Live your best retirement life | New homes Aberdeenshire

Let’s face it – retirement isn’t just about sitting around and knitting (although there’s nothing wrong with that!). It’s about living life to the fullest and making every moment count. Like reaching the top of the mountain after a lifelong hike! Retirement is the time for new adventures, relaxation, and embracing the joys of life – finally, the daily hustle gives way to a treasure trove of free time. It isn’t just about closing one chapter; it’s about flipping to the glossy, colorful pages of the next adventure, ready to embrace the golden years with open arms and a twinkle in your eye!

Selecting the right community for your retirement is crucial, and just a short five-mile journey south of Aberdeen, you’ll find a community that embodies serene retirement living. At Chapelton, Brio Retirement Living has artfully curated Landale Court, a remarkable retirement community boasting charming one and two bedroom cottages, bungalows and apartments, all nestled within the heart of the community. An array of amenities awaits at Landale Court, including a modern fitness studio, a vibrant community centre, a cosy hobby room, and the welcoming Slate & Grain brasserie and bar. 

In our latest blog post, discover more about why Chapelton is the perfect place to settle down and enjoy your later years…

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The delights of coastal living

When it comes to retirement living, location is key. And what better place to spend your golden years than in the picturesque coastal region of Aberdeenshire? Nestled along Scotland’s stunning eastern coast, Aberdeenshire offers retirees a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and relaxed coastal living. Forget the hustle and bustle of city life – with Stonehaven just a short drive away, you can enjoy a day trip to the beach, soak up the stunning ocean views and indulge in the finest foods the locals have to offer!

Activites for every lifestyle

For those looking for a space to connect with neighbours or simply unwind with a good book, the homeowners’ club lounge is the perfect spot! From hosting events in the exclusive dining/function area to providing comfortable accommodation in the guest suite, Landale Court ensures every moment is curated to enhance your comfort and convenience.

For the more outdoorsy types, why not indulge in moments of tranquility with leisurely strolls along the neighborhood green, amidst the serene garden settings, or within the cosy confines of the charming square. And what better way to end your afternoon stroll than with a coffee and a cake at the Slate & Grain brasserie, bar and coffee lounge?

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Community connections

Brio Retirement Living pride themselves on creating more than just a place to live; they cultivate a vibrant and inclusive community where laughter, learning, and love thrive daily. From lively community events that spark joy to intimate social gatherings where friendships are forged, there’s always an exciting opportunity awaiting you.

The Chapelton Community Association also oversees the Over 60’s Club, a delightful gathering that welcomes members at no cost and convenes on a monthly basis. Each session offers a diverse array of activities, with recent highlights including an exclusive event held at the Devenick Drinks Co taproom, featuring an enticing selection of locally crafted beers and spirits!

In Chapelton, you’ll discover not only a beautiful place to live but also a vibrant tapestry of shared experiences and meaningful connections that make every day truly special. Welcome to a new era of retirement living, where the warmth of community envelops you like a comforting embrace!

Take the next step

Ready to embark on the perfect balance between relaxation and adventure? Surround yourself with a community of like-minded individuals who share in the joys of this new chapter with you. Contact Brio Retirement today to learn more about Landale Court and schedule your visit.

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Join us for the annual Chapelton Bike Ride 2024

Back for its ninth year, the Chapelton Bike Ride is returning on Sunday 1st September 2024! 

A firm favourite in the Chapelton calendar, people of all ages are invited to take part in this fun-filled day to raise money and awareness for North East Sensory Services (NESS), a charity close to many hearts in Aberdeen that is dedicated to helping blind and deaf people achieve independence. The 2024 Chapelton Bike Ride will add to the exceptional £47,000 already raised by this event! 

We’re delighted to announce Lathallan School as the headline sponsor of this year’s bike ride. Strong believers in the power of community and the importance of maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle, Lathallan School is a perfect fit to support this community-led event in Chapelton. 

We would also like to thank Burness Paul, Brio Retirement Living and WM Donald, our fantastic sponsors that have supported this beloved Chapelton event throughout the last 8 years and helped us raise an amazing amount of money for such a worthy cause. 

Whether you’re an experienced cyclist eager to take on a new fitness challenge or a non-cyclist looking to enjoy the family-friendly activities on the day, here is all you need to know about the event…

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The Routes

A stunning ride through Chapelton, Durris Forest and Stonehaven, the Chapelton Bike Ride’s 46 mile route will begin at 10:30am, with the shorter 12 mile route starting at 12:00pm, cycling through the town’s roads and pathways. 

For those looking to enjoy the picturesque views at a slower pace, a 5km walk through the picturesque estate surrounding Elsick House will also take place on the day. 

Check in at The Hut will take place 30 minutes before each route begins.

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Refreshments and entertainment

Following your cycle, you will receive a voucher at the NESS tent for some well-deserved hot food from one of our tasty suppliers in the square. And don’t forget to take your photo at our finishers board outside Brae!

