contemporary touches, such as the beautiful thistle ballustrades, is second to none.
Skellater House lies on the upper slopes of the north side of Strathdon high up above the River Don in an area renowned for its beautiful scenery.
It is around 48 miles from Aberdeen and its airport and only 22 miles from Braemar.
Locally it is well supported by a general store and a post office in Bellabeg and there are wellregarded schools in the area.
The surrounding area is famous for its hills and mountains and field sports, including roe and red deer stalking, grouse shooting and fishing.
There are opportunities to ski within easy reach and Strathdon has an established place on the Highland Games circuit.
“It’s a great location – both Ballater and Aberdeen are close, and if you commute to London, as I did, the airport is very handy,” says William. “The roads up here are fantastic – they are kept clear and gritted in the winter and are always clean.”
Skellater House sits in a little over six acres and the sale includes a one-bedroomed cottage, which William and his family let out as holiday accommodation. The garden to the rear, and around both sides of the house, is framed by dry stone walls and divided by maturing shrubs and specimen trees.
A productive kitchen garden is tucked behind a hedge, and beyond this lies a pretty area of sheltered woodland.
“The house is full of space and light,” says William. “It is a great family home. My wife and daughter and I are now moving to Spain, but we will be sad to leave. I will also miss the fishing – but we will be back from time to time so I won’t have to give it up completely.”
The 18th century house was fully restored in the 1970s and then refurbished and modernised in 2004