Fine Regency house with sea views.
West Seaton House is a most attractive listed red sandstone house, with a slate roof. It is a late Regency house, occupying a lovely position overlooking the sea, and is believed to date from the 1840s having been built as the Dower House for Seaton Estate. It was designed by the renowned Dundee architect David MacKenzie I, who designed a number of well known buildings locally including the High School of Dundee. Latterly the house had been used as a farmhouse.
It is a very fine house which still retains many character features including cornicings, picture rails and window shutters in the principal reception rooms and bedrooms, together with high level skirtings, sash and case windows and panelled doors. The house benefits from both impressive reception rooms and good sized bedrooms. Internally it is very well presented. West Seaton House was acquired by the sellers in 2009, from the neighbouring farmer. Since then the house has been enhanced by refurbishing the kitchen and bathrooms and redecorating and re-carpeting throughout. A car port has been built and the loft has been insulated.
Stone gate piers with wrought iron gates open on to a gravelled drive and turning circle at the front of the house, which also leads on to the rear where it connects with the back drive. The porch has two wooden front doors with glazed overlights, a mosaic tiled floor and an inner glazed door to the entrance hall where a further glazed door with side lights opens to the hall. Arranged off the hall are the principal reception rooms, including the dining room which has lovely views out to sea, together with a centre rose, open fireplace with marble mantel, wooden floor and a shelved press.
Behind is the study which has a fitted bookcase, fireplace with wooden mantel and a storage cupboard. The drawing room is a lovely double aspect room, again with views to the sea, a coffered ceiling with carved decorations, open fireplace with wooden mantel, shelved press and parquet flooring round the outer edge of the room. Off an inner passageway is an understair cupboard and the butler's pantry which has fitted cupboards and a porcelain sink. Beyond is the impressive and fully fitted kitchen which has wooden worktops, tiled splashbacks, soft closing drawers, twin porcelain sinks, and fitted appliances including a Bosch dishwasher, induction hob with extractor and NEFF double oven / grill. In addition there is an Esse stove, an island unit with breakfast bar and two clothes pulleys.
Off this is the utility room with fitted units, Worcester Danesmoor 26/32 boiler, Bosch fridge, Zanussi freezer and a walk in storage cupboard. On the other side of the kitchen is a back hall with a rear entrance door. The partially tiled shower room has a pedestal washbasin, WC and a stone flag floor. The useful laundry has fitted units with a sink, plumbing for a washing machine and a storage cupboard. The playroom / office is currently used as an exercise room.
From the hall an elegant curved staircase with cast iron balustrades and wooden bannisters leads up to the first floor. A WC has a pedestal washbasin and wooden floor. Bedroom one has a fireplace with wooden mantel, and under window cupboards. Both bedrooms two and three have views to the sea, and fireplaces with wooden mantels, while the dressing room in between has fitted hanging and shelved cupboards. Bedroom four again has a fireplace with wooden mantel. The well appointed family bathroom has a free standing bath, corner shower cubicle, twin washbasins with vanity unit, WC and an original fireplace with a heated towel rail. Bedroom five, which was formerly the maids room, has a fireplace with raised grate and wooden mantel, and a staircase which used to lead down to the kitchen.
The enclosed gardens are a delight and include lawns, flower and shrub borders and some fine trees including a monkey puzzle and beech trees. To the rear and also accessed from the back drive is an open fronted wooden car port (3.5 m x 5.4 m approx.) with a corrugated roof. To the side of the house is an attached garden store with shelving and a stone flag floor.
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"West Seaton House more than matches its lush and peaceful surroundings, with its pleasing architecture and beautifully elegant and understated interior which has been sensitively and carefully updated for modern living. The views out to sea are also particularly lovely.Ruaraidh Ogilvie