Entry fees

For those taking part in the 46 mile route, individual entry fees registered online will cost £20, with group/team of 4 registrations costing £60. Individual entry fees for the shorter 12 mile route will cost £10 and a total of £30 for all groups/team of 4 registrations. An additional fee of £5 will incur for those looking to register on the day and registration will close on 28th of August.

Sponsorship opportunities

It’s not too late to become a sponsor of this year’s Chapelton Bike Ride! As well as receiving social media presence on our dedicated Facebook page, sponsors can also enter two cyclists to the bike ride and have their company logo displayed on the finishers board for only £300. If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s event, contact us here

A huge thank you to our silver sponsors Acumen Financial Planning, our partner sponsors Stonehaven Cycling Club, Elsick Development Company, A&A Civils, MGA Architecture, A&R Services, JKR Contractors, Places for People, AJC Homes and Snowdrop Developments and a special thanks to Trinity Frameworks and Macphie. We couldn’t host this fantastic event without your support!

If you’re looking to take part in a pedalling challenge this summer and raise money for a great cause, registration for the Chapelton Bike Ride is now open! To secure your spot, visit our official event website:

Experience the best of local flavours at this week’s Chapelton Farmer’s Market!

Are you ready for a delightful culinary adventure? Mark your calendars because Chapelton’s renowned Farmer’s Market is back this Sunday, 19th May. Whether you’re a local resident or visiting the area, this is an event you won’t want to miss. With over 30 stalls showcasing the finest local produce and products, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Many make it a day out, relishing the opportunity to sample hot food offerings such as paella or woodfired pizzas while strolling through the market’s vibrant atmosphere. For those looking to walk off their indulgences, the Chapelton Trail offers a picturesque route around the area, providing the perfect complement to your market visit. With free entry and onsite parking, you can focus on indulging your senses without any hassle. So, gather your friends and family and join us for a day filled with delicious food and community spirit!

Let’s take a sneak peek at some of the highlights awaiting you at this year’s spring Farmer’s Market…

Savour the best of land and sea

Indulge in a symphony of flavours with a diverse selection of farm-fresh meats and freshly caught seafood. You’ll find succulent cuts of beef, tender pork and venison at Louise’s Farm Kitchen, Bannerman Butcher, and Pitscandly Farm Venison. Then, treat yourself to the finest seafood delights at Granite City Fish and The Seafood Bothy, where freshly caught fish and other treasures from the sea promise a taste of Scotland’s coastal treasures.

International delights

Indulge in the flavours of Spain with a mouthwatering serving of authentic paella from Paella Escocia, where every bite transports you to the sun-soaked shores of the Mediterranean. Then, treat yourself to the delights of Portugal with A Portuguesa‘s authentic products, including their heavenly custard tarts – crafted with care and bursting with flavour.

Irresistible savouries

Fulfil your lunchtime cravings with a feast of savory delights. Treat yourself to the mouthwatering creations of Haydn’s Woodfired Pizza, where each slice unveils a symphony of flavours – from crispy crusts to gooey cheese. Alternatively, for those seeking mouthwatering pies, venture to WeeCOOK, where every creation is meticulously crafted to perfection.

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Sweet indulgences

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a divine selection of sweet treats. Delight in the decadent creations of Pure Decadence by Loch Aurora, All About Lemons’ refreshing lemon-based delights, and the tempting candies from Candy by Kirsty. Treat yourself to the buttery goodness of Shona’s Shortbread or the irresistible offerings from Coolinary Café. For a truly indulgent experience, don’t miss the stuffed cookies from Cookie Cult or the exquisite cakes from Gumblossom Bakes. Whether you crave chocolates, tangy lemon treats, candies, or traditional Scottish shortbread, the market has something to satisfy every craving. And for a delightful evening at home, be sure to pick up some full-juice cider from Easterton Cider Ltd to go alongside it.

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Wellness wonders

Embark on a journey toward wellness with a tantalising selection of nutritious offerings. The Wee Hemp Company‘s premium hemp-based products are designed to nourish both body and mind. Whereas the creamy goodness of Hungry Squirrel‘s award-winning nut butter is a delight for nut enthusiasts!
Replenish and revitalise with the probiotic-rich kombucha from Raw Culture and explore the wholesome creations of Mearns Marmalades and Cove Honey Bees, offering nutritious spreads bursting with flavour and goodness. Also, don’t miss the entirely gluten-free and vegan dips from Dip Dreams Ltd (T/A D!P), perfect for guilt-free snacking. And lastly, for a burst of freshness be sure to check out ZingyTingy Beetroot‘s vibrant beetroot offerings.

