A handsome Georgian manse and cottage, close to the centre of Perth.
Dating from 1830 Beechgrove was built to be the manse for Kinnoull Church and remained in the ownership of the church until 1986. With only three owners in its entire history the house has retained much of its original character and many original features of this C-listed house, such as the staircase, window shutters and cornicing, have been well preserved. Beechgrove is currently operated as a busy bed and breakfast business. With a loyal base of customers and a long list of five star reviews there is a ready-made income stream for a buyer wishing to continue as a guest house, however Beechgrove would also make the most wonderful family home.
A private driveway leads to an expanse of gravel parking at the front of the house. The front porch is one of the prettiest features of Beechgrove with its curved lead canopy topped with decorative wrought iron balustrading. The front door opens to a vestibule and then through a glazed inner door to a welcoming reception hall. From here there is access to all the formal rooms of the house and an elegant Georgian staircase rises to the first floor. Both the drawing room and the dining room have high ceilings, tall sash and case windows and working window shutters. These rooms are filled with light and have views of the garden. The drawing room has an open fire and is a fabulous room for entertaining.
Beside the drawing room is a double bedroom with en suite shower room and a short well-lit passage leads to a cosy sitting room with wood burning stove. Directly opposite is the magnificent open plan kitchen with family dining area. With its vaulted ceiling, roof lights and a wall of glazing at the far end it is a large and social room which would suit most modern family lifestyles. A long central island is fitted with a small sink with a Quooker boiling tap, induction hob and griddle plate with oven, double sink and dishwasher fitted into glossy white units opposite. French windows beside the dining area at one end of the kitchen open into the courtyard garden. Beechgrove has excellent storage and utility space. From the kitchen there is access to a back hall, utility room and laundry and from the passage outside the kitchen there is access to an office, study, store room and WC. At this end of the house there is also a double bedroom with en suite shower room. On the first floor there are four double bedrooms and one single bedroom all with en suite facilities. The bedrooms are beautifully decorated and, in keeping with the whole property, they are immaculately presented.
Beechgrove is situated in a garden of about 0.75 acres which provides it with enormous privacy. Much of the garden is down to lawn with herbaceous borders, rose beds, spring bulbs, rhododendrons and a bank of herbaceous plants providing plenty of colour in the spring and summer. Copper beech, scots pines, birch, larch and two wellingtonia are amongst some mature trees in the periphery of the garden. One of the most magical parts of the garden at Beechgrove is the courtyard and private garden which can be accessed directly from the kitchen. Both are sheltered and sunny spots to eat out in good weather.
Converted from outbuildings which would once have been the manse stables, the cottage has a bedroom, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. It is currently let out as a self-catering holiday cottage however it would also be ideal for accommodating a relative or a house keeper.
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Beechgrove is situated on the leafy east side of the River Tay in one of my favourite areas of Perth. You can walk to town and also have easy access to the motorway network if you are commuting.Stephanie Clarke