A beautiful Georgian house set in a private garden close to the centre of Perth.
Ruthven House is a handsome B-listed mansion house dating from about 1800. Surrounded by a mature garden it has a lovely rural feel even though it is only minutes from the centre of Perth.
The property is approached via a short private driveway which leads through stone gate piers, with an electric gate, to a gravel turning circle in front of the house. Traditional characteristics such as the original windows, shutters, stair and fireplaces have been well preserved while the conservatory and the modern kitchen make the house extremely comfortable and family friendly. The broad hall and landing create an impressive sense of space in the house.
The panelled front door has a pretty window above and opens into a vestibule and then into the welcoming parquet floored reception hall. On the right of the hall is the drawing room. This is a large formal entertaining room with wonderful proportions and a magnificent Adam style fireplace. A large window with working shutters looks over the front of the house and there is a further window to the side of the fireplace. A study leads off. On the left of the hall is the dining room which is a similarly beautiful room with impressive Adam style fireplace and a southerly aspect. The reception hall also gives access to an informal sitting room which has fitted shelving as well as a door to the conservatory. The conservatory has space for a dining table and overlooks the walled garden to the west of the house. At the rear of the house there is a superb dining kitchen, fitted on two sides with units that surround an American style fridge freezer, a two oven gas fired black Aga and a ceramic sink. The kitchen has space for a family sized dining table as well as a desk alcove. French windows open from the kitchen into the garden. Behind the kitchen is a utility room with a gas hob, a sink and plumbing for a washing machine and drier. There is also a useful boiler/drying room, cloakroom and a WC on the ground floor.
A broad timber staircase with a beautiful stained glass window rises to the first floor where all but two of the rooms are accessible from the large landing. The master bedroom overlooks the front garden and has an original fireplace as well as a large en suite shower room with double shower and two wash basins. There is also a fully shelved dressing room. The second bedroom also looks over the front of the house and has a fireplace. There are four further bedrooms, a family bathroom with a free standing bath and a shower room. At the back of the house, a staircase from the fifth bedroom leads down to the kitchen.
Ruthven house sits in about 0.85 acres of private garden and has some fabulous mature trees at the front. Much of the garden is down to lawn and there is a pretty border and colourful plants including magnolia, delphiniums, hollyhocks, clematis and climbing roses running the length of the walled section as well as some fruit cages and raised beds beside the old coach house. Ruthven House has a particularly useful range of outbuildings which include two double garages with electric doors, a former coach house which is now a useful garden store, a woodshed and a greenhouse. There is also a drying green beside the greenhouse and a terrace beside the conservatory.
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Ideal for a town dwelling buyer who longs for the countryside but can't quite give up the advantages of city living.Stephanie Clarke