Unique finds and specialties

Unearth treasures at Chapelton Farmer’s Market with our unique selection of artisanal crafts and specialty products. Illuminate your home with the enchanting glow of homemade candles from Sooki Coo Candles and the vibrant hues of Swedish Candle Logs Aberdeen. Add a splash of color to your garden oasis with beautiful blooms from Culter Perennials. And for those who cherish their wheels, explore the premium car care products from Protect and Shine Car Care, ensuring your vehicle stays pristine on every journey.

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And to cap off your market experience, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Cafe Sal for a steaming cup of your favourite hot beverage, perfect for fueling your exploration of the market’s delights!

With an abundance of flavours and products to explore, Chapelton Farmer’s Market promises a day of culinary delight and community get-togethers. Donations to the marshalling charity are optional and can be made by cash on the day. If you can’t make it this week, mark your calendar for our upcoming markets on 21st July, 15th September and 17th November. Also, don’t forget to explore the businesses at The Boxes during your visit for an even more delightful experience. Be sure to check out the latest addition, The Juicing Co, open this Sunday, offering refreshing juices and smoothies. And for those looking for a cosy spot to relax during or after the market, Brae Cafe in Hume Square welcomes you with warm hospitality and delicious treats, as always. See you all there!

Houses for sale Aberdeenshire: AJC Homes phase 2 has launched at Benton Crescent, Chapelton

Specialising in the design of high quality homes across rural and suburban locations throughout Aberdeen City and Shire, AJC Homes is an experienced housebuilder based in Aboyne, committed to the sustainable development of houses in Aberdeenshire. Developing exceptional homes for a range of lifestyles and stages, the company’s ethos closely aligns with Chapelton’s vision, providing stylish and practical houses in a charming neighbourhood for first-time buyers, families, downsizers and retirees.

As the vibrant community of Chapelton continues to grow, AJC Homes has just launched phase 2 of Benton Crescent located in the heart of this coastal town. A charming new development of 3, 4 and 5 bedroom family homes, AJC Homes has released plots 145 – 152, with a total of 8 new homes. Estimated completion for phase 2 of Benton Crescent is spring/summer 2025. 

In this blog post, we’ll give you a glimpse into the 8 new homes released within this second phase and the desirable features that these housetypes will have to offer…

Benton Crescent 

Offering individual character and contemporary features to accommodate modern life, phase 2 of Benton Crescent will include 8 new, stunning homes within the pretty town of Chapelton. Each of the 5 housetypes included within this phase will benefit from energy efficiency and have been thoughtfully designed throughout, appealing to those house hunting within the Aberdeenshire area. With housetypes such as the Gordon, Buccleugh, Fife, Argyll and Montrose, this second phase of Benton Crescent will contribute to Chapelton’s family appeal and strong sense of traditional style accompanied by modern benefits.

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With each home included in phase 2 of Benton Crescent nearing construction, the 4 bedroom detached Gordon occupying plot 154 will be well adept to meet the needs of contemporary living. With 161.0m² of floor area and a thoughtful layout to maximise space and everyday living such as a generous lounge, well-appointed kitchen/diner and plethora of practical storage space, the Gordon will also benefit from a convenient double garage for increased storage space and security.

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Inhabiting corner plot 146 as well as plots 150 and 151, the 4 bedroom detached Buccleugh housetype will offer 138.0m² of floor space and a generously sized lounge, as well as an extensive kitchen, dining and family area at the heart of the home; a versatile space ideal for accommodating every aspect of family life. Contributing to the practicality of everyday living, the Buccleugh will also offer integrated storage facilities, utility room, WC and single garage.

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Plot 147 will offer the 3 bedroom detached Fife housetype, a home designed for modern comfort and convenience hosting 130.0m² of floor area, a spacious lounge, well-appointed kitchen and dining area as well as a practical utility room. 

This housetype offers a high internal specification throughout, and prospective buyers may choose from a wide selection of high-quality German kitchens, complete with coordinated worktops for added style and functionality. The Fife will also benefit from high-quality oak veneered internal doors with fitted chrome handles, as well as Quality Roca white sanitary ware found in each bathroom – including chrome taps, basin, WC and bath. The single garage included in this home will be equipped with metal garage doors, internal lighting and power socket.

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Occupying plots 148 and 149 in Benton Crescent will be the 4 bedroom detached Argyll. With 177.8m² of floor space, a sizeable lounge and expansive kitchen/dining and family area, this could be the perfect home for hosting gatherings in Chapelton throughout the spring and summer months! 

Nearing construction and offering high internal specification as seen in the Fife housetype, the Argyll will also include pre-furnished front and rear door sets complete with chrome/steel door furniture and multi point security locks, as well as turf to be provided for the front garden and paved slabs providing a pathway to both front and rear doors. 

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The 4 bedroom detached Montrose located on plot 152 will benefit from 165.4m² of floor space, a commodius lounge area ideal for hosting friends and family, as well as a sizeable kitchen and dining area and conveniently placed utility and WC accessed through the kitchen and hallway.

