A fine Baronial country house in a lovely setting amidst unspoilt countryside within Scotland's first national park.
Kilmaronock House is a stunning Arts and Crafts villa originally dating from the mid 19th century (evident in some Scots Baronial architectural elements), yet substantially altered in the early 20th century. Externally the villa has painted render with red sandstone ashlars, margins and dressings with a three stage round tower and bell cast roof. Of additional note are the leaded glazed windows and crow step gables.
Kilmaronock House is set in about 9.5 acres of grounds which include paddocks, carefully tended lawned gardens and a 'secret garden. To the south east of the property is the romantic ivy covered ruin of 15th century Kilmaronock Castle which is a four storey rubble keep with red sandstone dressings. The castle is a scheduled monument and is category B listed.
A wooden door leads to the circular vestibule then to a grand reception hallway with double ceiling height, panelling to picture rail height, parquet floor and a substantial Jotul wood burning stove. Off the reception hallway is the back lobby, drawing room and sitting room.
The sitting room has a charming inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove, dentile cornice, two fitted window seats overlooking the formal gardens, paddock and the Lomond Hills beyond. Oak bifolding doors lead to the drawing room. The drawing room has panelling to dado height, a Jetmaster fire set into a pretty fireplace and doors to the main reception hallway and kitchen.
The kitchen was refitted around 2008 in a French country style and is open plan to a less formal dining and sitting area. The kitchen area has black granite work tops and central island. It includes a number of appliances including induction hob, oven and grill, extractor hood and dishwasher. Off the kitchen is a utility room and two astragal doors leading directly out to the gardens.
Also off the kitchen is the back lobby with pantry, cloakroom and under stair store and formal dining room. The dining room has a hand made carpet and wall coverings by Ralph Lauren.
A broad central staircase leads from the main reception hallway to the first floor landing. It has a beautiful wooden balustrade and a hand made carpet. On the first floor are four bedrooms of which three are en suite and there is a separate wet room. The wet room occupies the turret so is circular in shape and is tiled to full height with Bisazza mosaic tiles. It has sanitary wear by Thomas Crapper and a Lefroy Brooks shower.
The guest bedroom has handmade wardrobes, the master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling, en suite bathroom with spa bath and shower and a dressing area on a mezzanine level.
Built in 2012 by Prime Oak Garages under a slate roof. Comprises a large carport for two cars and a garage with further guest bedroom / home office above.
Attached to the Garden Room.
Presently used as a guest bedroom with en suite shower room.
Kilmaronock House is accessed from the main road via a private driveway with right of access to three additional properties. The gardens to the south of the property comprise an orchard and the secret garden' which is mainly lawned and sheltered by numerous mature trees including a wide range of fir trees and rhododendrons. There is additional access to this garden via a private road to the south of the property.
The gardens to the east of the property are mainly lawned and include the ruins of Kilmaronock Castle. The gardens have beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and beyond to the Lomond Hills. To the south of the property the gardens are also mainly lawned with access to the paddock.
Kilmaronock Castle is a 15th century, four storey rubble keep with red sandstone dressings. On the east elevation there is an entrance door which originally led into the grand hall with a,plaque above the door and a window to the minstrels' gallery above. The north elevation has collapsed in part with overgrowth to the outer right. The castle is a scheduled monument, category B listed. It is described by McGibbon and Ross as being of the third period, 1400 to 1542. The Denniston Arms are shown above the entrance.
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Scottish history is everywhere you look at Kilmaronock House, from the Victorian tower to the exquisite Arts and Crafts windows, not to mention the intriguing castle ruins. Add in a secret garden and wonderful interior original features along with the generous grounds and sought after location and you have all the ingredients for a very special country property.Caroleanne Gallagher