‘Living here stood us in good stead’
Converted property proved to be perfect for family life
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