Historic 17th century laird's house in beautiful parkland setting
The present day house has a magnificent façade to the west with a hexagonal stair tower with battlements above the front door. There is a second doorway with a tower above to the south east opening into the garden.
The house is three storeys plus an attic under steep pitched slate roofs with crow stepped gables. A feature of the house is its large windows on all floors. There is a balcony outside the south facing master bedroom.
Internally the accommodation is bright and spacious. Many period features such as fine fireplaces and ceilings in the Adam style remain.
The interlinked stairway and reception halls are in the heart of the house with a vaulted dining room and large well equipped kitchen off. There is a first floor drawing room and billiards room with a panelled study on the second floor. There are nine bedrooms in all, served by four bathrooms.
Studded front door to hexagonal entrance hall with flagstone floor. Stairway hall with magnificent, sweeping stairs leading to the upper floors. Arch to reception hall with arched fireplace and solid fuel stove.
Study with a fireplace with carved wooden mantle. Cloakroom with separate WC.
Vaulted dining room off hall. Inner corridor with wine cellar.
Kitchen with four oven Aga, extensive floor and wall cupboards with granite work surfaces, double sink unit, integrated Siemens coffee machine and microwave, halogen hob, built in double wall oven with hot plate below, integrated dishwasher, island unit with breakfast bar. Arch to breakfast room with dresser and dumb waiter.
Galleried landing with ornate arches.
Drawing room with arched display cupboard. Ornate fireplace with carved wooden mantle and built in grate.
Corridor with maid's cupboard, linen cupboard and door to staff flat off.
Billiards room with wooden panelled ceiling and walls and roof light with retractable screen. Bathroom with bath, bidet, WC, wash basin, heated towel rail.
Master bedroom with blocked fireplace and recess for bed. Turret room off. Bedroom 2 (used as dressing room) with extensive fitted wardrobes and wash basin.
Hexagonal shower room over entrance hall with shower, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail. Connecting door to Bedroom 3.
Galleried landing with ornate arches.
Oak panelled library with grey marble fireplace and built in bookshelves.
Bedroom 4 with tower off. Connecting door to bedroom 5 (used as study) with fireplace and wash basin. Hexagonal bathroom with bath, WC, wash basin, heated towel rail. Connecting door to Bedroom 6.
Landing with box room off. Three bedrooms, one currently used as gym. Hexagonal bathroom with bath, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail.
Back Quarters and Staff Flat
From the kitchen corridor door to back quarters with stairs up to staff flat on the first floor. The flat has a kitchen, bathroom, sitting room and three bedrooms.
Shelved paint store. Boot room with fitted cupboards and coat hooks. Laundry, plumbed for washing machines and fitted sink. Boiler room with Worcester oil fired boiler. Second boiler room with biofuel burner.
The remaining stores are arranged around a courtyard and include a store, workshop and gardener's WC. There is a separate three car garage behind.
To the west of the house is a large gravel sweep with lawns around and a low wall separating off the parkland.
The formal gardens are to the east and comprise a flagstone paved terrace at the door, and flat terraced lawns above. There is a stone sundial which is aligned with the gates in the garden wall. Topiary yew hedges, ornate stone walls and feature gate pillars. There is a hard tennis court at the end of the garden.
Stables and Grazing
To the north of the house is a walled garden. This was converted into use as a centre for riding for the disabled and is now used as a livery. The stabling provided includes: wooden stables, 6 loose boxes with wash bay at end, wooden stables, 4 loose boxes with loft and hay barn, wooden feed room and two stone pavilions, one is used as tack room. In addition, there is an indoor riding arena, an expansive outdoor riding arena and two small paddocks. The land extends to 20.01 acres in all.
Auchenbowie House is listed Category A. The obelisk style sundial dates from 1702 and is Listed Category B.
Rights of Access
Auchenbowie House owns the south drive and Auchenbowie Mains has a right of access over the end section.
The north drive is owned by Auchenbowie Farm and Auchenbowie House has a right of access.
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A magnificent house in a very central settingEle Robertson