Accommodation: Sun Porch, Vestibule, Hallway, Living Room, Family Room, Dining Room, Dining Kitchen, Laundry / Utility Room, Inner Hallway, Shower Room, Double Bedroom 1, Double Bedroom 2, Double Bedroom 3, Bedroom 4, Study / Bedroom 5, Family Bathroom. Shed / Workshop. Large Gardens. Walled Garden.
A unique opportunity to acquire a substantial period farmhouse set within grounds extending to approximately half an acre in a peaceful countryside location and yet within close proximity of the town of Laurencekirk. This stone built property occupies fully enclosed secluded gardens on all sides, while the front aspect has views (facing South East) across rolling farmland and the Garvock Hill beyond. The Farmhouse is believed to have been built in the mid to late 1800s , and has been extensively refurbished and upgraded over the years. Easthills Farmhouse must be viewed to fully appreciate the tranquility it offers.
The property has been renovated and improved to a high standard and while attractive period features have been retained including raised skirtings, architraved panelled doors, shutters and cornicing, it also benefits from added modern comforts. The original sash and case windows have been reinstated with double glazed upvc sash and case units, and the entire property has been insulated to a high specification. Heating is via an oil fired central heating system and multifuel stove in the Living Room, while there are various original fireplaces throughout. Providing extensive accommodation, in excess of 240 square metres, this property is ideal for a comfortable family lifestyle. In addition to the mature gardens there is a walled garden and parking to the side for several vehicles and a sweeping exclusive driveway to the front. The shed / workshop has also been modernised and insulated. The house is just a five minute drive or short cycle ride from Laurencekirk, the schools are easily accessible while Laurencekirk train station and quick access to the A90 is ideal for commuters.
Sun Porch: ( 14'5” x 8'9” / 4.39m x 2.66m) The traditional sunny Porch has just been renovated with enlarged new upvc windows and front door. This wonderfully light area with absolutely stunning views across the Mearns is currently used as an artist's studio.
Vestibule: The original 4ft front door leads from the Porch into the imposing Vestibule with Art Deco encaustic floor tiles. coving and original acorn hooks.
Hallway: The grand Hallway features a striking cantilever staircase with wooden bannister.
Family Room: (14'9” x 14'4” / 4.5m x 4.38m) A beautifully spacious room overlooking the front gardens and countryside beyond. A multifuel stove sits on an Indian marble hearth with oak mantel and original stonework behind. The oak floor has been preserved. Cornicing and picture rail.
Living Room: (15'3” x 13'6” / 4.65m x 4.11m ) A stunning light filled room again overlooking the front of the property and with original fireplace. Recessed fireside cupboard.
Dining Room: (15'3” x 10'5” / 4.65m x 3.12m ) Situated to the rear of the property the beautifully proportioned Dining Room has an original fireplace and comfortably houses an eight seater dining table.
Dining Kitchen: (15'4” x ….'..” / 4.67m x 4.2m ) Featuring a striking traditional hand painted open dresser and shelved larder, the Dining Kitchen is tremendously spacious. Perhaps the last remaining part of the property which could benefit from upgrading, the available space offers an exciting opportunity for the purchaser to design a fitted kitchen of their choice. There is a range of base units and freestanding appliances, and the window overlooks the delightful side garden.
Laundry / Utility Room : (13'3” x 8'8” / 4.04m x 2.64m) Accessed from the Kitchen the Laundry / Utility Room has a door to the garden and a large window. Formerly used as the farm office the space is well equipped with multiple phone lines and power sockets.
Shower Room: (10' x 8' / 3.04m x 2.45m ) Of extremely high quality and exceptionally spacious this beautifully fitted shower room was converted from the former Milk Room, and has a stunning outlook over the lawned gardens at the side of the property. With a white suite and walk in shower enclosure the room is finished with full wall tiling, wooden ceiling with downlights and ceramic floor tiles. Of particular note is the traditional sink set within a stepped slate window ledge to the sash and case window. Period style column radiator incorporating towel rail and underfloor heating.
Double Bedroom 3: (12'1” x 9'4” / 3.68m x 2.85m ) A lovely downstairs Bedroom with wooden floor and tiled fireplace, and peaceful outlook over the lawned gardens to the side.
