Claire and Alan Morris will miss the beautiful historic home Ottobank when they leave Laurencekirk.
Claire and Alan, 49, have lived in the old Station Master’s cottage for the last six-and-a -half years, along with their three children.
Named Ottobank after the nearby farm, where some of the garden soil apparently came from, the stunning 137-year-old home retains many of its original features.
Claire, 52, said: “We just loved how old the house was and the original features. It has ceiling roses and a beautiful wrought iron balusters and a beautiful skylight.
“When we first moved here we had the water checked as many of the houses around the area still had the old lead pipes and we were told not to drink the water. We had the whole driveway dug up and new pipes put in.
“We have also had the roof repaired, repointed and repainted parts of the house and done the guttering. There is a new boiler and a new bathroom and we uncovered the original pitch pine flooring and doors.”
Among the treasures uncovered were fireplaces – including one hidden behind the plaster in what is now the open plan dining area with exposed brick wall.
Claire said: “It is a beautiful family home. It has proportions you don’t get in a modern house.
“The garden was an attraction to us. It is so pretty and you wouldn’t know we were on the high street. It is safe and everything is on your doorstep.”