The Old Manse Of Towie
The Old Manse of Towie sits in a magnificent elevated position commanding far reaching views across the Upper Don Valley. The hamlet of Towie has a thriving nursery and primary school, a village hall and church. There is a general store/post office/garage/petrol station in the nearby village of Glenkindie. The Highland Games season sees the Clansmen of the Lonach Highlanders march through Strathdon to the Lonach Park for their annual 'Gathering', a unique and family friendly Highland Games at the end of August.
The Old Manse of Towie is located on the fringe of the Cairngorms National Park which is renowned as being one of the most rugged, serene and unspoilt areas of Scotland and is famed for its breath-taking scenery and wildlife. Ospreys and a wide variety of birdlife are in abundance. The area has a rich and diverse range of services and amenities and is a haven for arts, cultural and social events with the famous 'Lost' gallery being nearby. The rivers Don, Dee and Deveron offer superb fishing, while the region provides outstanding opportunities for a wide range of outdoor pursuits including hillwalking, biking horse riding, kayaking, and various field sports. The Nordic Ski Centre in Huntly provides training for cross-country skiing while the Lecht Ski Centre, Glenshee and Aviemore are all within easy reach. There are many golf courses accessible within a short drive and as a popular tourist destination, local attractions include 'The Whisky Trail' together with many ancient monuments, castles, buildings and villages of historical significance.
Aberdeen (about 35 miles) provides all of the facilities expected from a modern and prosperous city, with an excellent selection of shopping, retail parks and associated services, rail links and an airport with regular domestic and European flights. Towie has its own thriving primary school and the nearby large villages of Aboyne and Alford offer secondary schooling, a supermarket and other shopping while Huntly and Inverurie offer a wider range of shopping and facilities.
The Old Manse of Towie is a stunning Georgian Manse constructed of harled stone under a slate roof. The house is grade B listed and dates from the early 1800's, however, it is believed that there has been a dwelling on the site since the 1600's. We understand that Jacobite soldiers were hidden in the house. Sitting above the river, The Old Manse enjoys stunning views across the valley and surrounding countryside and provides well appointed and very adaptable accommodation over three and a half storeys.
Stone steps lead to the front door that opens into the entrance hall with a stripped timber floor and stairs to the first floor. A door opens to a bright sitting room; generous in size it has a tall ceiling with cornicing and an open fireplace. Opposite the sitting room is the dining room that is similarly proportioned and also has an attractive open fireplace and stripped timber floor. From the entrance hall steps lead to a rear hall, giving access to the breakfasting kitchen, which benefits from an electric four-oven Aga and a pantry. A utility/boot room, with a W.C. and a boiler room complete the ground floor accommodation. From the rear hall a door opens to stone steps which lead down to the basement which includes a hall, two store rooms and three good sized stores, two of which have windows allowing ample natural light. Of these, the principal room was originally a kitchen and has a large stone fireplace. From the entrance hall the stairs lead to a split landing and on to a hallway, a family bathroom with roll top bath and a guest bedroom / sitting room which having a triple aspect is wonderfully light and also benefits from an open fire place. Continuing up the stairs, the first floor has three good-sized bedrooms, all with open fireplaces and tall ceilings. There is dressing-room which has an interconnecting door with the master bedroom while a further bathroom completes the first floor accommodation. There are two good sized and bright attic bedrooms on the second floor.
Outside, the grounds surrounding the house extend to about 2.1 acres. A gravelled driveway leads to the front of the house and provides ample parking space for a number of vehicles. In front of the driveway is an area of lawn, interspersed with various mature trees. The ground slopes down to the River Don, for which the property enjoys trout fishing rights. Along the riverside there are two further areas of rougher ground, the largest of which would be suitable as a paddock for a pony or other livestock. There is also a delightful area planted with several fruit trees. To the side of the house is a pretty, part walled courtyard with various beds and borders. Adjacent to the courtyard is a substantial garage and a fine traditional stone and slate built steading which provides very useful storage space as well as potential for development (subject to planning).