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Re­tired cou­ple snapped up pic­turesque river­side home

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - FAMILY LIVING - By Lau­rna Robert­son

Pair snapped up pic­turesque river­side home.

LIL­LIAS and Wil­liam Wood are reg­u­lar fea­tures in tourist pho­to­graphs of Stone­haven. Whether they’re sitting en­joy­ing the sun­shine in their back gar­den or feed­ing the ducks, they of­ten hear the snap of cam­eras from the bridge above them on Al­lardice Street. And that’s be­cause their prop­erty backs on to the River Carron. “One of the most at­trac­tive fea­tures of this prop­erty is the back gar­den and its ac­cess on to the River Carron,” said Lil­lias, 67, a re­tired med­i­cal as­sis­tant. “We of­ten get peo­ple stand­ing on the bridge above tak­ing pic­tures of our gar­den as they like the look of it and the ducks play­ing in it.” When Lil­lias and 68-year-old re­tired qual­ity as­sur­ance en­gi­neer Wil­liam bought the for­mer mu­sic hall, bak­ery and store-room three years ago, the gar­den area – which can be ac­cessed from their kitchen – needed quite a lot of work. Lil­lias said: “While the in­side had been mod­ernised and looked fan­tas­tic, the out­side area needed tidy­ing up. “I planted flow­ers, put down step­ping stones and we used slabs that were ly­ing around for a seat­ing area. “Our neigh­bour also put in a windmill, we have a bar­be­cue and we have a ta­ble and chairs, which is great for hav­ing break­fast out­side on a sunny morn­ing.” And while the tourists of­ten take snap­shots, it’s still their peace­ful haven. “There’s a spacious area be­hind the steps where no one can see you and we of­ten sit there and feed the ducks. “When we have the kitchen door open we can hear the wa­ter run­ning and it’s very peace­ful.” How­ever the re­tired cou­ple are plan­ning to down­size to a flat nearer the Stone­haven swim­ming pool and park. “We have two grand­chil­dren at the mo­ment and an­other on the way so we’d like to be closer to the pool and park for them.” The two-bed­room, self­con­tained apart­ment is avail­able for of­fers over £215,000. To view, con­tact Alex Hutcheon & Co on (01224) 623400, or at 7 Cameron Street, Stone­haven.

MOD­ERN: The home’s in­te­rior was al­ready stylishly dec­o­rated but the ex­te­rior needed to be fresh­ened up. SE­CLUDED: The Woods’ back gar­den is sit­u­ated by the River Carron in Stone­haven. RE­LAX­ING: Wil­liam and Lil­lias Wood have en­joyed sitting in their...

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