Finding a home you love can be a challenge, but as soon as Jane James viewed the Mill Of Foresterhill Cottage, she knew it was The One.
Fast forward to now, nearly 30 years later, and the six-bedroom property is still much loved by the family.
“It was the area which attracted us initially,” said Jane, who works in a dental practice. “We really envisaged ourselves living here as it felt lovely and rural, but the proximity to Oldmeldrum is just great. You can pop into the village and back in 10 minutes.”
Although the house was a decent size when Jane viewed it back in 1989, the cottage has grown with the family over the years.
With a separate steading on site, it wasn’t long before Jane had the idea to make the most of this extra space by knocking down walls to combine the two buildings.
“It’s the only major work ever done on the house really,” she said. “It was done pretty soon after moving in so it feels like a long time ago now.
“It’s the reason the house is as big as it is today and meant there were options to change the layout.
“My favourite place to spend time is the big open-plan kitchen and sitting room. It really is the heart of the home, with an AGA at one end and a wood-burning stove at the other. It’s wonderfully cosy in the winter and is where everyone congregates.”
With fabulous panelled walls and neutral decor, the space certainly has an inviting feel, while offering the perfect place to entertain guests.
Jane has organised plenty of dinners and parties over the years, particularly for her three daughters.
“The house really sings when it’s full of people,” she said. “But with my girls all grown up, it feels silly to be here all by myself, so I’m looking for something a little smaller.
“I’d love to stay in the area though, it’s just so quiet and peaceful. We’re right in the middle of castle country out here too, right between both Fyvie and Haddo House which are great for walks.
“It’s sad to leave but I know the house will take care of another family as well as it has taken care of mine.”
Mill Of Foresterhill Cottage, Oldmeldrum, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire
Description: Large, six-bedroom family home in a semi-rural location with five acres of land and equestrian facilities.
Lounge: Light and spacious, set on open-plan with the kitchen and complete with a traditional wood-burning stove.
Kitchen/Diner: Country farmhouse-style kitchen with an AGA and access to the garden.
Dining Room: Ideal for more formal occasions.
Family Room: Bright and modern space for the family.
Master Bedroom: Complete with wonderful countryside views and a porthole style window.
Bedrooms 2/3/4/5/6: All of a good size.
Family Bathroom: Fitted to a high standard, with a white three-piece suite and separate shower enclosure.
Outside: Large driveway and double garage. Enclosed garden with patio area as well as five acres of land with equestrian facilities and a sizeable vegetable patch.
Contact: Aberdein Considine on 01467 621263