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The Greens of Afforsk

Blairdaff, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 5LA
The Greens of Afforsk is a beautifully extended 5 bedroom farmhouse with detached garage, 2.5 acre paddock and grass tennis cour...
Traditional detached farmhouse with converted barn annex
291m2 of versatile living space.
4 public/ 5 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms
Lounges with wood burning stoves
Two garages & tennis court
Paddock extending to 2.5 acres
Secluded yet accessible location with open views of Bennachie

Blairdaff is a charming small hamlet located a short drive from Monymusk and Kemnay, whilst Inverurie is only 8 miles away. Kemnay in particular is only a 4 mile drive and offers shops, a chemist, medical centre, an 18 hole Golf Course and two primary schools. A wider range of facilities are available in Inverurie which is a popular bustling town with a large variety of amenities including the train station link into Aberdeen. Inverurie Academy also provides secondary education. Blairdaff is an excellent commuter base for Blackburn, Westhill, Dyce and Aberdeen and also has ready access to the airport.
Aberdeen is some 20 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.

The Greens of Afforsk is a beautiful extensive family home comprising the redevelopment of a traditional 1884 granite farmhouse imaginatively linked to a traditional 1885 granite barn/mill building. Acquired by the present owners in 1991, the property has undergone extensive phased alteration and reconstruction and now forms a very spacious and versatile home, ideally suited for lovers of the great outdoors.

The versatility of this home is expansive with potential for sub-division/shared occupation and could also lend itself exceptionally well to a Bed & Breakfast, whilst maintaining the privacy of owners and guests alike between the two parts of the dwelling.

The south west facing garden is fully landscaped with paved patio area, formal lawns and colourful flower beds creating a wonderful outdoor space.
There is an adjoining well drained 2.54 acre field suitable for horses / ponies and with The Greens being a mere 300 metres from the entrance to the extensive forest trails, it is ideally suited for riding, cycling, walking and generally enjoying the beauty of the Bennachie range and forests.

Original farmhouse
The spacious entrance hall is on split levels giving access to a shelved cupboard, shelved shoe-closet and laundry / utility Room. The staircase (with under-stair storage) rises to an open landing area. The lounge / formal dining area is a light and airy room with two windows and front door facing south and catching the best of the sunshine. One wall is of natural granite and, on a quarry tiled hearth, the Vermont Encore top-loading, thermostatically controlled, catalytic wood burning stove ensures the area is extremely cosy during the winter months. On entering the modern dining kitchen, one is immediately struck by the stunning, panoramic views of the Mither Tap, Oxencraig and Millstone hills. The heart of the kitchen is the Stanley Brandon 80 27.7kW oil-fired range which supplies all hot water, central heating and cooking. The utility room is plumbed for Washing Machine and Tumble Dryer and the shower room has a Makti Radiance curved shower enclosure with Mira power shower unit and Heritage WC and wash hand basin.

Upstairs, the landing area with open stairwell and pine balustrade offers a quiet space to work, read or just appreciate the views over the Bennachie range and forests. Just off the landing area there is a fitted wardrobe with shelving and hanging rails. Bedrooms 1 and 2 are mirror-imaged double bedrooms both with southerly facing Dormer windows. The Family Bathroom is east facing, catching the morning sunshine, and is fitted with a Heritage Dorchester bath, wash hand basin and WC. From the bathroom there is a warm linen storage room which accommodates the CW storage tank and DHW tank.

The adjoining "Barn" was reconstructed in 1994 to provide additional and potentially self-contained accommodation. In 2006 however, a sun room (or "link") was built to join the two buildings together and form the 5-bedroom home it is today.
This long sunroom gives an open vista to the east and south and, with fully insulated and slated roof, the room remains warm in winter with underfloor heating. The link leads directly into a sitting room/ family living area in the barn. The sitting room is a generous space and with traditional low ceiling provides a cosy retreat from the rest of the house. The area is heated by either radiators or the Charnwood Island thermostatically controlled wood burning stove. A kitchen was planned for this area (but never installed) and the H&C water plumbing and waste pipework is already in situ should a buyer consider sub-division of the property. The Utility Room (Currently used as a tack room) is plumbed with H&C water and waste pipework. It houses the oil-fired Boulter Buderus Camray 5 central heating and DHW boiler, a set of drawer units and is currently used as an equestrian tack-room with an external door to the rear. The L-shaped hallway gives access to stairs (with under stair cupboard), the warm linen cupboard with DHW cylinder and the cottage style bathroom has a traditional cast iron bath, Heritage WC, and wash hand basin with separate shower enclosure with power shower. There is also useful storage room off the hallway that could easily lend itself to a study with its south-facing window and radiator.

The hall also gives direct access to the huge integral garage/workshop with door to the south and up/over canopy door to the north providing plenty space for cars, bikes and DIY workshop space. The garage is partially lined and insulated on external walls; central heating flow and return pipework has been terminated in the garage allowing for possible conversion to more living/bedroom space. The garage has also mains water standpipe for washing cars outside as well as a trailing hose unit from a shower mixer valve for warm power washing of horses and muddy dogs.

The upstairs landing has recessed bookshelf, cupboard under the eaves and gives access to the three remaining bedrooms. Bedroom 3 has a gable window to the east and dormer window to the south, this double bedroom has a built-in wardrobe and shelved cupboard. Bedroom 4 is a double bedroom with south facing Velux window and built in wardrobe. Bedroom 5 is very light and spacious (currently used as study) with uninterrupted views to Bennachie range to the north west. Dormer window facing south and Velux window to the north. The room has two shelved cupboards into the eaves.

Landscaped garden ground laid to patio, lawns, flower beds with rockeries and trees. There are two sceptic tanks (house and barn separately) and a gateway with direct access to field and tennis lawn. There is a detached woodshed/garage of stone and timber construction. The woodshed has a large up and over door for vehicle access as well as a pedestrian entrance. The area gives ample storage for wood fuel / logs as well as space for large family car and is supplied with power and light. It also houses the mains electric fence unit for the field. Lean to shed for garden tools. Summerhouse with power.

Field extending to 2.54 acres with partial electric fence, galvanised trough and direct access onto the public road.

NOTE: Additional land (approx. 4 acres) may be available for annual grass let by separate negotiation. Land comes with an existing field shelter/fodder store which may also be available for outright purchase or relocation; again by separate negotiation.

Water Mains connected
Drainage 2 Septic tanks (house and
barn separately)
Heating Oil fired central heating and
wood burning stoves.
Windows Double glazed.

The EPC rating for The Greens of Afforsk is D.

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