When you think of a cottage, the phrases small and cosy, or compact and bijou are likely to come to mind and this sensational home in Durris near Banchory is all of these things, and much, much more.
It’s certainly not the stereotypical chocolate box, Hansel and Gretel property, with the five bedrooms and triple garage possibly the first things to give the game away.
Space and light are abundant and any large or growing family will undoubtedly find this home the ideal choice.
Set in extensive grounds, and located in Aberdeenshire’s beautiful countryside you’ll be hard pushed to find another property planned with such care and designed to the very highest standards.
The original building has been substantially extended, with the glass front, timber clad extension and stone built structure combining the very best of old and new.
For many open plan living is a priority, and entering the hallway you’ll find a versatile double bedroom which could also be utilised as a gym or home office space, a real bonus for those with a fitness leaning or are looking to work from home. And that’s before you find the adjoining store room and shower room.
The main living room, which leads on forms part of one larger space along with the kitchen and dining area, with the room benefitting a stunning glass vaulted ceiling. The word spectacular certainly underplays the effect somewhat.
Among the many show stoppers in the house, the kitchen itself stands out. Stylish and modern, it would meet the needs of the most demanding MasterChef aficionado. The wide range of quality base, wall drawer units, along with high quality worktops and a breakfast bar only adds to the luxurious surroundings.
The house is large and airy, yes, but the lounge in the original part of the property, featuring a wood burning stove, also provides that cosy cottage feeling, perfect as we approach those chilly autumn and winter evenings. If all that space wasn’t enough, a family room which can also double as a sixth bedroom – visitors over the festive period shouldn’t be a problem.
Upstairs the master bedroom, together with its ensuite and walk in dressing room is at the opulent end of comfortable, and the three other bedrooms, all generous to say the least, are complimented by two further bathrooms.
As you enter the long drive, you already begin to get a sense of space, but also privacy. The grounds are considerable, with the large front garden laid to lawn, but incorporating a variety of plants, flowers and trees. In total there is around a half acre of land, front and rear, and the three garages and extensive tarred driveway provide more than enough room for those visiting.
The property is definitely secluded, with your own mature woodland, 1.5 acres of it!
In the heart of Royal Deeside, Durris is only seven miles from Banchory, and 18 miles from the Granite City. Amenities are never far away, including primary schools in nearby woodlands of Durris, Drumoak and Crathes together with secondary provision in Banchory. Recreational activities are also abundant, not least with two 18 hole golf courses, tennis courts and salmon and sea trout fishing.
This is no ordinary cottage, and at offers over £575,000, the incredible value it offers is no fairy tale.