11 Aug 2014

Evening Express ‘Dream home’ Feature: Maidstone House

Evening Express ‘Dream home’ Feature: Maidstone House

Aberdein Considine property Maidstone House, Abbey Street, Old Deer, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire features in an Evening Express Editorial.

Aberdein Considine property Maidstone House, Old Deer features in an Evening Express Editorial.

SCHOOL’S out for summer but for the Duncan family the old schoolhouse is where they call home.

Sitting within beautifully landscaped grounds and a garden is this Victorian-era schoolhouse in the charming village of Old Deer.

Built in the 1800s and tastefully converted and transformed into an impressive living space, David, 73, and his wife Verian, 64, have enjoyed the last 20 years they have spent in the property.

“It’s been a fantastic family house, it was originally an old school, built around 1885, for the local community” David explained.

“It was converted in the early nineties to make it into the property it is now.”

The stunning five-bedroom property boasts a range of impressive features including a large lounge, a spacious dining/kitchen, a library, a Jacuzzi and a six-person sauna, to name just a few.

To the rear, and within the walled grounds, is a large conservatory surrounded by a patio and a backdrop of trees against the surrounding countryside. 

“My favourite room is the lounge. I spend a lot of time there and in the summer there’s the conservatory too,” David said. 

“Verian’s favourite is probably the kitchen where she has her own set-up where she can unwind.”

With a homely and traditionally-inspired decor throughout, the property makes the most of it’s Victorian features including impressive vaulted ceilings and large south-facing bay windows.

“These features go with the property really. All the radiators are the old cast-iron school type, the floors are wooden throughout and the doors are thick oak,” David said.

“We’ve kept it traditional, we wanted it retain its character. We got a lot of our furniture from antique dealers and auctions, and it gives it a great appearance.”

Like many properties, the kitchen is the heart of the home and this room within the house has its own unique link to the history of the building.

“The kitchen was made out of the old chemistry lab,” David said.

“All the stripped pine from the old lab got used again and turned into kitchen worktops,” he added.

The kitchen isn’t the only room that is sure to turn a few heads as the family bathroom boasts remarkable space and features. 

“It is one of my favourites with the Jacuzzi, the power shower and the sauna,” David said.

“We used to use it a lot more when the kids were here but not so much now that they have all moved on to their own homes.”

The light and bright property makes the most of the south-facing front windows which capture the best of the day’s sunlight.

“The windows are eight or nine feet high and there’s around 36 of them about the house,” David said.

“In the lounge there’s Velux windows too so there’s plenty of light throughout the property.”

David and Verian will be sad to move on to their next home but will look back fondly on the great memories they made over the years in Old Deer.

“We don’t want to move too far away, we are looking for something a little smaller than what we have now,” David said.

“We will miss the space and all the happy memories that we’ve had here. It will be hard to adjust but it can be a special place for someone."

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