You’d be hard pressed to find anyone more enthusiastic than Teresa Anderson.
There’s not much the determined mum of three can’t do, from project management to raising sheep or raising ducks.
She admits that she thrives under pressure, which may be why Ard Na Moy is so impressive.
This stunning five-bedroom detached property is located in Glassel, near Banchory, and has come to life from sketches Teresa made during nighttime feedings.
She stayed up regularly until the early hours of the morning to perfect every detail, in the hope that her vision would bear fruit.
And it’s worth it, from the beautiful open-plan space to the quirky features and countryside views.
Teresa’s husband, John, often worked away due to his work as Business Manager of Exceed Energy LTD.
He trusted Teresa completely, because you cannot doubt his passion for Ard Na Moy.
It housed the couple’s three children, Jay, 13, Daragh, 10, and Erin, 6.
You wouldn’t think balancing a baby and toddler would go hand in hand with a move, but the family rose to the challenge after finally crossing the threshold in 2011.
The alluring mix of old and new pays homage to Ard Na Moy’s ancient use as a barley store, dating back to the early 1900s.
We took it all down to the rafters, with birds nesting on the roof
“We bought it as a home in May 2010. We completely renovated it to create an open space.
“I was pregnant with Daragh at the time, and Jay was a toddler.
“I managed projects and often did night feeds with drawings and notes the builders needed for the next day.
“We have done houses before and I love it.
“It was very hard because when we moved from our house to Aboyne it was a terrible winter.
The temperature dropped to minus 17. The farm track to Ard Na Moy was almost impossible, and the diesel had frozen in the tank of the moving truck.
“At that point, I decided to start Daragh on solids, so I was crushing a banana and trying to get us to move in.
“I think it helps that we are very laid back, you have to be.”
After overcoming the Great Frost, Teresa decided to make Ard Na Moy her home away from home.
“This house is my fourth child and I love the connection it has with the outdoors,” she said.
“I really enjoyed the design process, I’m being ridiculously over the top when it comes to fine-tuning the details.
“But it’s necessary to achieve a consistent look. If something is wrong it will stand out.
“I love that I can stand in the kitchen making tea, and the kids come in and out of the yard.
There is always the connection to the outdoors, which improves your sense of well-being
“I have a tremendous sense of pride that we’ve created this, and it seems like it’s been around forever.”
But what can you expect from a house that was created with so much love?
Go through the door and you will spot a vaulted ceiling in the reception hall, which is located on an open level with the living room, kitchen diner / family room and living room.
The versatility on offer is enormous and the layout is incredibly light.
“Some settlements can be quite dark, but that’s not the case here,” Teresa said.
It’s like you’re outside, that’s what I wanted to achieve
The living area has full height windows and folding doors that give access to the sun terrace.
Every detail has been taken care of, from the underfloor heating to the Sonos sound system.
The living room is currently used as a games room and, again, wonderful views are offered.
The kitchen / family room has two full height picture windows and the kitchen has built-in appliances.
It’s a fabulous space for entertaining and perfect for family gatherings this summer.
Return to the beautiful staircase, featuring a glass and walnut balustrade with a cutout design.
The five bedrooms are of excellent size and two have a private bathroom.
The master bedroom also has a walk-in closet and the family bathroom has a Sunken Duravit bathtub designed by Michael Stark.
The expansive gardens of Ard Na Moy are the jewel in the crown, from the south-facing rear garden to the breathtaking view of Clachnaben.
There are plenty of outdoor dining options with a secluded sun terrace, and parking is taken care of by a tarmac driveway and triple garage.
“We have given new life to Ard Na Moy and the building gives you a feeling of comfort,” Teresa said.
You have the impression of being far from it all; it was our little retreat
“It’s very calming, and we often see red kites and deer in the valley.
“We feel ready to hand over the baton because we have decided to build from scratch nearby.
“It’s a family home, and it’s doing better than we could have imagined.”
Bids must be over £ 680,000.
Contact the owner on 07815 784514 or Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace on 01330 822931.