Achnasolas and Rowan Cottage sits in a delightful position in a tranquil yet very accessible situation to the west of Huntly in the county of Aberdeenshire. Located between Aberdeen to the east and Elgin to the west, Huntly is an ...
Achnasolas and Rowan Cottage sits in a delightful position in a tranquil yet very accessible situation to the west of Huntly in the county of Aberdeenshire. Located between Aberdeen to the east and Elgin to the west, Huntly is an historic town prospering during the 18th Century through the expanding linen industry. Today, amenities include primary and secondary schools, two major supermarkets, a good selection of independent shops, sporting and recreational facilities and a train station providing direct links to Aberdeen and Inverness. Aberdeen (about 42 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 (about 35 miles) providing regular domestic and international flights.
Aberdeenshire is renowned as being one of the sunniest and driest counties in Scotland and it has a wide range of excellent places to stay, eat and shop. The county is famed for its breathtaking scenery, long sandy beaches and wildlife and offers wonderful leisure and recreational opportunities. Nearby, the rivers Bogie and Deveron offer superb fishing whilst the area also offers ample opportunities for a wide range of game sports and country pursuits. The Nordic Ski Centre in Huntly provides training for cross country skiing and The Lecht Ski Centre, Glenshee and Aviemore are within relatively easy reach. There are many golf courses accessible within a short drive and as a popular tourist area, local attractions include The Whisky Trail, The Speyside Way, Cairngorm National Park, together with many ancient monuments, castles, buildings and villages of historical significance.
Achnasolas is an impressive and attractive house with a separate, adjoining cottage, Rowan Cottage that could be used for a variety of purposes such as a family annexe, holiday let or long term let. This spacious former school and schoolhouse has well proportioned rooms, offers flexible accommodation and sits in beautiful and manageable gardens.
On the ground floor of Achnasolas a door opens into a spacious hallway with stairs to the first floor while an under stair cupboard provides useful storage space. To the left is a dining kitchen; double aspect it is wonderfully light and airy and has quality floor units, with a timber worktop, an electric Cookmaster stove and a wood burning stove. The pantry provides useful storage space and it also has a door to the garden. Back in the hallway, access is also gained to an impressive sitting room with a wood burning stove with a painted timber mantle and iron surround. A good sized bedroom completes the ground floor accommodation. A painted timber staircase leads from the hallway to a bright first floor landing. To the left is the bright, airy and generously sized master bedroom. Opposite is a further, good sized bedroom. Also on the first floor is a W.C., a bathroom, with a bath and separate shower and a laundry room which could also be used as a study.
Rowan Cottage, which adjoins Achnasolas, has been refurbished by the current owner and provides surprisingly spacious accommodation which could be used for a variety of purposes. The door opens into a hallway with two good sized storage cupboards. Straight ahead is a shower room with modern and high quality fittings including a waterfall shower. An exposed stone wall adds character to the room. Down the hallway is an impressive sitting/dining room. It is a wonderfully light room and a wood burning stove provides a wonderful focal point. From here is a door to the kitchen which has a range of wall and floor units and a door out to the garden. The hallway also gives access to two generously sized and bright bedrooms. There is an easy to access loft offering excellent additional storage space and, subject to any necessary consents, could offer additional accommodation.
Overall, Achnasolas and Rowan Cottage offer bright, spacious and well appointed accommodation. They have a number of fine features including tall ceilings, fireplaces and cornicing, and a light and welcoming atmosphere.
Outside, the gardens have primarily been laid to lawn and are interspersed with mature trees and bushes. Two timber built summer houses (2.6m x 2.68m and 3.63m x 2.98m), one of which has electricity and a timber decking provide ideal places to sit and enjoy the tranquillity. There is a good sized gravelled drive providing plenty of space for parking in addition to a garage (6.87m x 5.91m) with electric door. There is a further workshop (5.8m x 4.82m) with electric door, power and a concrete floor, shed with box profile sheeting (3.75m x 3.42m) and a greenhouse. The gardens offer exceptional seclusion and privacy and could easily offer the potential for a small paddock for a pony.