House For Sale £650,000
Barehillock Steading, Tarland, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire AB34

An award winning steading, tower house and about 3 acres with stunning views towards Morven and the surrounding countryside.


Tarland village lies in the middle of the Howe of Cromar, a natural hollow of land on the eastern
edge of the Grampian Mountains, between the rivers Dee and Don, close to the boundary of the
Cairngorms National Park and within the view of Royal Lochnagar. The area itself is low lying land with a mixture of farming and forestry. It is flanked by hills such as Morven in the west and Pressendye in the north, which in particular gives expansive views back over the Howe of Cromar.

The village lies some 30 miles due west of Aberdeen, the economic centre of the region, and 7 miles northwest of Aboyne, the nearest significant town. The surrounding land is predominantly agricultural in character and Tarland has over time developed a range of amenities suited to the needs of this rural area, as well as a number of sporting and recreational facilities.

The traditional Victorian village square accommodates a number of businesses, including a small supermarket, chemist, coffee shop, two hotels, toy shop / post office, craft shop and village hall. Tarland has a golf course, a caravan and camping site, and is the start off point for the Tarland Way walk and cycle path. It is a popular centre for hill walkers, mountain bikers and tourists. Douneside House, part of the MacRobert Estate, has a local health club and fine dining restaurant.

Aboyne is an attractive small Victorian town in Royal Deeside and the main centre for this rural district. There is a supermarket, academy and primary schools and an excellent community centre providing theatre/cinema, full size swimming pool, badminton courts, library and gym. The town also has a health centre and a cottage hospital The local council snow base is close by ensuring that Aboyne's roads and pathways are always clear even in heavy snowfalls as well as the main routes to all important centres.

Aboyne is just 30 miles from the oil industry centre of Aberdeen giving an easy, traffic free journey of around 45 minutes to the city centre or airport. Aberdeen International Airport has at least eight flights daily to London and operates routes to many other destinations including Amsterdam and Paris. The mainline railway runs frequent daily express services to London as well as regular services to other parts of the country and an excellent overnight sleeper service to London.


The original steading building is likely to be in excess of 120 years old and was converted into a residential property in 2002/2003. The building accommodating the double garage was built in 2003 with the conversion of the garden room in 2005. The tower house was erected around 2015.
The Steading features vaulted ceilings in the larger wing with exposed tie beams and there is an original beam across the ceiling of the principal bedroom. Internal doors are ash effect veneer flush. There is a pine staircase to the first floor bedroom and a metal spiral staircase with nonslip black treads to the Gallery. The living area of the steading is fitted with a suspended triangular Don-Bar wood burning stove, which has a Caithness slate hearth below.

This stunning detached L shaped home lies in a rural setting, but with easy access adjoining a minor public road on its southeast side and on the west side by the Burn of Blackmill and otherwise surrounded by agricultural land and outstanding views towards Morven. The entrance door and side panel provides access to the fully tiled wet room with mains shower and WC with wash basin. For every day domestic tasks there is the utility room which is fitted with base and wall units along one wall with a wall mounted mechanical extractor fan. There is space for a refrigerator and freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. On open plan to the main living space is the corner kitchen fitted with a comprehensive range of white gloss base and wall units complemented by black Corian worksurfaces. Appliances include a built-in neff double oven, induction hob, integrated and concealed dishwasher and refrigerator. With incredible views and bringing the outdoors in is the open plan dining and sitting room. The principal ground floor bedroom has full height windows and an en suite bathroom with three piece white incorporating a spa bath and mains shower. At first floor level is the second double bedroom, again with views and en suite bathroom with corner bath. On the other first floor level is a gallery room with glass balustrade, currently used as an office, but convenient for additional guests.

The grounds extend to about 3 acres, divided between the house grounds of 0.8 acres and adjoining landscaped grounds below of 2.4 acres. The house grounds include a tarred bell-mouth, an extensive gravelled parking and turning area with a stone step way down to the main entrance and a Balmoral Granite paved patio off the courtyard side of the steading. The majority of the garden grounds are lawns. The adjoining landscaped and mature grounds comprise a southwest sloping area of land, a separate gated entrance off the public road, a stone access track down to the Tower House and a pond at the bottom of the grounds (fed from spring water from within the property and with an outfall into the Burn of Blackmill). There is an established kitchen garden and fruit trees. For pitch and putting practice is a 9 hole recreational mini golf course.
Double garage and studio apartment

This detached building accommodates the studio apartment and has a concrete floor, timber frame and timber external wall cladding and a pitched metal clad roof. The two parts are divided internally by a concrete block wall. At one end is the studio apartment and timber framed double glazed windows and a sliding timber framed double glazed patio external door opens into the accommodation. On open plan is the sitting room/kitchenette/bedroom. The kitchenette has a stainless steel sink and worktop, two plate hob and built in refrigerator. The shower room has a concealed WC, wash hand basin in a vanity unit and fully tiled walls and floor. A sauna completes this relaxation space. There is a verandah with decking and hot tub to fully appreciate the alfresco experience. Under metal clad roofs are two log stores and storage shed. One of the two garage doors is electric and the other is manual.
Tower house

This is an extremely versatile and flexible space and offers plenty of the wow factor. It is currently used as an artist's studio, but would be equally inspirational as a writer's retreat. Everything is in place for residential use, so this is also very useful for guests. Alternatively this could provide a commercial income or is ready to use as multi-generational living space. The ground floor comprises a sitting room with a kitchen area and modern shower room with electric shower and WC with wash basin. A metal turned spiral staircase leads to the first floor bedroom which enjoys incredible views.

Square Footage: 1679 sq ft

Acreage: 3 Acres


Aberdeen 33 miles
Aboyne 7 miles
Aberdeen International Airport 31 miles
abz business Park 31 miles
Kingswellls Primefour business park 28 miles
Westhill Arnhall business park 29 miles*

*Please note that all distances are approximate

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