Magical and enchanting home
Carronbank House can be traced back to 1835, and offers period splendour in a secluded setting. Owner Magnus Wardle told Ellie House a love of history is a must for the new custodians
Secluded and filled with original features, there’s something mesmerising about Carronbank House.
This grade A listed family home wouldn’t look out of place in a period drama, having been built by renowned architect John Smith in 1835.
It has been lovingly preserved by a handful of owners over the decades, meaning features such as the cupola roof light remain in all their glory.
You’ll also find Georgian bowed bay windows, marble fireplaces and gorgeous window shutters.
The final surprise is the two acres of land which have been landscaped by the current owner Magnus Wardle.
It is difficult to believe that this five-bedroom detached house can actually be found at 85 Cameron Street in Stonehaven.
The private grounds would have you believe that this abode is nestled in the countryside, rather than on the outskirts of a busy coastal town.
It has been seven years since Magnus fell in love with Carronbank, after arriving with his two children – 10- year- old Barnaby and Georgina, nine.
An engineer by trade, he believes a very special owner is needed to continue with this remarkable renovation project.
For Magnus is refreshingly honest as to C a r r o n b a n k ’s shortcomings, and believes a mixture of dedication and passion is needed.
“Carronbank House is a very big undertaking, there is no denying that,” said Magnus.
“I’ve always loved this house, but it is a huge project which needs to be developed.
“The new owner needs to have a love of historic houses, and also be passionate about gardening.
“T hat ’ s wha t sold Carronbank to me in the first place, it has fabulous gardens.
“The children love it here, they build dens and they do archery.
“We’ve got numerous pets as well, it’s a paradise here.
“I grew up on a farm, so it was always the dream to have a piece of ground.
“I’ve created a wild meadow and divided the grounds up into different parts.
“The Carron Water flows along the southern boundary, it’s bliss.”
While Carronbank may be a work in progress, it appears all the more beguiling in its shabby chic state.
The elegant lounge is framed by the stunning bay windows, and comes complete with a marble fireplace.
This is the ideal space for entertaining, or unwinding in front of a roaring fire.
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