A substantial residence in a private setting with superb south and east facing uninterrupted views over Aberdeenshire countryside
Mains of Shiels is a substantial period mansion house commanding breath taking views of the local valley, being located in the rural commuter belt 20 miles west of Aberdeen between Royal Deeside and Donside. It is positioned within 3 miles of the small village of Sauchen which has a primary school and within 7 miles of the town of Alford which provides a wide range of amenities including a primary school, a new secondary school incorporating extensive leisure facilities and library, health centre, dry ski slope, an 18 hole golf course and two museums. 12 miles to the west of the property is the larger town of Westhill which hosts a broad range of supermarkets, shops, bars and restaurants as well as being the location of a major business park for the oil and gas industry.
The number of amenities available in the area is considerable. They include many well established golf clubs in addition to a wide variety of hill walking, cycling, horse riding, shooting, fishing, hunting and sailing (Loch of Skene) opportunities. Some of Scotland's best skiing and climbing can be enjoyed at the Lecht and Glenshee, both of which are situated less than an hour's drive away.
Shiels has excellent access to Aberdeenshire's most significant transport links including Aberdeen International Airport and is 12 miles from the nearest East Coast rail network train station at Inverurie. Access to and from the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route is only 12 miles away.
The city of Aberdeen is an established and well respected educational centre with two universities and numerous further educational colleges and research institutes. There are a number of private schools in Aberdeen including Robert Gordon's College, Albyn and St Margaret's School for Girls. The city's theatre, music hall and art galleries are renowned.
Shiels is a distinctive eight bedroom period mansion house set within extensive, private leafy gardens and grounds extending to approximately 2.43 acres, enjoying complete privacy with superb south and east facing uninterrupted views over the beautiful surrounding Aberdeenshire countryside. This stunning house has been imaginatively and tastefully extended and modernised over the last 30 years to provide an easily run, but elegant home which retains many of its original features including the main granite staircase and beautiful granite fireplaces. Working window shutters, pitch pine woodwork and panelling are in abundance throughout the house.
A wealth of accommodation spans three floors with two mezzanine levels; including a south wing offering an "atrium style" family lounge with wood burning stove. Two strong attributes of this room are the recently upgraded glass gable which is east facing, showcasing beautiful views, and the additional sun lounge which connects the main house to a 18th century Gathering Hall with an arched granite inglenook fireplace. This area is full of character and offers a fantastic circulation space for entertaining. The dining room has an original granite fireplace and the original 'withdrawing room' again has an original granite fireplace housing a wood burning stove. More contemporary is the dining sized kitchen complete with four oven Aga, composite sink all complemented by granite work surfaces. The principal bedroom is a mezzanine level up from a dressing room which is en suite. The other seven bedrooms are well proportioned. A feature of the family bathroom is twin wash hand basins and a free standing ornate claw foot roll top bath and separate shower enclosure. Two conservatories bring the outdoors in with west and south facing aspects.
The walled gardens have been attractively landscaped and developed to create diversity and interest with manicured lawns and well stocked herbaceous borders. Substantial sized log store.
Square Footage: 5172 sq ft
Acreage: 2.43 Acres
From the city centre head west on either Langstracht or Skene Road which passes through Westhill. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Straik Road / A944 and continue along this road for approximately 10.4 miles. Turn left onto the B993 signposted Torphins and travel for approximately 1.1 miles, you will see the track junction on your left, drive down the track approximately 250 metres to the property.