Striking eight bedroom Victorian detached residence with single garage, situated within garden grounds of approximately 1.5 acres within rural Aberdeenshire.
Understood to have been built around 1872, Mains of Towie Barclay is a handsome example of a Victorian sandstone property. Providing spacious and versatile living accommodation throughout, an array of original features remain, including decorative cornicing, ornate ceiling roses, deep skirtings, picture railings, window panelling and open fireplaces. Situated within garden grounds of approximately 1.5 acres, the property enjoys lovely views across the adjacent fields to the woodland beyond. Now requiring a degree of modernisation, Mains of Towie Barclay represents a superb opportunity to acquire an impressive family home or countryside retreat.
A large panelled door leads into the entrance vestibule, where a further door with etched glass panel and high glazed surround leads into the impressive reception hall. Featuring a beautifully patterned ceiling, a curved staircase with ornate iron balustrades and timber handrail leads up to the first floor living accommodation.
Overlooking the property frontage, both the drawing and sitting rooms are of generous proportions and benefit from an abundance of natural light which streams through the large windows. Inclusive of decorative wall sconces and ceiling pendants, both rooms are carpeted with large open fireplaces. The dining room is ideal for formal entertainment and includes a fitted cupboard and fireplace. The family room overlooks the garden and woods to the side of the property via a large window with wood panelling, while also featuring an open fireplace and fitted cupboard.
From the reception hall, a doorway leads into the inner hall, from where the WC cloakroom and store rooms are accessible. The large laundry room with a pair of original Belfast sinks is a unique reminder of the past history of the property, and could perhaps be transformed into a further public room or bedroom.
Within the inner hall there is access to a second entrance door which leads out to the driveway, while a further store room would be perfect as a boot room for outdoor clothing and footwear. The study is nestled in the corner of the hall, with dual aspect views across the grounds.
The spacious dining kitchen is fitted with a range of base and wall units, while dual aspect windows allow for plentiful natural light. There is ample space available for a dining table and chairs. Within the kitchen a fitted cupboard houses the hot water cylinder and there is also a cream oil fired AGA with two ovens. Storage facilities are further extended within the utility room, where extensive work surfaces incorporate a stainless steel sink with twin drainers.
From the ground floor, a door within the inner hall leads down to the wine cellar, which features flagstone flooring and a range of shelves.
Returning to the reception hall, the curved staircase leads up to the first floor landing, while a large store room with window is accessible from the staircase. The first floor landing receives an abundance of natural light from the cupola above the staircase. Bedrooms one, two, three, four and five all provide good sized accommodation, with views across the garden grounds. Bedroom six is a spacious room overlooking the woods and includes an ornamental fireplace. A split level step with doorway leads into a generously sized dressing room, with fitted cupboard space also available. The family bathroom features a coloured three piece suite.
Within the north wing, along the inner hall a doorway leads up a secondary staircase to the former maid's quarters. From the landing there is access to a store room, in addition to bedrooms seven and eight, which are both well proportioned rooms with ornamental fireplaces.
Mains of Towie Barclay is situated within garden grounds of approximately 1.5 acres, with access from the main road via a short track which leads into an extensive gravelled driveway providing parking for a number of vehicles and access to the single garage, which is positioned to the rear of the property. Partially surrounded by mature trees, the front garden is open to views across the neighbouring field, while the front garden is also laid to lawn with a variety of trees, shrubs and seasonal flowering plants. To the west of the house there is a further area which is laid to lawn, with a pathway leading into the wooded portion of the grounds, which features an array of wildflowers during the warmer weather.
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"Requiring a degree of modernisation, this attractive and appealing property could be transformed into a stunning period home with some decorative updating and new fixtures and fittings. The extensive living space could be re-configured on the first floor, if desired, while the ground floor is already beautifully proportioned thanks to its Victorian design. The commutable location makes this a great opportunity for family buyers wanting to make their mark on a traditional property.Laura Totten