After eight years of living in a high-rise flat in Singapore, the Clark family decided it was time to live the good life at last.
Joanna, who is a lawyer, and Stephen, a property developer, craved the open countryside where their two boys could enjoy the outdoors.
Twelve-year-old Finnian and Oron, 9, have enjoyed their very own football pitch at Calfward Steading at Cushnie near Alford.
Joanna and Stephen fell in love with the panoramic views on offer and have even been able to keep horses thanks to the 5.5 acres of land on offer.
They are now eager to start their next project after three very happy years.
“We lived in a small flat for so long and when we returned to the UK, we looked at lots of different steadings,” said Joanna.
“We liked the steading lifestyle and then we found Calfward.
“We fell in love instantly; it was like something out of La La Land.
“Cushnie is quintessential Scotland, we were just wowed and the steading was so different to anything we had ever seen before.”
Indeed, Calfward offers fabulous accommodation with five bedrooms and open plan space, not to mention beautiful surrounding grounds.
Much of the accommodation is on a split level and an oak staircase from the lounge leads to a galleried seating area.
The stylish kitchen is semi-open plan with the dining area where the family spend most of their time.
Exposed beams can be found throughout, offering extra character.
Outside, Joanna has been able to enjoy her very own riding arena complete with extensive paddocks, barn, and outside horse shelter.
“Stephen did all the work outside, anyone with horses will absolutely love it,” said Joanna.
“He also built the boys a tree house, they’ve practically lived outside.
“We re-landscaped the gardens as although the steading had been renovated to a wonderful standard, the gardens were still a farm yard.
“This has been a slice of complete paradise, we’ll miss it dearly.”
Calfward Steading, Cushnie, Alford
Description: Stunning five-bedroom renovated steading with panoramic views over open countryside.
Dining kitchen: fabulous semi open plan space with Rangemaster cooker
Family/Dining area: Superb open plan lay out with the lounge . Dual aspect central fire place
Lounge: Offers vaulted ceiling with exposed oak beams. Dual aspect wood burning stove.
Master bedroom: Velux windows , two fitted wardrobes and luxury en-suite
Bedrooms 2/3/4/5: All of good size with one room offering a Jack and Jill style bathroom
Family bathroom: Fitted with a white thee piece suite
Outside: Offers 5.5. acres of land. Double garage/workshop. Well planted gardens and courtyard area. Sun terrace and summer house with veranda. Courtyard with hot tub. Fully enclosed riding arena plus large barn with loose boxes. Extensive paddocks.
Contact: Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace on 01330-822931