First residents arrive at new Insch development


Drumrossie Homes has rolled out the welcome mat for its first residents at Rothney West in Insch. 

Jacqueline and Alan Scott had been searching for the perfect bungalow for more than a year before discovering Drumrossie’s two-bedroom ‘Barra’ home. 

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The couple, who have been married for 42 years, previously lived in a new-build two-bedroom flat in Craibstone for three years. They part-exchanged their flat to purchase their new home. 

Jacqueline said: “Our previous flat was fine but we had dreamt of being back in a bungalow again and having a garden. Now that Alan is retired, we decided it was time for a change and to move back to the quieter countryside.” 

Prior to their Craibstone flat, the couple lived in a bungalow in Danestone for 20 years. Having bought that bungalow as a repossession, they dedicated a lot of time to renovating it. 

Jacqueline, who is originally from Perthshire, added: “When searching for a suitable bungalow, we considered various options, including the idea of renovating again. However, we’re older now and we found that opting for a new build was a much more convenient choice. Everything is brand new and you can essentially move in and sit down. If you can afford it – then do it. 

“Our house-hunting journey took us as far as Fife and Alford for suitable bungalows, and it was during our drive back to Aberdeen that we came across the Rothney West development in Insch.” 

After reserving the plot, Jacqueline and Alan got to work with the customisation. They opted to upgrade all their appliances, added extra kitchen units and selected their preferred worktops, flooring and tiling for the whole house. 

Due to Jacqueline primarily using a wheelchair or crutches, the semi-detached bungalow has a number of wheelchair-friendly adaptions made throughout, such as a walk-in shower, wide doorways, railings in the bathroom, lowered kitchen units and an outdoor ramp. 

Jacqueline said: “It was very exciting while the home was being built. We must have been up to see the progress every second week and it was great to see the house coming together. We’re surprised that the Drumrossie team weren’t sick of seeing us, but they were always very happy to have us.” 

Alan, who hails from Canada, and Jacqueline’s arrival marks the start of a soon-to-be bustling development. Another home has been sold and three others reserved in phase one. 

Jacqueline said: “The whole process has been a pleasure so far. We are just loving being out in Insch – it’s so peaceful and quiet. The home is just fantastic and we even have a stunning view out to the ruins of Dunnideer Castle.” 

Jacqueline and Alan are eagerly anticipating the spring months in their new home. They are looking forward to spending time outside in their garden and also hope to become social members of Insch Golf Club, to meet local people. 

Allan Brown, managing director at Drumrossie Homes, said: “We are delighted to welcome the first residents into Rothney West in Insch. Seeing Jacqueline and Alan settle into their lovely home brings us immense joy. The interest in the development has been very strong since the beginning of the year which is great to see. We are thoroughly looking forward to welcoming more new residents in due course.” 

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