Remarkable oak framed house with far reaching views to the hills.
Ardlebank House was constructed in 2011. Designed by a local firm of architects specialising in sustainable architecture it is clad in reclaimed slate, Siberian larch and local stone. The house has an understated exterior which hides an astonishingly beautiful oak framed interior and ensures it sits comfortably in its rural surroundings. A short private driveway leads from the hill road to a parking area beside the house. The front door is set within one of eight concrete vaults echoing the shape of traditional cart shed openings in local farm buildings. The lobby leads into a flag stoned entrance hall with access to the double garage, a cloakroom and a utility room. A spiral staircase with oak treads, inset spot lights and a glass balustrade with oak handrail rises to the first and second floors. It encircles a freestanding lift which is encased in glass and adds an imaginative design element to the interior.
On the first floor the oak floored landing leads to four en suite bedrooms and the gym. The master bedroom suite has a dressing room fitted with oak shelves and wardrobes. The en suite bathroom has an impressive freestanding oval bath, a walk in shower and with travertine floor tiles and double wash basins. Three further double bedrooms have en suite shower rooms, each with a bath and a walk in shower. Both the master bedroom and bedroom two have corner windows which beautifully capture the views. There are four walk in cupboards on the landing, two of which house the water tanks and two are linen cupboards. The oak frame of the building is exposed within all the bedrooms and bathrooms and adds some rustic character to the otherwise contemporary rooms. The gym is situated in a quiet corner of the house behind the spiral stair and would be ideal as a music room, study or even another bedroom depending on a buyer's requirements.
On the second floor a huge vaulted living room houses the sitting area, dining room and kitchen. The room is characterised by a beautiful and massive oak frame which encases windows and glazed walls that fill the room with light. At the west end of this room, the wood burner forms a cosy focal point in the colder months while French windows to the outside are the main focus in the summer. There is a spacious dining area in the centre of the room which links to the kitchen. The kitchen has cream painted timber units with black granite work surfaces, a breakfast bar, a large central island and sliding doors to the roof terrace. With an induction hob, Tepanyaki plate, grill pit and wok hob as well as steam, fan and microwave ovens the kitchen is superbly equipped. In addition there are two pop up extractors on the kitchen island, an integrated dishwasher and freezer and a Belfast sink. From the living room, a pulpit staircase also made of oak, leads to one further room which is the study. Situated at the back of the house and lined with oak shelving, this room has a quiet and restful atmosphere and is ideal as a home office.
Ardlebank is set in a garden of approximately one acre which is mainly down to lawn with some trees and shrubs on the hillside. The principal garden space is on the roof terrace. Accessible via four sets of sliding doors from the main living room, the terrace has several geometric flower beds and is a wonderful place to sit outside and enjoy the views.
Lighting design by David Brown of Edinburgh
Kitchen by Peter Thompson of York
Bathrooms by Stonewood of Manchester
Miele kitchen appliances
Cat 5 cabling to every room
Wiring for automated home control system (heating, sound, lighting, TV and security)
Speakers wired into the living room and bedrooms
Security cameras and alarm system
Central vacuuming system
Door entry system
Heating by ground source heat pump
Rainwater harvesting system
Highly specified insulation
Solar panels to heat domestic water
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This is a house that is striking, stylish and entirely fit for the 21st century. The location is nothing short of idyllic and the finish exemplary. A star property if ever there was one.Stephanie Clarke