Offering AJC Homes’ high-quality internal specification as seen in the Fife and Argyll housetypes, the spacious Montrose will also benefit from gas fired central heating with thermostatically controlled radiators throughout, as well as an accessible and convenient double garage.

Looking for more AJC Homes in Chapelton?

As well as Benton Crescent, AJC Homes is also starting  at Nether Cairnhill, conveniently located closer to the entrance of Chapelton. These 187m2 properties offer ample space and come with either a single or double garage, perfectly catering to modern lifestyles. With 2 of the 4 properties already snapped up, don’t miss out on your opportunity for an early bird reservation!

Situated just five miles south of Aberdeen, Chapelton provides a unique opportunity to be part of a thriving community; with an abundance of nearby amenities and picturesque coastal location. From the diverse range of local businesses at The Boxes to the friendly neighbourhoods and thoughtfully designed homes, Chapelton is the ideal place to call home and has something for everybody looking at houses for sale in Aberdeenshire.

To find out more about Benton Crescent or Nether Cairnhill, download AJC Homes’ brochure or book an appointment with a sales advisor, visit their website below.

Springtime delights: 6 must-do activities in and around Stonehaven

Location plays an important part when purchasing your forever home, and having an understanding of the local amenities and nearby activities is essential when househunting to ensure your family feels happy and satisfied after moving in. 

Situated less than 15 miles south of Aberdeen city centre and offering picturesque coastal views, a bustling town centre and fantastic transport links, Stonehaven has become an increasingly popular place to live for couples and families alike. For those seeking more of a community feel, the nearby town of Chapelton offers a variety of beautifully designed homes that enjoy the same benefits as houses for sale in Stonehaven, albeit, in a peaceful and charming setting. The enviable position of this growing town is in the ideal location for prospective homebuyers to enjoy the best of both areas. 

In this blog post, we’ve shared 6 family-friendly activities to enjoy in and around Stonehaven, from sampling delicious treats to making the most of its idyllic coastal location, we’ve got your next family day out in Stonehaven covered! 

Stonehaven beach

Approximately 1.1km in length and attracting thousands of visitors each year, Stonehaven beach is located in the heart of this coastal town and provides a mood-boosting setting ideal for a leisurely stroll. A hotspot for watersports enthusiasts, this breathtaking sandy beach is ideally positioned near a variety of pubs and restaurants, offering the perfect backdrop for those looking to enjoy a day out at the seaside. 

If you’re travelling from Chapelton to Stonehaven by car, there are a number of car parks located a short distance from the beachfront, meaning no long walks in damp swimmers after a dip in the sea! These car parks include Beach Promenade, Market Square and Railway Station Car Park.

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Stonehaven Beach

The Promenade

Once you’ve worked up an appetite after a day at the beach, head up to The Promenade to sample some of the finest food Stonehaven has to offer. Award winning fish and chip shop, The Bay, is the perfect establishment for all seafood lovers, and is conveniently located next door to the highest rated ice cream shop in Stonehaven, Aunty Betty’s – the perfect duo for dinner and dessert! 

 If traditional pub grub is your food of choice, the recently refurbished Molly’s Cafe Bar is also situated by the Stonehaven seafront. Just a short drive from Chapelton, Molly’s is sure to satisfy your breakfast cravings with a delicious Scottish fry up on offer, alongside captivating sea views.

Open air swimming pool

For those seeking a unique swimming experience, Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool is a must-visit attraction. The UK’s only art deco Olympic sized seawater lido, this heated pool is open from May to early September and offers a variety of family-friendly activities, including fun sessions for kids, quiet swims and lane sessions and live entertainment at weekends. 

If you’re looking to stay dry and watch on from the sidelines, The Splash Cafe provides delicious hot food, hot and cold drinks and sweet treats with free access for everyone – the perfect way to spend a fun-filled weekend in spring.

Tolbooth museum

The oldest building in Stonehaven and located on the harbour front, Tolbooth Museum delves into Stonehaven’s rich history providing a real insight into imprisonment and treatment of prisoners over the centuries. Housed in a 17th century tolbooth, the museum is packed full of fun and engaging exhibits to enjoy and is a must-visit destination for those interested in the history and heritage of Aberdeenshire. It even has a 17th-century jail cell for the whole family to explore!

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Stonehaven Tolbooth museum

Dunnottar Castle and woods

Another historical must-see is Dunnottar Castle, a medieval fortress perched dramatically atop a 160 foot rock overlooking the North Sea. Located 2 miles south of Stonehaven and just 9 miles from Chapelton, Dunnottar Castle is steeped in history and known as one of Scotland’s hidden treasures. Playing host to William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots, Dunnottar Castle is open all year round – but we highly recommend visiting in the spring and summer months where you can admire the breathtaking views.

