Pre­scrip­tion for per­fect fam­ily home

Medics say sad farewell to prop­erty full of char­ac­ter

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - DREAM HOMES - By Marie-Claire Jones

AS FAR as the Hamil­ton fam­ily are con­cerned, this pe­riod three bed­room house is just what the doc­tor or­dered. Natalia and Steven, who are both in the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion, were cap­ti­vated by the prop­erty’s char­ac­ter and orig­i­nal fea­tures when they went to view it seven years ago. And it’s been a peace­ful and spacious home for rais­ing their lit­tle ones – Matilda, 5, Henry, 2 and Florence, 1. “We re­ally did fall madly in love with it as soon as we stepped in­side,” said Natalia, who works as a GP. “We bought it just be­fore we got mar­ried and were look­ing for a home to raise our fam­ily. “We loved all the pe­riod fea­tures and we think it’s a fas­ci­nat­ing house – it’s 110 years old and still has the dado rails in most rooms, ceil­ing roses and orig­i­nal fire­places which we use to­day. “The spare bed­room also has an orig­i­nal ser­vant’s bell which we love.” Natalia and Steven – an or­thopaedic sur­geon – have put in a new bath­room and re­dec­o­rated through­out the prop­erty, which is much big­ger than it ap­pears from out­side. Par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive are the spacious lounge with its stun­ning fire­place and wooden floors, and the din­ing room with view of the en­closed gar­den. The kitchen is per­fect for a fam­ily, on semi-open plan with a break­fast room so mum and dad can keep an eye on the chil­dren as they cook. Each of the bed­rooms have been dec­o­rated with warm and bright colours. Natalia said: “I’d like to think our taste is quite mod­ern and some­thing that oth­ers will like. “My favourite room is our din­ing room. We’ve had many happy oc­ca­sions and fam­ily Christ­mases in the house. “Steven re­ally loves all the pe­riod fea­tures. We also en­joy the gar­den as it’s en­closed and sur­rounded by tall trees in­clud­ing oaks, which is from where the street takes its name. “It has a very quiet and pri­vate feel, de­spite Man­nofield be­ing close to ev­ery­thing you would need.” Natalia and Steven first moved to Aberdeen for univer­sity and both have fam­ily slightly fur­ther afield. As a re­sult the fam­ily are on the look­out for a slightly larger prop­erty, still in Aberdeen. “My fam­ily are from out­side Glas­gow and Steven’s are in North­ern Ire­land,” she added.

MOV­ING: Natalia and Steven with Florence, Matilda and Henry.

CHARM­ING: The lovely lou at Oak­dale Ter­race and, inse the ex­te­rior and a bed­room

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