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Escape to the country with Kirkwood Homes

1st Oct, 2020

In the very heart of rural Aberdeenshire, you’ll find two of our intimate, luxury developments, Cowdray Meadows in Dunecht and The Brambles at Sauchen.

These peaceful developments have enjoyed a surge of interest from prospective buyers in recent weeks - and we’re finding that wishlists have changed, with so many people still working from home.

Space, both indoors and outdoors, is at the top of the list, with a scenic location, decent connectivity and value for money also proving important.

In this blog post, we further explore the benefits of moving to the countryside, and why one of these two beautiful developments could be your next place to call home - with exciting offers you don't want to miss out on at the end of this blog post...


Health benefits

Significant research shows that, unsurprisingly, those opting to live in the countryside enjoy an increased rate of positive mental wellbeing, compared to those residing in densely populated cities.

Away from the hustle and bustle, everyday noise and road congestion in urban areas, life in the country moves at a quieter, slower place. With an abundance of clean, fresh air, open spaces, uninterrupted skylines and the rich tapestry of nature as a backdrop to enjoy, these factors help lean to a happier, healthier living environment.

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Scenery and heritage

From rolling hills, tranquil woodlands and picturesque farmland as far as the eye can see, the scenery is simply stunning in this part of Aberdeenshire - and offers a vast and striking contrast to any cityscape. At Dunecht and Sauchen, there’s a wealth of surrounding natural wildlife and an abundance of idyllic woodland trails on offer, perfect for walkers or keen cyclists to enjoy - and it’s all quite literally on your doorstep.

Our Brambles and Cowdray Meadows developments are also situated within the heart of ‘Castle Country’, with Castle Fraser, Cluny, Drum and Crathes Castles all just a short drive from both developments, and the beautiful Dunecht Estate a mere stone’s throw from Cowdray Meadows.

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A social benefit of moving to the country is the sense of belonging to a close-knit community. In small villages, neighbours truly care and look out for each other, therefore creating a happier, harmonious and safer living environment, especially for those with young families. Communities of this nature are keen to enjoy seasonal gatherings, such as fetes and firework displays, which is ideal for families to enjoy.

Although they’re only three miles apart, Dunecht and Sauchen individually are perfect examples of these close-knit communities.

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For families, finding an area boasting excellent schools close by can be an important factor when deciding where to live.

Village schools are smaller in stature than those in towns or cities, and therefore accommodate less pupils. This allows for increased 1-1 time between pupils and their teacher, which is advantageous for a child’s educational journey, whilst the reduction in class sizes allows for close friendships to be easily formed.

Our Cowdray Meadows development is next to Dunecht Primary, while The Brambles in Sauchen is serviced by Cluny Primary, both of which are considered to be high achieving and supportive schools.

For secondary education, both villages are within the catchment area for Alford Academy, which is located in the excellent new Community Campus.

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Luxury new homes

With typically older style properties for sale in the country, the cost of renovations and increased running costs from poor efficiency, extensive ongoing maintenance and poor internet connectivity are a few of the reasons why those wishing to move to the countryside may have discarded the idea in the past.

Our excellent range of luxury new homes at these developments easily overcome these objections. Cowdray Meadows and The Brambles offer brand new homes, each of which boasts a superior build quality and unrivalled specification, a 10 year NHBC warranty and are energy efficient to minimise running costs.

Both Cowdray Meadows and The Brambles also enjoy a fibre internet connection, a must-have for those working from home and for modern family living as we know it.


Moving to the countryside does not always mean you are ‘out of reach’ from everything that towns and cities have to offer. These developments are well connected - just a short drive away from nearby towns of Westhill, Kingswells, Inverurie and Banchory and within striking distance of the AWPR for travel to Aberdeen Airport at Dyce, whilst a trip to Aberdeen centre is a comfortable 25 minute commute.

Don’t miss out on our fantastic offers!



Plot 32, the 3 bedroom detached 'Craig' at Cowdray Meadows, Dunecht:

🔺 Cost reduction of £5,000 - Now £319,995

🔺 LBTT paid £5,599

🔺 £1,680 worth of extras and upgrades

🔺 £5,000 flooring allowance

🔺 Turf to rear garden

Plot 4, the 4 bedroom detached 'Marr' at The Brambles, Sauchen:

🔺 Price £447,995

🔺 LBTT paid in full worth £18,149

🔺 Complimentary extras

🔺 Flooring contribution

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