One of the most attractive houses in Angus.
Newtonmill is an enchanting country house which is surrounded and screened by its own woods and grounds, and which overlooks its own beautiful gardens. Together with its associated buildings and grounds it really is a stunning property. The house was acquired by its sellers in 1983. Thereafter they set about an ambitious refurbishment to the highest of standards which included rewiring, insulating, mains gas central heating and re-plumbing, while at the same time preserving the unique period features and character of the building. Since then the exteriors and windows have been routinely repainted. The Doo'cot has been reroofed, as has the Gate Lodge and Ward End Cottage, while the farm buildings have been refurbished. Ward End and Farm cottages are in the process of being renovated internally.
While the house is perfect for entertaining and family living, it has also been used in the past as an upmarket bed and breakfast, using two of the bedrooms on the first floor. The original upstairs drawing room now makes a fabulous principal bedroom, while the downstairs reception rooms are charming. Many original features enhance the house, such as cornicings panelled doors, window shutters and panelling, most dating from between 1700 and 1810.
A tarred drive from the gates leads up to a gravelled sweep at the front and side of the house. It continues onto a back drive running out past the Farm Cottage and to a tarred drive leading to the back of the house. At the front, outer storm doors, and an inner partially glazed door, open to a welcoming hall, with arches to both the staircase and inner hallway, and a wooden floor. To one side is the very fine drawing room with panelled walls, shelved cupboard, balancing door, display alcove and a pretty fireplace with wooden mantel. Opposite is the dining room, which has a useful hatch to the kitchen. Off the inner hallway is an under stair wine cellar and a useful downstairs WC with washbasin. A delightful breakfasting kitchen has wooden units and appliances include a Miele dishwasher and fridge, NEFF ceramic hob and oven, four oven AGA, together with a sink. It has a cork tiled floor, and the breakfasting area has a beamed ceiling. There is a shelved larder. Off the rear hall, with tiled floor, is a back entrance porch with a separate WC with washbasin, a cosy double aspect sitting room, and a utility room which has fitted units with sink, plumbing for a washing machine, vented for dryer, clothes pulley and a cupboard housing an Ideal Concord gas fired boiler.
Part way up the stairs a wide staircase leads to the principal bedroom with ornate cornicings, panelling and a stone fireplace. A partially tiled ensuite bathroom also has a shower cubicle, washbasin with vanity unit, bidet and WC, while the dressing room also has a washbasin together with fitted wardrobes and links through to bedroom three. Bedroom two has a washbasin and adjacent is a bathroom with bath with shower, washbasin with vanity unit and WC. There is a shelved linen cupboard. The stairs continue up to the front landing with its pretty oval window, which perfectly frames the garden and its gate. Bedroom three is double aspect and has panelling and a cast iron fireplace with a wooden mantel. Bedroom four is also double aspect, with a wardrobe, fireplace with wooden mantel and an ensuite bathroom, which again has a bath with shower, wash basin with vanity unity and WC.
The stairs continue up to the second landing with shelved and hanging cupboards. Off bedroom five is a walk in attic and behind bedroom six is a bathroom with washroom with vanity unit, WC, and access to a further walk in attic.
At the back door is a wooden dog kennel. Behind the high screen wall are two stores. The pretty two storey cottage is currently used as offices but is ideal as additional accommodation, for staff or holiday letting. Off the hallway is a cupboard. The sitting room has a stone surround fireplace with wooden mantel and wood burning stove, while beyond is the kitchen with fitted units with sink, electric cooker point, larder cupboard and a rear porch. There is a downstairs bedroom, while upstairs bedroom two has fitted cupboards and bedroom three has a lined ceiling, cupboard and fireplace. The bathroom has a washbasin and WC.
A detailed description of the gardens, grounds, outbuildings and further cottages is included under additional information.
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Truly, this is a gem. Newtonmill is undoubtedly one of my favourite houses and gardens in all of Angus. The charming cottages are all ready for a new owner to stamp their own mark on them with renovation work begun, while the coach house and gate lodge may also have some potential. This exquisite estate in miniature is a real corner of paradise, and yet convenient for the A90 and easy access to Scotland's major cities.Ruaraidh Ogilvie