Historic 17th century laird's house in beautiful parkland setting
The lands of Auchenbowie were bought by Robert Bruce, Provost of Stirling in 1555 from the Cunninghams of Polmaise. Robert Bruce commissioned the building of a substantial laird's house, which forms the basis of the house today. The Auchenbowie House Bruce created incorporated a L-plan tower house. The house was extended and remodelled again in 1768 and in the 19th century. No defensive features were retained. Auchenbowie House is set in 97.5 acres of its own grounds in the scenic Stirlingshire countryside. There are far reaching views from the house in all directions.
At the end of the 17th century one of the Bruce family, Captain William, killed Charles Elphinstone in a duel and had to flee the country. In 1708 Auchenbowie passed by marriage to the Munro family. 1787 saw a visit by Scotland's greatest poet, Robert Burns. He wrote in his journal of dining with the Munro of the day. Winston Churchill is also said to have stayed in the house.
The house is highly accessible, being within 2 miles of Stirling Services junction where there are motorway connections to Glasgow on the M80 and Edinburgh on the M9. Both Edinburgh and Glasgow airports are within easy reach and Stirling has a railway station with services to both cities.
Stirling, just to the north, is the major town of central Scotland. Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument rise high above the town and are testament to its historic past. The modern day town provides a full range of shops and services including several superstores and a branch of Waitrose. There are a number of private schools within reach including Beaconhurst, Dollar Academy, Strathallan and Kilgraston (girls only).
The M9 and A9 continue north into Perthshire. The internationally renowned Gleneagles Hotel with its leisure club and golf courses is only 23 miles away. The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park lies just to the west with its wealth of outdoor activities including climbing, hill walking, water sports, fishing, shooting and stalking.
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Auchenbowie has had an eventful history, and the future will be exciting for the buyer of this outstanding house.Jamie Macnab