Wester Braehead
226.78 sq m
Offers over £475,000(14.032.928.906 ₫)

Wester Braehead & Woodside CottageTarland, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 4UQ

  • Sold

Key features

  • Sold in July 2019
  • Entrance hall, Sitting room, Dining kitchen, Bathroom/utility area, 2 double bedrooms both with en suites
  • Linked L shaped steading building with planning permission for conversion
  • Saltire stable block: 4 loose boxes including a stallion box, tack room and feed room
  • Saltire double-horse shelter in paddock
  • Woodside Cottage – derelict cottage with planning permission for alteration and extension
  • IACS registered agricultural land extending to approx. 16.14 ha (39.88 acres)
  • Inclusive of 7 paddocks suitable for equestrian purposes
  • Views across stunning countryside towards Morven, Corrachree and Knock Hill


About this property

  • Believed to have been built during the late 18th century, Wester Braehead was originally constructed as a single storey dwellinghouse. In the late 19th century the officially appointed Aberdeen City Architect, John Smith, created a second storey, which also involved the re-modelling of the entire property frontage with pointed gables and wall decorations. The initials JS are evident to this day carved above the central dormer window.

    A charming farmhouse, Wester Braehead has been fully restored and modernised within the past decade to provide comfortable living accommodation, while careful consideration has been taken in order to preserve and enhance many traditional period features, including exposed granite fireplaces, ceiling beams and sash and case windows. Built from granite with a natural Welsh slate roof, Wester Braehead is linked to a large L shaped stone built steading and barn with a mix of slate and corrugated iron roof. The steading and barn are ideal as a further extension to the farmhouse if so desired, with full planning permission for this purpose. (App Ref: 8021116PF)

    A traditional style white painted door allows access to the welcoming entrance hall, which is open plan to the sitting room and white-painted staircase which leads to the first floor bedroom accommodation. Laid with durable Caithness slate flagstone flooring throughout the ground floor, the property also enjoys the modern benefit of underfloor heating. Within the entrance hall an understair cupboard houses the underfloor heating valves, electrical and heating controls, and other utilities.

    Overlooking the property frontage via a deep silled sash and case window, the dining kitchen has retained all its original charm, the central focal point being the open granite fireplace with traditional style salt cellar niches and an Esse Ironheart cooking range which can also provide backup heating and hot water. With ample space available for dining and relaxation, within the dining kitchen there is a fixed unit comprising a stainless steel wash hand basin and drainer, in addition to an integrated two ring electric hob. A pantry style cupboard has been cleverly designed with a view to being a future bar facility, and has been fitted with a stainless steel sink and solid oak work surface. Within close proximity to the pantry cupboard lies the former milk cellar, which is currently being used as a handy drinks chiller.

    Across the entrance hall, a half-height open stable style door opens into the sitting room, which enjoys lovely views towards the young orchard via a deep-silled sash and case window. An exposed granite fireplace with wood burning stove is nicely offset by the more contemporary neutral decoration and ceiling spotlights . A panelled door accesses the linked steading building, while a further white painted panelled door opens into the bathroom. Of neutral décor and tiled in white around the suite, the bathroom includes a white three piece suite, in addition to a Mira Sport electric shower above the bath. The wash hand basin is situated within a sunken tiered shelf, from where it is possible to take in the views across the paddocks towards Corrachree Hill. A storage cupboard under the sink houses the water filtration equipment.

    Ascending the staircase to the first floor, the landing is an open and bright area with a deep silled sash and case window which overlooks the orchard and surrounding grounds.

    A panelled cottage style door opens into the first double bedroom. This light and well-proportioned bedroom enjoys the benefit of triple aspect views over the surrounding grounds. Fitted deep shelving provides elevated storage, while the en suite shower room includes a white two piece suite and a large curved shower enclosure housing a mains shower, tiled flooring, a chrome towel rail and a deep silled sash and case window which allows for views over the paddocks. Bedroom 1 benefits from attractive solid oak flooring which continues throughout the landing and into Bedroom 2 which is another well-proportioned room with dual aspects over the front and rear of Wester Braehead. Fitted with solid oak flooring and of neutral decoration, its en suite shower room with tiled floor also allows access to the loft space via a ceiling hatch.

    Situated within IACS registered agricultural land extending to around 16.14 ha (39.88 acres), Wester Braehead is located at the heart of a private rural setting which affords beautiful and far reaching views across local countryside while taking in the sights of the majestic Morven and Corrachree Hill. Within the boundaries of Wester Braehead, an enjoyable stroll will take you to the top of a small hill where there are the remains of a Bronze Age hut

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Local information

  • Wester Braehead and Woodside Cottage lie in a stunning countryside location with open views across the fields towards Morven and the surrounding hills. Situated at the heart of approximately 40 acres, the land includes seven stock-fenced paddocks which are currently used for equestrian purposes. Excellent outriding is available directly from the front door.
  • The properties lie on the outskirts of Tarland, a village which sits in the middle of the Howe of Cromar, a natural hollow of land on the eastern edge of the Grampian Mountains, between the rivers Dee and Don, close to the boundary of the Cairngorms National Park and within the view of Royal Lochnagar. The area itself is low lying land with a mixture of farming and forestry. It is encircled by hills including Morven in the west and Pressendye in the north, which grant expansive views back over the Howe of Cromar.
  • The village of Tarland lies some 30 miles due west of Aberdeen, the economic centre of the region, and 4 miles northwest of Aboyne, the nearest significant town. The surrounding land is predominantly agricultural in character and Tarland has over time developed a range of amenities suited to the needs of this rural area, as well as a number of sporting and recreational facilities.
  • The traditional Victorian village square accommodates a number of businesses, including a small supermarket, chemist, coffee shop, two hotels, toy shop / post office, craft shop and village hall. Tarland has a golf course, a caravan and camping site, and is the starting point for the Tarland Way walk and cycle path. It is a popular centre for hill walkers, mountain bikers and tourists. Douneside House, part of the MacRobert Estate, has a local health club and fine dining restaurant.
  • Aboyne is an attractive small Victorian town in Royal Deeside and the main centre for this rural district. There is a supermarket, top class academy and primary school, and an excellent community centre providing theatre/cinema, full size swimming pool, badminton courts, library and gym. The town also has a health centre and a cottage hospital.
  • Aboyne is just 30 miles from the oil industry centre of Aberdeen giving an easy, traffic free journey of around 45 minutes to the city centre or airport. Aberdeen International Airport has at least eight flights daily to London and operates routes to many other destinations including Amsterdam and Paris. The mainline railway runs frequent daily express services to London as well as regular services to other parts of the country and an excellent overnight sleeper service to London.

Additional information

  • Directions: From Aberdeen, follow the A944 towards Westhill, and thereafter the B9119 towards Garlogie and then onwards to Tarland. On entering the village of Tarland, proceed across the bridge onto Bridge Street, and continue to follow the B9119 straight ahead. Approximately 1 mile further along on the right hand side there is a farmhouse (The Leys) with outbuildings, immediately after which is a turning including a signpost for Braehead. Turn right at this junction and continue to the end of the tarmac, then take a sharp left up the hill and through the forest. On reaching Braehead Farm, keep going past the farm keeping the farm buildings to the right, where a single track will lead you directly to Wester Braehead and Woodside Cottage beyond.
  • EPC Rating = C