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Situated at the gates of Balmoral Castle, The Perfect Holiday Let Opportunity
A very rare opportunity has arisen to own this traditional character 5 bedroom cottage in ½ an acre of tranquil semi-rural surroundings with stunning views of Royal Deeside. A traditional spacious family home with potential for adaption into holiday let Air BnB accommodation, including a large detached double garage part converted into a health consulting studio.
RE/MAX are delighted to offer for sale this truly unique five bedroom detached granite dwellinghouse located in an idyllic setting located in the quiet hamlet of Crathie. It is rare for properties of this calibre and size to come onto the market in the heart of Royal Deeside. Maintained by the present owners to the highest of standards and with abundant character Crystals Cottage is the perfect family home offering spacious and versatile accommodation over two floors.
Set within an extensive feu that wraps itself around the property and offers stunning views over the River Dee, Royal Deeside and the Balmoral Estate. Of particular note is the old pack horse bridge dating back to the late 1600’s crossing the adjacent Crathie Burn.
Crystals Cottage is entered by an gated entrance into the sizable front driveway parking area. The entrance door leads into the Vestibule/reception hall which gives access to the principal rooms on the ground floor. The gardens and grounds at Crystals Cottage extend to just over 1/2 an acre in all. The property primarily lies to the South and features a substantial fruit growing tent. The surrounding hills and countryside provide a receptive environment for walking, jogging, cycling and a range of field sports alongside the popular fishing opportunities on offer locally.
The property is serviced by oil central heating and double glazed throughout with the added benefit of solar panels generating electricity. Internal viewing is highly recommended to truly appreciate the substantial living accommodation on offer yet lying within easy reach of the local villages and Aberdeen city centre
The quaint hamlet of Crathie, set within the Cairngorm National Park, is situated between the ever-popular Royal Deeside villages of Ballater and Braemar. Crathie has a small Primary School, with the Secondary Education 18 miles away, in Aboyne. School transport is provided to the Academy. A regular bus service takes you to the surrounding villages and to Aberdeen which is approximately fifty miles from Crathie. Perfectly located to visit the Royal residence of Balmoral, travel the famous whisky trail, or participate in the numerous countryside pursuits. The spectacular surrounding countryside of Royal Deeside is abundant with leisure facilities such as golf, fishing, horse riding, shooting and excellent walks. During the summer there is the popular Highland Games in nearby Braemar, while the Lonach Gathering takes place in Strathdon every August. During the winter, skiing at Glenshee and the Lecht are within easy reach. Crathie is 42 miles from the business parks in Westhill and 44 miles to Kingswells making it an easy commute by car. Regular public transport is available to Braemar, Ballater and Aberdeen.
Travel from Aberdeen on the A93 to Crathie. Continue through Crathie passing the Kirk on the right-hand side, towards Braemar. Crystals Cottage is located immediately after the turn off for Strathdon/Tomintoul on the right-hand side advertised by our RE/MAX for sale sign.
A half-glazed door from the front garden leads into the welcoming hallway which allows access to all ground floor accommodation. A carpeted staircase leads the first level.
Lounge: 4.85m x 3.78m
Tastefully decorated this is a spacious room with large bay window overlooking the front of the property. A feature of the lounge is the fireplace with wooden mantle and surround with a multi fuel stove set upon a tiled fireplace. Two alcoves with low level storage areas. Ceiling spotlights, fitted carpet, radiator and fitted curtains. Glass panelled door leading through to the master bedroom suite.
Master Bedroom: 4.06m x 4.21m
A dressing area with window and fitted carpet leads from the lounge through to the master bedroom. This neutrally decorated ground floor bedroom is bright and spacious with natural light the French Doors which lead out to a large patio area. A further window overlooks the rear garden. Boasting two double fitted wardrobes with both ample hanging and shelving storage space. Fitted carpet, curtains and downlighters. Radiator.
