‘Story’ book gem has own se­cret gar­den

Fond mem­o­ries of ru­ral home with acres of space

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - DREAM HOMES - By Donna Ewen

THE Story chil­dren have great tales to tell about grow­ing up in their spacious Marycul­ter home. For Ber­ry­low comes com­plete with a “se­cret gar­den” – a kids’ par­adise in its two-acre grounds. Dad Tony, 53, a ho­tels man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, said: “I re­ally do have mixed feel­ings about leav­ing here as it has been a won­der­ful home to us. “It’s been a happy time for my wife Anne and I, es­pe­cially rais­ing our three chil­dren here. “With our chil­dren now grown up we have de­cided to down­size and move to In­ver­ness for work pur­poses. “Our chil­dren have had an ad­ven­tur­ous, idyl­lic child­hood here. “Our two-acre gar­den is sur­rounded by park­land where of­ten you can see fam­i­lies of deer roam­ing around – and I know the chil­dren have es­pe­cially en­joyed hav­ing their own se­cret gar­den.” And if all that wasn’t enough, Tony en­thuses about the views too. “The views are mar­vel­lous, but none more so than the view of the hills from our yel­low room.” Since Tony moved into Ber­ry­low he has added three bed­rooms, two bath­rooms and a self-con­tained flat be­hind the dou­ble garage. Qual­ity wood floor­ing has been laid in many of the rooms, while the home also has large win­dows from where Tony can watch his dog Snoop run around. A wel­com­ing vestibule leads through to all rooms on the ground floor. A tiled cloak­room is just off the vestibule, next to a spacious guest bed­room with en-suite bath­room. In the at­trac­tive lounge there is a large pic­ture win­dow which over­looks the gar­den and coun­try­side. The room has an an­tique pine fire sur­round with cast-iron in­set. Next door, in the din­ing room, large pa­tio doors lead out to the gar­den. There are also dou­ble glass doors lead­ing to the main hall. But ac­cord­ing to Tony, the hub of the home is the re­cently-up­graded kitchen which mea­sures 50sq me­tres. “My whole fam­ily are food­ies,” he said. “And there’s noth­ing we all love more than hav­ing a get-to­gether in our kitchen.” The qual­ity units have Co­rian work sur­faces and also a penin­su­lar break­fast bar unit which sep­a­rates the kitchen from the break­fast/fam­ily room. The mas­ter bed­room with en-suite bath­room, the sitting/fam­ily room, study, shower room and dou­ble bed­room com­pletes the lay­out of the ground floor. On the first floor at the top of the stair­case there is a large walk-in cup­board of­fer­ing plenty of stor­age. Two dou­ble bed­rooms and toi­let

com­plete the lay­out of the up­per floor. At­tached to the prop­erty and ac­cessed from the out­side is a sep­a­rate build­ing which ac­com­mo­dates the util­ity room and of­fice/lounge. A self-con­tained flat with stu­dio area and shower room com­pletes the lay­out of the prop­erty. Ber­ry­low it­self is sur­rounded by stun­ning land­scaped gar­den grounds with ex­ten­sive space for park­ing. “It’s been a fab­u­lous home to us. I just hope the next own­ers en­joy it as much as we have,” said Tony.

LEAV­ING: Tony Story and his fam­ily are mov­ing on from Ber­ry­low, Marycul­ter.

A dou­ble bed­room, sitting room, ex­te­rior, above, and, right, kitchen wit


th is­land and doors out to the gar­den. CLASSY: The el­e­gant airy lounge with its an­tique pine fire­place.

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