Ru­ral fam­ily home looks out over golf course.

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - FAMILY LIVING - By Marie-Claire Jones

WHEN it comes to a room with a view, it doesn’t get much bet­ter than this. The con­ser­va­tory at For­est Lodge, Wood of Muiresk, looks out to the fifth green of Tur­riff Golf Course. And with the sun stream­ing into the gar­den and the birds twit­ter­ing in the trees above, Jens and Mau­reen Arpe feel like they’ve re­ally scored a hole-in­one with their prop­erty. “We were first at­tracted to the ru­ral lo­ca­tion, lovely gar­den and the fact that it was just a mile from the town of Tur­riff,” said 66-year-old Mau­reen, a re­tired hote­lier. “Jens en­joys golf and was plan­ning to lower his hand­i­cap by play­ing on the course. We’ve spent a lot of time in our con­ser­va­tory mak­ing the most of the views.” The house has been per­fect for Mau­reen and 68-year-old Jens, who is well-known in Aberdeen as the for­mer gen­eral man­ager of the for­mer Skean Dhu Ho­tel at Al­tens. The cou­ple love to en­ter­tain and have held count­less din­ner par­ties, bar­be­cues and lunches over the years. They’ve en­joyed tend­ing their gar­den, which has its own bridge lead­ing di­rectly to the golf course. And with five big bed­rooms, a lounge and an ad­di­tional sitting room – it’s a de­cep­tively large house with lots of space for their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren when they pay a visit. Mau­reen and Jens will be mov­ing into a smaller Ger­man kit house, de­signed to be eco-friendly and very lowen­ergy to run. But they will look back fondly on their time at For­est Lodge. Mau­reen added: “There are no street­lights out here so when you go out at night-time it’s a black sky that’s just filled with stars. “We’ve even seen the North­ern Lights from the house be­fore. “It’s so peace­ful here – it’s heav­enly.” For­est Lodge at Wood of Muiresk, Tur­riff, is on the mar­ket for of­fers over £275,000. To view call Ste­wart & Wat­son on (01888) 563777.

MOV­ING: Mau­reen and Jens Arpe will be sad to leave. IM­PRES­SIVE: For­est Lodge, Wood of Muiresk, near Tur­riff. OUT­LOOK: The For­est Lodge con­ser­va­tory looks on to the golf course.

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