Savills | South Avenue, Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA2 7SP | Property for sale
2,787 sq ft(258.92 sq m)
Offers over £695,000(€807,411)

South AvenuePaisley, Renfrewshire, PA2 7SP

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Key features

  • Exceptional listed Villa
  • Beautiful mature gardens
  • Five bedrooms
  • Four public rooms
  • Wealth of original features blended with 21st Century refurbishment

An Art Nouveau Masterpiece

About this property

  • Wilmar is an exceptional detached C Listed period home built in 1908 and is an important part of Paisley architectural and social heritage. WD McLennan, the original architect, was a renowned Paisley architect and contemporary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Its unpretentious exterior belies the retention of fine and virtually intact features with references to Art Nouveau but more obviously Arts and Crafts styles tailored by McLennan in his own idiosyncratic, unique vein. Wilmar remained in the original family's ownership until 2004, when it was bought by the current owners.

    Since then, it has been extensively restored and extended, including re-wiring, re-plumbing, installation of central heating, new double glazed windows to match the originals, roof refurbishment including complete cast iron guttering, all leadwork replacement and slate roof overhaul, and the original lead water mains was fully replaced with an alkathene/ plastic pipe supply from the street. Externally, the house is of white painted harled exterior with white smooth ashlar and smooth sandstone window mullions, all neatly presented under a dark grey slate roof. The interior of Wilmar has been lovingly restored to a very high standard, and in 2014 a garden room was sensitively designed by the current architect owner to provide open plan family living and an enhanced connection to the beautifully landscaped rear garden. The original principal reception rooms create a wealth of space at ground floor level, both formal and family orientated. All the original features are beautifully preserved including Listed stained glass, wood panelling and finishes, feature fireplaces in all rooms, and copper light fittings designed by the original architect. This home is truly unique and intact in every respect, while undergoing upgrading to an exceptionally high standard.

    Wilmar is set in a private position within well designed gardens and grounds, with canopies of mature evergreen trees providing shelter, underplanted with colourful beds and shrubs. The house is set just off South Avenue and from its raised vantage point there are wonderful southerly aspects across rolling countryside.

    Ground Floor
    From the outer canopy porch a storm door opens to the vestibule which has a recessed black and white mosaic floor, and a glass door to the broad and welcoming entrance reception hallway. Off here is a WC/cloakroom with painted timber panelling and the family sitting room with original copper surround fireplace teamed beautifully with distinctive recessed mosaics and a bespoke, hand crafted timber mantel. There are windows to the front and side gardens with stained glass detailing referencing the first owners, William and Margaret Clark. The formal dining room also has an original fireplace, windows overlooking front gardens and fitted original hardwood china cabinets.

    The drawing room has a bay window formation, dark painted panelling to dado height, original copper surround fireplace, and a Jack and Jill door to the butler's pantry which is fitted with original dark hardwood cabinets and storage drawers and the original Belfast sink. The sympathetically designed extension houses the fine bespoke kitchen with its luxurious range of appliances, generous central island with sink and pull-out spring tap. There is an open plan utility/washing area with another Belfast sink, fitted laundry stores, laundry pulley and a door to side gardens. Steps lead from kitchen up to an informal breakfasting and dining bar, all open plan to the lovely light garden room which has both living and entertaining space, and links beautifully with the rear gardens.

    First Floor
    The restored staircase leads up to the first floor landing and the five bedrooms, all of which feature original fireplaces. Bedroom 1 has a window to the side gardens; bedroom 2 has a bay window with views to the front gardens and rolling countryside beyond; bedroom 3 again has a rural outlook and also an Edinburgh press shelved storage cupboard. Bedroom 4 is the principal bedroom with a generously sized bay window, twin leaf enclosed Edinburgh press, en suite bathroom with enamel and copper effect rolltop claw foot bath, heated towel rail and Jack and Jill door to hallway. There is a versatile family bathroom suite comprising WC, dressing area with wash hand basin, fitted linen storage space/cosmetic stores, bathroom with overhead shower, feature stained glass window and a heated towel rail. Bedroom 5 overlooks the rear gardens.

    Detached single garage with twin leaf painted timber doors, finished in white painted render finish under a dark grey slate roof.

    Beautiful mature gardens

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Local information

  • Wilmar is situated within Thornly Park which is a most sought after, quiet conservation area on the south side of Paisley. There is convenient access to the surrounding countryside including the Gleniffer Braes Country Park which is only a short walk away. There is a wealth of shopping, entertainment and other facilities within the locality, including food retailers, and Silverburn and Braehead shopping centres are approximately 10 minutes drive away.
  • Paisley has a choice of primary and secondary schooling and a bus pick up/drop off point within the Thornly Park area takes children to the independent Hutchesons Grammar (7.3 miles). Paisley is also home to the West of Scotland University. Travel links are wide and varied with frequent local bus and train services, good road networks providing fast access to Glasgow and beyond via the M8. The Erskine Bridge, some 9 miles away, gives access via the A83 to Loch Lomond (around 30 minutes). The Clyde coast is similarly reached in about half an hour.
  • Glasgow city centre is only 10.7 miles away and benefits from a thriving retail sector and a full range of professional and leisure services. Glasgow International Airport is a convenient 3.5 miles to the north but due to the remote flightpaths, the leafy location is in fact extremely quiet and commercial aircraft are not heard, in spite of the airport being so accessible. Paisley is well served by golf clubs with Paisley Golf Club (Bushes), Fereneze Golf Club and Ralston Golf Club all nearby parkland courses and further afield in Ayrshire there are the internationally renowned golf courses of Turnberry, Royal Troon and Prestwick. Paisley also has the Lagoon indoor water centre and nearby Braehead Soar leisure centre has a cinema, indoor skiing, boarding, bowling and climbing wall, all situated at the Braehead retail village. The David Lloyd tennis, fitness and conditioning centre is within a 10 minute drive.

Additional information

  • Directions: From Paisley town centre proceed south on the A726. Turn right at the traffic lights onto Gordon Street and take the left filter lane at the traffic lights onto Causeyside Street which continues onto Neilston Road. Turn left onto Thornly Park Avenue, turn first right into Stewart Road and left into South Avenue. Wilmar is the third house on the left hand side.
  • EPC Rating = D
  • Tenure = Freehold