The Inner Hallway leads to the Dining Kitchen and to the charming stable style back door fitted with a digital fob-operated locking system.
The main curved staircase leads to the Family Bathroom and upstairs bedrooms.
Family Bathroom: On the half landing the luxurious Bathroom has been fitted to an extremely high specification and beautifully finished with full wall tiling, wooden ceiling with downlights and ceramic floor tiles. The Spa bath suite is white with a separate quadrant shower enclosure. Period style column radiator incorporating towel rail and underfloor heating.
Double Bedroom 1 : (19' at widest x 15' / 5.79m at widest x 4.56m) : A nicely proportioned Double Bedroom with a deep silled window providing quite spectacular views over the countryside. Tiled fireplace.
Double Bedroom 2 : (19' at widest x 15' / 5.79m at widest x 4.56m) : The mirror image of Double Bedroom 2 again with wonderful views and fireplace with Georgian cast iron insert.
On the upper landing is also a walk in cupboard providing extensive storage.
From the Dining Kitchen leads the back stairs to the original Maid's room, now the fourth Bedroom and the Study / Bedroom 5 .
Bedroom 4: (11'2” x 11'1” / 3.41m x 3.37m ) A bright and modernised attic room with velux window and downlights.
Study / Bedroom 5: (12'1” x 11'7” / 4m x 3.52m ) Currently used as a home office this marvellously light working space has three velux windows, downlights and a large built in cupboard.
Workshop: (22' x 12'5” / 6.3m x 3.8m) There is a substantial timber – clad fully insulated workshop with double glazed windows, light, power , high security steel doors and an infra red heater. The smaller workshop / shed (14'1” x 12'5” / 4.3m x 3.8m ) also houses the 2500 litre central heating oil tank and has a large double glazed window, light and power.
Front Gardens:The front gardens are south facing and fully enclosed with hedging offering a high degree of privacy and shelter with quite dramatic views over farmland to the hills beyond. There is a private gravel driveway and a variety of mature trees, flower borders and shrubs.
Rear and Side Gardens: There are well maintained lawns and gravelled areas to the sides providing a substantial amount of parking. There are many shrubs and trees including a rare red chestnut tree. There is a further, shared, access driveway to the rear of the property.
Walled Garden: The magnificent Walled Garden is stocked with a variety of fruits including gooseberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, apples and plums, and flower borders.
To the rear of Easthills Farmhouse lies a large acreage with a range of agricultural buildings. Planning permission is in process for the demolition of the former farm buildings and the erection of a small exclusive development of 3 architect designed substantial properties set within large plots. The electricity has historically come through the farm buildings and there is a shared electricity supply which is in the process of separation from the farm . A new temporary meter for the Farmhouse has been installed by SSE which will be replaced by a direct connection to the Farmhouse when the new houses have been built. With regard to the shared access to the rear of the property an agreement has been reached with the developer with regard to formation of a visibility splay relative to the property's beech hedging which will be incorporated into the title deeds at the point of sale.
Location: Easthills Farmhouse sits just 1.78 miles from Laurencekirk, an old market town which lies almost equidistant between Aberdeen and Dundee, directly adjacent to the A90 and with its own railway station offering Intercity travel it is a prime commuter spot. Laurencekirk is a growing and thriving community and has its own comprehensive range of facilities , together with further services at Stonehaven, Montrose and Brechin. However it still retains the sense of a small community, and offers a high standard of living together with the benefits of rural surroundings, with the Angus Glens to the west, the beautiful beach and nature reserve of St. Cyrus to the east and winter sports to the north. Laurencekirk offers superb opportunities for family life, with nurseries, a modern primary school and traditional parks at each end of the town. There is secondary schooling at the recently built Mearns Academy which opened in 2014.
Directions: From Aberdeen travel south on the A90 and turn right at the first junction for Laurencekirk. Follow the Aberdeen road towards the town and upon entering the High Street turn right into Station Road. Follow the road over the railway bridge and out of the town towards the Mains of Haulkerton Y junction. Turn left here and follow the road around to the right over the bridge. Continue on a long straight until you are approaching a sharp left hand turn. Easthills Farmhouse sits just to the right before you reach the left hand bend.