Savills | Mains Of Towie Barclay, Auchterless, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, AB53 8DR | Properties for sale
486.72 sq m
Offers over £395,000(11.474.252.964 ₫)

Mains Of Towie BarclayAuchterless, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, AB53 8DR

  • Sold

Key features

  • Sold in December 2019
  • An array of original features remain, including deep cornicing, ceiling roses and open fireplaces.
  • Spacious and versatile living accommodation with four large public rooms, all with open fireplaces.
  • An impressive reception hall with cupola above.
  • Wine cellar
  • Situated within garden grounds of approximately 1.5 acres, with lovely views across the nearby fields and woods.
  • Single garage with extensive gravelled driveway.
  • Enjoying ease of access to the A947, the property lies just over 5 miles from the thriving town of Turriff, and under 30 miles to Aberdeen International Airport.
  • Requiring a degree of modernisation, this striking property could be transformed into a stunning period home with modern décor.

Striking eight bedroom Victorian detached residence with single garage, situated within garden grounds of approximately 1.5 acres within rural Aberdeenshire.

About this property

  • 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 TottenProperty agent

Local information

  • While the surrounding area comprises rolling farmland, this part of the northeast of Scotland is famed for its outdoor pursuits. Salmon fishing is available on the rivers Deveron, Don, Dee and Spey. There are golf courses at Banff, Macduff and Turriff, together with famous links courses at Royal Aberdeen, Trump International and Cruden Bay. Game shooting on neighbouring estates is another popular sport. The nearby coast offers sailing and sandy beaches. Apart from its rich agricultural heritage, the area is steeped in historical interest, being in the heart of ‘Castle Country'.
  • Mains of Towie Barclay is situated a short distance from the village of Auchterless, which has a small primary school, parish church and village hall. The local health centre is situated 4 miles away in the village of Fyvie, where there are shops for everyday essentials. Turriff offers a wider range of shopping, business and leisure facilities, together with a sports centre with swimming pool, community centre, cottage hospital, primary and secondary schooling. A regular bus service runs from Turriff to Dyce and Aberdeen city centre and there are also connections to Inverurie, Elgin and Banff.
  • Inverurie is a prosperous and expanding market town, situated in the valley of the River Don with good road and rail links to Aberdeen, Dyce, Huntly and Inverness. There is a wide range of amenities and services, including several large supermarkets.
  • The A96 and A947 provide easy access to Aberdeen and its international airport, which offers regular flights to London and other UK and European cities. The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route has now opened, with improved travel in and around Aberdeen and a quicker and more direct route south. There are regular train services from Aberdeen, including a sleeper to Kings Cross London. Aberdeen provides all the services of a major city, including business and leisure facilities, theatres and cinemas, restaurants and a wide range of shopping. There is private schooling including Robert Gordon's school, St Margaret's, and Albyn as well as the International school at Pitfodels. There are two universities and several colleges of further education.

Additional information

  • Directions: From Aberdeen, follow the Ellon Road north, before turning left at the roundabout onto the B999. After Whitecairns turn left onto the B979, and continue on until joining the A947 at Newmachar. Follow the A947 through Oldmeldrum and Fyvie. Before you reach the left hand turn for the B992, the entrance for Mains of Towie Barclay will be on the left hand side, lined by mature hedging and trees. Once on the access track, proceed straight ahead DO NOT TURN LEFT INTO THE CASTLE. Fyvie 5.1 miles Turriff 5.1 miles Oldmeldrum 12.5 miles Inverurie 17.7 miles Aberdeen International Airport 25.7 miles* *Please note that all distances are approximate
  • EPC Rating = F