This stunning historical Scottish mansion, included in the Cairngorms National Park, is nestled on 14 acres of woodland in Strathdon. Despite being located in an idyllic rural setting, Candacraig House is just 65 miles away from Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, and only 45 miles away from Aberdeen Airport.
Nearby the Don River runs through the valley in front. The neighbourhood provides an array of sporting spots for lease for deer stalking, grouse and pheasant shooting, salmon and trout angling. No more than 10 miles away is the Lecht Ski Centre and a little farther is the royal family Scottish retreat, Balmoral Castle.
Built in the 17th century, the residence was extended and altered into a French-chateau inspired residence a century later by Aberdeen’s first city architect, “Tudor Johnny” Smith for the Andersons, who lived there for 10 generations. In the 1920s the estate underwent further additions executed by the Aberdeen-based architects George Bennet Mitchell & Son and in 1955, after being badly damaged by fire, it was reconstructed in a modern manner, retaining, though, its traditional Scottish accents. In 1986 the Rodick family completely refurbished the building into a luxurious modern abode and purchased the adjacent walled garden and courtyard cottages in order to restore the original property.
The residence comprises 12 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. The 4 reception rooms include a stunning timber paneled drawing room and a paneled library, the dining room, a long painting gallery, a roomy family kitchen and utility room, the billiards room which can be accessed through a passageway with original carved timber wainscoting. At the west end of the house, above the drawing room, is the master bedroom. Three staircases lead to the rest of the bedrooms. One of the highlights of the estate is the Walled Garden divided into compartments. This property is a must-see, let alone a must-buy!