‘Fire­place and sea views – it’s per­fect’

Cou­ple love keep­ing cosy in front of wood-burn­ing stove

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

ON A wet and windy night, there is nowhere Anne Scott would rather be than with her hus­band in their beau­ti­ful lounge. With logs crack­ling away in the wood-burn­ing stove as the rain bat­ters the win­dows out­side, the room has a cosy at­mos­phere she’ll never for­get when they move. And the beau­ti­ful brick fire­place brings back very spe­cial mem­o­ries for the cou­ple, who tied the knot be­fore buy­ing the house five years ago. “We were mar­ried in Ver­mont in front of an 8ft in­glenook fire­place sur­rounded by can­dles,” said re­cep­tion­ist Anne, 50. “It was very ro­man­tic and when we came to view this house, the in­glenook fire­place in the lounge re­minded me of that day. “I loved all the un­usual fea­tures here, in­clud­ing the bal­cony with sea views, domed ceil­ings, vaulted ceil­ings and port­hole win­dows. “And my favourite room is the lounge – when the wind is howl­ing out­side and we’ve got the wood stove go­ing, it’s per­fect.” Anne and John, who is a man­ager in the oil and gas in­dus­try, have en­joyed life in Kin­neff. The large fourbed­room house which also has a stun­ning, open­plan kitchen/ din­ing room/sun lounge has been ideal for them and their two dogs – Cassie the Ger­man shep­herd-col­lie cross and black spaniel Jess. Anne said: “The kitchen leads through to the din­ing room and on to the sun lounge, and it’s a lovely bright space. “On a sunny af­ter­noon it’s nice to sit in the sun lounge with a cup of cof­fee or a glass of wine. “We leave the doors open for the dogs who can come and go, and run about out­side.” Anne and John have re­dec­o­rated the house in a fresh, mod­ern style and have found the size of the prop­erty has been per­fect for hav­ing rel­a­tives over to stay. They have also land­scaped the out­side area which in­cludes a pri­vate, ful­len­closed rear gar­den. They are now look­ing to re­lo­cate some­where a bit closer to fam­ily. “We’re five min­utes from In­ver­bervie and 10 min­utes from Stone­haven here and there’s good schools close by for chil­dren,” said Anne. “John and I com­mute in and out of Aberdeen and, even at the height of rush hour, we can be home within 30 min­utes. “We don’t hear any noise, apart from the oc­ca­sional moo­ing of cows and twit­ter­ing of birds. It’s like be­ing in an­other world.”

BEST PALS: Anne Scott out­side the home with her black Spaniel Jess.

“Port­hole win­dows”

SPACE: The sun room is on open plan with the kitchen and din­ing area.

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