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Easter Davoch Casts Its Spell

Sometimes it's not obvious what exactly draws or repels you to or from a house; a gut feeling' is often given as the only vague and frustrating explanation.

Easter Davoch's appeal really doesn't need to be clarified though, apparent to anyone who crosses the threshold or even makes it as far as the driveway; this property is spell-binding.

New to the market through CKD Galbraith, Easter Davoch in Tarland, Aberdeenshire, is an award winning steading conversion nestled at the foot of the Pressendye Hills with spectacular views which no photograph could possibly do justice.

The current owners, Mary and Simon Welfare, bought the former steading back in 1999 and were initially resistant to even view the crumbling property due to the amount of renovation work required. However, once they had clapped eyes on Easter Davoch's outlook they were inspired and worked with architect Les Hunter to ensure they had a home which took full advantage of the stunning views over Howe O'Cromar.

The Welfares decided to raise the roof of the middle steading with the two side parts being turned into courtyards. This unusual design gave the conversion much more space and allowed a great deal of the original stonework and features to be retained. Easter Davoch has won two highly commended awards in the 2002 Aberdeenshire Design Awards for Housing and Craftsmanship. The property has also featured in the Scottish Government's Planning Advice Notes as an example of best practise. 

Easter Davoch is separated into three main buildings, the middle section of the U shaped design is the main house bound at both sides by private courtyards which in turn lead to the eastern and western wings. The western steading is currently used as both a home office and a bright and airy artist's studio whilst the eastern steading provides exceptional storage with the potential to convert to additional accommodation.

The main house has two delightful public rooms; the drawing room which exudes both charm and character thanks to the pine wood flooring and decorative cornicing, and the striking living room with valuated ceiling and beams. The main house comprises four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The master bedroom is an exceptionally spacious bedroom, again featuring a vaulted ceiling and wooden beams, and also enjoying a Morso multi fuel stove with stone hearth. There is a dressing room with window to the front and an en-suite bathroom with a cast iron bath with shower above. 

Jordan Mackay, handling the sale for CKD Galbraith, said: "Great thought and consideration has gone into the design and subsequent conversion of what was a small range of steading buildings. The western steading especially offers an idyllic retreat with the full height windows and doors flooding the building with light which creates an extremely calming ambience. 

"The gardens at Easter Davoch extend to around 1.3 acres and have been lovingly created from a blank canvas to what is now a fantastic haven including a large lawn area, a vegetable garden and a herbaceous border with a variety of ornamental and mature trees. Adding to the fairy-tale feel of the property is the small stream that meanders to a large pond with a Sitooterie' and creates the perfect spot to relax.

"Aberdeen has so many spectacular rural properties on the market but Easter Davoch is something else entirely, the Welfares have designed a home which is as equally captivating as its views. We expect interest levels to be high so book a viewing now to avoid disappointment!"