fronted wood store (2.65 m x 7.65 m) and behind this are raised vegetable borders and a stone built potting shed (4.10 m x 3. 1 m) with a corrugated roof.
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South Fawsyde Lodge has retained some characterful features following its imaginative conversion while possessing a modern, light and easy-flowing feel throughout the flexible accommodation. Its big garden, location close to the coast and a village with primary school and a commute that is under 25 miles from Aberdeen, make it a strong option for family buyers.Ruaraidh Ogilvie