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3 bedroom detached house for sale

Methlick, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41

Offers Over £328,250

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Tenure: Freehold

We are please to present this Smallholding/Croft for sale, near Methlick. Detached house, 3 bedrooms, lounge, dining room/4th bedroom, kitchen/diner, study, utility, sun lounge, bathroom. Steading. Bothy. 10+ acres of registered land. 4 polytunnels.

Detached Croft
3 bedrooms, Bathroom, Lounge, Dining Room/4th. Bedroom, Study,
Utility room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Sun Lounge
Bothy , Steading, Workshop (used by previous owner as a garage)
Four commercial quality polytunnels, Animal housing
Orchard, Fruit cage, Christmas Tree plantation
1100 sq. ft. of raised nursery beds
4.08 hectares/10.08 acres of registered land, all recently re-fenced
Full Gas Central Heating (LPG Tank). Multifuel stove in lounge, connected to the central heating.
Multifuel stove and electric wall mounted radiators in the Bothy.
Mains electricity, private filtered water supply, drainage to septic tank.

Cairnorrie Croft enjoys a peaceful countryside location just minutes from the village of Methlick, with its school, shop, garage, hotel, church and doctors’ surgery. The village has it own cricket club (The M.C.C.) and ground and there is also a new football pitch and superb children’s playpark.

The house has three double bedrooms with the possibility of using the dining room as a fourth bedroom. It benefits from full central heating (LPG) and has recently had a new multifuel stove fitted which also heats the radiators. This has an automatic switch over which ensures the gas heating does not run when the stove is lit. The kitchen/breakfast room is to the rear of the property and has wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. In addition on the ground floor there is a sun lounge, a study, a utility room with washing machine, additional fridge and storage cupboards and the bathroom. A carpeted staircase leads from the hallway to the upper landing providing access to the three double bedrooms. The whole house has recently been decorated internally and externally in neutral colours.

All carpets, blinds and light fittings are included in the sale price. In addition the following are also included: the range cooker, hood, integrated fridge, integrated freezer and dishwasher in the kitchen and the washing machine and additional fridge in the utility room.

Outside the house has gardens to front, side and rear, mostly laid to grass. There is also a small and productive fruit orchard within the garden grounds.

There is parking for several vehicles in front of the house/steading and a previous owner used the workshop as a garage.

Entered via UPVC exterior door. The hallway provides access to the lounge, dining room/bedroom four and the bathroom. There is an understairs storage area with coat hooks. Central heating radiator.

Approx. 16’10” x 14’2”

Offering views to the front via a large bay window, with window seat. This room has an inglenook fireplace in granite with a multi-fuel stove which is also connected to the central heating system. TV point. Telephone point. Door to rear hallway. Central heating radiator.

Rear Hallway:
Access to study, utility room and kitchen/breakfast room. It has floor to ceiling bookcases fitted along one wall. (These are to remain)

Approx. 9’6” x 8’8” at widest.

Currently used as study but possibly suitable for other uses. Fitted floor to ceiling bookcases on two walls. (These are to remain) Telephone point. Central heating radiator.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room
Approx. 20’ x 9’10” at widest

Fitted with a range of wall and base units. Range cooker and hood, integrated fridge, freezer and dishwasher. Additional shelving is to remain but the spice rack is not included. Central heating radiator.

The breakfast area is part of the kitchen and has excellent views over the surrounding countryside.

Breakfast can take quite a while especially with watching the many birds which regularly visit the
back garden as well as the possibility of seeing the deer, pheasants and occasionally a buzzard and sparrowhawk.

There is a dresser which matches the kitchen units along one wall. This has glass fronted display shelving which is also lit. Double doors to sun lounge. Central heating radiator.

Sun Lounge
Approx. 9’11” x 6’5”

Located off the breakfast room a useful area in which to relax and watch the countryside. Large window to rear and sliding glass doors to rear garden. There is also a velux window in the roof.

Utility Room
Approx. 6’3” x 5’10”

Handy utility room which houses the wall mounted combi boiler. It also has a washing machine and additional fridge and a wine rack which are included in the sale. In addition there are wall and floor mounted storage cupboards. This room also has a traditional pulley maid clothes airer. With the heating on clothes dry/air very easily. Central heating radiator.

Approx. 7’6” x 10’6”

Entered from the hallway the bathroom has a three piece white suite with separate walk in corner shower. Tiling to dado rail height on all walls. Opaque window to rear. Automatic extractor fan. Towel radiator.

Dining Room / Bedroom Four
Approx. 15’1” x 10’8”

Currently used as dining room but could easily be a fourth bedroom. Large window to front. Central heating radiator.

Stairs to upper landing.

Carpeted staircase to landing. Velux window. Deep display sill on front wall.

Bedroom One.
Approx. 18’7” x 14’2” at widest

Master Bedroom with window overlooking fields to the rear. Two walk in wardrobes with shelving and hanging rails and lighting. Telephone point. Central heating radiator.

Bedroom Two
Approx. 12’4” x 9’3” at widest

Double bedroom located at the front, with velux window and blind. This room has a storage cupboard which also houses the additional pump work and electronics for the multifuel stove and its connection to the central heating system. There is also another smaller storage cupboard. Central heating radiator.