En-Suite Shower Room: 2.26m x 1.16m
Fitted with a matching three-piece white suite comprising a W.C., pedestal wash hand basin with vanity mirror and shaver light above. Large walk-in tiled shower cubicle with sliding screen door. Walls tiled to dado height, radiator, fitted carpet and extractor fan. Privacy window to the rear.
Family Bathroom: 3.25m x 1.58m
A well-proportioned family bathroom with four-piece white suite. Of particular feature is the Whirlpool corner jacuzzi bath with shower above. W.C., bidet, and pedestal wash hand basin. Extensive tiling, vinyl flooring and window to the rear.
Dining Room: 3.79m x 3.07m
This is a bright and spacious formal dining room with room for a large table and able to seat 10 ideal for entertaining. Decorative pendant light fitting, laminate wood effect flooring and useful fitted Aberdeen “press” with shelving. Window overlooking the front garden. Door to the dining kitchen.
Dining Kitchen: 3.77m x 3.76m
Fitted with an extensive range of both matching base and wall units with splashback tiling aroung the co-ordinating worktops this is a spacious dining kitchen. Stainless steel sink with single drainer with mixer tap. Space for both dishwasher and fridge. Ample space for table and chairs NB The Raeburn cooker is presently de-commissioned, requiring to be re-plumbed and serviced before using.
Utility Room: 4.01m x 1.92m
An archway leads from the Utilty Room which again has an extensive range of units to match the kitchen. Stainless-steel sink with single drainer and mixer tap Plumbers for washing machine and space for tumble drier. Rangemaster cooker with gas rings and two fan assisted electric ovens. Gas is supplied by 2 gas cylinders located outside. Radiator. Access to loft hatch. Shelved store area for added storage. Window to the rear. Ceiling strip light.
Rear Porch: 2.40m x 1.92m
Another useful area offering excellent storage with fitted cupboards and a further cupboard housing the water tank. Coat hooks, recessed lighting and space for a large upright fridge freezer. Velux window allowing natural lighting, vinyl flooring and door leading to the rear garden.
Carpeted staircase leads to the upper landing where there is an area suitable for a small study space. Linen cupboard and further storage cupboard. Fitted carpet and Velux window. Electric fuse box and solar panel controls.
Double Bedroom 2: 4.91m x 3.66m
A bright and spacious double bedroom with dual aspect windows to the front and side. Fitted carpet, radiator, and ample space for freestanding furniture.
En-suite Shower Room: 1.80m x 1.63m
Well-proportioned with three-piece white suite comprising wash hand basin with mirror above, W.C and fully tiled shower cubicle with screen. Vinyl flooring, radiator, storage shelf and downlighters.
Double Bedroom 3: 3.75m x 3.32m
Flooded with natural light this room is again dual aspect. Fitted wardrobe and ample space for free standing furniture. Pendant light fitting and fitted carpet. Radiator. Loft hatch.
Bedroom 4/Study: 3.47m x 3.22m
Two steps lead from bedroom 3 to a further spacious double bedroom. This room could also be used as an office for those wishing to work from home. Dual aspect with windows to both front and rear. Fitted carpet, spotlights, and radiator.
Bedroom 5/Family Games Room: 5.26m x 4.15m
Currently being used as a family games room this is a spacious room complete with pool table. Bar area with sink and storage cupboard behind. Windows overlooking both the front and rear gardens. Recessed lighting.
Crystals Cottage enjoys a large landscaped garden, mainly laid to lawn, which surrounds the property and from the highest point offers stunning views over Royal Deeside. A gated entrance allows access to the front the garden where there is a large tarmacked area with parking for several cars. Running adjacent to the property is the Crathie Burn and remains of the old pack horse bridge dating back to the late 1600’s. Something that the keen gardener will appreciate is the newly installed substantial poly tunnel which is connected to a water supply.
With both light and power, one half garage, the other half converted into a health consulting studio. A shed houses the filtration plant for the private water supply. Oil tank. 2 gas bottles supply the gas range cooker.
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