Traditional Edwardian villa, recently extended and refurbished to a very high standard.
The Laurels is a lovely Edwardian townhouse, which dates from 1906. It faces south and is situated within a prime residential area in Kirriemuir. It is a most attractive stone built house, using stone from a former local quarry, and has a slate roof. It was believed to have been built for a clergyman, and as such is a well proportioned and beautifully presented house. It was acquired by the sellers in 2006, who set about an ambitious programme of improvements. The property was extended in 2008 by the addition of the dining room and the en suite. At much the same time they carried out considerable other improvements including partial re-wiring, upgrading the central heating system including a new boiler and replacing many of the radiators with new but similar period-style versions. The kitchen and bathroom were refurbished, a new fireplace installed in the sitting room and new stained glass windows were fitted at the front door. At the same time much of the roof was overhauled, including the garage which was re-slated. Subsequently the shared road was upgraded with new tarmac in 2017 and the exterior repainted in 2018.
As such The Laurels is a house which has benefitted from considerable improvements, yet still retains much of its original period features and character, such as panelled doors and many of the rooms have cornicings, together with centre roses and picture rails. The living room links through to the fully fitted kitchen which in turn links to the new dining room, creating a lovely open plan family and entertaining space. There is a more formal sitting room on the other side of the hallway. A former parlour is now a downstairs bedroom with an en suite, but has also been used as a home gym. Also at ground floor level is a cloakroom off the hallway and a back hall and utility room beyond the kitchen. Upstairs are a further four bedrooms, dressing room and a bathroom. Much of the house has been double glazed, particularly to the rear, with refurbished original sash and case windows at the front. The flooring at ground floor level is mainly engineered oak with Karndean flooring in the hallway, and also in the bathroom upstairs.
Wrought iron gates from the private road open onto gravelled paths leading to the front and rear doors. Wooden storm doors with a stained glass overlight opens to an entrance vestibule which has a mosaic tiled floor and a partially glazed inner door with etched side and overlights to the hallway. Off the hallway are the main reception rooms. The impressive sitting room has a bay window, open fireplace with cast iron insert and a wooden mantel and is currently used as a study. The cloakroom is timber lined to dado level and has a washbasin and WC. Bedroom 1 has a tiled en suite shower room with steam shower with sauna, washbasin with wooden vanity unit and WC. On the other side of the hallway is the living room which again has a bay window and open fireplace with cast iron inserts and wooden mantel. The fully fitted wooden Neptune kitchen has wooden and granite worktops and an impressive array of appliances including a Cannon range cooker with six burners, two ovens, hotplate and grill; two Fisher & Paykel dishwashers, sink, soft closing drawers and a Samsung American style fridge freezer. The dining room has a vaulted ceiling, French doors to the garden, an original fireplace with Stovax 6 wood burning stove, three uplighters and a picture light. The inner hall has a walk in understair cupboard with fitted shelves, while a rear hallway has an entrance door, wood panelling to dado level and a built in hanging and shelved cupboard. Off this is the utility room which has twin Belfast sinks, Hotpoint Aqualis washing machine and tumble dryer, two clothes pulleys, fitted storage cupboards, (one housing a wall mounted Scottish Gas 330 boiler and hot water tank) and a further door to the garden.
From the hallway a pitch pine staircase with mahogany handrails leads to the first floor landing which has a shelved cupboard and hatch with attic ladder to a large floored roof space which has power and light. Bedrooms two, three and four have shelved presses, while bedroom three also has fitted wardrobes. A dressing room has a fitted hanging rail and shelf. Bedroom five has an original fireplace with wooden mantel. The well appointed bathroom is timber lined to dado level and has Karndean flooring and a bath with shower over with tiled surround, twin washbasins with vanity unit and a WC.
At the back of the house is a workshop / store with sink. Accessed directly off the roadway is a double garage with an auto up and over door and a concrete floor. Attached to this is a wooden range with a tool shed and an open fronted wood store.
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This unusually bright and airy period house in a most desirable residential area has been beautifully upgraded and is now an exceptional family home which combines wonderful original features with luxurious modern fittings and all the comforts of contemporary living.Ruaraidh Ogilvie