Bedroom Three
Approx. 12’9” x 8’1” at widest

Double bedroom located at the front, with velux window and blind. Under eaves small cupboard housing the electric RCD consumer unit. Central heating radiator.

The Bothy
Approx. 24’1” x 11’10

A separate detached building which stands just to the side of the house. Currently it is used as a music room/television room. It has its own satellite dish. Recently refurbished, it has new UPVC windows, blinds and lighting. It is heated by a multi-fuel stove and also has wall mounted electric radiators. There are two opening windows to the front, a small fixed window to the side and a large fixed window to the rear. The fully floored loft space offers additional storage. There are permissions in place to convert the bothy to an annex with bedroom, ensuite shower room and lounge.


There is a large L shaped steading attached to the house. Part of this is currently used as a workshop and the other part as general storage for animal feed, large chest freezers, timber etc. In the past we believe part of the steading was used for stabling. There is power and light to both sections of the steading and the pumping and filtration system for our water is housed in the workshop side. The water system, including all the pipework back to the well, has been replaced in our time living here. The steading could easily be converted to provide additional accommodation subject to the necessary permissions.


There are gardens to the front, rear and side, with seating areas in the rear patio area and in the front by the steading. The drive is gravelled and there is parking for several vehicles to the front of the property.

There is a small orchard which has eating, cooking and cider apple trees, a damson tree, and plum trees.

The field attached to the house is where our polytunnels are. There are four in total and three of them have overhead irrigation fitted.

Polytunnel One: 18’ x 60’

Currently has raised beds down one side and double staging down the other. There are also two 1000 litre water tanks to feed the irrigation system - these will also remain but the pump is not included.

Polytunnel Two: 16’ x 24’

Currently has raised beds to one side and down the centre. This is used for fruit, strawberries, nectarines and peaches as well as ornamental plant stock. The other side is staging.

Polytunnel Three: 16’6” x 48’

This tunnel has three separate raised beds, One to each side and one down the middle. The middle bed also has a frame and wires for supporting beans and peas. This tunnel is used at present for vegetables.

Polytunnel Four: 24’ x 36’

The newest of our tunnels, erected in 2016. It has raised beds to one side whilst the other side houses the farrowing/lambing unit for our rare breed pigs and sheep (still unused) and general storage. This at present does not have any irrigation installed.

To the front of the polytunnels there are nine raised beds totalling some 1100 sq. ft. growing space. To the rear of the polytunnels there is the soft fruit cage, with raspberries, loganberries, tayberries, gooseberries and fantastic rhubarb. Behind that there are the runs and housing for our Indian runner ducks and our hens. All of this housing will be included in the sale. There are also several cold frames and compost bins included in the sale.

To the east side of our polytunnels there are two fenced areas which we have used with our lambs and beyond that there is a small Christmas tree plantation of some 180-190 trees. These trees will obviously remain but the rest of nursery stock (hardy perennials) will not be included in the sale price though can be negotiated for separately if the buyer so wishes.

The main part of the field has all been re-fenced. This has been set a distance from the boundary fence line so that it is possible to apply for elite health status for livestock should the new owner so wish. There is a paddock to the side of the steading and the rest of the field is divided into two large paddocks which we used for our highland cattle and an interconnected series of four paddocks which we used for our Hebridean sheep and Oxford Sandy and Black pigs. Our “pig hotel” is included in the sale. All of the gates have been replaced in our time here with proper galvanised field gates. Every roof (the house, bothy, steading and animal housing) is used to collect water which is used for watering in the polytunnels. This system will remain for the new owners’ use.

Our other field lies across the lane and is approximately five acres in total. This has also been re-fenced. The top of the bank to the east of this field is not newly fenced though it was our intention so to do and then use it for our sheep. We have planted many trees on this banked section.

We believe that our home offers someone the chance to move into what is effectively a ready made and operational smallholding. We think the land could easily be used for equestrian purposes or indeed used as we have, for farm animals. As an area, this part of Scotland does not suffer the high rainfall of the West Coast and probably more importantly is not bothered by the horrid midge. The village of Methlick is a real bonus. The pub/hotel is in the CAMRA real ale guide and it does excellent pub food - Thursday night is Steak night and well worth booking up for. The local shop (which also “houses” the Post Office) and garage are very useful and there is a primary school also in the village. The local cricket club, the M.C.C. play at The Lairds ground alongside the river and there is also a local football team which has a brand new pitch next to the Bowling Club and the playpark. The playpark has only recently been completed and it is a wonderful addition to our village. We are also fortunate to have our own doctors’ surgery. Methlick is within commuting distance of Aberdeen and its airport, indeed a former owner of this property was a pilot based in Aberdeen. Main supermarkets are situated in Ellon and Inverurie and Aberdeen itself has the range of shops one would associate with a city of its size.

Directions to Cairnorrie Croft.

From Methlick follow the road (B9170) through the village and over the river heading towards New Deer. Continue up this road for approximately two miles. Turn left, signposted Balquhindachy. Turn left again immediately, at the crossroads and we are the first house down the lane on the right hand side. You will recognise us by the polytunnels in the field on the right. If you use a SatNav it will get you to the turning for Balquhindachy, after that it will have a sense of humour and send you off to another house in the wrong direction down a very narrow track - NOT to be advised

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16 May 2017

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