Michele fell in love with her su­perb steading.

Mum gave four-bed­room steading a real makeover

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - FAMILY LIVING - By Donna Ewen

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.

LUX­U­RI­OUS LIV­ING: From left, the Balme­die steading, which is only five miles from t

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