Fam­ily thrill over space at old mill

Grand­par­ents moved in to help look af­ter kids

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

WHEN Coleen Mil­tonJones looks back on her time at Mill of Rose­hall, it will be on years of fam­ily fun. Not only has Coleen lived here with her two chil­dren Robyn, 15, and Finn, 4, but her par­ents have lived there with them too. And the con­verted for­mer mill at New­machar has had all the space they’ve needed for all the hus­tle and bus­tle of fam­ily life. “My par­ents Pat and Alan Gray moved in with us three­and-a-half years ago, to help me look af­ter the chil­dren,” said 36-year-old Coleen, who works as a med­i­cal sales rep for As­traZenica. “The best thing about the house has been all the space here. “We are a big fam­ily but we still feel as though we have plenty pri­vacy if we want it. “And we’ve had fam­ily par­ties, BBQs and Christ­mases here as the lay­out of the house is ideal for en­ter­tain­ing. “It’s not been un­usual for us to have 30 peo­ple here at Christ­mas.” As she trav­els a lot with work, Coleen wanted a house that had good ac­cess to the train sta­tion at Dyce as well as Aberdeen Air­port. Pre­vi­ously owned by a re­tired cou­ple, the prop­erty had been kept in im­mac­u­late con­di­tion be­fore she moved in. She then set about up­dat­ing the decor to suit her taste, which she de­scribes as “mod­ern and stylish”. And she had the per­fect help at hand from part­ner Justin Thomas, who works as both a pro­fes­sional golfer and a pain­ter and dec­o­ra­tor. “Justin did all the dec­o­rat­ing in all of the rooms and he did a re­ally good job,” she said. “My favourite room is my lounge. I wanted it to have a boudoir theme and was in­spired by the Tigerlily Ho­tel in Edinburgh. I chose the black and beige theme and spent ages hunt­ing for the right kind of lights to get the ef­fect I wanted.” Other stand-out rooms in the prop­erty in­clude the lux­u­ri­ous kitchen. Beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated in warm, red tones and boast­ing a din­ing area and a fam­ily area, this is the hub of the home. Each of the four bed­rooms has been dec­o­rated with its own char­ac­ter, and the guest bed­room has an en-suite dress­ing area – which could eas­ily be made into a fifth, con­nect­ing bed­room. The gar­den is an­other rea­son


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