Land turned into home for family and horses
BRENDA Andrew has had two very different kinds of success at the Brucklay estate in Maud. She’s competed in horse riding competitions there, and took her sons Christopher and Ross horseriding for many years on the estate. And, more recently, she’s transformed 18 acres of the estate into a beautiful, peaceful and unique family home. “When I saw that the estate was up for sale after the riding club had shut, we had so many fond memories there and loved the peace and quiet of the spot that we had to go for it,” said the 45-year-old support and care worker for Aberdeenshire Council. Brenda and her husband Meryvn Andrew, a 50-yearold oilfield service manager for MI Swaco, bought the area, which had an old cottage, 700 metres of the South Ugie River running through the land and a charming walled garden, eight years ago. In the past, the two-acre garden had been tended by 10 gardeners and was used to grow a huge range of fruit and vegetables to sustain Brucklay castle. But when Brenda and her husband bought the area, they decided to use the walled garden for something different. Brenda said: “After clearing the garden of rubbish we decided to use the tree-lined garden, as it was a sheltered spot, for letting my horses out.” Before the horses’ home came to mind, the couple needed somewhere to live themselves. And so their first two years were spent in a caravan as they built a house on site. “While it was pretty cosy we didn't mind as we were in the beautiful estate surrounded by a range of wildlife like deer, badgers and salmon in the river.” After the house was built, Brenda got what she really wanted – stables. “The stables were last on the to-do list. “ I’ve kept three horses in there, however there’s enough space for six. “It’s a fantastic place to keep the horses as there is so much space for them to roam.” While Brenda is distraught to be leaving her tranquil spot, the family are looking for another unusual area with more work to be done. “This was the second house we’ve built and, while we’ve really enjoyed living here, we’re ready to do it all over again.” The Walled Garden, Brucklay, Maud, is on sale for offers over £555,000. To view the four-bedroom house and everything that goes with it contact Stewart & Watson on (01771) 622338.
TIMES PAST: How the estate looked 100 years ago and the stables, above. SAYING GOODBYE: Mervyn and Brenda Andrew in the garden. SPACE TO ROAM: Brenda with her pony Charlie.