Elegant Victorian six bedroom detached red sandstone property with garage, proudly situated within well established gardens and located within the thriving rural town of Turriff.
Originally built around 1890-1895, Skeen House is thought to have been designed for the first Provost of Turriff, John Hutcheon, and thereafter gifted to his son George Hutcheon. A striking sandstone property located within the traditional heart of the thriving rural town of Turriff, Skeen House is a truly beautiful home which has been extensively renovated by the current owners. A delightful period home with modern influences, great care has been taken to preserve and enhance the many original features which remain, including sash and case windows, wood panelled walls, picture rails, deep skirtings, ornate cornicing and ceiling roses.
A wide panelled door with surrounding etched glass window panels leads into the welcoming entrance vestibule. Here there is extensive wood panelling and thick carpeting, and an attractive door with stained glass panel leads into the grand reception hall, where a carpeted staircase with wooden balustrades and wrought iron spindles leads to the first floor accommodation.
Overlooking the property frontage via a large bay window area with wood panelled surround, the sitting room has a peaceful ambience and is perfect for relaxing with the family. It is of generous proportions and has wooden flooring; to either side of the attractive granite fireplace are high arched alcoves with display lighting and half height cupboards.
A wide panelled door from the reception hall leads into the delightfully elegant dining room; the ideal location for formal entertainment. A large bay window overlooks the front garden, while the most striking feature is the fireplace with decorative mantel, ornate woodwork, tiled inset and hearth.
The inviting family room has been sumptuously decorated and overlooks the rear via a sash and case window with working wooden shutters. Currently utilised as a home bar, a cupboard has been fitted with both mirrors and display lighting, while the bar area comprises an intricately decorated wood unit. The central focal point is the cosy fireplace with working coal fire.
A high archway from the reception hall leads into the inner hall, which has been neutrally decorated to complement the monochrome tile effect flooring. With access to an understair cupboard, the spacious boot room is perfect for storing outdoor equipment and footwear within the array of storage facilities, in addition to the traditional ceiling laundry pulley. A cupboard houses the hot water cylinder and boiler, while there is also a WC comprising a white two piece suite. A panelled door from the inner hall leads into the rear entrance hall. Allowing access to the rear driveway, a panelled door leads down to the spacious cellar, which is pine lined and accessed via a carpeted staircase. Within the rear hall there are the original servants' bells; a delightful homage to the property's past.
A half height door leads into the contemporary dining kitchen, which enjoys views over the garden. Fitted with an attractive range of oak faced base and wall units, there are also useful pantry style pull outs. Polished granite work surfaces incorporate a Franke 1.5 sink with etched drainer, while the gas fired four oven AGA is situated within a tiled recess. The moveable oak island with partial black granite work surface shall remain as will the integrated dishwasher and freestanding fridge/freezer with ice dispenser. There is plenty of space for informal dining and relaxed seating.
From the kitchen a stable style door leads into the modern utility room, which features a range of white gloss storage units, complemented by attractive work surfaces. The Belfast sink includes a solid wood surround, while the raised washing machine and tumble drier are to remain. A sliding door within the utility room reveals the well appointed shower room.
Ascending the carpeted staircase to the first floor, a wonderful acid etched glass window provides natural lighting. Above the spacious landing there is a large chandelier in addition to a walk in store room with lighting. The principal bedroom is of contemporary design and overlooks the property frontage via double sash and case windows. It features a painted ceiling and ceiling spotlights; the wardrobe unit shall remain.
Bedrooms two, three, four and five are all well proportioned rooms of tasteful decoration and each would be equally suitable as a generous home office or playroom if so required. A door from the main landing leads into a section of the accommodation affectionately referred to as the maid's quarters, and which includes a carpeted secondary staircase which leads down to the dining kitchen. From here there is access to the sixth well-proportioned bedroom which overlooks the garden, in addition to a cosy study and elegant family bathroom.
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A striking period home which has been beautifully maintained, my favourite room is the impressive and elegant dining room, ideal for family occasions and formal entertainment.Fiona Gormley