Outstanding and beautifully presented house.
The Croft is a delightful period house, beautifully presented, and full of charm. Charles McKean and David Walker in Dundee, an Illustrated Architectural Guide (RIAS1993) describe The Croft as a substantial home of considerable charm
picturesque design of bays, corners, neuks, plaster panels, large chimneys, diamond-paned glass and receding roofs to each storey
. Sitting within its own sheltered and screened gardens with views to the Tay, it is an architecturally very pleasing house, both internally and externally. The original part of the house was a farmhouse, known as Northbank, on the Castle Huntly estate. In the 1880s it belonged to a minister's son, who was involved in the jute industry. At that time the house was extended by the renowned architect John Murray Robertson. The house at one point belonged to the Cox family, who were one of the pre-eminent jute merchants in Dundee. It is a unique, pretty harled house with interesting roof lines, including a weathervane and an entrance tower, together with delightful diamond paned sash and case windows, which have been completely renovated by the current owners, ensuring that the house still faithfully reflects the original architect's original vision.
The Croft was acquired by the sellers in 1999. Since then, they have embarked on a substantial programme of refurbishment while fully respecting the original design integrity of the house which has been both retained and enhanced. As well as the windows these works have included rewiring, re-plumbing, redecorating and re-carpeting. In addition the chimneys have been re-pointed, the loft insulated, a new garage and car port added along with landscaping in the garden. Internally some of the living space was re-configured and updated including additional panelling being added to the inner hallway, and the kitchen and bathrooms were refurbished. This has all been thoughtfully done, resulting in a beautifully presented period house. Original features such as panelling, together with cornicings and wood finishes are still in situ or replaced to the original design. With interlinking and good- sized reception rooms the house is perfect for entertaining. Upstairs are six bedrooms (with an additional ground floor bedroom) and with outside steps at the back giving separate access to the first floor if desired. This allows the potential for a self contained annexe with a bedroom, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom, offering the potential for multi-generational living or holiday letting. In addition, an efficient biomass wood pellet heating system has been installed.
A detailed internal accommodation summary can be found under Additional Information.
Outside is a chalet style purpose built wooden garage with a box profile roof housing a BioWIN Windhager wood pellet boiler. This space is fully insulated and has previously been used as a gallery and workshop. The adjoining car port has storage cupboards and to the rear is a wood chip store (7 tonne).
The gardens are a delight. In front of the house is an expansive lawn leading to a B Listed balustrade terrace wall. There are shrub borders of azaleas and other plantings of interest. To the side are sheltered seating areas and there are some fine trees, including walnut and beech under which are spring bulbs and bluebells. Behind the house, and overlooked by the kitchen, is another delightful area which has some raised beds and a pond with a waterfall feature, together with a wooden summer house (3.1 m x 2.75 m approx.) and paved seating areas.
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Quite possibly one of the most charming houses I have seen this year - the original features both inside and out have been wonderfully preserved despite thorough and skilful upgrading.Ruaraidh Ogilvie