Savills | Craigview House, Usan, By Montrose, Angus, DD10 9SD | Property for sale
5,069 sq ft(470.93 sq m)
Offers over £480,000

Craigview HouseUsan, By Montrose, Angus, DD10 9SD

  • Recently sold

Key features

  • Sold in August 2021
  • Home Report value - £510,000
  • Spacious country house with artist's studio, generous gardens and paddock
  • Late Georgian former manse situated close to the coast between Lunan Bay and Montrose
  • Separate studio with swimming pool and garaging
  • Flexible accommodation which is perfect for entertaining and family living, and ideal for home working

Impressive country house, close to the coast.

About this property

  • Craigview House is a most attractive, late Georgian country house, which is believed to date from the late 18th century, and is shown on a map from 1792. In 1843 it became a Free Church manse, at the time of the Disruption, when the Free Church broke away from the established Church of Scotland. It is a lovely symmetrical and bow fronted house, looking out over its own charming and enclosed gardens. A fine stone built and harled house, it was acquired by the seller's family in the mid 1970s, who set about creating a studio in a former dairy building, which is attached to the house by an arched entrance on to a courtyard. This studio was later extended in the 1980s to include an attached garage, and an indoor swimming pool was added later. The artist's studio is of considerable local interest as the house belonged to the late James Morrison, a celebrated landscape painter who exhibited regularly at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, and was renowned for his dramatic skies. His life and works have been made into a film, Eye of the Storm, by Anthony Baxter. As well as the studio, works were also undertaken within the house. A conservatory was added in the mid 1980s and the kitchen and bathroom were revamped in the 1990s. The shower room upstairs was refurbished about five years ago. Additional garden ground and the paddock were also acquired over the years, to extend and enhance the property. To further protect the house, a strip of ground was acquired to the west.

    Internally much of the original character and features of the house remain, with moulded cornicings, including in all the reception rooms and bedrooms, together with some panelled doors, window shutters and some decorative arched doorways. Craigview benefits from three well proportioned reception rooms, along with a conservatory, which, like the dining room, links to the garden. The WC, kitchen, a useful boot room linking to the courtyard, and a utility complete the downstairs accommodation, while at first floor level are four spacious bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower room. As such the house is perfect for both entertaining and family living with lots of space both inside and out. The studio has considerable potential for home working or for other uses, subject to obtaining any necessary planning consents.


    The gardens are a delight and are made up of various sections and compartments. They are ideal for entertaining with paved seating areas linking to both the dining room and the swimming pool, together with a further area adjacent to the front door. Sheltered by a south facing wall is a lean to greenhouse (3.3 m x 3.1 m) and a further greenhouse (2.5 m x 1.9 m), both with staging, together with a garden store (2.7 m x 1.8 m). From here a gate leads out to the shared area which is grassed. The main area of garden is sheltered by hedges and includes flower and shrub borders, with massed spring bulbs and some fruit trees. Beyond is a further area which has double gates on to the road and is planted with trees. There are composting bins and a former store. Beyond this is an enclosed vegetable garden with fruit trees, which leads on to a further area planted with trees and the paddock, which again has gates to the road.

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"A fine country home enviably near the coast and with a fascinating artistic connection and versatile studio, Craigview House combines excellent entertaining space with plenty of flexibility for family living, and also boasts a delightful gardens and paddock".

Ruaraidh OgilvieProperty agent

Local information

  • Craigview House is situated just south of Montrose and to the north of Lunan Bay in Angus, close to the coast. Montrose is an historic port while Montrose Basin is a surrounded tidal basin which is a renowned wildlife habitat and nature reserve. It is home to a fascinating variety of wildlife, particularly migrating birds, including large numbers of duck and geese. The river South Esk flows into the basin and on into the North Sea and the basin, famed for its spectacular sunsets, is ever changing with tidal flows. This part of the coast is mainly red sandstone with notable cliffs, rock features and sandy bays. Lunan Bay is a renowned sandy beach, stretching some 3 miles. Further beaches are found at Montrose and St Cyrus, which is also a nature reserve. Fishing has long been associated with the area, especially in Arbroath, famous for its “smokies”, Auchmithie and Usan (formerly known as Fishtown of Usan). The surrounding countryside is rolling fertile farmland.
  • There is a primary school, pub and local shop in Ferryden, while Montrose offers both primary and secondary schooling, a wide range of shopping, together with leisure facilities at the new sports centre and new swimming pool. Independent schools in the area include Lathallan (Johnshaven) and the High School of Dundee and those in Aberdeen, with pupils catching trains from Montrose station to either Aberdeen or Dundee. Golf courses in the area include Montrose, Edzell and the championship course at Carnoustie. Fishing can be taken on the nearby rivers North and South Esk, while sea fishing is also available locally.
  • The A92 coast road runs from Stonehaven to Dundee via Montrose and Arbroath, while inland the A90 dual carriageway runs north from Dundee to Aberdeen. Journey times to Aberdeen and its airport have been much reduced with the opening of the Western Peripheral Route. Aberdeen and Dundee provide all the services expected of major cities, and Dundee has renowned facilities including the new V&A museum. Montrose is served by the East Coast railway line with regular services to Aberdeen and the south, including a sleeper service to London. Aberdeen Airport has a range of domestic and European services and there are flights from Dundee to London City. Edinburgh Airport is also easily reached.

