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A-listed period house in Aberdeenshire

Aquahorthies is a substantial, A-listed period house in a prime location with paddocks, ornamental lake, boat house and cottage. The property was built around 1797 and served as a catholic seminary until 1829, but since then has been a private family home – this is the first time it has been on the market in 38 years.

Inside, the house has very fine period features including ornamte mantelpieces, pitch pine panelling, shelved alcoves, and beamed ceilings; many of the ground floor rooms have French doows.

The hallway has access to the dining room and library; the latter is lined by bookcases and enjoys a duel aspect, as do most of the rooms in the property. There are two staircases in the house: the principal one leads up to the drawing room, elegant room with an open fireplace, and to the master bedroom suite; the main guest suite is adjacent to the back stairs. The second floor has five bedrooms and two bathrooms, while the attic floor comprises another two bedrooms, and a children’s playroom.

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Accommodation in total for Aquahorthies comprises hall, library sitting room, dining room and kitchen on the ground floor. The first floor has the drawing room, master bedroom suite and guest suite, and the second floor and attic the further remaining bedroom accommodation plus bathrooms.

Outside is a stone and slate bothy, originally the cook’s house, which has one bedroom, a sitting room and shower room. The gardener’s cottage is a short distance away and offers two bedrooms, bathroom, sitting room and kitchen. The house is surrounded by an abundance of mature broadleaved trees, and to the front is a large lawn with six golf holes and two fields at the bottom which have been let in the past for grazing. To the east is the ornamental lake with a boathouse, jetty, and an island in the middle.  

The Stables House and the Walled garden come as a second lot. This property has three bedrooms and the garden is a sheltered spot with lawns and fruit trees. The grounds come to around 38 acres for Lot 1 and just over two acres for Lot 2.  

Aquahorthies is situated in a peaceful location on the slopes of Bennachie, just outside Burnhervie around 20 miles north of Aberdeen. The vibrant market town of Inverurie is just four miles.

The guide price is £1.3m. For further information please contact Strutt & Parker on 01330 826 800 or visit

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