Land turned into home for fam­ily and horses

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - HOME STYLE - By Lau­rna Robert­son

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.

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