Birkhall is a charming hamlet lying west of Ballater on the main route from Aberdeen to Braemar and close to Balmoral Castle. Lying within the Cairngorms National Park, the area boasts many tourist attractions and opportunities for walking, ski-ing and all types of outdoor pursuits. The Ski Resorts of Glenshee and the Lecht and the local Golf Courses at Ballater and Braemar are all within easy reach. There is a primary school in Ballater, pre-school nurseries at Braemar and Ballater and secondary education provided at the academy in Aboyne. On the A93 North Deeside Road, there is good, regular transport by bus to Aboyne and Aberdeen City. Both Braemar and Ballater provide a good range of local amenities, including a medical centre, shops, restaurants, hotels, a bank and post office together with lively local communities with many interests.
The Glebe was originally the steading for the Glebe lands relating to the first Glenmuick Church Manse, Invermuick. Originally converted to the design of the renowned local architect, Alison Ewen, in the 1960's and 1970's the home has since undergone further refurbishment with the results creating a fantastic detached family home undoubtedly in walk into condition. The Glebe sits within a very generous 1 acre site which includes walled gardens, beautifully tended and maintained, and the River Muick lies to the west boundary with extensive private riverside banks where trout fishing can be enjoyed. Located within the heart of Royal Deeside and surrounded by stunning views with Knock Castle to the North, this is a unique opportunity to acquire a large family home, or equally a second home, in a very special location.
The main entrance hall overlooks the front and the rear courtyard and has ceramic tile flooring and a wood burning corner stove, this area leads firstly through to the study room. This room is a versatile space, which would also lend itself as a family room or dining room, and has quality cherry veneer flooring. Thereafter you enter the impressive dining kitchen with large windows overlooking the garden and fitted with beautiful oak units and corian work tops. A real 'country' kitchen with space for a dining table and chairs and a traditional style stove, whilst a door leads you directly outside to the courtyard. Off the kitchen you will find the larder area with built in dresser and walk in larder cupboard and a separate useful utility room and cloak room. The main living room is a stunning room with triple aspect to the River Muick, central courtyard and French doors open onto the main garden. This room enjoys solid oak flooring and has a wood burning stove.
Upstairs there is a large gallery landing with big windows and lots of useful space. Here you will find access to two very spacious double bedrooms with extensive built in storage. Bedroom 1 has 2 built in wardrobes and enjoys the luxury of an en-suite bathroom fitted with a white suite including a whirlpool bath and separate shower cubicle. Bedroom 2 is equally spacious with two single wardrobes and it too has access to its own private en-suite bathroom with double size bath and electric shower.
Returning to the main entrance hall, and turning to the right, you will find a further sitting room which enjoys an open view towards Knock Castle and has beautiful oak flooring and a wood burning stove. Continue through to a further hallway which has an alternative external door and continues the solid oak wood flooring. At the end of the hall you will find a handy cloak room. The additional family dining kitchen is fitted with popular shaker style units and solid oak worktops with plenty space for dining and leads through to a large utility cupboard. Leading upstairs from a separate stair case you again come to a bright open landing with open views towards Knock Castle. The family bathroom has luxury Amtico flooring and fitted with a three piece suite including corner bath and mixer shower. Bedroom 3 is a superb room with window to both the courtyard and Knock Castle and storage is provided by a large walk in wardrobe. This bedroom also benefits from a private en-suite bathroom with Amtico flooring, three piece suite with corner bath and overhead electric shower. Finally, bedroom 4 is a large double bedroom and has the feature of a walk in dressing room fitted with built in wardrobes.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
Sitting within a very generous 1 acre site, The Glebe is bound by the River Muick to the south-west, extensive garden ground and open pasture. The house has a south-west facing landscaped courtyard offering a sheltered outdoor space laid to lawn and patio with small pond. Various storage space is close to hand including two separate store rooms, large log store, green house and a children's play house with pitched shingle roof. An external door from the garage opens into the courtyard. Tucked away is a very quaint and idyllic sheltered seating area overlooking the banks of River Muick.
The truly beautiful walled gardens lead you down to the River banks and are extensive, carefully designed and maintained, and create a wonderful colourful outdoor space. There is a glass house and green house. A gate allows you onto your river banks where trout fishing can be enjoyed.
To the front of the property a granite chip drive way gives plenty of parking space and leads to the large integral garage.
Water - Private Supply
Drainage - Private Septic tank
Heating - Electric with 3.2kw solar pv installation giving a feed-in tariff income and offsetting domestic electricity consumption.
The EPC rating for The Glebe is E.
VIEWING AND FURTHER INFORMATION
Viewing is by arrangement only, all enquiries or requests for further information should be directed to the Sole Selling Agents, CKD Galbraith, 337 North Deeside Road, Cults, AB15 9SP. Telephone enquiries should be made to Hannah Christiansen on 01224 860 710 or by email to email@example.com.
On entering Ballater from Aberdeen A93, turn left at the junction opposite the Alexandra Hotel. Go over the bridge crossing the River Dee and turn right onto the B976. Travel on this road for a short distance (approx. 1.2 miles) and after the sharp right turn go over the Bridge of River Muick and The Glebe is located immediately on the left hand side as indicated by our for sale sign.
For Council Tax purposes The Glebe has been assessed as Band G.