Four/five bedroom historic Category A listed detached property with striking twin pavilions, set within about 4.47 acres of garden grounds and surrounded by open Aberdeenshire countryside.
A rare opportunity to acquire an historic Category A listed house.
Dating from the late 17th and mid 18th centuries Memsie House was for 300 years home to the Frasers of Memsie, a Cadet branch of the Frasers of Philorth, Lords Saltoun, from which they had split in 1482. At the end of the 19th century the Frasers of Memsie sold the property back to Lord Saltoun's family, who latterly used the property as a farmhouse and thereafter as a welcoming private family residence. Providing spacious and versatile living accommodation, Memsie House offers excellent potential for future renovation to create a truly unique family home or holiday retreat in the midst of splendid Aberdeenshire.
The character and charm of Memsie House are immediately apparent on approach. Spanning three storeys, the two pavilions are outstanding attachments to the main house and connected by curved passageways. Both pavilions may be suitable for renovation to create further accommodation. Connected to the pavilions is a low stone wall with wrought iron gates and flanking stone ball finials, with a delightful enclosed courtyard with flower beds and pathways on the other side.
The central pathway leads to the panelled entrance door which opens into the reception hall. A curved painted staircase ascends to the upper living accommodation, while a passage leads to the inner hall. Laid with flagstones, there is a pine panelled alcove and a door providing garden access. The WC cloakroom includes a white two piece suite and also houses the central heating boiler.
Overlooking the courtyard via twin windows, the sitting room exudes a pleasant ambience. A decorative fireplace with tiled inset and slate hearth accommodates a wood burning stove. A door from the sitting room opens into a curved passageway which allows access to the pavilion. The well proportioned dining room also enjoys views over the courtyard. Ideal for formal dining and entertaining, the dining room benefits from a striking white painted fireplace with granite hearth. A door opens into a quirky curved passageway which leads into the second pavilion.
The spacious dining kitchen was an addition to Memsie House during the mid 18th century. Neutral walls complement the flagstone flooring, while the eye catching exposed stone wall is where the Rayburn range cooker is located. The kitchen includes a good selection of wood fronted storage units, with a work surface area incorporating a ceramic sink.
From the bright first floor landing, there are superb views across the property frontage and beyond via a large window. The inviting drawing room/bedroom two enjoys elevated garden views, while pine lined alcoves flank an open fireplace with tiled hearth. A doorway leads into the split level laundry room, which could be transformed into a fabulous en suite bathroom.
The principal bedroom also boasts peaceful views over the property frontage while a light en suite bathroom has a white three piece suite.
On the second floor landing, there is access to the attic via a ceiling hatch. Bedrooms three and four are both well proportioned rooms with central fireplaces and wash hand basins. Bedroom five is a charming room with twin shuttered windows. All three bedrooms on this level are served by a WC with wash hand basin and a separate shower room.
Memsie House is situated within grounds of about 4.47 acres, with stone pillars preceding the entrance driveway which gently winds through mature trees and lawns laid with seasonal flowering plants and flowers. The driveway sweeps around the property frontage and around the back, with access to a garage at the rear. A derelict steading offers the opportunity for possible renovation and development, subject to obtaining the necessary consents.
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A most striking listed property, I simply love the period features.Laura Totten