Prestigious residential estate centred on a luxurious stone built mansion in an accessible rural setting.
The house is well designed with grand façades. The south façade is bright and sunny with full height windows in the majority of rooms. French doors lead out to the terrace at ground level and to balconies on the first floor. The north façade is also impressive with a pillared entrance flanked by steep pitched gables.
The imposing structure is matched by the high quality interiors and fine woodwork used throughout. Wooden floors are twinned with beautiful wall panelling: the Ionic pillars in the reception hall set the tone for the wonderfully elegant style within. Internally the accommodation is bright, well proportioned and excellently laid out both for entertaining and for modern family living. The entrance leads to a large L shaped hall with French doors leading out to the terrace. Off this hall are the main reception rooms comprising two drawing rooms, a library and a dining room. The breakfast room and kitchen adjoin the dining room with a sitting room opposite which was previously used as a gun room. The east wing comprises a laundry and stores and contains a staff sitting room, bedroom and bathroom.
The first floor accommodation is set around a passage with landings at either end. The principal bedroom suite is off the west landing and comprises the principal bedroom, two large dressing rooms and a bathroom. There are two further bedroom suites off the corridor and an elegant first floor drawing room with a balcony outside and a sitting room. The east landing has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen and has been used as an integral flat. There is extensive space on the second floor containing large store rooms and a billiard room.
The house is served by a garage / workshop block with adjoining kennels. There is also a stone built garden store. There is a walled garden with stables containing six loose boxes, a store room and a studio.
There are four cottages on the estate, including the original gate lodge next to the front gates off the A811. The three other cottages, which were built at the time of the main house, include a detached cottage at the end of the drive and a pair of semi detached cottages next to the walled garden.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
In front of the house is a large tarmac sweep and parking area with a flat lawn. A ha ha divides it from the parkland in front. A fir and beech hedge fringes the drive.
To the west of the house is the backyard which comprises a tarmac circle around a central lawn. There is a drying area beyond which is shielded by a high wooden fence to the west. A back door gives access to the house. Off the backyard is a building constructed of stone under a pitched slate roof, which contains an electricity substation and a large garden room.
The main gardens are to the west of the house and comprise a very large lawn with a central roundel of trees. Belts of trees run along either side with open views at the end to the Gargunnock Hills. To the east of the house is a sheltered rose garden with rose beds laid out around lawns with hedges to the front and back. Immediately in front of the house is a large paved terrace with nine urns. There are raised flower beds. Steps lead up to the doors to the reception hall and study.
The Boquhan Burn runs to the west of the property with masses of rhododendrons on either bank and a wooden bridge leads over the burn to further gardens beyond. There are acres of secret gardens' with shrubs and lawns backed by further banks of rhododendrons and trees above. The gardens continue westwards to the back drive where there is an all weather tennis court enclosed by a high netting fence with a circular stone built pavilion. To the side of these gardens is an enclosure of mown parkland bordered by rhododendrons and woods. At the far end of the garden is Bonnie Prince Charlie's Well' with a stone obelisk inscribed to Bonnie Prince Charlie who is said to have drunk at the well prior to the 1745 uprising. There is a vaulted well with paving stones around.
A bridge leads from the front of the house over the Boquhan Burn to the back drive on the far side. Off the drive to the right is a road to the walled garden, cottages and garage / workshop.
Beyond the house and cottages there is also a floodlit equestrian manège with a mixture of sand and rubber base, enclosed within post and rail fencing.
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