Splendid six bedroom U-shaped steading conversion, providing spacious and versatile living accommodation. Situated within immaculate garden grounds. There are about 3.5 acres of grass fields
Situated within the beautiful rolling countryside of Midmar, and located just 16 miles from Aberdeen, Balblair Steading is a wonderfully versatile family home which offers the best of country living. Of granite construction with a slate roof, Balblair Steading was further renovated and completed by the current owners during 2016 to sympathetically extend the existing living accommodation while still maintaining its traditional charm. About 3.5 acres currently for equestrian use. Balblair Steading boasts far reaching views across the fields to the wooded hillside beyond.
The granite and wood clad entrance vestibule benefits from plenty of natural light, and features an exposed granite wall. Ideal as a boot room, and boasting underfloor heating, a panelled solid wood door then leads into the welcoming reception hall. The dining kitchen lies at the heart of this impressive property. Fitted with attractive terracotta floor tiles, the kitchen features a bespoke range of kitchen cabinetry, including a large breakfasting island with storage facilities. Extensive work surfaces incorporate a Belfast style ceramic sink, while there are granite work surfaces around the cherry red AGA and the De Longhi cooking range with five ring gas hob. With ample space for a large dining table and chairs, the kitchen is a light and airy living space with a high ceiling, while glazed doors lead out to the paved terrace beyond. The storage facilities in the kitchen are further complemented by those in the utility room, which also includes a 1 ½ ceramic sink with drainer.
The east wing provides fantastically versatile and tastefully presented living space. Open plan to the galleried landing above, the use of split levels cleverly creates different dining and seating areas while thoughtfully configured windows and glazed doors allow for both natural light and wonderful countryside views. Fitted with solid oak wood flooring, the formal dining room gives way to the first sitting room, central to which is a Scandinavian Rais wood burning stove. Beyond the stove is a further well proportioned sitting area where full length windows provide superb views across the grounds to the fields beyond. Ascending the solid wood staircase from the dining area below, the galleried landing is the ideal location for a study area or home office. Bedroom six is currently utilised as a home gym, but has also served as a guest bedroom from where the most beautiful views can be enjoyed. The tastefully appointed family bathroom is located to the opposite side of the wing, and features a freestanding roll top bath with white WC and wash hand basin.
Returning to the reception hall, there is the fully tiled wet room. The inner hall contains fitted storage facilities, while first allowing access to bedrooms four and five, which enjoy lovely views across the rear garden. Thereafter there is a split level, where a secondary staircase leads up to the bright play room, where three sets of traditional style half height doors provide access to eaves storage. Two further sets of doors lead into the extensive loft space which extends over the lower west wing and across to the dining kitchen.
On the ground floor, a hallway with solid oak flooring provides access to bedrooms two and three. Benefitting from built in storage facilities, bedroom three also has a walk in wardrobe which is currently used as a dressing room but includes the necessary plumbing fitments for a small en suite shower room. Completing the living accommodation is the elegantly spacious principal bedroom with its superb countryside views from the glazed doors and adjacent window panels which also provide access to the garden. With a high ceiling and exposed ceiling beams, there is also a well proportioned dressing area which leads into the beautifully appointed en suite shower room with underfloor heating.
Within well maintained and fully enclosed garden grounds, there are about 3.5 acres currently used for equestrian purposes, with far reaching views across local countryside. A beech hedge to the front provides a good degree of privacy, while two gravelled driveways provide off street parking facilities close to the house. With the principal driveway, a gated entrance leads round to the rear garden and the granite bothy, the bothy could also be utilised for undercover parking if required. With the majority of the rear garden laid to lawn, extensive paved terraces provide a super opportunity for al fresco dining. Within the grounds there is also a further generous parking area which has been laid with gravel and has gated access from the main road and also the principal driveway. Ideal for larger equestrian vehicles, directly in front lies a paddock.
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This property feels welcoming from the moment you enter, with farmhouse-style features and the use of wood and stone displaying real character, while the upgraded fixtures and fittings offer a stylish finish in the kitchen and bathrooms. With an easy commute to Aberdeen, I think Balblair Steading will appeal to a wide range of buyers.Fiona Gormley