Arts & crafts villa in prime location with views over the Firth of Clyde.
Braeriach is Category B Listed and occupies a prime corner plot in the Upper West End of Helensburgh. The house was designed in 1908 by Robert Wemyss in the typical Arts and Crafts style. Robert Wemyss was a resident of Helensburgh and creator of some of the best examples of the Arts and Crafts movement.
Braeriach is built in red sandstone over two levels and is defined by its unique features including the 32 separate windows, each unique with no two having the same shape or dimension. There are also stained glass windows, fireplaces in all the bedrooms, and a butler's pantry within the kitchen. Braeriach is presented in excellent order throughout and offers flexible and spacious family accommodation.
From the beautiful red sandstone pillars the gravelled driveway leads to the main entrance at the rear of the property. A grand doorway leads to the porch with further access to the reception hallway though a glazed door. The reception hallway has beautiful parquet flooring, and off here are all the main reception rooms. To the right is the beautifully appointed and generously proportioned formal drawing room/dining room with windows overlooking the garden, fireplace and access to the conservatory to the front which has doors leading to the garden. The family sitting room has windows to the front, a picture rail and access to a greenhouse at the side, which gives access to the gardens. The family breakfasting kitchen is entered from both the sitting room and the hall and is well fitted with attractive, traditional style wall mounted and counter level white cupboards with a matching white AGA and separate gas hob and ovens. There is ample space for a dining table and chairs in this bright and welcoming space. By the kitchen is a lobby, off which are a back door and utility area, larder and laundry room. There is also a back stairway leading to the upper floor. The WC/cloakroom and large store cupboard complete the ground floor accommodation.
A handsome timber staircase with hand rail rises from the hallway to the first floor. The half landing and upper landing are lit by a beautiful stained glass window on the upper floor. On the half landing is a shower room, WC, bedroom and study (6th bedroom). On the first floor sits the principal bedroom suite which comprises a good sized double bedroom that enjoys views from two sides across to the Firth of Clyde and beyond, a dressing room and shower room. There is a fabulous vintage style family bathroom and three further bedrooms.
A chipped driveway leads from Upper Colquhoun Street to the side of the house where the garage and carport are located. The front and rear gardens have extensive lawned areas with well stocked borders, shrubs, hedges and mature trees. A boiler room sits to the side.
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In my opinion one of the best homes in Helensburgh, with the wonderful family layout and traditional features. Braeriach has to be viewed to appreciate the accommodation on offer.Caroleanne Gallagher