Modern house within a walled garden, with stunning views over Strathmore.
Leal House stands within the former walled garden of Lands of Loyal. Lands of Loyal dates from 1850 and was built for the Hon Captain William Ogilvy, brother to the 8th Earl of Airlie, who had fought at the Battle of Waterloo. A large Edwardian stair hall was added later, modelled on the Mauretania. After the Second World War it became a well known hotel. Leal House was built in 1974, within a south facing site with lovely and extensive views over Strathmore and to the Sidlaw Hills. The garden was laid out at that time. It was acquired by the sellers in 1994 and at that stage the house was altered and renovated. This included the installation of double glazing, fitting new ceilings throughout, a new central heating system and an Aga in the kitchen. The study was also created at the same time and the access through the main reception rooms was improved. In 2007 further works were done including the installation of an en suite for Bedroom 2, and the creation of an additional bedroom.
Leal House is a fine single storey property, which has been designed to make the most of its position and views. The interlinking reception rooms, and a bar between the drawing room and dining room, together with a spacious hallway, make the house ideal for entertaining. A large kitchen and a bedroom wing also make it a desirable family home.
The house has a brick and harl finish and a tiled roof. The drive leads down to a tarred parking and turning area at the north side of the house, so the views south from the house out over the garden are uninterrupted.
The garden, within the original garden walls, is delightful. To the north of the house is a heather rockery and shrub borders, with some good trees providing both privacy and shelter, and an enclosed drying green. The main south facing garden includes lawns, flower and shrub borders with rhododendrons, and has been thoughtfully designed to provide colour throughout the spring and summer. Adjacent to the house are paved terraces, ideal for entertaining and for catching morning, afternoon and evening sun. Next to the drive is a useful and screened, block built garden shed (2.29 m x 3.21 m) with a concrete floor, and an adjacent bunded oil tank.
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Leal House is a winning combination of a lovely rural setting in its own walled garden and flexible and generous living space - so coveted these days. It is an excellent family home that has been well looked after by the current owners.Ruaraidh Ogilvie