5/6 Bedroom Period Dwelling with Extensive Grounds.
This Category 'B' listed residence forms the East Wing of Netherley House, a prestigious mansion built in 1754 for a Jamaican sugar plantation owner and now divided into three individual homes. Reached by way of a private tarred driveway bounded by woodland and mature trees, the East Wing provides an ideal base for country living but with easy access to the city, the suburbs and the airport. The property provides a delightful blend of modern amenities and traditional features and there are impressive Georgian style sash and case windows with working shutters. Tastefully decorated and stylishly presented, this spacious and versatile family home can only be appreciated on internal inspection.
Entered at ground floor level, there is a bright entrance hallway with glazing on three sides and a flood of light. A turned staircase with wooden banister and glazed panels leads to the first floor where another staircase continues up to a roof terrace with superb leafy views and a sunny aspect: Glazed doors also open to the reception hallway and to the rest of the accommodation. From this hallway, there is a charming, triple aspect double bedroom 1 and next door is a fully tiled stylish bathroom with shower attachment. A 2nd double bedroom overlooks the garden and it has wall to wall fitted storage. An exposed granite portico opens to the kitchen and family area and thereafter to the dining room through a similar stone entrance: The bespoke kitchen is fitted with a comprehensive range of hand crafted walnut units with central island and granite countertops, and the family area features the same cabinets which hides the washing machine and a fridge, and provides extra storage. The kitchen has a range cooker set within a custom made mantel, there is an inset sink with boiling water tap, an integrated dishwasher and American style fridge freezer and the ceramic tiles with underfloor heating together with a floor to ceiling window and window seat affords a cosy, comfortable ambience. The dining room has a stunning cupola embellished with ornate cornicing in white with gold leaf detail and this room basks in light from a full height picture window. On the opposite aspect is an informal sitting room or snug with bowed wall and feature fireplace: Folding doors open to the lounge which is also accessed from the dining room. The elegant lounge with twin aspect windows basks in natural light, its centrepoint is the original fireplace with marble surround, there is an Adams alabaster ceiling with decorative cornicing, and the room provides lots of seating space. Through to another wing, there are 2 double bedrooms with fitted storage and both have attractive en suite shower rooms. One of these, with south facing aspect, was originally a chapel and still retains its Gothic arched window. On the upper floor, doors opens to the roof space with access to the cupola, and there are two well proportioned bedrooms one presently used as a library and home office.
The gardens extend to one acre of manicured lawns, well stocked borders, areas for relaxation or entertaining and there is established woodland with rhododendron and laurel. The gardens have been creatively designed with clearly defined areas. There is a laburnum walk leading to a substantial lawn with a large garden shed and a Wendy house, a vegetable garden and dense shrubbery. A drying area has a ground cover of pea gravel. There is a Japanese garden and a Roman garden, 2 ponds with water lilies, one with a water cascade. A circular paved patio has a sheltered spot for dining and there is a large entertaining patio with barbecue area and space for seating. An outbuilding has been kitted out as a summer kitchen and it has additional storage. A walled lower section with lawn is a veritable sun−trap and the perfect spot to sunbathe, and it has a greenhouse with power. Pathways meander around the garden which has an abundance of plant life and there is a water tap and outside lights.
A gravel driveway provides parking for several cars with additional communal parking adjacent.
Netherley lies some 10 miles south−west of Aberdeen, a drive of approximately 20 minutes by a choice of routes. The international airport and Banchory are also a 20 minute drive or so away, whilst Stonehaven is only 7 miles. The nearest supermarket and doctor's surgery in Portlethen is a mere 4 miles. Children in the area attend Lairhillock Primary School, but there are also buses to Cults, Albyn, the International School and Lathallan. Aberdeen's wealth of amenities is within easy reach, so too are those in Stonehaven and Cults, and the oil related industries at Tullos, Altens and Portlethen are easily accessible. For lovers of the outdoors there is a diversity of scenery from mountain to sea and with Royal Deeside on the doorstep, there is a choice of pursuits including golf, horse riding, hill walking, fishing and ski−ing in the winter season.