Artistic touch helped create happy house
Couple transformed property into an adults’ paradise
DEREK and Jacqueline Massie created a grown-up’s paradise when they modified their dream home. The couple live in Pettymuick House – a beautiful four-bedroom country home set in an acre of land at Udny Station. And with just themselves to think about, they decided to swap around some of the rooms in order to give the utmost in luxury living. Derek, a 47-year-old project manager, said: “We both knew as soon as walked in that this was the house for us. It had a really good feel and a lovely light about it. “At that time the dining room was connected to a study and we decided to turn that space into our master bedroom and en-suite bathroom. “So many en-suites are a bit cupboard-like and you feel as though you can’t spread your wings. “With just the two of us to think about, we decided to make it as luxurious as possible with lots of marble, high-end fittings and a free-standing bath.” In selecting the look of their en-suite – which is a huge space and even bigger than the main bathroom – they took their influences from the various hotels and Canadian lodges in which they’d stayed. The result is simply stunning, offering a contemporary twist within a traditional, Edwardian property. Each of the rooms has been styled by Jacqueline who, as an art teacher, has a naturally creative eye. She made the stained-glass window on the front door, which casts a beautiful light across the entrance to the home. Other stand-out rooms include a lovely lounge with its original tiled fireplace, wooden dado and picture rails, ceiling coving with ornamental central rose and a
south-facing bay window. The kitchen is also vast with granite-effect work surfaces and it leads to the garden room – an extension to the property which makes a feature out of the exposed, original walls to the property. The Udny Station location has been perfect for them both as commuters, just 15 minutes drive to Bridge of Don, Inverurie, Ellon and Dyce. A new opportunity has meant the Massies are moving to Norway, but have loved the years they’ve spent in their country home.
GOODBYE: Derek Massie is leaving Pettymuick House.
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