Beautifully designed 425sqm contemporary house in the countryside close to Dundee
Newmilne House is a spectacular architect designed property of exceptional quality. Constructed in 2005, it is characterised by a combination of natural materials, modern technology and innovative design. The house is clad in a mixture of Douglas fir and Clashach stone with a slate and lead roof. The clean lines of the house are set off by irregular roof lines and asymmetric windows. Concealed gutters and copper downpipes are indicative of the attention to detail that is apparent throughout the property. It is an extremely well maintained and well presented property.
A convex timber door opens into a vestibule with a walk in cloaks cupboard and then to an impressive open plan hall and living area where a stunning helical staircase forms the centrepiece of the house. In addition to providing a spectacular focal point, it divides the living space which incorporates a kitchen, formal sitting area, dining area and informal seating.
The kitchen with glass fronted units and granite worktops has an impressive range of integrated appliances by Kuppersbusch. The utility room is fitted with matching units. An informal sitting area links the kitchen with the formal dining area where a vaulted roof and walls in natural stone frame large windows and French doors that open onto the garden. The formal sitting area is bright and spacious and has a living flame fire as a focal point. Grooved walnut panels placed strategically throughout the house provide storage, define spaces and add a unique style. The cloakroom is tiled with a washbasin, WC and walnut panelling.
A cinema room and gymnasium which are in a self contained wing of the house provide extra living space but could also be converted into additional guest accommodation depending on a buyer's requirements, and subject to obtaining the relevant consents.
The central staircase, designed and built by the current owner, has floating walnut stair treads and mood lighting integrated into the handrail. It leads up to a galleried landing on the first floor.
The master suite with bathroom and dressing room is exceptional. The spacious bedroom has a balcony overlooking the garden and a dressing area with views to the Sidlaw Hills. The bathroom, with its broad curved wall, has an impressive Kohler Jacuzzi bath, a multi-jet shower and Alessi sanitary ware. The dressing room is fitted out with large walk in cupboards (and could revert to an additional bedroom if required).
The guest bedroom has an en suite bathroom and its own balcony. The third bedroom is beside a family bathroom fitted with Philippe Starck sanitary ware. A galleried study overlooks the living room.
A sophisticated programmable lighting system by Lutron Homeworks brings the house alive at night, with Erco light fittings highlighting key design features throughout the property.
An extensive home entertainment system by Bang and Olufsen is wired throughout the main living areas and kitchen as well as the master suite and the family bathroom. There is an integrated Panasonic system in the cinema room and gym.
Newmilne House is approached through security gates and a shared private driveway which leads to gravel parking beside the house. There is a Japanese style garden at the front of the house with raised planters. A lawn wraps around the back of the house where there is an enclosed garden with lawns, paved seating area and which runs down to The Dighty Water which runs along the northern boundary of the property. A large decked area overlooks the burn and the frame of a garden pavilion (unfinished) with covered flooring is in place and ready for a buyer to finish to their preference, if wanted, to create an outdoor living area.
A double garage, designed to complement the house, has a remote controlled door and is served with light and power. A ladder gives access up to a floored mezzanine storage space. Subject to obtaining the relevant planning consents, the garage could be converted into additional accommodation or an office. There is a greenhouse behind the garage, and a kennel next to the house. There is a large wooden garden shed with a lean to store behind.
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Newmilne House is undoubtedly worthy of any interiors magazine, with its luxurious design and exacting standards. In addition to the bold architectural and interior features, the house has a wonderfully futuristic feel, with an amazing programmable lighting system which truly brings the house alive at night, while the Bang & Olufsen wired sound system is another example of the hi-tech nature of this utterly unique and spellbinding property.Ruaraidh Ogilvie