6 bedroom detached house for saleRowantreehill Road, Kilmacolm, Inverclyde
Rowantreehill is of dressed hewn honey stone construction with mock Tudor relief all under a red Rosemary tile roof.
Salmon's architectural flair for the unusual is evident in Rowantreehill displaying as it does externally at the eves levels feature grotesques and gargoyles. Internally Salmon's creative expression is evident with stained glass, carvings on staircases, the 7 ages of man intricately carved at picture rail height in the drawing room and extensive use of dressed hard wood and pitch pine timbers throughout the house.
Rowantreehill is entered from an outer vestibule and via a stained glass panelled door leading to a dressed timber welcoming reception hall from where there is access to wood panelled cloakroom and W.C. The drawing room is 'L' shaped, has an open fire and deep south facing bay window. The formal dining room is generous and also faces due south. An inner hallway leads past the larder and butlers pantry where planning consent has been granted to splice the rooms together to create a study or TV den. The kitchen is spacious having been created from 2 rooms to create a well equipped breakfasting/casual dining kitchen, again, planning here to create a further south facing window and for a new patio accessed via new door to rear of kitchen.
An inner hallway leads to the original stone floored laundry now utility room and on to the boiler room. Planning again here granted to form fitness or conditioning suite. The back hall has double door access to the gardens, a rear w.c and solid fuel store.
A feature dressed timber staircase leads to the first floor to master bedroom 1 with bay window and en suite dressing room (planning granted here to develop an en suite bathroom). Bedroom 2, bedroom 3, and bedroom 4 and main refitted family bathroom.
An inner hallway provides access to a possible self contained suite of bedroom 5, sitting room and en suite refitted bathroom.
A second staircase leads to a fine broad upper landing with extensive dressed timbers, scope here for study/home office and or games console zone. Off the upper landing is the billiards room, bedroom 6 and a general purpose store with planning consent to form a second floor bathroom.
Rowantreehill is situated in one of the most prominent locations in established Kilmacolm village.
The house is "B" listed and is set in mature, easily tended gardens which are walled on all sides at the junction of Rowantreehill Road and Glenmosston Road and faces due south with ever changing and often dramatic aspects out across the established upper side of the village with views away south towards Misty Law which is the highest point of the nearby Clyde and Muirshiel country park.
The centre of the village is about 1250 metres away and is a pleasant walk, and the village has local stores offering everyday provisions and there are popular village restaurants, florists/home stores and coffee shops.
Kilmacolm village has a thriving social community and there are clubs catering for golf, tennis, squash and bowling. The entrance to Kilmacolm Golf Club is about 200 yards away and offers a challenging 18 hole heath/parkland course designed by the acclaimed course architect James Braid. The village also now has an excellent health and fitness centre at Birkmyre Park.
Surrounding countryside is some of the most attractive in West Renfrewshire and for the outdoor enthusiast this is fine walking country. The Sustrans cycle track leads to many other parts of central Scotland.
The Knapp's is famed for its brown trout angling and the river Gryffe has runs of salmon at the back end, both require fishing permits. There are some small shoots run locally as well as rough shooting, both of which can be arranged with local land/estate owners.
Castle Semple loch offers inland sailing and the Firth of Clyde has excellent chandlery and marina services at Inverkip, Largs & Ardrossan as well as some of the UK's most scenic and enjoyable coastal sailing.
Kilmacolm has an excellent local primary school and the independent St Columba's with its enviable record of academic achievement richly deserves it's sought after label. Glasgow has further independent schooling.
The Braehead retail village is around 13 miles and there one can find a tremendous range of high street multiples together with M&S and Sainsbury anchor stores. Braehead also has an IKEA furniture store.
The city at 17 miles has all the cultural, higher educational and leisure services normally associated with a major international centre.
The village has a regular bus service to Glasgow and there are main line rail links at Langbank (4.5 miles) and Johnstone (7 miles). Glasgow Airport is only 10 miles and offers domestic and international flights.
The A761 leads to the A737 and subsequently to the M8 motorway corridor which provides fast motor car access to central Scotland and beyond.
Rowantreehill was designed in 1898 by the architect James Salmon as a private house for himself and his family. It was sold in 1904 and remained in the same family ownership until 2005 when it was bought by the present owners.
James Salmon was one of the more original architects working in Scotland at the end of the 19th century. His work has an identifiable Celtic character and sits with the Glasgow style genre of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his circle. The 'Wee Troot', as he was affectionately known, developed a highly personal style of expression that relied on artistic craftsmanship in sculpture and carving and Rowantreehill includes many interior and exterior carvings believed to be by Salmon himself. Salmon also exploited the possibilities offered by contemporary developments in glass, steel and concrete construction. Uniquely in Britain, he exploited the aesthetic issues and possibilities raised by these new structural systems and along with James Gaff Gillespie pushed the limits of architectural expression further than any of his contemporaries.
Gardens extend to about 0.75 of an acre in all and are set on 2 distinct levels. The gardens are bounded by a substantial stone wall and both upper and lower levels are laid to grass and fringed with a variety of shrub, bush and border plants as well as a number of mature trees. A driveway with hard standing leads to the garage.
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