Imposing Grade C listed period former manse with fantastic views across both open countryside and the north sea.
An imposing Category C listed two and a half storey former manse, the original house was built about 1876 for the Slains Parish Church by the renowned Aberdeen City architect William Smith. Associated with many local projects, William Smith was well known for his involvement with Balmoral Castle on Royal Deeside during 1852. Sold during 1974 by the Church of Scotland, Slains House has since been home to an antiquarian bookshop and B&B business and has been a lovely family home for the past twelve years.
A large painted door leads into the entrance vestibule, where striking marble tiled flooring continues into the cloakroom where double doors lead into the welcoming reception hall. The hall receives a good level of natural light from the large stairwell window above the curving wooden staircase with cast iron balustrade which ascends to the first and attic floor accommodation. The formal sitting room and drawing room both enjoy excellent views across the property frontage and are both fine examples of Victorian era public living accommodation, with the sitting room benefitting from a large fireplace with tiled insert and hearth, upon which is situated an ornate iron stove. The dining room overlooks the side of the manse and is the perfect location for formal dining and entertainment. Located at the heart of the house, the breakfast room and kitchen offer super formal and informal dining possibilities. The kitchen features a bespoke design by Lethenty Cabinetmakers of Inverurie with cabinets made of local oak and a honed black granite worksurface. Central to the kitchen is the prominent royal blue electric four oven AGA with patterned grey stone splashback, while a walk in pantry provides superb kitchen storage space and bright views along the side of the property. Completing the ground floor accommodation within the main house are the WC cloakroom, utility/boot room and workshop, the latter allowing access to the rear of the property.
Ascending the staircase to the first floor, the landing has four double bedrooms and two bathrooms off, one of which also includes a shower. Bedrooms 1 and 3 both overlook the front of the property and boast breath-taking views of the North Sea. From the first floor landing a further staircase with large window provides views over the rear towards the former Slains Parish Church. On the attic floor, two generously proportioned and versatile bedrooms enjoy far reaching views down to the sea and harbour from charming bay windows. A bathroom of contemporary décor, which includes a freestanding bath, completes the main living accommodation.
The house provides plenty of storage space, and includes under stair cupboards,attic eaves and fitted cupboards in several of the rooms.
The annexe is accessible from the inside through the kitchen but also has its own entrance door outside, based at the rear of the property. This separate entrance door provides the opportunity to use the annexe as self-contained accommodation. The entrance and reception hall are fitted with black slate flooring. The shower room is accessible from the entrance hall and is extensively tiled in an array of patterns. Completing the ground floor annexe accommodation, the sitting room enjoys bright dual aspect views and would be equally suitable as a home studio or office if not to be utilised as part of B&B or extended family accommodation. On the upper annexe floor, the landing provides access to two bedrooms, where skylights and a small picture window provide natural light and views over the neighbouring fields.
From the main road, the driveway, lined with mature hedging, leads up a gentle slope to where Slains House is situated within rectangular shaped grounds. These grounds extend to about 0.5 acres. To the rear of the house there is ample space for several cars to be parked. In the garden next to the house is a small wooden garden shed. The garden is mostly laid to lawn. The front garden is terraced on two levels, partially bordered by attractive drystone dykes and an array of mature deciduous trees, providing a great deal of privacy during the summer months. A wide variety of seasonal flowers, including snowdrops, bluebells, crocuses and daffodils have been planted and will continue to add colour during the warmer weather. A private pathway leads down from the edge of the front garden to the road leading to the beach.
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With its plentiful original features including pine floorboards and window shutters, and peaceful location, Slains House is the ideal property for a beach loving owner looking for space and character (and perhaps even a hospitality opportunity). A handsome property that deserves to be viewed.Fiona Gormley