Auld Cummerton is located within the picturesque burgh of Strathdon. Bellabeg is a quaint village within the burgh and the super local licenced shop includes post office and banking facilities, and is located only 800 metres from Auld Cummerton. Strathdon Primary School and Strathdon Medical Practice (dispensing) are also both less than 2000 metres away from the property located within Bellabeg. Bellabeg is also home to the annual Lonach Gathering & Highland Games, founded in 1841 which attracts thousands of visitors to the area each year. The nearest town to Strathdon is Alford to the east. Alford is a popular and growing town with a wealth of amenities including a health centre, shops, bank, post office, filling station, hotels along with a dry ski slope and transport museum. On the edge of Alford is Haughton Country Park, a 200 acre park with an array of activities available including, children's play area, walks and trails along with a putting green and camp site. Regular bus services are available from Alford with links to Aberdeen, Westhill, Kintore and Kemnay. Schooling is provided at Strathdon Primary School and then Alford Academy, a brand new community campus just completed and has a new primary and secondary school, swimming pool, theatre, library and community café. Auld Cummerton is also located within 18 miles of Aboyne in Royal Deeside.
Aberdeen is some 44 miles, and provides all the leisure, recreational and entertainment facilities expected from the oil capital of Europe. It also provides good transport links with a mainline railway station and is host to an airport providing both domestic and international flights.
Auld Cummerton is an outstanding traditional detached home with a southerly aspect and outstanding open views across Donside. The private driveway meanders through the mature woodland and the beautiful colourful garden to the front is full of wildlife and birds.
The original Auld Cummerton farmhouse dates back to 1760 where it stood proudly on an elevated position overlooking Strathdon and the open countryside beyond. The current owners instantly fell in love with Auld Cummerton in 2003 and saw the immense potential it held. After much consideration, thought and love, Auld Cummerton was taken back to simply the east gable wall and slowly, over the following year, Auld Cummerton was sympathetically rebuilt using the existing granite to create an exceptional family home. The superior specification and attention to detail is very evident throughout the home and much thought has gone into creating a spacious, versatile and well designed house. In 2006 an unique two storey tower extension was added to the rear. This extension was designed to work together with the original house to simply create additional accommodation but equally as a separate unit for family members or to be run as a holiday let.
Although predominantly a family home, Auld Cummerton has also been run very successfully by the current owners as a 5 star Bed & Breakfast. Visitors have visited from all over the world with many returning on a yearly basis. Auld Cummerton lends itself very well to this, given its outstanding location, and with the tower extension to the rear.
Upon entering through the main front door the entrance hall has a wide staircase which takes you to the upper level. To one side you have the formal lounge which has three separate windows and a wood burning stove set within a striking granite arched mantle piece. There is a handy external hatch for wood intake. To the other side of the entrance hall you will find the delightful family traditional dining kitchen. This Drumoak kitchen is laid with Caithness Flagstone flooring and has been designed to maximise the amount of working, storage and dining space. A key part of the kitchen is the 'Alpha' range; a sophisticated unit which is used for cooking, the underfloor heating, water and radiators. To the rear othe house there is a family snug, which is a versatile room and would also be ideal as the 4th bedroom as adjacent to this room, is the cloak room, which has been fitted with the plumbing for a bath, should it be required. The rear entrance porch leads through to the boot room / utility room and there is a separate small study, great if you require to work from home. A door in the snug provides alternative access to the tower extension.
Returning to the main entrance hall the wide staircase leads you to the upper accommodation. To the front of the house you will find two equally spacious double bedrooms, 2 & 3, with southerly aspect enjoying the beautiful views. Both of these bedrooms have built in wardrobes and luxurious en-suite shower rooms. The master bedroom lies to the rear of the property, overlooking the side garden and woodlands. This is a superb double bedroom with triple wardrobes and the ensuite has both a roll-top bath and separate shower cubicle.
The tower extension can either be accessed from the rear snug through double doors or has its own private external entrance from the gardenthus allowing for flexibility. Upon entering from the external door, you immediately enter the hallway which is super for coats and shoes. The hall gives access to the bathroom with a roll top slipper bath and separate shower unit. The delightful bedroom is a unique circular room being located within the turret part of the extension and is generous in size. Stairs lead to the entire upper floor of the extension and is the open plan lounge, kitchen and dining room. Having this room on the top floor of the extension was a thoughtful decision to ensure the views can be appreciated.
GARDEN AND GROUND
Auld Cummerton stands in approximately 2.5 acres of ground. The private driveway meanders through the mature woodland, which was planted approximately 50-60 years ago. This mature woodland is an excellent source for the wood burner stove within the house. The woodland area has been allowed to remain wild and natural enticing an array of natural wildlife and birds and throughout both the woodland and garden there are various peaceful spots where the tranquillity and incredible views can be really appreciated. A particular favourite is the wooden chalet elevated up behind the house, a special spot to appreciate the beautiful surroundings. Once you reach the house there is plenty of parking on the stone chip drive way and in addition to the wooden chalet, you have a two wooden sheds, a wood store and a car port for 2 cars.
To the side and front of Auld Cummerton you will find a beautiful low maintenance tiered garden with a south facing aspect. The garden has been well designed and tended with a plethora of plants and flowers, which in spring & summer becomes a blanket of colour. There is a delightful pond, plenty areas for outdoor furniture and the garden is fully fenced. A welcomed visitor is the Oyster Catcher family, who return year upon year to settle within the garden to have their young.
Water Private Spring water supply with filtration system.
Drainage Private - septic treatment tank located within feu
Heating Oil fired central heating. A separate oil tank is in place for the annexe.
Under floor heating to most rooms on the ground floor and radiators upstairs.
Windows Double glazed
The EPC rating for Auld Cummerton is D.