Most attractive former manse on the edge of the village, with a lovely garden.
The Beeches was built as the manse for the neighbouring Colliston church. It is believed to be contemporary with the church, which dates from the 1870s. As with all Church of Scotland manses it was built to a high standard with well proportioned and elegant rooms. It is a most attractive house built of stone, with a slate roof. Situated on the edge of the village there are good views north to the hills, and the house benefits from its own lovely gardens. It was acquired by the sellers in the late 1980's. At that stage they installed a damp proof course. Shortly afterwards they put in the stairs up to the large attic room and plans were drawn up, and consent granted (which has since lapsed) to convert the attic into further bedrooms and a bathroom. Double glazing was fitted throughout the house, and the kitchen, bathroom and shower room were refurbished, whilst outside one of the outbuildings was converted into an office which has its own separate phone line, internet connection and an electric sub meter, so is ideally suited for working from home. Since 2010 the gable end wall has been re-pointed, the chimney in the family room has been relined and a new boiler has been installed. As such it is a well presented and well maintained house which still retains much of its original character and features and is ideal for both family living and for entertaining.
A wooden front door with glazed overlight opens to an entrance vestibule which has a cornice, tiled floor and an inner partially glazed (with leaded stained glass) door to the hallway. The hallway has a cornice, dado rail, staircase to first floor and a useful understair cupboard. Arranged off the hallway are the principal reception rooms. The family room has an ornamental cornice and centre rose, picture rail, bay window, fireplace with wooden mantel, tiled surround and gas fire, and high level skirting. The sitting room has a cornice, picture rail, window shutters and a fireplace with wooden mantel and gas fire. Behind is the dining room. This again has a cornice, picture rail and window shutters, together with a shelved press.
The hallway leads on through to the kitchen. This is fully fitted with wooden wall and base units with soft closing drawers and tiled splashbacks and incorporates a sink, plumbing for dishwasher, NEFF 4 ring gas hob with extractor and fitted NEFF double oven/grill. In addition there is a window seat and two shelved storage cupboards and a wall mounted Scottish Gas boiler. A door from the kitchen leads through to the utility room with fitted shelves and plumbing for a washing machine. Off this is the useful downstairs shower room which has a tiled shower cubicle, washbasin with vanity unit, WC and timber lined ceiling. Also accessed off the utility room is the garage.
The elegant staircase with a wooden handrail, balustrades and dado rail and which is lit by a large leaded window with views to the hills, leads up to the first floor landing, which again has a cornice and dado rail. Arranged off this are the bedrooms and bathroom. Bedrooms 1 and 2 have a cornice, picture rail, window shutters and views to the hills. The master bedroom has an ornate cornice, picture rail, bay window and a shelved press. The bathroom has a bath with shower and tiled surround, pedestal washbasin, WC, timber lined ceiling and a walk in understair cupboard. Bedroom 4 also has a cornice, picture rail and window shutters.
Stairs lead on up to a large attic room with coombed ceilings, Velux windows and undereaves hatches. This has in the past been used as a playroom but has considerable potential for further bedrooms and a bathroom, subject to any necessary consents.
At the back of the house is the integral garage. This has an up and over door, concrete floor and sink and a door out to the rear courtyard. This is paved and gravelled and is a sheltered sitting out area. Behind the garage is the office and a store with a stable door. There is a wooden garden shed and an area of garden with lawn, rockery and a vegetable patch.
The garden in front of the house has a hedge on two sides, paving, lawn and flower borders. There is tarred parking to the side. The main part of the garden lies to the east of the house. This has an extensive lawn, flower and shrub borders, fruit trees, sheltered paved seating areas, wooden pergola with honeysuckle and clematis and a further wooden garden shed.
In addition there are composting bays, a polytunnel (13.7 m x 4.1 m) with a sprinkler system and two aluminium greenhouses (3.7 m x 2.5 m and 2.45 m x 1.85 m).
Please note that a new, remote controlled, gas fire has been fitted in the family room, since the brochure was prepared.
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This is a really great family house, says Ruaraidh Ogilvie of Savills. You couldn't ask to be closer to a primary school. Colliston has a current roll of around 70, which includes a pre-school class, and positively encourages parental involvement. It's very much part of the local community. The house itself has loads of room for children the attic room is a fabulous playroom, and gives you the potential for more bedrooms and the garden is terrific for outdoor play, as well as being really attractive. The office is a great asset too.Ruaraidh Ogilvie