If you’re looking to explore some nearby greenery, make sure to visit Dunnottar Woods, providing a vibrant woodland walk just 3 minutes drive from the grounds of Dunnottar Castle (or a 40 min walk along the coastal footpath from Stonehaven). This family-friendly hiking trail is the perfect place to enjoy a stroll on a crisp spring afternoon.

Dunnottar Castle also offers scenic picnic seating and a selection of refreshments from the C & L Catering Van, as well as conveniently placed visitor parking – ideal for those visiting from Chapelton!

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RSPB Fowlsheugh Reserve

If you can’t get enough of Stonehaven and the surrounding area, make sure you visit the spectacular cliffs at Fowlsheugh, just a short drive from Stonehaven. The largest mainland seabird colony in the North East, RSPB Fowlsheugh Reserve enjoys awe-inspiring views of thousands of seabirds nestling along the rugged cliffs, including Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills and Kittiwakes. 

For those venturing out over spring, you’re in luck! As this seabird experience is limited to May – early August, although provides a stunning coastal walk throughout the whole year. 

Visiting Stonehaven couldn’t be easier for Chapelton residents, with the coastal gem and all its family-friendly activities a stone’s throw away!

Nourish and glow with The Juicing Co. at The Boxes

Less than a 20 minute drive from Aberdeen city centre, the thriving town of Chapelton provides its residents with an extensive range of beautiful new homes, plentiful green spaces and a bustling town centre. 

In the heart of this vibrant community are The Boxes, temporary retail structures providing start-up businesses with the opportunity to expand their presence. Bringing a refreshing blend of local charm and healthy living to Chapelton, The Juicing Company is the latest addition to The Boxes, offering residents delicious (and nutritious) raw, cold pressed juices. Established in 2017, Founder and Director of The Juicing Co. Vanessa Bremner seized the opportunity to create a company with health and wellbeing at the forefront. 

We sat down with Vanessa to discuss the inspiration behind The Juicing Company, the benefits of cold pressed juices and the inspiration behind opening an establishment in Chapelton’s town centre! 

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What inspired you to establish The Juicing Company and where did your passion for healthy, fresh juice come from?

“My passion began when I saw the difference in my own journey during my time living in Singapore, where I took part in two fitness classes that completely changed my life. I loved learning about nutrition, wholefoods and how we can heal our bodies by using food as medicine. Following this, I threw myself into every nutrition class I could find and changed my entire lifestyle – hunting for every juice bar, raw food cafe and refined, sugar-free treat that Singapore had to offer! 

“Before going to these classes and embarking on my health journey, I suffered from daily fatigue, oily skin, low energy, terrible bloating and stomach pain.  All of these symptoms quickly began to disappear after I overhauled my lifestyle, and started focusing on nourishing my body with fresh whole foods and reducing/eliminating processed foods.

“Honing in on my new-found passion for all things health and wellbeing, my husband and I went on to travel the world – from India to New York, Australia to the Maldives and all over South East Asia – learning more about the local food from each destination. However, after falling pregnant with our first baby in 2015, I returned to Aberdeen and tried to implement our new lifestyle back home, which proved difficult as I struggled to source the same high-quality, healthy foods and raw juice was impossible to find. This inspired me to bring my dream to life and start supplying healthy, cold pressed juices to Aberdeen.

“I took the leap and decided to register The Juicing Co., and everything just seemed to fly from there!” 

What are some of the health benefits people can experience when drinking raw/cold pressed juices?

“Raw, cold pressed juice is an incredible and valuable tool for optimising your health. The juicing process removes the insoluble fibre from the fresh ingredients and produces a pure juice that has come directly from nature – filled with vitamins, minerals and live enzymes!

“Each of our 500ml bottles contains approximately 1kg of fresh produce, and because the insoluble fibre has been removed, the vitamins and minerals within the juice can be absorbed quickly and easily, nourishing your cells and allowing those nutrients to be used exactly where they are needed.

“Incorporating raw, cold pressed juice into your daily diet can provide many health benefits, but consistency is key to seeing long term results. Benefits our clients have reported include clearer and brighter skin, reduced bloating, increased energy, improved sleep and weight loss. Although weight loss isn’t something we focus on, we do have clients who use juicing with their 5:2 etc lifestyles.”

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Why did The Boxes at Chapelton appeal to you when opening The Juicing Company?

“When I was looking to take the next step and open our own juice production kitchen and juicery, an opportunity came up at The Boxes in Chapelton which seemed like the perfect option. A beautiful location with great terms for small businesses and fantastic support from the team at Chapelton was an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down.”

What is your favourite thing about being based in Chapelton?

“Working in Chapelton comes with many perks, but my favourite things about the town have to be the lovely community, stunning views and diverse range of wonderful small businesses.”

What kind of products does The Juicing Company offer?