Additional information

  • A partially glazed front door from the garden opens to an entrance vestibule with a tiled floor and an inner part stained glass door to the hallway. This has a period staircase to the first floor, tiled floor and an original James Morrison painted tree on a door to an understair WC with washbasin. Arranged off the hallway are the fine reception rooms which all look out on to the garden, and include a living room with fitted bookshelves and a fireplace with marble mantel, tiled surround and hearth. The dining room is a lovely bay fronted room with glazed doors to the garden with shutters, shelved cupboard with alcove below, tiled floor and high level skirting. The sitting room has a low level marble fireplace, glass fronted display cupboard and partially glazed doors to the conservatory which has a tiled floor, doors to the garden, two wall lights and a productive vine. On the other side of the hallway is the fully fitted kitchen which has wooden wall and floor units with a cupboard door painted by James Morrison. Appliances include a NEFF Ceran hob and double oven / grill, Bloomberg dishwasher and fridge / freezer, Sharp microwave and a sink with a waste disposal unit. There is a recessed cupboard with a wine fridge and an understair cupboard is used as a wine cellar. Beyond is the boot room which is timber lined with fitted cupboards, tiled floor and back door to the courtyard. Off this is a utility room with fitted units, a sink, Bosch washing machine and dryer and a tiled floor.
  • The staircase has cast iron balustrades and wooden handrails and leads to the first floor landing with two hanging and shelved cupboards and a further shelved cupboard. Bedroom one is currently used as an office, with fitted bookshelves and further shelves with a cupboard below. Bedroom two is another bay fronted room with window shutters, two wall lights and fitted shelves, while bedroom three is a double aspect room with window shutters, fitted wardrobes, dressing table and units. The shower room has a shower cubicle with waterfall shower, washbasin with vanity unit and WC. The partially tiled bathroom has a spa bath, washbasin with vanity unit, WC, four uplighters and fitted cupboards, one housing the hot water tank. Bedroom four has window shutters and fitted bookshelves.
  • Doors from the courtyard link to both the garden and to the studio which has a large window overlooking the garden, fitted shelves and cupboards, a Benson oil fired boiler and steps up to an attic room. A door leads through to the pool room with a swimming pool (5.9 m x 2.9 m). It is a freshwater pool with an ultraviolet filtration system. In addition there is a shower and WC with washbasin and a door to the garden. Behind is the double garage which has an electric up and over door, a roller door, concrete floor, paintings store, a Worcester Heatstore 26/32 boiler and the pool equipment including the Prozone ozone water purification system.
  • Directions: If coming from the south on the A92 from Arbroath head north for some 8.5 miles and turn right, signposted Craig, opposite a turning for Rossie. After 1 mile proceed straight over the crossroads and continue for 0.2 miles and proceed straight over the next crossroads. After 0.5 miles, at the T junction turn right and Craigview House will be found on the right after 0.1 miles. If coming from the north take the A92 south from Montrose. Just south of Montrose, and opposite the junction with the A934 (Forfar road), turn left, signposted Balgove. Proceed up the hill for 0.7 miles and at the T junction turn left. Proceed straight over the two sets of crossroads, and at the T junction turn right and continue as above. Alternatively from Forfar take B9113 signposted for Montrose. Proceed over the junction with the A933 and on to the A934 following signs for Montrose. At the junction with the A92 (Montrose to Arbroath road), proceed straight over, signposted Balgove, and proceed as above.
  • EPC Rating = E