‘Fireplace and sea views – it’s perfect’
Couple love keeping cosy in front of wood-burning stove
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.
SPACE: The sun room is on open plan with the kitchen and dining area.