“We offer a wide range of raw, cold pressed juices made to order from our Chapelton Juicery and with nationwide delivery, ranging from powerful Tonic Shots, Fridge Fillers, 3 Day Cleanses and Mini Cleanse. We also plan to open as a ‘grab and go’ juice shop once a month and/or at The Chapelton farmers markets, allowing you to pop in and enjoy all the incredible benefits of juice on the go. All of our juices have been designed with our Nutritionist to ensure you feel your absolute best – so wherever you are on your health journey, we’ve got you covered.”

To find out more about the other businesses in Chapelton, click below:

Stay active in Chapelton with The Carved Group

Chapelton is filled with a thriving array of independent businesses, ranging from luxurious beauty and spa treatments at The Lounge on Quarryline Street to the refined craft beers offered by Devenick Drinks Co at The Boxes. But it’s not just the retail spaces that thrive in the community. A local dynamic duo, Katie and Neil, have cultivated a community-driven approach to health and vitality with their thriving online business, The Carved Group.

To delve into the story behind The Carved Group, we had the opportunity to sit down with co-owner Neil to discuss the journey, services, and aspirations fueling the business, and why the Chapelton community should consider getting involved!

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How did The Carved Group come about, and what inspired its creation?

“Katie started her coaching business, Carved by Carbie, over 10 years ago now and I started mine, Back to Basics Coaching, in 2022. At the start of 2023, we had the brain wave of combining the businesses, and for me to join the business full time, leaving my corporate position – a risk that was definitely worth taking as we have grown from strength to strength since then!

“Katie is studying nursing as she has a passion for helping people which ties in perfectly with our coaching business, as the main aim for us is to change people’s lives for the better.

“We are also both competitive bodybuilders (although we don’t expect clients to be!). We focus 99.9% on lifestyle, and for me, it was not only helping people but also about sharing a passion for training and finding the limit (and beyond). We believe that if you combine the two, results will follow!”

What specific fitness services does The Carved Group offer to its clients?

“We currently offer online coaching which is our busiest service. Our coaching focuses on mental wellbeing, building good habits and routines, fitness and physical performance, and self-belief. We also offer a very limited number of 1:1 sessions at Impact Fitness in Stonehaven, where you get everything included in our online package including one face-to-face session per week with Katie.

“Additionally, we also offer Carved Habitual which is our foundation group course. This is a 6-week course focused purely on habit building and mindset work.”

How does The Carved Group provide support and guidance to clients, especially in an online setting?

“Each client has their own WhatsApp group with both of us, meaning someone is always on hand to support if the client requires it. We also often arrange video calls so we can get some face-to-face time with clients. Every week our clients get in-depth video feedback on their unique coaching plan/tracker which they fill in daily, so no stone is left unturned!”

Why should the Chapelton community get involved with The Carved Group?

“We of course live in Chapelton and work from here. Maybe even one day we will run a boot camp in the village! We offer a selection of services for all fitness levels and we also support local where we can, and I guess it’s nice to have that reciprocated.”

What are your future goals for The Carved Group?

“At the moment we are focusing a lot on growing the online side of the business. Our vision includes a wellbeing and aesthetics clinic, potentially a gym or PT studio, and many other ideas. But we always take things one step at a time and focus our efforts on what we are passionate about, and that’s helping and providing services to help people and make them feel great!”

What do you enjoy most about running your own business?

“The hard work! This sounds strange and I think there is a common misconception that being your own boss allows more freedom – it doesn’t! 

“When you are a small but growing business there is no downtime, it’s 24/7. But, it’s incredibly rewarding to see something you work so hard at grow and become recognised in the community. One of our clients, Nicola McGee, is a Chapelton resident and joined The Carved Group as a 1:1 client before moving online to prepare for her wedding. She absolutely loved her experience and couldn’t thank us enough for making her feel amazing on her big day!”

What do you like about living and working in Chapelton?

“I started looking at properties in Chapelton in 2016 and instantly fell in love with how the village felt. It reminded me of a peaceful town of days gone by! Friendly and neighbourly with a strong sense of community, and of course very aesthetically pleasing! 

“It’s close to the city but far enough away to be tranquil, making it the perfect place to live and work. The green areas allow for perfect head space and a welcome break from being buried in a laptop screen. 

“It took 5 years to eventually buy the perfect house for us but we got there in the end and finally moved in spring 2022. We are extremely happy here and looking forward to a good few years here yet.”

In Chapelton’s vibrant landscape, The Carved Group is a hub for wellness and community involvement. Through their personalised coaching, Katie and Neil help people reach their full potential and are dedicated to making lives better, both in Chapelton and beyond.

To learn more, follow Katie and Neil on Instagram: @theee_carbie_barbie and @mr_carved.

Key events in Chapelton for 2024

With 2024 off to a flying start, we have an exciting programme of family-friendly events to look forward to over the coming months – all of which are well-loved activities in the Chapelton calendar!

