Delightful edge of village house at the foot of the hills.
As the name suggests the property was built as a school, in the 1840s and was extended in the 1860s. The school closed in the 1980s but the building still continued to be used by the council until it was sold to the sellers in 1989. It is a most attractive stone built property, typical of its era, and occupies an enviable position, at the foot of the hills, yet is not remote. It enjoys views across to the Sidlaws.
Between 1989 and 1993 an ambitious programme of renovation and conversion was undertaken. The building was stripped back internally and was rewired and re-plumbed. The two classrooms were knocked into one to create a marvellous open plan room that is very much the centre of the house. A period pitch pine staircase was introduced, to create first floor accommodation. Insulation was added, including under floor, and some six years ago double glazing was installed into the large open plan room, and the master bedroom. The Old School is a handsome building and all these works were done to be in keeping with, and retaining the original integrity of, the property, while at the same time making the most of its position. With large windows it is light and airy. The former lunch bothy to the rear was converted into separate or guest accommodation. In 2000 the sellers acquired the adjacent former telephone exchange, which in turn was also converted, to form a garden room, office and a garden store / freezer room. A particular feature is the old telephone box which sits between this and the road, while the former open fronted bike sheds provide further useful garden storage or covered seating.
The Old School is a most attractive stone built property with a slate roof, and a single storey harled extension to the rear. At the rear of the house is tarred parking with an entrance door direct into the utility room, while a gate and path lead down to the front of the house and the garden where steps lead up to a wooden front door with a glazed overlight which opens to the porch. An inner partially glazed door opens to the magnificent open plan sitting room / dining room / kitchen which has maple flooring. The double height sitting area has large windows providing light and scenic views, together with French doors with a small seating area and stone steps to the garden, a stone fireplace with wooden mantel and housing a Jotul wood burning stove. The dining room / kitchen areas have beamed ceilings, while the kitchen has units with panelled splashbacks and storage shelves, a two oven AGA (cream) with tiled splashbacks, a sink and plumbing for a dishwasher. Off the main room is an inner lobby which has coat hooks and shelves and leads to the utility room which has fitted shelves, Belfast sink, plumbing for a washing machine, clothes pulley, back door and tiled floor. Also off the inner lobby is a partially tiled shower room with a tiled shower cubicle, bidet, WC and a tiled floor, while the downstairs bedroom links through to the porch.
The pitched pine staircase leads up to a galleried study overlooking the sitting room, with a built in display bookcase. Stairs lead to the impressive master bedroom which also has a beamed ceiling together with under eaves shelved and hanging wardrobes. The en suite bathroom again has a beamed ceiling, freestanding bath, pedestal washbasin, bidet, WC and under eaves shelved cupboards and wooden floor. The leaded windows with glass display shelves are a distinctive feature.
To the side of the house is the old telephone exchange. This is block built and harled, with a slate roof. Glazed front doors open to the garden room with inner doors to an office with fitted desk and shelves, while to the rear is a garden store / freezer room, again with shelves.
To the rear and at the other side of the parking, is the former lunch bothy. This is harled with a slate roof and a front door opens to a timber lined lobby with doors to the bedroom, again timber lined, and with a Jotul wood burning stove and fitted shelved cupboards. The adjoining shower room has a tiled shower cubicle, washbasin, WC, shelves, coat hooks and the original serving hatch.
The garden, which is mainly in front of the house, has tarred and gravelled seating areas, heather and shrub borders, together with the original telephone box, a foot gate on to the road and the open fronted former bike shed (2.7 m x 8.6 m) with a corrugated roof.
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Quirky, charming and full of delightful features, The Old School has a wonderfully scenic outlook. At less than 4 miles to Kirriemuir and within 20 miles of Dundee it is, however, far from remote, and a must-view for buyers seeking an accessible country property with flexibility and real character.Ruaraidh Ogilvie