PROPERTY FOCUS: Enjoy the best of both worlds

PROPERTY FOCUS: Enjoy the best of both worlds
PROPERTY FOCUS: Enjoy the best of both worlds

LOCATION is the driving force in most moves but while there will always be those for whom the urban versus rural debate is clear-cut and predetermined, many house hunters are seeking the best of both – rural advantages with an easy commute to the city.

And for those who want a one-off property that offers abundant space inside as well as out, a steading or similar conversion can be the perfect solution to family living…

SITUATED in the rural hamlet of Muir of Fowlis near Alford in Aberdeenshire, West Steading is a traditional granite steading linked to a self-contained one bedroomed studio flat and double garage.

Converted in 2003, the property is set in 0.8 acres of garden grounds incorporating a stone chipped courtyard and
parking area.

A larch-clad sun porch with exposed granite internal wall and open beams (an ideal depository for skis, outdoor wear and sports equipment) leads through to the main hub of this home, a 23ft open-plan living, dining area and kitchen enhanced by all-white décor including exposed white ceiling beams and matching staircase and solid oak flooring.

Aberdein Considine’s Banchory office is asking for offers over £305,000.

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BISHOPTON is a convenient village that combines open countryside and good local amenities (including a primary school), yet is only a few minutes drive from the M8 and direct access to Glasgow city centre with not so much as a traffic light in between.

Currently the local property market includes an unusual three bedroomed main door conversion set in a cobbled courtyard within the former Erskine Home Farm, which has a peaceful rural setting adjacent to Mar Hall and Erskine golf courses.

Finished to a high standard inside and set within a landscaped garden with two paved patios, parking and double garage, the accommodation includes a vestibule opening into an impressive main hall off which is a 24ft living room, a striking space with a double-height vaulted ceiling, huge arched window (fitted with plantation shutters) and double doors leading to an adjacent and even larger open-plan family/dining/kitchen, the latter fully fitted with quality units, granite worktops and integrated appliances.

Also on the ground level are a utility, contemporary bathroom and two double bedrooms with built-in storage – one also en suite.

Character, striking architectural features and an impeccable contemporary interior are the hallmarks of this conversion.

Offers over £360,000 are invited by Corum’s Bridge of Weir office.

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THREE miles from Aberfeldy in Perthshire is what must surely be one of the most striking juxtapositions of old and new vernacular architecture in the country.

South facing and set in 1.67 acres, East Cottage is a rare grade C-listed traditional thatched cottage dating from the 1790s, melded to a bespoke architect designed contemporary extension from 2004 to make a luxurious family home.

Features synonymous with old and new – exposed timber beams, stone walls, Caithness flagstone and solid beech flooring (under-floor heating), Aga and wood-burning stove – combine in a layout that includes an original 31ft open-plan kitchen/dining/family room with French doors to the garden.

Off this arresting space is the link between the two buildings, a bright entrance hall/dining area with a glass wall highlighting the views.

Loch Tay is only a ten-minute drive, while nearby Aberfeldy caters for everyday living. Offers over £330,000 to CKD Galbraith’s Perth office.

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