A fine townhouse with views out over Montrose Basin to the hills.
The Elms is a most imposing and impressive early 19th century, detached townhouse. It is situated on Bridge Street, at the southern end of the High Street, and as such is within easy walking distance of all the amenities in the town. Being situated on the western side of Bridge Street the house enjoys lovely views over Montrose Basin and to the Angus Glens beyond. It is a pretty stone built house, with a dressed ashlar front, and a slate roof with the accommodation arranged over three floors. It sits on a sloping site, so that the lower ground floor opens out directly onto the garden to the rear.
The Elms was acquired by the sellers in the 1990s. At that stage they modernised the house, taking care to retain its period character and features, and overhauled the roof. Since 2012 three of the shower rooms have been refurbished, and a new central heating boiler installed, with the other boiler having been replaced some five years earlier. The house had at one point been occupied by a doctors' practice, with the lower ground floor, which has its own access from the street, being used a surgery. The house was also previously used as a bed and breakfast, with three letting en suite bedrooms. At that stage there were proposals to convert one of the rooms in the lower ground floor to an additional bathroom. As such the lower ground floor may have considerable potential as a separate flat or annexe, if required and subject to obtaining any necessary consents. The Elms is therefore a very practical house which is also ideal for modern family living and for entertaining.
Steps with wrought iron railings lead up to wooden front doors with a glazed overlight and which open to the hallway. This has a cornice and a door to the cloakroom which has a separate WC with washbasin. The inner hallway has a staircase leading up to the first floor, and also has access down to the lower ground floor. The two principal reception rooms and the kitchen are arranged off the inner hallway. The dining room, at the front of the house, is an elegant room with picture rail, shelved display recess, open fireplace with marble mantel and tiled hearth, hatch to kitchen, high level skirting and wooden floor. The sitting room has fabulous views over the Basin and to the hills, together with a cornice, picture rail, window panelling, display shelves and a fireplace with wooden mantel, marble surround and hearth. A door leads through to a small office with wooden flooring and fitted shelves. The fully fitted kitchen has wooden wall and floor units with display cupboards and which incorporate a Bosch dishwasher, sink, Diplomat range cooker with six gas burners and extractor hood. In addition there is a Samsung American style fridge freezer with ice and water dispenser, wooden floor and ample space for informal dining. Adjacent is a walk in store with fitted shelves.
An imposing cantilevered staircase with a wooden handrail, cast iron balustrades and display alcoves, leads to the first floor landing which is lit by a large circular cupola. All bedrooms are arranged off the landing and have cornices. Bedroom 1 has an en suite bathroom with wet walling, corner bath with shower, circular washbasin, WC and a tiled floor. Bedroom 2 has a picture rail, pedestal washbasin and a tiled en suite shower room with WC. Bedrooms 3 and 4 both have views over the Basin and to the hills. Bedroom 3 has a picture rail and a marble mantel together with an en suite shower room with wet walling, tiled floor, multi jet shower, washbasin and WC. Bedroom 4 also has a picture rail and a partially tiled en suite shower room with pedestal washbasin, WC and window shutters.
A further door from the inner hallway opens onto stairs leading down to the lower ground floor, which also has its own separate front door with steps up to Bridge Street and three under pavement stores. The accommodation at this level currently comprises a sauna room with sauna, gym/playroom, store room 1 (which was proposed as a bathroom), and a cellar. In addition there is a further store room with window shutters and mantel, and two further stores, one with access to the garden. The laundry has a Belfast sink, plumbing for washing machine and dryer, and houses an Ideal Mexico boiler and a wall mounted Worcester boiler and a pressurised Ariston hot water tank. This and the playroom link through to the back hallway with a further door to the garden.
The large and private garden is enclosed by walls and hedges and is mainly down to lawn with a greenhouse, vegetable borders, shrub borders and a decked seating area. There is a lean to garden store at the bottom of the garden, and a door to the side of the house opens onto a pend or further store which links through t
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The Elms is a very handsome property, yet minutes from Montrose High Street. I also believe there is exciting development potential within the lower ground floor (subject obtaining consent) either to form further accommodation or to create a self contained apartment. The house has previously operated as a bed and breakfast business which would be another option for interested buyers.Ruaraidh Ogilvie