An Edwardian mansion house featuring a Christmas Room, library, 3,000-bottle wine cellar and room for 300 guests could be yours – if you have a spare £1.5 million.
Tillycorthie Mansion House in Udny, Aberdeenshire, which sits in a nine-acre walled country estate, was designed for north-east mining tycoon James Duncan in 1911.
Its sellers took on the task of painstakingly and lavishly refurbishing the B-listed property and reinstating it as a grand country house which once served as a building for the University of Aberdeen.
Fiona Gormley for Savills, which is marketing the property, said: “From the period paints and wall coverings to the silk window drapes and waxed parquet floors, Tillycorthie Mansion House is a supreme example of a property that has been fortunate enough to have been rescued and restored to its former glory.
“Now with the investment made and hard work done, it is time for new owners to take charge of this most precious of Aberdeenshire’s listed country houses.”
The property boasts a glass-covered Palm Courtyard, said to have been chalked out from the turning circle of James Duncan’s wife Isabella’s Daimler, a library with intricate glass-fronted bookcases, an elegant drawing room and a formal dining room which contains one of three floor-to-ceiling fire surrounds.
Mr Duncan was a north-east miner who dug his way to a fortune in the Bolivian Highlands after migrating to Latin America in the 1880s.
He struck lucky at the height of the tin-mining boom and returned to Scotland a wealthy man.
The mansion’s rooms include an Art Deco-style cocktail bar which has a black and white chequered porcelain floor and the Paymaster’s Room which still has evidence of filing and payment drawers from yesteryear.
Savills claims the property lends itself to a number of different uses including as a private house, a shared residence or as a commercial enterprise and could host large parties and events with space to accommodate 300 guests.
A sweeping staircase leads to a master suite which includes a bathroom with double-ended bath and there is also a Purple Room and the Chinese Room.
The Red Bathroom services a wood-panelled billiard room, and further bedrooms, bathrooms and smaller sitting rooms can also be found in the upper west wing.
The entire lower ground floor offers versatile space and at present there is a prep/catering kitchen area with large domestic stores including a 3,000-bottle wine cellar.
As a throwback to its time as a university scientific centre, the property has two rooms with five original seismic tables. There is also a bedroom and gym at this level.
Outside a pillared and gated entrance opens up to a curved driveway. More than nine acres of parkland are covered by lawn and mature trees and a charming lake and boathouse are surrounded by woodland.