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EXCLUSIVE: Stewart Milne’s £7.5m Aberdeen home complete with swimming pool, tennis court and boating lake hits the market

Dalhebity House is out of this world.
Dalhebity House is out of this world.

To describe Dalhebity House as a dream home would be a gross understatement.

Jaw-droppingly spectacular in every way, the exquisite eco-friendly mansion – built on the site of the late Diana, Princess of Wales’ grandmother’s property in Aberdeen’s Bieldside – really is the stuff of fairytales.

Home to north-east building supremo and former Aberdeen Football Club chairman Stewart Milne and his partner Joanna, the opulent eight-bedroom property is beyond luxurious.

In fact, it is thought to be the most expensive residential home ever to be sold in Aberdeen.

Dalhebity House's pool, underneath a glass roof, with fountain and hot tub, seating and marble flooring.
The indoor heated 13.5m pool with hot tub is the perfect place to relax.
The sauna featured rounded seating and colourful tile.
Enjoy a spa weekend at home in the mosaic tiled steam room and Swedish sauna.

Putting his house on the market comes just a month after Stewart told the Press and Journal he was retiring and has kick-started the sale of his housebuilding empire Stewart Milne Homes (SMH).

It is expected to attract interest from national housebuilders, with any sale delivering a bumper retirement boost for its principal shareholder.

Dalhebity House

From the heated indoor swimming pool and spa to the cocktail bar, library, tennis court and snooker room, it truly has the “wow” factor.

With fairytale turrets and a beautiful lake, Dalhebity House is like something straight out of a storybook.

But it’s inside where the real magic begins.

Sure to take the breath away is the magnificent marble-floored reception hall with sweeping horseshoe staircase.

Dalhebity House's horseshoe staircase also features a large chandelier, and wooden panelling.
The spectacular hallway is reminiscent of the iconic scene from the film Titanic when Jack meets Rose at the top of a curved stairwell like this one.
Imagine hearing the beautiful sound of the grand piano while sipping on champagne.

Formal banqueting room

Perfect for champagne receptions and sophisticated soirees, this impressive area also has a stunning stained-glass cupola – rounded ceiling dome – a log fire and no fewer than 20 marble columns.

As if that wasn’t enough entertaining space, there is also a 26-seat formal banqueting room, a drawing room corner with turret window and silk panelled walls and a billiard room with cocktail bar.

The formal banqueting room is like a scene from the Netflix period drama Bridgerton.
A seating area with a snooker table, roman style pillars and leather sofas
Snooker anyone? Staying in has never looked so good.


Perfect for business meetings is the study/office which has plenty of space for numerous work stations and writing desks.

Bookworms are also in for a treat as the plush property has an American oak library.

Fitted with exquisite bookcases and cabinets, it’s a lovely place to escape to.

Dalhebity House's dark wood library
Escape to the library for some quiet time.
The Bieldside home's main bedroom is soft cream with a large seating area and fireplace
This sumptuous bedroom will leave you on cloud nine.

Kitchen of dreams

Meanwhile, cooking is a work of culinary art in the custom-made walnut principal kitchen complete with an elongated island with bevelled granite work surfaces.

For everyday dining, the informal breakfast room is perfect and is next to a family room.

In addition, there is a prep kitchen with a large pantry and temperature-controlled wine cellar, which is ideal for caterers.

The cocktail bar is the perfect place to toast the end of the week.
The bespoke kitchen is the hub of the home.

European inspired courtyard

Despite its grandeur, this home has been designed with families in mind as there are  two family recreational rooms, complete with their own toilet, which lead into a beautiful European inspired courtyard and French doors to the garden.

In the past, these rooms have been used as a play room and television
room but could equally be used as a home cinema, with one particular wall being the perfect blank canvas for a projector screen.

The courtyard features a marble fountain with balcony's looking down into the area
After-dinner drinks can be enjoyed in the beautiful courtyard.
One of Dalhebity House's seating areas, with floor to ceiling windows and a tv encased in the fireplace
Every inch of this home has been meticulously designed with families in mind.

Spa complex

Escaping the stresses of everyday life is easy in the spa, complete with mosaic tiled steam room, Swedish sauna, relaxation room as well as a massage/treatment/hairdressing salon.

And taking the property to new heights of luxury is the heated 13.5m indoor swimming pool (1.4m constant depth) where midnight swims under the stars can be enjoyed thanks to its magnificent glazed roof.

The pool area lit up at night
The glazed roof means midnight swims are out of this world.

There are twin changing suites with toilets and showers and access into the pool room with a hot tub.

A massage and treatment table in Dalhebity House's beauty salon
The beauty and hairdressing salon is a cut above.

Hot tubs

A curved sunbed area opens out to one of the terraces where there is a sunken outdoor hot tub covered under a pagoda – ideal for the unpredictable Scottish weather.

For everyday domestic tasks there is a housekeeper’s office, a large custom-fitted laundry room and an equally generous oak fitted boot room with en suite shower room.

Close your eyes and drift off in the relaxation room.

The mansion also has independent staff quarters in the form of a self-contained three-bedroom apartment with entrance vestibule, three-bedrooms all with en suites, a sitting room, kitchen, utility room, guest toilet and balcony.

Reading lounge

On the first floor, there is an incredible upper hall reception area which is currently divided into three separate social spaces providing further, more casual and intimate,
entertaining spaces.

One of Dalhebity House's lounge areas, complete with a round dining table
Check out those marble pillars.

After-dinner drinks can be enjoyed in the cocktail bar, which also provides upstairs kitchen facilities and is open plan to the reading lounge.

