25 Aug 2014

Evening Express 'Dream Home' Feature: Charterstone

Evening Express 'Dream Home' Feature: Charterstone

Aberdein Considine property Charterstone, Inverkeithny, Huntly features in an Evening Express Editorial.

Aberdein Considine property Charterstone, Inverkeithny Aberdeenshire  features in an Evening Express Editorial.

THIS beautiful four bedroom detached home looks out over rolling hills and stunning countryside.

And it was these magnificent views that attracted Cindy and Darren Gee to the property seven years ago.

Cindy, 42, said: “The views are just absolutely exceptional. We moved from a little village and this location was ideal.”

Once the couple were settled in the house at Inverkeithny, near Huntly, Darren’s parents, James, 66, and Catherine, 65, completely renovated the steading beside the house, and turned it into their own unique and stylish home – which is also up for sale.

The family have since welcomed the arrival of Cindy and Darren’s two daughters, Darcy, four, and Matilda, two. Cindy, a part-time director administrator at Moray College, said: “We enjoy living close to each other and we are really blessed to live here.

“The girls seem to spend more time round at James and Catherine’s than they do in here,” she added.

Over the years, Cindy and Darren, 43, an engineering manager for Aker Solutions, have

Installed a new kitchen and decorated the property throughout. The result is a tastefully decorated home with both the modern and traditional features working well together.

“My favourite room is probably the lounge as there are so many good family memories in there. It’s also really practical and it’s my unwind room,” said Cindy.

In addition to the lounge, there is a sun lounge and family room, which offer more space and privacy. With four double bedrooms upstairs, the property is ideal for a growing family. With all of these spacious and inviting rooms, the property is perfect for entertaining and for families.

“The of the rooms is fantastic,” Cindy said. She added: “We can all be in the house and all have our own space. It also means Darren can work from home and it won’t be too noisy.”

But it’s not just the house which is spacious, the garden also offers a lot of room and is ideal for children and pets to run around in safely.

Cindy said: “There is a play area for the girls and I can keep an eye on them from the kitchen.”

Mostly laid to lawn, with trees and shrubbery, the garden fits in perfectly with the surrounding fields. Both the garden and house are very private and neighbouring houses cannot be seen from the property.

The hamlet of Inverkeithny is situated around one mile from Forgue, where there is a primary school. Secondary schooling is available at the Gordon Schools in the busy town of Huntly which is approximately nine miles from the property.

Huntly also has a range of shopping and leisure facilities available, as well as a hospital and health centre. Huntly also forms part of the rail route between Aberdeen and Inverness.

The whole family will be sad to say goodbye to their lovely home, but would like to move somewhere not quite as secluded and located a bit closer to local amenities.

Cindy said: “We’ve been really lucky here. “Our neighbours are lovely and it’s friendlier than a town."

“I’ll miss the views. When I walk out the door, I still get butterflies walking round the corner."

“It will be sad to lose that, but there are lots of good family memories we can take away and the memories of bringing our babies home here,” Cindy added.

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