3760 sq ft(349.32 sq m)
Offers over £370,000

The Steeple10 The Square, Letham, Angus, DD8 2PZ

  • Sold

Key features

  • Sold in May 2018
  • Spectacular conversion of a former church
  • Close to local amenities
  • Thoroughly modernised
  • Easy access to A90

Spectacular conversion of a former church, within the conveniently placed village of Letham

About this property

  • The Steeple is believed to date from the early 19th century. The village itself was planned in 1788 as a textile village, by the improving laird, George Dempster, who owned the nearby Dunnichen Estate. John Gifford in The Buildings of Scotland, Dundee and Angus (Pevsner Architectural Guides), describes how the “Church off the Square” is now a house. Built at the beginning of the C19 by James Hawkins, an advocate and heir to the Dunnichen Estate. . . with a tall and battlemented west tower. . . Rectangular windows in the sides of main block, the south very tall. . . At the top stage, a panel in each side, the west with a clock face. . . Discreet east extension of 2010.” After World War II the church was used as a joiner's workshop. It was acquired by the sellers in 2007 who then set about an ambitious programme of restoration and renovation, which was completed in 2009.

    The Steeple, with its prominent tower, now comprises an extremely interesting and well designed house, which has greatly enriched the original structure. With its large south facing church windows, it is a light and spacious home. The sitting room is overlooked by a galleried landing, and is linked through to the open plan dining kitchen and living room, and off this is the garden room/dining room. One bedroom, currently used as a study, is at ground floor level, with three further bedrooms at first floor level. Above this is the large playroom, which has considerable potential to create further accommodation, if required, subject to any necessary planning consents. As such The Steeple is ideal for entertaining and is also well laid out for modern family living.

    A particular feature of the house is the use of oak beams by Gaeton Goubet, a renowned locally based craftsman who uses traditional methods, together with oak doors. The house also benefits from geothermal heating, a heat recovery system, two discreet solar panels, which together with a wood burning stove provide heating and hot water to a hygienic tank. There is underfloor heating at ground floor level, and radiators on the first and second floors. The works involved a complete renovation including re-roofing and stripping the property back to the walls. The house was extended in 2012 with the timber clad dining room. As such The Steeple is a contemporary house but within a traditional shell. It is fully double glazed.

    Outside there are gravelled parking areas to the front and side of the house. The enclosed garden mainly comprises a lawn, together with wooden decking which links to the dining room, raised vegetable borders and two wooden garden sheds.

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“The Steeple is a refreshing find in a rural village: strong, modern design and a 21st century layout within a sensitively preserved late Georgian shell. The sellers ‘ vision and efforts really have resulted in an achievement to be proud of. This is a property that deserves to be viewed and would make a highly original family home.”

Ruaraidh OgilvieProperty agent

Local information

  • The Steeple is situated just off The Square in the village of Letham, to the south east of the county town of Forfar. The setting beyond is pleasingly rural, featuring fields and countryside. Lying to the north of Letham is Dunnichen Hill, which is the reported site of the Battle of Nechtansmere in 685 AD. Nechtan was a Pictish King who defeated King Ecgrith of Northumbria, thus reclaiming this part of Scotland for the Picts. Letham, which is centrally located within Angus, dates from the 18th century, when it was established as a spinning and weaving community.
  • Letham is conveniently placed for the A90 dual carriageway and the principal Angus towns. Dundee is easily reached and the A90 provides fast access to Aberdeen and south towards Edinburgh. Letham is a well serviced village and provides local shopping including a chemist, craft shop, Costcutter, a Spar with a post office, baker, hairdresser and a hotel and a pub, together with primary schooling. There are good bus services to both Forfar and Arbroath. Secondary schooling, shopping, business and leisure facilities are found in Forfar. Private schooling is available at the High School of Dundee.
  • There is a golf course at Forfar, while the championship course at Carnoustie is easily reached. Fishing can be taken on the nearby North and South Esks. The Angus Glens provide some of the best hill walking in eastern Scotland, with skiing at Glenshee in winter. There is a pleasant sandy beach at Lunan Bay between Montrose and Arbroath which is famous for its “smokies”. There are railway stations at Arbroath and Dundee with mainline services to Aberdeen and to the south, including a sleeper. Aberdeen and Edinburgh Airports provide a range of domestic and European flights and there are direct services from Dundee to London Stansted.

Additional information

  • Directions: From Forfar take the B9128 signposted for Muirdrum and Carnoustie. After passing through Kingsmuir take the turning on the left signposted Dunnichen, Letham and Arbroath. Continue on this road for 1.8 miles passing through Dunnichen and then turn left signposted Letham. Proceed into Letham on West Hemming Street and at the crossroads continue straight over into The Square. At the end of the Square turn right and continue down the lane. The Steeple will be seen straight ahead. Alternatively if coming from Arbroath or Brechin take the A933 to Friockheim, and then turn onto the A932, signposted for Forfar. After some 4 miles take the turning on the left signposted Letham. After 0.7 miles turn left again signposted Letham. Continue into the village and on reaching The Square turn left and proceed as above.
  • EPC Rating = C