Previously drawing in a variety of visitors both locally and from further afield, this year will be no different with our community-driven events for everybody to enjoy…

Chapelton Farmers’ Markets – Sunday 19th May, 21st July, 15th September, 17th November

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As winter draws to a close, we’re gearing up for springtime when our popular Chapelton farmers’ market returns, with the first event taking place on Sunday 19th May. Held four times a year, the Chapelton farmers’ market showcases a selection of incredible local businesses and offers both residents and visitors the chance to stock up (and fill up!) on an array of fresh local produce. 

Situated in Burgess Park and open from 11:30am – 2pm, the market will feature some familiar faces including All About Lemons and Farm to Table alongside welcoming some new stallholders too. 

Both entry to the market and parking is conveniently located and free of charge!

Chapelton 10K – Sunday 14th July

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It’s time to dust off your running shoes as our most anticipated running event of the year returns! The Chapelton 10K will be taking place on Sunday 14th July, spanning a stretch of multi-terrain through the beautiful Elsick House estate before finishing back in Chapelton. For those starting 2024 with a New Year’s resolution to keep fit – this event is for you…

The perfect opportunity to challenge yourself whilst raising money for many good causes, the Chapelton 10K also offers participants stunning views of the local countryside, as well as an incredible atmosphere filled with music and crowds of supporters cheering you on. 

Remember – there will be trophies and a cash prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female runners, alongside bespoke medals for everybody participating. And last but not least, the return of the legendary home bakes and refreshment stand.

Chapelton Scarecrow Festival – August 2024

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Running throughout the month of August, Chapelton’s annual Scarecrow Festival, organised by the Cairnhill Allotments Committee, will make its eagerly-awaited return! Now approaching its 6th year, the festival helps to raise money for both community projects and much-loved Chapelton events.

Taking place all around the town, we recommend following the map of Chapelton at Hume Square to begin your Scarecrow Festival tour. From here, you can also grab a coffee and treat at Brae Cafe or Slate and Grain – the perfect way to start your scarecrow hunt! 

Remember to vote for your favourite scarecrow (or scarecrows) either online or by paper vote at Fits the Scoop at The Boxes, or Brae Cafe located in Hume Square… 

For more details, visit the Chapelton Scarecrow Festival Facebook page.

Chapelton Bike Ride – Sunday 1st September

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Occurring on Sunday 1st September, cyclists are invited to take part in the annual Chapelton Bike Ride! Individuals, teams and families will be given the choice of participating in either the 12 or 46 mile route starting in Chapelton and through the surrounding countryside. All money raised will be donated to North East Sensory Services.

For those looking to take part on foot – there will also be a family-friendly alternative 5km Trail Walk through the gorgeous grounds of Elsick House. 

Keep an eye on our website and social media for more information on our upcoming events in 2024 Website on Facebook or on Instagram

A Q&A with house builders in Aberdeen: Places for People

Every house builder in Chapelton shares a passion for creating enticing homes, and Aberdeen house builders, Places for People, are no exception. With over 50 years of experience, Places for People have been creating homes that truly enhance the lives of its residents. The homes in Chapelton, thoughtfully designed by Places for People, seamlessly blend classic period features with modern comforts, drawing inspiration from historic towns such as Montrose, Stonehaven, and St Andrews.

In our latest blog, we sat down with Places for People Regional Sales and Marketing Director – Scotland, Allison Sutherland, to walk us through the distinctive features of the homes designed by the Aberdeen house builders and explain why selecting a Places for People residence in Chapelton is an excellent choice…

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What is unique about the homes built by Places for People?

“Places for People’s commitment to excellence extends far beyond only the housing types. What truly sets us apart is not only our diverse range of tenures offered, which includes mid-market rent, shared equity, outright sales, and retirement options but also our focus on creating thriving communities where residents can flourish. 

“Placing community well-being at the forefront and recognising that a home extends far beyond its front door, Places for People designs properties that transcend its structures – serving as the cornerstone for vibrant and interconnected living.”

Tell us more about the house types Places for People offer within Chapelton

Offering a charming mix of two, three, and four bedroom homes, these residences seamlessly fuse coveted period features with the latest modern conveniences. The diverse house type range includes bungalows, cottage-style mews, coach houses, as well as terraced, semi-detached, and detached homes

“These homes are crafted using locally sourced slate, granite, and stone, celebrating the rich heritage of the region. Choosing a Places for People home at Chapelton means you can truly embrace a lifestyle that blends the charm of the past with the comforts of the present, where each home is a testament to enduring quality and thoughtful design.”

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Why do you think Chapelton is a desirable place for people to call home? 

Chapelton is more than just a housing development; it is a long-term vision to shape a new, sustainable town. Comprising of 8,000 homes and an equal number of job spaces, Chapelton is a thriving community designed for the future.

