21 Oct 2014
5 Upper Terryvale, Lyne Of Skene, Dunecht, Aberdeenshire, marketed by Aberdein Considine, features in an Evening Express Editorial.
5 Upper Terryvale, Lyne Of Skene, Dunecht marketed by Aberdein Considine, features in an Evening Express Editorial.
WITH the charm of its thick stone walls and the surrounding green countryside, it’s easy to believe that Aileen Foulkes’ home could be a holiday destination.
But the sprawling five-bedroom house near Dunecht has been her family’s address for the last 12 years.
Aileen, a chief operating officer for an infrastructure company, shares the house with her five children Christopher, 18, Alexandra, 16, Jonathan, 11 and 9-year-old twins Antonia and Gabriella.
But thanks to its vast rooms and multiple social areas, the house never feels overcrowded.
“It’s such a big house that the kids can just disappear into it and find their own space, and we regroup in one of the more social rooms,” said Aileen.
An initial draw to the countryside had Aileen falling in love with the property, and on closer inspection she decided it offered the perfect balance for big family life.
She said: “The location is amazing – it’s in the countryside but everything you need is close by in Westhill.
“There’s room for the kids to roam around but at the same time there’s no feeling of isolation – we have great neighbours just as you would in any other estate.”
And apart from the stunning views surrounding the property, it comes with its very own expanse of garden. Although it’s large in , the land is easy to maintain as it is mostly laid to lawn.
“In the summer the garden is wonderful, great for barbecues and parties. It’s such a beautiful place, and even though it’s around a third of an acre, it’s surprisingly low maintenance with a ride-on mower. It’s great to know that the kids can roam free and be safe here,” added Aileen.
Inside, the lovely rooms speak for themselves. Spacious and light, the accommodation spans two floors and includes five bedrooms, three bathrooms and three reception rooms.
The large dining kitchen features high-end slate flooring and has plenty of space for informal dining, while the separate dining room is ideal for larger parties and sit-down meals.
The lounge is vast and enjoys double aspect views thanks to windows on both sides of the room. And if the kids want to disappear to another part of the house, the family has converted one of the rooms into a cinema room.
“The rooms are all very open and they’re well linked, it’s a good layout. The bedrooms in particular are very generous and all fit a double bed.
“The space inside really sells it – but of course the views do as well,” said Aileen.
She added: “It’s got a lot of character especially because of the thickness of the walls. The original building is an old farm building from around 1910, but the interior is a relatively recent conversion.
“I love that you can sit on the windowsills and read a book or look out at the view. It’s a great house for a family or a couple who want a lot of space.”
Further afield, Westhill offers everything a homeowner could need, from restaurants, schools and bars to doctors surgeries and supermarkets.
“You definitely have the best of both worlds here. In a way, living here is a bit like being on holiday – when you look for a nice relaxing spot in the country for a getaway, this house has a lot of the same things you would look for.”