The Herald Magazine - - etc SCOTLAND’S HOMES HOT PROPERTY -

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

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