Fine Arts & Crafts townhouse.
Greensted is a very fine, detached Arts & Crafts townhouse situated in a long established and desirable residential area, close to the edge of Brechin, but within easy walking distance of the town centre. Behind the house is Brechin's main park. Greensted is an enchanting stone built house, dating from 1910, with a stone slate roof, and which retains much of its original character and features, yet is very well presented and ideal for both family living and for entertaining. This house was built for a linen manufacturer and skilled craftsman, whose son, Robin Orr, described as one of Scotland's most illustrious musical sons, was a composer, chair of music at Cambridge University and founding chairman of Scottish Opera. In his autobiography, Musical Chairs (1998, Thames Publishing) he describes how he grew up at Greensted and recalls how his father designed the family home. . . used undressed stone in the native tradition. . . and was influenced by the style of the Old Scots tower houses. Indeed the house once housed an organ, later sold. Greensted also incorporates many interesting architectural features, including rounded, almost turret like corners, well pointed stone, and strong stone lintel decorations with each room's windows being slightly different in their design. The house sits well, facing south, and looking out over its own gardens. Since 2017 landscaping works have been undertaken in the gardens, including a new raised vegetable bed and removal of some cypress trees, letting in more light. In addition two side by side kennels have been converted into potting sheds, the garage has been redecorated and the east chimney repointed. Internally the accommodation is arranged over three floors, and again has benefitted from further improvements since 2017, while at the same time retaining the original integrity and character of the property. These have included stripping back the original pitch pine flooring in the hallway and reception rooms, and redecorating throughout. In addition the dining and utility kitchens have been remodelled, including new work tops. A multi fuel stove has also been installed. In 2014 a new mains gas boiler was installed and in 2012 Velux windows on the top floor were added, creating more light.
Great care has been taken to preserve as many of the Arts & Crafts features as possible, including panelled doors, astragalled windows, original fireplaces and copper plated window and door furniture. As well as mains gas central heating, the windows are hardwood double glazed, other than those in the reception rooms and hallway, which are original with external secondary glazing.
There is underfloor heating in the en suite and the shower room.
An electric gate opens on to a gravelled parking and turning area. A wooden front door opens to an entrance lobby with a half glazed door to an arched hallway with a picture rail, pitch pine floor and an understair coat hanging area. The well proportioned dining room has a picture rail, original pelmets, pitch pine flooring and a stone fireplace with mantel. The sitting room is another fine room and also has a picture rail, original pelmets, pitch pine flooring, together with an arched glazed door to the garden, a curved corner with windows and a brick fireplace with a wooden mantel housing a multi fuel stove. Original swing doors from the hallway open to an inner lobby with a shelved cupboard. Off this is the butler's pantry which has original storage shelves and units and a modern sink. The lobby and pantry both have yellow pine flooring. The dining kitchen has fitted wooden floor units with oak worktops, soft closing drawers, two oven AGA (blue) with brick surround and wooden mantel and a shelved cupboard. Off this is the utility kitchen which again has units with oak worktops together with plumbing for a dishwasher, under counter Miele fridge and separate freezer and an airing cupboard above a Worcester Highflow 440 boiler. Off the back hall, with its back door to the garden, are a larder with stone and wooden shelves, a partially tiled WC with pedestal washbasin, and a walk-in cupboard with plumbing for a washing machine.
The original wooden staircase leads up to the first floor landing with a picture rail and an understair storage cupboard. Bedroom one has a picture rail, wooden pelmet, brick fireplace with wooden mantel and two wall lights. The master bedroom has a picture rail, wooden pelmets, corner brick fireplace with wooden mantel and an en suite bathroom with bath, corner shower cubicle with body jets, washbasin with vanity unit and a WC. There is also a walk-in wardrobe. Bedroom three, which is currently used as a study, has a picture rail and a corner brick fireplace with wooden mantel.
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"I think that Greensted is a very special property. It is a delightful family home with plenty of period character and a private but super accessible location in the popular town of Brechin".Ruaraidh Ogilvie