Stunning contemporary home on the banks of Loch Tay
Burnbank is a unique house, designed by an award-winning Scottish architect and built in 1999 to high specifications on the site of a traditional cottage which was once part of Remony Estate. The property is of blockwork construction rendered in traditional wet dash roughcast under a curving slate roof.
Everything about the house and garden is designed to create a modern, comfortable, family home that merges unobtrusively into its waterfront location while benefiting from spectacular views across the surrounding land and waterscapes.
The house was designed and finished to exacting standards with Douglas Fir timber, glass and stone. Unashamedly modern in concept, it draws on Scottish vernacular architecture in much of its detailing. It incorporates a range of modern features including extensive Cat 5 cabling throughout the house to provide flexibility for running various home networking applications; Lutron computer controlled lighting; zoned underfloor heating throughout the ground floor; and external electronically operated roller shutters on the lochside windows. It has superfast broadband currently supplied by EE.
The accommodation is bright, spacious and well presented. The solid timber front door, with stained glass by Shona McInnes, opens into a vestibule which connects to a larger hall off which are a cloakroom and WC, study and guest bedroom with en suite bathroom.
A stone spiral staircase rises up to a galleried sitting room above the hall. Here there are two further bedrooms and a shower room with WC, quadrant shower cubicle, wash basin and storage cupboards.
The hall opens into the library which has built-in shelving and is naturally lit from above through a glazed, vaulted ceiling. The plant room, accessed from the library, is the technical nerve centre of the house with two new boilers, underfloor heating controls, hot water cylinder and electrical switch boards. It is also the central hub with patch panels for Cat 5 and hifi cabling.
The study is set out as a modern office with copious desk space, bookshelves, filing drawers and cupboards, and is equipped with all necessary power points and Cat 5 cable sockets to support broadband internet connections, printers, etc.
The utility room has a washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge freezer. There is trap door access to a spiral wine cellar that is sunk under the floor with capacity in excess of 600 bottles. The external door gives access to two stores with a loft above.
Glazed doors open to the dining room and the lounge which flow from one to the other. There is a large stone fireplace at the end of the lounge. Floor to ceiling height windows and doors give breathtaking views across Loch Tay. The ceiling is clad in Douglas Fir timber to contrast with the textured plaster that is used throughout the house. An alternating tread timber stairway rises up to a gallery above with hobby rooms including storage beyond.
The fitted kitchen by Bulthaup incorporates an extensive range of drawer units and cupboards with integrated appliances including an 8 burner Viking gas range cooker with two electric ovens, Neff combination microwave and oven, Subzero fridge freezer and Miele dishwasher. The central island and worktops are all in granite. A workstation is crafted into the corner of the kitchen with a desk, filing cabinets, drawers and bookshelves.
The adjacent, cosy family living room features a large stained glass window by Shona McInnes beautifully illustrating the charm of Burnbank's natural setting. Glazed doors open out onto decking that wraps around the corner of the house and over the burn.
The principal bedroom is situated to the east end of the house. It has full height windows overlooking the garden and loch, fitted wardrobes and cupboards and a large en suite bathroom with bath, WC, shower and two wash basins.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The tarmac and cobbled drive sweeps down from the road past banks of colourful shrubs and mature trees and crosses the burn to reach a courtyard adjacent to the garaging.
This large multipurpose outbuilding has a ventilated log store, a workshop and garaging for two cars and a boat. The workshop has excellent work benches. There is a Ramsay ladder entrance to the long, floored loft with a hayloft opening at the east gable.
A slipway runs down from the garaging into the water where there is a stone built jetty.
Beyond the formal garden lies a small orchard with apple, pear and plum trees, and a fully enclosed kitchen garden adjacent to a large garden shed which houses machinery and tools. There is also the gardener's office with WC and a pump house where mains water pressure and flow can be enhanced if required.
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