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9,501 sq ft(882.67 sq m)
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Old Ballikinrain HouseBalfron, Stirlingshire, G63 0LL


    Key features

    • Wonderful residential estate with a superb outlook over the Campsie Fells
    • Additional 3 bedroom Coach House and 2 bedroom Gate Lodge
    • Stunning internal features creating a magnificent family home
    • Striking in appearance in a traditional U shape
    • High ceilings, stunning fireplaces, cornicing and beautiful chandeliers
    • Former bothy now used as an office
    • Beautiful modern summer house
    • 25 acres of grounds formed predominately of mixed woodland and formal gardens

    Exceptional residential estate with superb outlook over the Campsie Fells, stunning internal features and additional cottages.

    About this property

    • The property is striking in appearance with beautiful picked out key stones and lintels and a traditional U shape with the principal house flanked by two wings and a further extension to the rear. The construction is of harled stone under a pitched slate roof. Externally the property is both commanding and visually appealing and this is a theme that continues throughout the property.

      The principal reception rooms showcase high ceilings, stunning fireplaces and cornicing and beautiful chandeliers. The drawing room has fantastic wood panelling and an intriguing archway through to the garden room.

      The dining room has a decorative ceiling pattern, impressive open fireplace, exposed timber flooring and traditional sash and case windows with a mirroring archway to that in the drawing room which leads through to the snug.

      Perhaps the biggest transformation is the creation of a superb open plan kitchen, sitting and family area. Timber taken from Douglas Fir trees within the grounds was used to create the striking exposed cross beams. The kitchen itself was handcrafted from oak, also from the estate and features a central breakfasting island with storage beneath, and a further superb range of cabinetry. A traditional four oven black AGA is at the heart of the kitchen and there is also a combination oven, Belfast sink and two integrated dishwasher.

      Either side of the AGA two arches lead into the open plan family/dining room. With the sun room on one side and clever use of roof lights and windows, this entire wing is flooded with natural light and is very much the functional living hub of the house.

      The bedrooms are all spacious, well lit and have wonderful views. The bathrooms all have unique and beautiful features and finishes and range from freestanding roll top baths in wood panelled rooms to sleek modern shower units with rain heads and heated towel rails.

      In its entirety, from the entrance hall to the attic bedrooms, the quality and character of the property can be felt throughout. This “little big house” has a layout and proportions that flow logically and allow for modern living as well as acknowledging and appreciating the grandeur and history in which the building is steeped.

      The Coach House
      The Coach House is a beautiful red sandstone property, and when combined with the former stable block forms a U shape to the side of the main house. The property was restored by the current owners to create a superb three bedroom self contained residence and it offers excellent ancillary accommodation or the potential for holiday lets and commercial income.

      The Office
      The former Bothy is now used as an office with its own shower room.. This could also be utilised as a studio flat but at present provides very useful home office space.

      West Gate Lodge
      The West Gate Lodge lies adjacent to the principal drive leading to Old Ballikinrain. The property would benefit from some modernisation but ultimately comprises a two bedroom property with a further bathroom, kitchen and sitting room with an adjoining area of garden.

      Gardens & Grounds
      The gardens surrounding Old Ballikinrain are beautiful and have historically been open to the public under Scotland's Gardens Scheme. A tarmac driveway sweeps through wooded grounds and in front of the house where a gravel courtyard leads to the principal entrance. The road continues to the rear of the property where there is a planted turning circle and parking with access to the house gained via the boot room.

      The 25 acres of grounds are formed predominately of mixed woodland on the approach to the house and then formal gardens and lawns to the front and side. Throughout the grounds the trees are magnificent, with highlights including an historic yew tree the branches of which form a perfect canopy over an outside dining table. Extensive outdoor lighting creates a truly dramatic and enjoyable setting at night.

      To the front of the property intricate box hedging can be found bordering the path to the front door.

      The trees within the policies offer a variety of colour and blossom throughout the year. Herbaceous borders and shrubs interspersed by various walkways make Old Ballikinrain every bit as appealing externally as it is internally. The grounds mirror the grandeur of the house while being relatively low maintenance in their upkeep.

      Within the grounds and near the yew tree dining area is a wonderful modern summer house with covered decking and an adjoining covered seating area.

      Adjoining land
      The land to the east of Old Ballikinrain and the business that is associated with it is owned by the current owners of Old Ballikinrain. This land is ‘owned but excluded' at this point but could be purchased.

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    Old Ballikinrain epitomises everything that is good about Scotland's country houses. A beautiful house, stunning interiors and such a wonderful history connected with the property. A genuine pleasure to be able to offer such a wonderful house.

    Cameron EwerProperty agent

    Local information

    • Old Ballikinrain lies about 3 miles east of Killearn below the Campsie Fells. The surrounding countryside is renowned for its beauty, and the area's accessibility to Glasgow and Stirling also accounts for the perennial popularity of this part of Stirlingshire.
    • Killearn has a real community feel, with village stores, a pub, restaurants and a number of specialist shops. There is an excellent primary school in the village and the nearby very modern Balfron High School is highly regarded and regularly makes the top 15 of the Scottish state schools league table. Private day schooling can be found throughout Glasgow, with boarding options available at Helensburgh and further north near Stirling and into Perthshire.
    • Stirling (23.5 miles) is the major town of central Scotland. In the Middle Ages it was the seat of the Kings of Scotland. William Wallace defeated the English at the battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, and nearby Bannockburn was the scene of another major Scottish victory in 1314, when Robert the Bruce routed the army of Edward II. Glasgow (24 miles), Scotland's largest city, is one of the UK's most fashionable cities with outstanding shopping, excellent theatres and a thriving business district. The acclaimed Buchanan Castle Golf Course is within a few miles. Other outdoor pursuits abound, with excellent low ground shooting and also some superb fishing in the area. Nearby Loch Lomond offers a variety of water sports.

    Additional information

    • Historic Note
    • Old Ballikinrain occupies an historic site that has reportedly had a house on it since the middle of the 14th century. The oldest part of the house has been attributed to James Napier, whose father John took part in the Earl of Glencairns rising in favour of King Charles, raising the royal standard and assembling troops in 1653. The property then saw various developments and extensions through the descending Napier family and then the Dunmore family through the 19th century.
    • In 1862 Archibald Orr Ewing acquired the estate and built a new house for himself which stands today known as Ballikinrain Castle and accordingly ‘Old Ballikinrain' was formed.
    • But perhaps the most influential changes are the incredible internal remodelling and restoration that the current owners have carried out to create the magnificent family home that stands today.
    • Services
    • Mains water, mains electricity, private drainage to septic tank. Biomass boilers.
    • Directions: From Stirling take the A811 for approximately 5 miles after Buchylvie then take the A875 signposted to Balfron. Continue through Balfron and at the staggered junction turn left onto the B818 signposted Fintry. Continue on this road for about 2 miles and the entrance to Old Ballikinrain is signposted on the left hand side. From Glasgow take the A81 north and at the Y junction beyond Strathblane, veer right onto the A875 signposted Killearn. Continue through the village and about 1.2 miles after leaving the village, turn right onto the B818 signposted Fintry and follow the directions above.
    • EPC Rating = F