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272.02 sq m(2,928 sq ft)
Offers over £270,000

Old SchoolPitkennedy, By Forfar, Angus, DD8 2UJ

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Home Report value - £320,000
  • Attractive and refurbished stone built country property
  • Good views south over the Lunan Valley towards Dunnichen Hill
  • Former school rooms providing spacious accommodation, ideal for entertaining
  • Energy efficient with solar thermal panels and biomass boiler

Former school, now a well located country house with fine views.

About this property

  • 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 OgilvieProperty agent

Local information

  • Old School, Pitkennedy is situated amongst attractive and fertile rolling Angus farmland. It has good views south over the Lunan Valley and towards Dunnichen, Guthrie and Dumbarrow Hills. Immediately to the north and east is Montreathmont Forest. The Angus coastline is only some 10 miles to the east.
  • Angus is well known for its range of outdoor pursuits. Fishing can be taken on the North and South Esks. The Angus Glens provide some of the best hill walking in eastern Scotland, together with skiing at Glenshee. Loch fishing is available locally at Rescobie. As well as a local golf course at Forfar there are two courses at Letham Grange (Arbroath) and Carnoustie is within easy driving distance. There are pleasant sandy beaches at Lunan Bay and at St Cyrus, which is a nature reserve, as is the nearby Balgavies Loch. There are walks from Old School directly into Montreathmont Forest. The Murton Farm and Nature Reserve is located close by, and Sinclair's Kitchen at Foresterseat, is a well known local restaurant.
  • There is a primary school at Aberlemno and in the nearby village of Letham which also provides local shopping as does Friockheim which also has a health centre. The towns of Arbroath, Brechin and Forfar provide more extensive shopping, together with secondary schooling, leisure centres and business facilities. Private schooling in the area includes Lathallan at Johnshaven with a bus from Brechin and The High School of Dundee with a bus from Forfar.
  • The A90, at Forfar and Brechin, provides fast access to Dundee, Perth and Aberdeen. Both Dundee and Aberdeen provide all the services expected of major cities, while Perth and Edinburgh are also within reasonable driving distances. Journey times to Aberdeen and Aberdeen Airport have been much improved with the opening of the Western Peripheral Route. There is an east coast mainline railway station at Arbroath, with a sleeper service. Both Aberdeen and Edinburgh airports provide a range of domestic and European flights and there is a service from Dundee Airport to Stansted.
  • Please note all distances and travel times are approximate.

Additional information

  • Directions: If coming from the north on the A90 (Aberdeen to Dundee dual carriageway) take the second turning into Brechin, signposted Arbroath (A933), passing the Brechin Castle Centre and then turn right onto the B9134 signposted Aberlemno. After 1.1 miles take the turning on the left signposted Pitkennedy. Continue for 4.5 miles and Old School will be found on the left, just after a left hand corner. Alternatively from the south take the A90 to Forfar. From Forfar take the B9113 signposted for Montrose. After some 5 miles turn left signposted Pitkennedy, Aberlemno and Brechin. After 0.6 miles turn right signposted Pitkennedy and Brechin. Old School will be seen on the right after a further 0.6 miles.
  • EPC Rating = E