Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

£1.3million Aberdeenshire farmhouse up for sale… Complete with ancient stone circle

Post Thumbnail

A rural retreat has come on the market in Aberdeenshire with an extraordinary selling point.

Easter Aquhorthies Farm comes complete with one of Scotland’s most impressive recumbent stone circles.

The 65ft diameter ring of ancient stones is included in the £1,345million asking price for the Aberdeenshire farm, situated two miles from Inverurie.

Easter Aquhorthies Stone Circle is thought to be one of the earliest built in the north-east.

Believed to date back to the third millennium BC, it consists of 11 upright stones.

Lying horizontally flanked by the two tallest stones, each up to 8ft tall, is the alter or recumbent stone .

But the original reason for erecting these monuments to our Bronze Age ancestors remains shrouded in mystery.

Some believe the north-east’s recumbent stone circles were used to host human sacrifices, or that they mark the sites of burial grounds or the earliest astronomical experiments.

Gordon Noble, senior lecturer in archaeology at the University of Aberdeen, said: “Recumbent stone circles are a distinctive feature of the landscape across Aberdeenshire and north-east Scotland.

“The Easter Aquhorthies Stone Circile is one of the best preserved examples of the 100 or so stone circles we have records of.

“Only a few have been excavated in recent years, but often we have found evidence of cremation pyres.

“Building the recumbent stone circle is often the last phase in construction of a prominent monument to the dead as a way of sealing off the site.

“It’s definitely something to be proud of having in your garden.”

Even though the stones are on private property, they are a scheduled monument of national importance and are accessible to the public.

Historic Scotland confirmed that any change in ownership of the land would not affect the status of the site or the public right of access.

The modern five-bedroom farmhouse, built in 1992, overlooks the Don Valley, is set in 127 acres of rural land.

It is for sale as a whole or in up to five separate lots.

There is also a traditional U-shaped granite steading with planning permission for four homes and a greenfield site with planning approval for three new houses.

 

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]