Charming, recently extended and fully refurbished house, close to Montrose Basin.
The Hollies is situated on the edge of the small hamlet of Barnhead, just inland from Montrose and its basin. It fronts on to open agricultural land and there are views from the garden and from upstairs to the Basin. It is a lovely area for bird watching, particularly the magnificent skeins of geese in the winter months, flying overhead between the Basin and their feeding grounds inland. The Hollies was believed to have been the old school house, built by the local estate, in the 1850s. It is a most attractive stone built and harled house, with a slate roof, which sits within its own gardens with trees and shrubs providing privacy and shelter, but more open to the south allowing the views over fields and towards Rossie Moor. It was acquired by the sellers in 2008, who shortly afterwards embarked on an comprehensive programme of extending and refurbishment, while retaining the character of the original house. A new breakfasting kitchen with a utility room beyond was added, together with two bedrooms (one en suite) upstairs. At the same time the downstairs en suite and family bathroom were refurbished, new doors were fitted, the house was re-wired, re-decorated and re-carpeted throughout, and the central heating system was upgraded with a new boiler and radiators. As such is it a very well presented house.
Downstairs, off the hallway, is a well proportioned sitting room. Beyond this is an en suite bedroom, together with a study / inner hallway with access to the garden and a further bedroom and family bathroom. On the other side of the hallway is the well appointed dining kitchen and utility room. Upstairs are two further bedrooms, one with an en suite. Within the well kept gardens is a double garage with attached dog kennel or store and two greenhouses. It is a home that is beautifully laid out for modern family living, and which benefits from double glazing, underfloor heating in the kitchen and downstairs bathrooms, and oil fired central heating.
A short gravelled drive with stone gate piers opens on to hard standing parking and turning areas, adjacent to the garage, with paths leading to the house. A wooden front
door with side lights opens to a vestibule with shelved cupboard and inner partially glazed door to the hallway which has a useful built in hanging and shelved coat cupboard. To one side of the hallway is the sitting room complete with a cornice, fireplace with stone surround, brick hearth and a wood burning stove, together with recessed shelves and four wall lights. On the other side of the hallway is the dining kitchen. The fully fitted kitchen has tiled splashbacks, soft closing drawers and incorporates fitted Siemens appliances including a fridge, double oven / grill, dishwasher, four ring ceramic hob with extractor together with a sink. There is ample space for dining. Off this is the utility room which also has wall and floor units with tiled splashbacks and a Worcester oil fired boiler, Siemens washing machine and dryer and back door to the garden. Beyond the sitting room is bedroom one which has a fitted dressing table and wardrobes together with a tiled en suite bathroom which has a bath with shower, washbasin with vanity unit and a WC. Also off the sitting room is an inner hallway or study. This has a staircase to the first floor, together with a shelved cupboard, and a vestibule with a door to the garden. Bedroom two has built in hanging and shelved wardrobes, while the tiled bathroom has a bath with shower, pedestal washbasin and WC.
A wooden staircase leads up to the landing which has a useful shelved airing cupboard. Off this are bedrooms three and four with the latter having under eaves hanging and shelved cupboards, and a partially tiled en suite with a bath with shower, washbasin with vanity unit and WC.
There is an established and well laid out garden, surrounding the house. This is screened by trees, including some good oak trees, providing privacy and shelter. It mainly comprises lawns with rose beds and shrub borders. Next to the house is a paved seating area. Adjacent to the drive and parking / turning area is a block and stone built double garage with a slate roof and two electric up and over doors, together with a garden store, which was formerly a dog kennel with run. On the other side is a lean to greenhouse, and a further greenhouse. Beyond is a further area of garden with raised borders, fruit trees and composting bins.
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The Hollies is an immaculately presented period house that has been updated and modernised to create a practical and appealing family home with half an acre of charming garden in one of the loveliest parts of coastal Angus.Ruaraidh Ogilvie