Offers Over £480,000 Under Offer
  • Idyllic rural location
  • 3 reception rooms
  • Large open plan kitchen/diner
  • 6 double bedrooms
  • Unique character property
  • Fully enclosed gardens
  • Annexe development potential
  • Oil fired central heating & mixed glazing
  • Potential to subdivide the plot

Superb opportunity to purchase a beautifully presented home, sympathetically modernised yet perfectly reflecting the elegance and splendour of a bygone era. Constructed in 1725, The Old Manse is set on a large plot of approximately 1.25 acres. Externally, gated garden grounds and mature trees complement and afford a high level of privacy. Internally, each room has been tastefully styled by the current owner and a wealth of original period features abound; including high ceilings, deep skirting boards, ornate fireplaces, cornicing and original shutters. The property presents an idyllic lifestyle and work-from-opportunity, yet is within easy reach of the A96, approximately thirty miles from Aberdeen International Airport, and ten miles equidistant from the popular commuter towns of Huntly and Insch (both with rail links). Benefiting from a generously proportioned annexe which could be converted into additional accommodation, the property will appeal to a wide range of buyers. Viewing is highly recommended in order to fully appreciate all that this fabulous property has to offer.

The welcoming entrance vestibule opens into an impressive entrance hall, accessing three large reception rooms: the library lounge, the drawing room and the dining room; and from there to the WC, the staircase to the first floor and the inner hall beyond. Flooded with natural light, the first two reception rooms enjoy a double aspect outlook to the front and side elevations. The drawing room boasts a beautiful open fire with a marble mantle and hearth while the library benefits from a large wood burning stove set on a stone hearth. Positioned to the side elevation, the dining room also features a wood burner set on a stone hearth. The inner hall leads to the utility room, a large open plan kitchen/diner, ground floor shower room, and the external door to the rear. Featuring traditional oak parquet flooring, a large four oven Aga range, huge Belfast sink, fitted storage with granite work surfaces, a free standing fridge/freezer and a dishwasher, the kitchen offers an ideal sociable space to relax or entertain. There is ample space for a large dining table and chairs. The bright, airy utility room provides further useful storage and space for free standing appliances. A WC and a separate shower room completes the accommodation on the ground floor.

Brightly lit by way of a large feature window, the elegant staircase leads up to four double bedrooms and the family bathroom on the first floor. All bedrooms are well proportioned, benefiting from ample space for free standing furniture, and with lovely views to the garden grounds. Bedrooms one, two and three feature Edinburgh Press cupboards. Bedroom three, currently utilised as a study, is complemented by a third wood burner on a tiled hearth. The spacious family bathroom, comprising an exceptionally long traditional cast iron bath, large wash hand basin, WC and fitted storage, rounds off the accommodation on the first floor.

The staircase continues up to the top floor landing, giving access to a further two double bedrooms with dormer windows, and a box room. Bedroom five features an original fireplace, bedroom six boasts a fireplace within a deep adjoining storage cupboard, offering fantastic potential for an en-suite bathroom and/or walk-in wardrobe. Excellent additional storage is provided within the home, by way of a deep under stair cupboard on the ground floor, and a walk-in linen room on the first floor.

Presenting an ideal development project, the property boasts an annexe with a private entrance to the rear elevation, offering the potential to create a generous two bedroom home, in addition to the existing dwelling.

The stunning garden grounds provide a variety of different areas to enjoy throughout the day, surrounded by mature trees for privacy and a private gated entrance. A focal point of the large, fully enclosed walled garden is a lilly-filled rill pond in the centre of the lawn. Ornamental shrubs, fruit trees and a 'secret garden' with six large beds which offer huge scope for growing vegetables or cut flowers. A patio area adjacent to the house provides the perfect spot for outdoor entertaining. Beyond the walled area, the garden grounds could, subject to the necessary permissions, be subdivided to provide up to six sizeable private building plots if desired; while still leaving The Old Manse with a large country garden.

Clatt is a peaceful hamlet located within scenic Aberdeenshire countryside, approximately ten miles from the wide range of local amenities provided in the towns of Huntly and Insch. Clatt Primary school is a short walk from the house and a school bus service transports secondary pupils directly to The Gordon Schools in Huntly. Aberdeen provides a range of private schools and universities, while Elgin, on the nearby Moray coast, is home to the world renowned Gordonstoun school. Rhynie, only three miles distant, provides a village convenience store. An abundance of woodland walks and mountain bike trails are within easy reach of the property. The Cairngorm National Park is a short drive away.


Ground floor:-

Entrance vestibule 3.34m x 2.24m (at widest point)
Entrance hall 5.87m (at longest point) x 2.24m (at widest point)
Lounge one 5.93m (at widest point) x 4.83m
Lounge two 5.82m x 4.26m
Dining room 4.91m x 3.72m (at widest point)
Open plan kitchen/dining 6.98m (at longest point) x 4.81m
Utility room 3.95m x 2.49m (at widest point)
Shower room 2.91m (at longest point) x 1.51m
WC 2.09m (at widest point) x 1.45m (at longest point)

First floor:-

Bedroom one 4.81m x 4.17m
Bedroom two 4.90m x 4.16m
Bedroom three 4.16m (at longest point) x 3.81m (at widest point)
Bedroom four 5.37m (at longest point) x 3.82m (at widest point)
Bathroom 3.85m x 2.52m

Top floor:-

Bedroom five 4.89m x 4.27m
Bedroom six 5.38m (at widest point) x 3.02m
Bedroom six store room/potential en-suite 4.26m (at widest point) x 1.96m

All fitted floor coverings, 4 oven Aga, free standing kitchen fridge/freezer, dishwasher, and the bespoke oak log store are included in the sale. All the other furnishings are available by separate negotiation.

General and services
Mains water and septic tank drainage
Mains electricity
Oil fired central heating
Mixed glazing

Council Tax Band - G

Whilst we endeavour to make these particulars as accurate as possible, they do not form any part of any contract on offer, nor are they guaranteed. Measurements are approximate and, in most cases, are taken using a digital/sonic measuring device and are taken to the widest point. We have not tested the electricity, gas or water services or any appliances. Photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item is included for sale with the property. If there is any part you find misleading or if you would like clarification on any point, please contact our office.

Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.

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