Nowadays it’s becoming more and more unusual for homeowners to stay put for long periods of time, with the average person moving house 12 times in their life.
For Ronnie McVey, though, things are a little different. He built the three-bedroom Brackenhirst nearly 30 years ago and has lived in it ever since.
“I’ve been here since 1991 which is quite a long time I suppose,” the 70-year old said.
“My wife Kate stays here too and it’s been perfect for us over the years. When it was being designed I wanted the house to be all on one level to make sure it would be suitable as we got to retirement age.
“And it worked out well that I had a good friend who was an architect who helped me out a lot. We demolished the original property which was on this site and started totally afresh but since then haven’t had to make any structural changes.”
Located in Strachan just outside Banchory, the property is bright and spacious with three generous bedrooms on offer.
The large kitchen diner is clearly the heart of the home, with plenty of space for dining furniture as well as a family sitting area. The main lounge is beautifully presented with a feature bow window and open fire.
“We tend to use the lounge mainly at weekends for entertaining friends,” Ronnie said.
“Other than that we tend to spend most of our time in the kitchen and use the lounge there instead.”
The recent wave of good weather has seen Ronnie and Kate spend most of their time outside, however, and with plenty of sunny spots to choose from it’s easy to see why.
“We also have a summer house which is just great in the warmer weather,” Ronnie says.
“The whole garden backs on to woodlands so is very quiet and private, which is lovely.”
Although the last few weeks have broken temperature records across Scotland, the McVeys are keen to spend time in sunnier climes more permanently and are hoping to relocate to France in the coming months – but they will miss Brackenhirst.
“Banchory is a super place to stay and it is truly sad to leave the house,” said Ronnie. “But we are a ready for a new challenge and can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
Brackenhirst, Strachan, Banchory
Description: Three-bedroom detached bungalow with a fully enclosed garden and semi-rural setting
Lounge: Bright and spacious with a wonderful bow window overlooking the front garden
Kitchen Diner: Heart of the home complete with modern appliances and large breakfast bar. Set on open plan with the family/dining area
Master bedroom: Of generous proportions with built-in wardrobes and en suite
Bedrooms 2/3: Both of a good size with fitted storage
Family Bathroom: With-four piece bathroom suite fitted to a high standard
Garden: Double garage. Enclosed private rear garden with patio area and large summer house
Contact: Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace on 01330 822931