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Lakeside home with priceless views up for grabs

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This gorgeous home may be on the market for offers over £600,000, but its views and surroundings are priceless.

The word unique is thrown about a lot in the property market, so much so that it has almost lost all meaning.

But some properties really can be branded as one of a kind – and I think I’ve found one.

Lakeside House, at Tillycorthie, Udny, is exactly what it says on the tin – a home beside a lake. This beautiful outstanding country house is set within two acres of garden and woodland in the grounds of an old private estate.

It is one of the few properties within the grounds of Tillycorthie Mansion House, a category B listed house constructed in 1911 for James Rollo Duncan, a renowned Bolivian tin magnate.

There are many distinctive things about this home. First, the building itself. The solid white castellated building is impressive from the moment you set your eyes on it. With its gorgeous white façade and turret edges, it is totally different from anything else on the market and offers its new owners a truly original home.

All the rooms are on one level – giving it wide appeal for all ages – but it does feature a terraced roof where you can enjoy the stunning views and setting, which I will speak more about later. With the usual planning consents obtained, this space could be transformed into a fantastic outdoor space, a great development opportunity for those looking to put their own stamp on this house.

Featuring four bedrooms, Lakeside House could easily fit a growing family, but equally offers, perhaps a couple, rooms to use for other purposes. For example, one of the double bedrooms was used previously as a study and still retains its bookcases, showing the flexibility of these rooms.

Other highlights include an informal sitting room with french doors opening into an elegant drawing room, which has a feature fireplace and wood-burning stove as well as glazed doors leading to the lakeside. While these doors mean you can enjoy the gorgeous views whatever the weather outside, it also means it is a very bright and airy room and flooded with natural light.

The conservatory is one of my favourite rooms in the house. You only have to look at the picture of it to see why. The views are unrivalled and something I could happily sit and look at all day long.

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The split-level kitchen is also sure to impress visitors with its range of French solid wood cabinets with tiled countertops and Rayburn cooker. Another room of note is the master bedroom, with an adjoining dressing room and en suite bathroom with ornate Italian suite. Both extra features have underfloor heating, a particular favourite feature of mine.

And while the house is very impressive, it is its setting that is the jewel in its crown.

As I said, and can easily be seen in the photographs, this house neighbours a large lake with stunning woodland creating the perfect backdrop. The mature woodland is half owned by Lakeside House, the other half by the Mansion House. It really is paradise for those looking for a country retreat. As well as creating the most stunning views for owners of Lakeside to enjoy, it is home to an abundance of wildlife.

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This great feature offers its owners a place to relax and enjoy the summer weather while creating a winter wonderland in the colder months. For offers over £600,000, this gorgeous home could be yours. And with views that are simply priceless, I think this is quite a bargain.

Set in two acres, the grounds are predominantly in lawn with mature specimen and native trees and established shrubs. There is a paved patio on the edge of the lake, with access from the conservatory and drawing room. Mature woodland borders the driveway and gardens and offers superb privacy and leafy views. There is also a large garage with up and over electric door which provides parking for up to four cars, and a garage with double timber doors has space for gardening equipment and storage. A private tarred driveway has parking for numerous cars.

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What you may find surprising about this home is that, far from being in the middle of nowhere, it is in fact just nine miles from Aberdeen, making this a great commuter property.

It is also within easy commuting distance of the airport, seven miles away, and the market towns of Ellon, Oldmeldrum, Inverurie and Dyce, which offer a wealth of amenities, including schools, shops, leisure, recreational and health facilities and effective road and rail links. There is a choice of outdoor pursuits which include walking, cycling, swimming and fishing, and there are several golf courses in the area, including the recently developed Trump Course at Menie, some five miles away.

Contact: Simpson and Marwick on 01224 622622.