Scottish Daily Mail

The best of both worlds

Home has own nature reserve but is near city, writes John Paul Breslin


WHEN it comes to having a home that benefits from a rural location, you couldn’t ask for more than a property that comes with its very own nature reserve. And as houses go, Potterton House is exceptiona­l in its own right.

The six-bedroom country house has an attractive array of period features, extensive gardens, as well as a secondary dwelling and even an orangery – all situated within an accessible but peaceful countrysid­e location.

The house was upgraded with the installati­on of a biomass central heating boiler in 2022 with its heating augmented by three solid fuel stoves. A period glazed entrance porch opens via partly glazed inner doors to an L-shaped reception hall with oak flooring and staircase.

To the right lies the dining room with its southwest-facing aspect, handsome period features and solid fuel stove which also serves the adjoining sunroom.

Towards the rear and beyond the staircase lies the sitting room with its solid fuel stove set within a stone mantelpiec­e, all complement­ed by the usual period features including cornice, picture rail, fitted shelving and timber flooring. Double doors open into the sunroom with its south-east and south-west facing aspects, oak flooring and adjoining patio.

The open-plan dining kitchen/ sitting room forms the informal heart of the home and benefits from a bay window to the southwest and triple aspect to the north-west.

There are fitted kitchen units framing a four-oven, oil-fired Aga, oak flooring and fireplace housing a solid-fuel stove. The remaining ground floor accommodat­ion is completed by a WC off the entrance hall and, to the rear of the house, are a utility room, study and shower room alongside rear entrance porch and boiler room.

There is also a gymnasium and coal store accessed externally.

The first-floor accommodat­ion is arranged around split-level landings, with the principal bedroom incorporat­ing fitted wardrobes, en-suite dressing room and shower room. The front landing leads to three double bedrooms as well as a bathroom with separate shower cabinet and WC.

There is also a 1,678sq ft coach house which has oil-fired central heating and is currently let on a short assured tenancy at a passing rent of £760 per month.

Potterton House is situated to the north of Aberdeen city centre and within a few minutes’ drive of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, with ease of access to the city centre, Dyce and Aberdeen Internatio­nal Airport.

Primary education is available at Foveran with secondary education at Ellon Academy. There are also private schools in Aberdeen including Robert Gordon’s College, Albyn School and St Margaret’s School for Girls.

The gardens of Potterton are a notable feature. They extend to about 42.57 acres in all and have been utilised as a nature reserve for the past 20 years. In springtime, the entrance drive is framed by masses of snowdrops and then daffodils with bluebells in the wider woodlands.

Offers over £1,500,000. For more informatio­n contact Savills on 01224 971 110.

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Grand: Potterton House has impressive interor, above, and even includes an orangery

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