‘Liv­ing here stood us in good stead’

Con­verted prop­erty proved to be per­fect for fam­ily life

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - DREAM HOMES - By Marie-Claire Jones

SOME­TIMES the peace and quiet of the coun­try­side can be dif­fi­cult to give up – just ask Shirley and John Gam­mon. They first came to the North-east ex­pect­ing to stay for three years, while John’s work as a pilot in the oil in­dus­try was based in Aberdeen. But 22 years later, here they still are, now fi­nally say­ing farewell to their big patch of par­adise. “If I could take this prop­erty with me when we go I would, as we’ve just loved it so much,” said 51-yearold Shirley, who re­cently fin­ished her work as a home carer. “The lo­ca­tion is won­der­ful – so quiet – and it’s lovely to be able to let your chil­dren out to play and they can run around and not worry about traf­fic. “No­body can build around us as it’s all wheat fields, but it’s not cut off or iso­lated – John has been able to get to work in Dyce in just 15 min­utes and you can be in Aberdeen city cen­tre within 20.” Orig­i­nally from Sur­rey, Shirley and John, 53, first lived in Pitmed­den where they raised their two chil­dren – Peter, now 25, and Kelly, 22. Eight years ago they moved to 1 Mid­dle Ardo Steading, at­tracted by all the space on of­fer in the con­verted prop­erty, per­fect for their grow­ing fam­ily. And they wel­comed their lit­tle grand­daugh­ter Brooke 21 months ago, who has had all the room in some­thing on TV in the fam­ily room, if some­one wants to see some­thing dif­fer­ent in the lounge. “And each of the bed­rooms is huge too. There’s plenty of room for ev­ery­one to do their own thing in this house, with­out fall­ing over one an­other.” This truly is a beau­ti­ful home in a lovely lo­ca­tion. It is in im­mac­u­late con­di­tion and dec­o­rated in a neu­tral style with colour­ful twists. And of all the spots in the house, it’s the mas­ter bed­room that’s

WON­DER­FUL: Shirley Gam­mon with daugh­ter Kelly and grand­daugh­ter Brooke, 21 months.

BRIGHT: The light lounge and, in­set, t im­pres­sive mas­ter s

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