Another excellent entertaining space is the upstairs sitting room with a terrific outlook over the grounds and hills beyond.

A grand bathroom within Dalhebity House, with a freestanding claw footed tub and encased glass shower. It leads to a balcony.
Awash with splendour, the roll top bath is the height of style.


Also upstairs is an impressive air-conditioned gym with walnut flooring, mirrored walls and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the west garden and tennis court.

Stewart Milne's home also features an extensive gym
Sweat it out in style in the home gym.

The gym can be accessed either directly from the principal bedroom suite or from a guest bedroom corridor.

Meanwhile, the superb bedroom suites provide seating areas, dressing rooms and en suite facilities.

It’s no surprise that this home has royal connections.
A beautifully designed guest bedroom
The bedrooms are all beautifully designed.

Principal bedroom

The principal bedroom suite is particularly lavish, with a full sitting area around a marble fireplace, a concealed hydraulic lift, TV, a turreted seating area and a private balcony.

Accessed via an inner hall, the principal suite has two separate dressing rooms, each fully fitted with wardrobes and cabinets plus an additional walk-in wardrobe including one with a refrigerator and Miele coffee machine.

Dalhebity House's master bedroom is laving, with dark furniture and a rounded wall.
This stunning bedroom has a presidential feel to it.
This en suite will have you jumping out of bed in the morning.

Each dressing room leads to one of two en suite bathrooms in the principal suite while the adjacent gym is accessed directly from one of the dressing rooms.

An adjacent bedroom suite, with balcony overlooking the pond, is currently used as an informal study/den but is a versatile living space that can also be accessed directly
from the principal bedroom suite.

Small boating lake

Outside, the garden grounds – including 10 acres of woodland – are ideal for alfresco entertaining, especially the European-style internal courtyard with a sheltered and enclosed area with marble flooring and a central fountain.

Dalhebity House from outside, with its small lake and a canoe in the foreground
The small lake is perfect for swimming or canoeing.

Wrapped around the house itself are extensive paved patios and terraces, while on the lower lawn is a breeze hut and a summer house.

Budding Andy Murrays will be in their element on the floodlit, all-weather tennis court, while the small lake is ideal for a refreshing dip in the sunshine.

The garden grounds also have a pillared entrance with high electric gates, a tree-lined, cobbled driveway and a turning area with a large fountain.

A high walled carriage entrance allows access to the rear cobbled courtyard, the integral double garage and the detached garage block.

With over 10 acres, there’s plenty of space for family barbecues.

Accessed from the main driveway there is an overspill car park with oak frame triple garage, car-washing facility and log-chopping area.

There are two further vehicular access points to the rear of the property.

What does the expert think?

Aberdeen Savills director Fiona Gormley, the estate agent selling the property, said it is one of a kind.

“The sheer scale, quality and finish of this sumptuous house is hugely impressive and yet the clever design and layout mean the space does not overwhelm: informal and supremely comfortable family rooms balance with wonderful entertaining areas.

The home's courtyard and garage area has plenty of space for cars
The garages cater for anyone who has a passion for cars.

“A modern-built house of this stature is utterly unique in Scotland and it’s an extraordinary achievement.

“A new owner can be confident of a private setting and yet first-class airport and city accessibility too.”

International appeal

The property is expected to have international appeal.

Fiona added: “Dalhebity will have wide appeal, including from local business people as well as those relocating from the south who are seeking a fantastic quality of life in a beautiful location.

“It will also attract buyers from much further afield; Aberdeen is very much in growth mode and international buyers are coming back to Aberdeen as it begins its exciting new economic chapter.”

Rounded cabinets leading to the scullery, fine wine and pantry areas, with a large round table
Dalhebity House is the epitome of luxury living.
An entertainment area leading out to the courtyard
Enjoy breaks out in the stunning courtyard.
A swedish style sauna, lit in red
The Swedish sauna means you’ll never need to have a gym membership again.
Another of Dalhebity House's bedrooms, with a large circular bed by the windows, alongside a black and grey sofa, glossy built in wardrobes and a black desk
Every room has its own individual design.
If you think the ground floor is stunning, wait until you see upstairs.
Another sitting room, decorated with yellow wallpaper, plush sofas and a large bookshelf
Grab a coffee and enjoy some quiet time in one of the beautiful sitting rooms.
This incredible home is sure to take your breath away.
the summer house sitting area, with white sofas and two large double doors leading outside
The Summer house is made for chilling out.
Another of the bedrooms, this one decorated with brick wallpaper, and a desk with two large windows
Lay your troubles to rest in this charming bedroom.
Dalhebity House's large study with traditional desks, moulded ceilings and a large seating area and fireplace. It leads to a balcony
Business meetings are a classy affair in the home office/study.
Even the ceiling is stunning.
The staircases large chandelier
This property complete with striking chandeliers is outstanding.
Cosy up in front of the beautiful fireplace.
This home is fit for a king or queen.
another of Dalhebity House's seating areas
Weekends away will be a thing of the past in this incredible property.
Dalhebity House's large library with a large displat case and many shelves.
The library certainly has Disney’s Beauty and the Beast vibes.
The property looks even more attractive at night.
The Bieldside home also includes a large home bar.
After-dinner drinks anyone?
The bathrooms are made for unwinding.

One of the hallways, with two arches.

So much thought and care has gone into every single inch of this wonderful home.
The small boating lake makes for a stunning attraction at night.

Dalhebity House, Bieldside, Aberdeen, is on the market for offers over £7.5 million.

For more information visit or phone 01224 971110.

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