One of the finest houses in Broughty Ferry
Melfort is situated within a prestigious residential area in West Ferry which Charles McKean and David Walker in Dundee, An Illustrated Architectural Guide (Pillans and Wilson Ltd, 1984) describe as once one of the richest suburbs in Europe, it was here, and to the slopes above Broughty Ferry, that the merchant princes and jute barons of Dundee came to construct their palatial mansions. This mid to late Victorian suburb . . . remains private on its plateau high above the shore: few main roads, minor ones framed by stone walls and mature trees.
Melfort is within easy reach of the excellent local amenities of Broughty Ferry, including primary and secondary schooling, an ample choice of shopping facilities, supermarkets, library, harbour and the Royal Tay Yacht Club. Grove Academy is within easy walking distance. Broughty Ferry is only a short distance from Dundee city centre, which offers all the facilities expected of a major city. Private schooling is available at Dundee High School. There are railway stations at Broughty Ferry and Dundee with services north and south, including a sleeper to London. Dundee Airport has flights to London Stansted. The A90 dual carriageway offers easy access to Aberdeen and to Perth and on south to Edinburgh and Glasgow. Dundee is an established centre of excellence in education and life sciences, and has renowned cultural facilities.
Away from the city, the range of outdoor pursuits is impressive. Over the River Tay is St Andrews, home of golf, while the championship course at Carnoustie is only a few miles up the coast.
Melfort must be one of the most stunning houses in Broughty Ferry. It dates from 1927 and was designed by George C Morton of Bruce, Morton & Son, who were a well known firm of local architects. George Morton built the house for himself and it is believed that his original family business had imported OVD rum. Melfort was built in a later Arts & Crafts style, and while the house has been thoroughly modernised, it still retains much of the original character and style of the property. It is an elegant, detached house, which sits well within its own enclosed gardens.
Melfort is a handsome harled house with a slate roof, and internally is immaculately presented. The house was acquired by the sellers in 2010. Prior to their purchase the breakfasting kitchen had been refurbished. Since acquiring the house the sellers have replaced all the double glazed windows, other than the upstairs Veluxes, which had been done by the previous owners. The electric Aga has been installed and the bathroom, master en suite and shower room on the first floor have also been refurbished and the boiler has been replaced. The house has been re-wired throughout for Sky Q and Sky broadband. Outside, a paved and sheltered courtyard and barbequing area has been created to the side of the house with a small fish pond and a hot tub. Internally Melfort still retains its original panelling, pitch pine doors and staircase, foliate pattern plaster ceiling decoration, cornices and fireplaces. All in all, the layout and presentation of the house are ideal for both modern family living and for entertaining. The finish and presentation throughout is exceptional.
The enclosed walled garden is lovely. It mainly comprises lawn with some fine trees including two walnut trees and a copper beech, which together with rhododendrons provide privacy and shelter. There is a summerhouse and a paved seating area accessed off the breakfast room. To the side is a sheltered and paved courtyard, partially enclosed by wooden fencing. This has a small fish pond, hot tub and a covered area, and creates a lovely spot for seating and entertaining. In addition there is a greenhouse and a wild flower border.
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Directions: If coming on the A90 from Perth, at the first roundabout at Dundee turn right onto the A85, signposted Dundee. Continue on towards the city centre, following the River Tay, on Riverside Drive and passing Dundee Airport. From Dundee city centre take the A92, signposted Arbroath onto Dock Street and East Dock Street, and then continue on Broughty Ferry Road (A930) signposted Broughty Ferry. At the roundabout take the second turning onto Craigie Place and then turn right onto Craigie Drive. Continue for 1.3 miles, and onto Strathern Road and the turning onto Duntrune Terrace will be seen on the left. The gates into Melfort are immediately on the right. Alternatively if coming from the A92 (Arbroath to Dundee road) turn at the Claypotts junction, opposite Sainsbury's onto Broughty Ferry Road (B978), signposted Broughty Ferry. Then take the second turning on the right into Duntrune Terrace. The gates into Melfort will be seen on the left before reaching the junction with Strathern Road.
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12 Clerk Street
+44 (0) 1356 628 628
12 Clerk Street
+44 (0) 1356 628 628