“Beyond its impressive housing infrastructure, the town boasts expansive open green spaces, convenient local shops, and inviting, close-knit neighborhood squares.

“This deliberate design ensures that Chapelton not only provides comfortable and environmentally conscious living but also fosters a sense of community where residents can enjoy the benefits of country living with every essential amenity just a short distance away.”

Do the homes built by Places for People cater to a variety of buyers? 

Homes at Chapelton are perfect for a wide range of purchasers. A fantastic variety of Places for People homes are available ranging from two bedroom apartments to four bedroom detached houses. 

“The development includes properties that serve as a perfect solution for first time buyers looking to take their first step onto the property ladder as well as families looking for a spacious home, and everything in between.”

What sets the Places for People homes in Chapelton apart from other developments? 

The Community at Chapelton is a place for people to truly call home. 

“Working in partnership with the Scottish Government and local council, we offer a mix of housing tenures suitable to rent or buy, offering a vibrant, close-knit town feel just five miles south of Aberdeen and the convenience of the city.”

Places for People house builders are an integral part of the Chapelton community. Their commitment goes beyond constructing homes, it extends to fostering a thriving and interconnected neighborhood here at Chapelton. 

For more information on Places for People homes available in Chapelton and to discover how you can become a part of this vibrant community, visit the link below.

Get a sneak peek of the 2024 Chapelton calendar showcasing our photo contest winners!

Step into the picturesque world of Chapelton with our 2024 calendar, celebrating the town’s beauty and the incredible talent within its community.

Capturing the essence of Chapelton and its breathtaking surroundings, this calendar showcases a collection of stunning photographs taken by our talented residents. Throughout 2023, we hosted a monthly photo competition judged by expert photographer, Rory Raitt. We asked members of the community to help us create our first ever Chapelton calendar – and we think the results are spectacular!

Journey through the changing seasons and immerse yourself in the unique charm of our town. Check out our photo contest winners and find out how you can get your hands on a copy of our 2024 calendar below…


January’s winning entry belongs to Deby Grant, capturing the month’s essence with her photograph titled ‘Aero’. Congratulations to Deby for kicking off the year with her snowy addition to the Chapelton 2024 calendar!

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‘Aero’ by Deby Grant


February shines bright as Chris Doo’s winning photo titled ‘Pink Skies’ captures Chapelton bathed in the soft hues of a beautiful pink sky.

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‘Pink Skies’ by Chris Doo


March blooms with Joan McLellen’s winning photograph ‘Snowdrops’, focusing on the first of spring’s delicate white flowers.

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‘Snowdrops’ by Joan McLellen


April’s winning entry, ‘Storm Brewing,’ by Chris Doo, transports us to the drama of a stormy day spanning across the surrounding fields of Chapelton.

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May blossoms with the golden touch of Chris Doo once again, as he secures the winning spot with ‘Fields of Gold, showcasing the brilliant yellow flowers of May!

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‘Fields of Gold’ by Chris Doo


June’s deserving winner is Hannah McFarland with ‘Golden’, capturing the first glimpse of summer as the sun bathes the fields in gold!

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‘Golden’’ by Hannah McFarland


July brings coastal charm through Erin Wood’s winning entry, ‘Sea Views’ as the winding road offers serenity overlooking the sea.

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‘Sea Views’ by Erin Wood


Heaven Benipal wins the August entry with ‘Pastures’, capturing the idyllic charm of a lone horse gracefully navigating the dazzling sun-kissed field.

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‘Pastures’ by Heaven Benipal


The September spotlight goes to Leanne Robertson with the heartwarming image titled ‘Chapelton Trail with Loki and Wade’ – a joyous companionship of her two dogs!

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‘Chapelton Trail with Loki and Wade’’ by Leanne Robertson


October’s winning entry, ‘Hay Bales’ by Helen Gauld, captures the rustic charm of Chapelton with an image of sunlit hay bales in a field.

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‘Hay Bales’’ by Helen Gauld


November illuminates with the winning entry, ‘Sunrise over Murray Street,’ by Chris Doo. The photograph showcases a vibrant, orange sunrise and the atmospheric beauty of Chapelton’s Murray Street.

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‘Sunrise over Murray Street’ by Chris Doo


Our final winning entry goes to Debbie McHardy for her December entry ‘Chapelton Trail’. This captivating photograph captures the essence of the Chapelton Trail, bringing a splendid close to the year and securing a well-deserved place in the 2024 calendar.

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‘Chapelton Trail’ by Debbie McHardy

Get your copy of the 2024 Chapelton calendar

We are thankful to everyone who participated in Chapelton’s photo contest throughout 2023 – it was difficult to choose just one winner for each month! 

A huge congratulations to all the brilliant winners. Your talent has not only earned you recognition but has also contributed to the creation of our stunning 2024 calendar.

The 2024 Chapelton calendar is now available for purchase at Brae, Fits the Scoop and Red Rocks!