A MANSION appealing to the security-conscious homeowner is up for sale - with its own nuclear bunker.
Tertowie House, at Kinellar, near Aberdeen, is for sale for offers over 325,000. The bunker is like something more usually seen in a James Bond movie or, on a smaller scale, in the Jodie Foster hit Panic Room. However, it may attract additional interest in the current terrorist climate.
The bunker was added to the impressive C-listed rural mansion, which dates from around 1500, in the 1960s to provide a safe haven for councillors and officials in times of emergency.
It is situated below the gym and is accessed from a steel blast door. A 40ft concrete corridor leads to a decontamination area and a second blast door.
The bunker features a toilet and shower, generator, ventilation system, fitted kitchen, bed space, canteen and storage facilities.
And, of course, there is a scientific advisers’ room, without which no home is complete. There is also a communications system for contact with the outside world.
Aberdeen and Northern (Estates) Ltd is the selling agent offering the chance to purchase the building, on the outskirts of the city.
A spokesman explained: "The principal lot is the substantial Scots Baronial-style mansion Tertowie House and grounds, extending to over 13 acres in total, which offer a tennis court, playing field and even an underground emergency bunker.
"This Grampian Regional Council emergency centre was opened in 1962 as the north-east sector Civil Defence Corps group control and it remained in use until the end of the Civil Defence Corps in 1968.
"It was re-activated and modernised in 1987, but was finally closed in 1998.
"Tertowie House was extended in the 1960s to provide extra facilities, including classrooms and a gymnasium," said the spokesman.
"The original house retains a great deal of charm and appealing features, such as a stained-glass window and an impressive staircase in the main entrance hall."
The entire estate is up for sale for offers over 850,000, but Tertowie is available at offers over 325,000.
Included in the other properties for sale are two semi-detached, three-bedroom cottages.
There is also a gardener’s cottage, stables and tack room, with over two and a half acres, a walled garden, a horticultural unit, 14 acres of arable land, four paddocks and over two acres of woodland.
Commenting on the sale of Tertowie Estates, John Rhind, A and N Estates general manager, said: "Tertowie has great development potential, and this sale offers exceptional opportunities for people to buy interesting country properties with the scope to stamp their own identity on them."
Tertowie Estates is located in beautiful countryside six miles from Aberdeen and midway between Blackburn and Westhill. The property was bought by Aberdeen City Council in 1944 and has since been used by Aberdeen College as an educational and training facility.