Historic mill with river running through gardens
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.
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CHARMING: The old mill wheel, and left, the pond, the garden and, below, the sitting room.