Outstanding and well located townhouse.
Doniford is a very fine townhouse, situated in a prestigious residential area in Brechin. An attractive and imposing house, believed to date from the 1890s, it is built of stone with a slate roof. It is understood that the house was built for a chemist who had made his fortune in India. The stained glass window on the stairs is inscribed in memory of his brother who was lost at sea, off Rangoon in 1865. The house has been in the sellers family since the mid 1990s. Initially run very successfully, as a bed and breakfast, it has latterly been used as a stunning family home.
Doniford retains an air of elegance and many period features, with an impressive hall and three good sized reception rooms, so is ideal for entertaining. Features such as cornicings remain in the reception rooms and principal bedrooms, together with pitch pine panelled doors. It has benefitted from improvements over recent years. Since 2014 the kitchen has been refurbished and its glazed extension was renewed, creating a lovely space for informal dining/ sitting so is very much the heart of the house. Since then the principal en suite has been refurbished and since 2019 a new condensing boiler has been installed. Other than the boiler room the house is fully double glazed and benefits from solar panels which reduce running costs. With six bedrooms upstairs of which three are en suite, the house is also ideal for modern family living, and sits well within its own grounds.
A tarred drive leads up to a parking and turning area at the front of the house. A door with an overlight opens to the vestibule which has a picture rail, Amtico flooring and a partially glazed door into the imposing hall with a central pine staircase, picture rail, understair shelved cupboard and a walk in hanging and shelved cloak cupboard. The impressive drawing room has an ornate ceiling, a large six sided bay window, high level skirting, marble fireplace with cast iron surround and marble hearth, wall mounted LG TV, two wall lights and two uplighters. The well proportioned dining room has a picture rail, large square bay window, a fireplace with wooden mantel, cast iron surround and hearth, recessed bookshelves, high level skirting and two wall lights. Off this is a store with fitted shelves and cupboards. The cosy sitting room has a picture rail, two wall lights, corner window, corner fireplace with wooden mantel and Aarrow wood burning stove, shelved cupboard and a connecting door to the kitchen. Also off the hall is a partially tiled bathroom with bath, pedestal washbasin and WC, while bedroom one has a picture rail, two wall lights and an alcove with a cupboard below. The dining kitchen has a glazed extension creating a lovely dining area with doors linking to the outside decking, a wall mounted Samsung TV and Amtico flooring. The fully fitted Schneider kitchen with soft closing drawers, Samsung under counter wine fridge, Zanussi five ring gas hob with Candy extractor, Bosch oven / grill, Bosch dishwasher, two oven AGA (green), and a Samsung American style fridge freezer with water and ice dispenser. There is a shelved airing cupboard and a glazed door to the garden. A utility room has wooden wall and floor units, LG washing machine, clothes pulley, glazed door to decking and a shelved airing cupboard.
The staircase, lit by a large leaded and stained glass window, leads to the first floor landing with two picture lights. The partially tiled bathroom has a bath, pedestal washbasin, shower cubicle, WC and two wall lights. Bedroom two is dual aspect room with two wall lights, two fitted and hanging cupboards and a partially tiled en suite shower room with shower cubicle, pedestal washbasin and WC. The principal bedroom has a picture rail and a tiled en suite shower room with a shower cubicle, pedestal washbasin and WC. Adjacent is bedroom four. Off a rear landing is a walk in cupboard with a Worcester wall mounted boiler and hot water tank. Bedroom five has a hanging cupboard and en suite shower room with corner shower cubicle, washbasin and WC. Bedroom six has an en suite bathroom with bath with shower, washbasin, WC and a cupboard housing a further hot water tank.
To the side of the house is the garage which is a block built with an automatic up and over door, concrete floor, water, power and light. To the rear is a wooden garden shed (3 m x 1.8 m). The enclosed rear garden has decking adjacent to the house which makes a lovely seating and entertaining area. There are areas of lawn, apples trees, a hen run and coop (1.8 m x 1 m), and a greenhouse (3.75 m x 2.4 m). There is a paved area adjacent to the kitchen door. The lovely front garden is mainly enclosed by hedges and has a lawn, flower and shrub borders, rhodendrons and trees.
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A lovely Victorian villa combining generous living space with a very desirable town location.Ruaraidh Ogilvie