His­toric mill with river run­ning through gar­dens

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - HOME STYLE - By Marie-Claire Jones

WITH the River Ury flow­ing through their gar­den, each time Bill and Su­san David­son step out­side they say they are in par­adise. The cou­ple live in the Old Mill Of Durno, a stun­ning, con­verted for­mer mill in a tran­quil spot in Pit­caple, by In­verurie. And their gar­den – which has its own pond and cherry or­chard and is lov­ing­ly­tended by Su­san, 50 – is a haven for wildlife. It of­ten has pheas­ants scam­per­ing across the lawn, while the trees are home to red squir­rels and a res­i­dent wood­pecker. And best of all for keen an­gler Bill, he owns the fish­ing rights to catch brown trout from his own patch of river­bank, and from his own gar­den can also see the salmon leap­ing. “It’s a mag­i­cal prop­erty and the gar­den has been fan­tas­tic,” said 53-year-old Bill, a pro­duc­tion chemist for Shell. “I had a vi­sion to have my fish­ing rod by the back door and just be able to head out­side and fish. “This prop­erty has al­lowed me to able to do that and I have re­ally en­joyed it.” Bill and Su­san – who worked in be­hav­iour sup­port with young peo­ple – bought the prop­erty 10 years ago and planned to live in it for­ever. They have car­ried out a lot of work on the house, all of which has been ap­proved by His­toric Scot­land. A for­mer grain mill in the 1820s, the prop­erty still has the orig­i­nal grain wheel and all its work­ings. Other fea­tures in the pe­riod prop­erty in­clude wood pan­elling and a beau­ti­ful con­ser­va­tory, which looks on to the gar­dens, the river and the wheel. Su­san said: “We took this on as a pro­ject and have done a lot to the house in­clud­ing com­pletely modernising the kitchen and bath­room. “My favourite room is the con­ser­va­tory – some peo­ple only use theirs in the sum­mer months but we use ours all year round. “We have a wood-burn­ing stove in there and views across the gar­den.” The cou­ple are now sell­ing up as Bill has been of­fered a job in Perth, Aus­tralia. Old Mill of Durno is on the mar­ket for of­fers over £345,000.

Con­tact A C Mor­ri­son & Richards on (01224) 573321.

CHARM­ING: The old mill wheel, and left, the pond, the gar­den and, be­low, the sitting room.

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