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4 bedroom detached house for sale
The Old Manse, Benholm, Kincardineshire, DD10 0HT
- 4 bedrooms
- 3 reception rooms
- Walled garden, fruit tower
- Home Report value - Â£580,000
Nigel Tranter in "The Queen's Scotland - The Eastern Counties" writes that the Kirkton of Benholm "stands on the brink of a very attractive den... and is altogether more picturesque, with a mill and dam deep in the valley floor, and the parish church and large whitewashed manse above in old trees. The church replaced a pre-Reformation chapel taken down in 1832, and is plain but quite pleasing." In 2004 Benholm Church was closed, and taken over by the Scottish Redundant Churches Trust a charitable body which seeks to preserve architecturally or historically significant places of worship in order to safeguard them for the benefit of the community.
Benholm is situated between Montrose and Stonehaven on the east coast. Locally there are primary schools at Johnshaven and Inverbervie, which also have local shops. Further, more extensive facilities are found in Montrose and in Stonehaven where the Mackie Academy provides secondary schooling. The nearby Lathallan School provides private schooling (from nursery to 18 years). Montrose and Stonehaven are both served by the main east coast railway line including a sleeper service. Aberdeen, the Granite City, boasts all the services expected of a major city including an airport with regular domestic and European flights.
This part of the coastline features rugged rocky outcrops and cliffs, together with sandy bays and beaches, including that at St Cyrus which is a Nature Reserve. There are a number of small fishing ports and harbours from which sea fishing expeditions and sailing can be undertaken.
Away from the coast the range of outdoor pursuits is impressive. Fishing can be take on the North and South Esks and on the River Dee. Golf courses are found at Stonehaven, Montrose and Edzell. Aberdeen is easily reached via the A92 coast road and the A90 dual carriageway.
Jane Geddes in "Deeside and the Mearns - an illustrated architectural guide" (The Rutland Press) describes how The Old Manse of Benholm dating from 1826 is "harl and slate with exposed margins and later ashlar bay windows" and continues that there is an "ashlar gothic front to the 19th century stables. Unusual fruit store, a tiny circular tower with conical slate roof".
The Old Manse is a most attractive house which looks out over its south facing gardens. It was sold by the church in 1980. The Old Manse is an appealing property with spacious and well laid out accommodation which is ideal for both family living and entertaining. A planning consent, now lapsed, was granted in 2006 to extend the house to the rear with a breakfast room, utility, porch, WC and en suite bedroom. A further planning consent was granted in 2007 to convert the playroom/sewing room, to a shower room. As such the house has much flexibility. Since then the house has been renovated and is now extremely well presented, yet retains many of its original period features.
The gravelled roadway leads past the former coach house and stables to parking areas at the rear of the house, and continues to a gravelled sweep at the front of the house and then onto a further drive which runs out around the church.
The accommodation, on three floors, comprises porch, hallway, drawing room, dining room, family room, kitchen, utility room, WC, 4 bedrooms, bathroom, office/further bedroom, playroom/sewing room.
Behind the house is the coach house which is stone built and harled with a slate roof and comprises:
Former cart shed (3.90 m x 4.80 m) with double doors, part cobbled floor.
Store (4.85 m x 5.65 m). Former stable with stable doors and access to:
Garage/store (3.20 m x 4.90 m).
Adjacent is a fenced off oil tank.
On the other side of the gravelled driveway, and on top of the bank leading down to the den is the fruit tower with a coned slate roof, and on two levels with circular stone shelving. Adjacent is a wooden dog kennel with run.
Immediately in front of the house the garden is laid to lawn with borders and spring bulbs, and is sheltered to the west by trees and shrubs. Below is the walled garden on two levels. Two sets of steps lead down to wooden doors allowing access to the walled gardens which run down to the Burn of Benholm. These are mainly laid to grass with fruit trees on the walls. There is a stone paved terrace, which is an ideal seating area.
A door from the lower garden leads out to part of the den and the burn. A path leads back up to the house.
From the A92 coast road (Stonehaven to Montrose) some 4.5 miles north of St Cyrus and about 1 mile after passing Johnshaven or some 2.5 miles south of Inverbervie take the turning signposted Mill of Benholm. Proceed past the Mill of Benholm and cross over the bridge and then turn left. Follow this roadway to the left and proceed past the church.
Alternatively from the A90 dual carriageway (Aberdeen to Dundee) take the B9120 at Laurencekirk signposted to St Cyrus. Proceed over the Hill of Garvock and then turn left onto the A92. The turning to Mill of Benholm will be seen on the left after 3.4 miles.