Former school, now a well located country house with fine views.
Old School, as the name suggests, was originally a school, which dates from 1847. It was extended first in 1938 and then again in 1974. The school was built by the owner of the then Aldbar Estate. The school closed in 2005 and the building was acquired by the sellers in 2012. The adjoining Old Schoolhouse, is in separate ownership. Old School occupies a lovely position with good views, particularly to the south, and is sheltered to the north by trees forming part of the western edge of Montreathmont.
Old School is an attractive stone built building with a slate roof. Since acquiring it the sellers have done a great deal of work, yet retained much of the character of the original school. In 2013 it was featured in BBC2's Restoration Home. Additional accommodation has been created at first floor level and the sellers have done complete re-wiring and re-plumbing, and added a new pitched roof over much of the original flat roof. There were two principal classrooms. One is now the sitting room and has a new door to the garden. The other is used as an open plan kitchen / dining / living room. A further office and utility room have been created out of the original cloakrooms. An office or study together with a bedroom and a new bathroom complete the downstairs accommodation. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a further bathroom. Other than three windows in the sitting room the house benefits from secondary or double glazing. Three solar thermal panels provide hot water, with back up from a biomass boiler. A large 32 kw multi fuel stove in the sitting room provides central heating and hot water. At ground floor level the wooden flooring is Canadian maple.
A covered entrance has a partially glazed entrance door which opens to the vestibule with an inner door to the hallway. This has the new staircase to the first floor together with a storage cupboard, hooks and shelves and a hatch with an attic ladder up to the roof space. The downstairs accommodation is arranged off the hallway. The large sitting room has a cornice, picture rail, built in storage cupboards, fireplace housing a multi fuel stove, fitted display shelf and a partially glazed door to the garden. Next door is office one with a plain cornice, wood panelling to dado level, fitted display shelf and an opening to the dining kitchen. This is another large room with a picture rail, shelved cupboard, Forester wood burning stove, fitted wooden units with wooden worktops with a sink and a Leisure Classic 90 cooker with five burners, gas oven, electric slow oven and grill. There is ample space for a dining table and seating areas. The bathroom has wooden panelling to dado level, free standing bath, corner shower, pedestal washbasin and a WC with thunderbox, while the adjoining bedroom one has a beamed ceiling. Opposite is office two which is again timber lined to dado level, and a utility room with a Belfast sink, clothes pulley, hanging rail and plumbing for a washing machine.
There is also wooden flooring at first floor level where there are three further bedrooms (bedroom two has a mantel while bedroom three has built in bookshelves) together with another bathroom with a bath with a shower and tiled surround, pedestal washbasin and WC.
Outside there are steps down to a boiler room housing a NIBE biomass boiler. On the south side of the house is a small area of garden, mainly down to lawn with a small pond. Steps lead up to decking which gives access to the sitting room. On the other side of the house is a wooden workshop (2.88 m (max) x 4.5 m (max)) with a workbench, together with a garden / wood shed and a bike store.
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"The previous incarnation of Old School is clearly visible in the wonderfully generous proportions of the sitting room and living/dining/kitchen a testament to the huge amount of work put in by the current owners who have managed to maintain much of the original character of the building. The views and setting makes this a most appealing rural property for a buyer seeking space and tranquillity."Ruaraidh Ogilvie