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

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - YOURHOME -

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.

There is a fur­ther sit­ting

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