Michele fell in love with her superb steading.
Mum gave four-bedroom steading a real makeover
WHEN Michele D’Auvergne’s partner moved to Aberdeen with work in 2003 Michele was adamant she would only move as far as Edinburgh from their home in Rochdale. However, Michele’s partner Tyrone Hill, who passed away two years ago and worked as a helicopter pilot for CHC, was enthusiastic about Aberdeen and that soon rubbed off on Michele. Animal lover Michele, 40, who’s full-time mum to Jack Hill, four, said: “Tyrone would mention this property as it was on his flight path. “My only real concern was in finding a property with land for my animals.” And even though Millden Steading East was in great need of a makeover, as soon as Michele came north she instantly fell in love with the area. “I loved the pace of life here most,” she said. “I’ve found the people to be so friendly, and having the beach five minutes away, as well as the surrounding countryside, made my mind up pretty quickly.” Meanwhile, tackling the fourbedroom steading was quite another matter. Michele, said: “It was in need of a
“I was thrilled with the results”
great deal of work. Tyrone gave me a budget to work with and I was given carte blanche to do with it what I wanted.” Moving in to a flat in the city centre, Michele would make her daily trips back and forth to the property to oversee the work in progress. “Absolutely everything was ripped out, and I started from scratch,” she said. “It took about three months to complete and I was thrilled with the end results.” With her chickens running around, and two rescue Shetland ponies Colin and Floren in the adjoining field, Michele soon settled in to her new life with her black Labrador, Sash. In the vestibule of Michele’s steading, French doors lead through to a spacious reception hallway which benefits from a large walk-in storage cupboard. A particularly attractive feature in the spacious lounge is the high barreled ceiling, and a pillar which separates the lounge from the dining area. Next door in the luxurious dining kitchen there is an
FRESH START: Michele D’Auvergne wanted land for her animals at the property.
From left, the Balmedie steading, which is only five miles from t