Intriguing country house, overlooking Forfar Loch
Inchgarth House is a lovely bow fronted country property which is believed to date from the early 1800s. It was originally a smaller cottage on the Carse Gray estate and was extended for a Reverend Skinner in the mid 19th century. It is a pretty, bow fronted house, which is harled with a slate roof, and has two wings. With large south facing windows at ground floor level it is a light and spacious house which is double glazed throughout except the two curved windows in the dining room and the doors into the garden which benefit from bevelled glass panels. At the back is the old stone built barn which presently houses a large garage with store, workshop and an attic room with a shower. The sellers acquired the house in 1996. Since then they have undertaken many sympathetic improvements, whilst very much retaining the period character of the house. The south facing roof on the house and the garage block roof were replaced in about 2000. At that time the upstairs part of the garage block was floored. Later works included replacing the boiler, refurbishing bedroom two and its en suite facilities and the shower room upstairs. Landscaping works have also been undertaken in the garden. It is a house of great character which is well suited to both modern family living and to entertaining. The accommodation is laid out in such a way that all the principal rooms benefit from the uninterrupted southerly views. On the drive there are walnut, cherry and blackthorn trees, bearing nuts and fruit. The drive leads up to a parking area at the door, where there are raised flower borders and a small area of lawn.
A wooden door opens to the hallway which runs the length of the house and links to all the principal rooms and has stained glass and leaded windows, display alcoves together with a staircase to the first floor. Paneled doors open to the dining room which is an imposing bow fronted room with cornice, centre rose, dado rail, window shutters and seats, wooden floor and a lovely open fireplace with an ornamental oriental mantel. The adjoining sitting room has a cornice and centre rose, dado rail, two wall lights, two picture lights, a fireplace with marble mantel housing a period stove, together with a window seat and shutters. The kitchen/family room is in the west wing of the house. The living area has a partially glazed door to the garden, three wall lights and a wood burning stove. The partially tiled and fitted kitchen has wooden wall and base units , sink, Brandt four ring induction hob, Bosch double oven/grill and fitted fridge/freezer, shelved display unit and wooden floor. Off the kitchen is a pantry with fitted shelves and plumbing for a washing machine.
There are further doors from the hallway to a partially tiled WC with washbasin and understair storage area, and to the two fine downstairs bedrooms. Bedroom one has window shutters and seat, dado rail, two wall lights, a cast iron fireplace with wooden mantel and mirrored overmantel, and a shelved cupboard. An arch opens to a walk in dressing area with fitted cupboards and shelves and a further arch leads to an en suite bathroom with freestanding bath with tiled surround, shower cubicle, pedestal washbasin and WC. Bedroom two has a partially glazed door to the garden, downlighters and two bedside lights, wall mounted Panasonic TV, and curved walls with an opening to an en suite shower room with tiled floor, circular washbasin, WC and a double shower cubicle.
A staircase with wooden handrail leads to the first floor landing which has a cornice. Bedrooms three and four each have cornices, period fireplaces with mantels, window shutters and access to undereaves storage. Bedroom four is not carpeted and has a picture light. Between the bedrooms is a partially tiled shower room with a double shower cubicle, pedestal washbasin, WC, fitted shelved cupboards and Velux windows.
There is a lovely garden to the front, linked to the house by a paved terrace, which is ideal for sitting out. In addition there is a further sunken paved seating area which makes the most of the views out to Forfar, the loch and to the Sidlaws. As well as a good area of lawn there are pretty flower and shrub borders. On one side of the house there is a useful log storage area and a wooden garden shed. On the other is an area of vegetable garden with paved paths.
Behind the house is the old barn or garage block. This is an attractive stone built building with a slate roof. This currently comprises a garage with electric up and over door and concrete floor, and doors through to a workshop with a Suffolk Air Flow stove, concrete floor, walk in storage cupboard and spiral stairs up to a floored attic room with sink, and a shower room with sink and WC.
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"To me this is a most appealing property with real character and plenty of versatile living space along with beautiful loch and countryside views. Inchgarth House is also most conveniently placed for all the amenities of Forfar, and as such is an ideal family home.Ruaraidh Ogilvie