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17th Century Fortified House For Sale In Picturesque Aberdeenshire Hamlet

A historic and charming category ‘A’ listed fortified house, close to both Royal Deeside and Donside, has been introduced to the open market through leading property consultancy Galbraith.

Located within the picturesque hamlet of Craigievar, only seven miles from both Alford and Aboyne in Royal Deeside, Hallhead is a charming and historical house dating back to 1668 once owned by members of Clan Gordon for over 300 years. It was a classic laird’s house of the Gordons of Esslemont set high and remote in the Aberdeenshire countryside. 

This imposing harled stone property exudes character and was meticulously restored by the present owners around 15 years ago to carefully retain every traditional and historic aspect whilst sympathetically introducing modern day living requirements.

The four-storey house was built using a T-plan tower layout and the studded wood panelled front door set a precedence for the level of traditional character on offer, including the historic central tower with spiral stairs case leading to the tower above. Exposed stone walls are a feature throughout along with the original open fireplaces and a restored shot-hole window which was discovered during the refurbishments. 


Hannah Christiansen, head of Galbraith residential in Aberdeen, said:

Hallhead is a rare and unique opportunity. The property is in excellent condition throughout and lends itself perfectly as a charming, yet practical family home or equally as a delightful second home. With private land extending to around 8.45 acres, this property enjoys an enviable position at the bottom of a tree lined track road in a lovely secluded valley in the beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside. 

Demand for properties in this price bracket has held up well over the past quarter and a property of this stature and located in such a beautiful area of Scotland rarely comes on the market so we expect keen interest from a number of parties either wishing to put down family roots or enjoy it as a staycation property. The steading building offers potential to create additional accommodation or business space, subject to consent, and further enhances the attractiveness of Hallhead property.

With around 8.45 acres of land, Hallhead offers complete privacy whilst taking advantage of the fantastic countryside views. The south facing garden is bound by a traditional stone dyke wall and beyond the garden to the west is a large pond which attracts many varieties of birds and wildlife, whilst the remainder of the land consists mainly of woodland.

The detached U-shaped traditional steading is category ‘B’ listed and retains the original finely moulded arch. It offers an attractive development opportunity subject to necessary planning permission or can be retained as a useful outbuilding.  

A traditional south facing garden is bound by a traditional stone dyke wall and beyond the garden to the west is a large pond which attracts many varieties of birds and wildlife. The remainder of the land mainly consists of woodland.

This area of rural Aberdeenshire boasts spectacular countryside and is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts. Alford is a popular and growing town with Aboyne also offering excellent amenities and is known as the gateway to Royal Deeside continuing to Ballater and Braemar. There are good transport links to Aberdeen, just over 25 miles away, with a mainline railway station and Aberdeen International Airport being only a 40-minute drive. 

Hallhead, Craigievar, Alford, Aberdeenshire, is for sale through Galbraith at offers over £420,000.