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4 bedroom detached house for sale
Oakbank, Shandon, Helensburgh, Argyll
- 4 bedrooms
- Dining room, drawing room
- Study, kitchen, laundry
- WC, 2 bathrooms
- Attached garage
Oakbank has a unique position with direct frontage to the Gare Loch. Whilst many houses in Shandon claim to front the water, very few are not separated from the water by the A814. It is set amidst charming beachfront gardens which extend to some 0.3 acres and include a more formal walled garden area.
Shandon and Rhu are delightful villages on the north side of the Gare Loch where a belt of low shoreline is studded with mansions and villas. This friendly community centres around the church, primary school and yachting life, with a busy marina being home to many fine craft. The sailing offered on the Firth of Clyde is renowned worldwide as some of the best and most challenging in Scottish waters.
The neighbouring town of Helensburgh has been regarded as one of Western Scotland's most desirable towns for well over a century, since wealthy Glasgow merchants first began to build houses there. It offers excellent specialist shopping, supermarkets, a swimming pool and secondary schooling. Lomond School provides private co-educational schooling from ages three to eighteen for day pupils and boarders.
Shandon has good access to Glasgow with the A814, A82 and M8 allowing a daily commute by car. Helensburgh Central provides a regular rail service to the city with a journey time of approximately 45 minutes. Glasgow airport is within 22 miles. To the north the A811 leads to Stirling to join the M9 south to Edinburgh and the A9 north to Perth.
Argyll and Bute is home to some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery and nearby Loch Lomond is part of Scotland's first national park. The loch is well known for its water sports including wind surfing, sailing and excellent water skiing and wake boarding.
There are a number of well respected golf courses in the area including Loch Lomond Golf Course which has in the past hosted the Scottish Open and other international events. Other golf courses include Helensburgh, Cardross and Buchanan Castle.
Oakbank is a fine Georgian villa of great character. Thought to have been built for an unmarried daughter of the nearby Lagbuie House, it has been indirectly in the ownership of the current family for over 100 years. Typically Georgian in character, it is neater than some of the Victorian villas normally associated with Shandon. It offers flexible accommodation under a slate roof and is formed over two levels.
The reception hallway leads to the dining room, drawing room, study, kitchen and back lobby. The drawing room has wonderful views over the Gare Loch, cornice, fitted bookshelves and a gas flame effect fire set into a tiled surround. A door leads to the study. The dining room also has lovely loch views, cornice, fitted bookshelves and a serving hatch from the kitchen. The study overlooks the driveway and has a shallow shelved press.
The kitchen has units at wall mounted and counter level, an Aga and a utility area with sink. Off the back lobby are a gardener's loo and the boiler room with a door to the garage. Also off the back lobby are a coal store and laundry.
A staircase with painted balustrade and polished hand rail leads to the first floor landing, off which are four bedrooms and two family bathrooms. Three of the bedrooms face directly onto the Gareloch.
Oakbank has a garage and a potting shed within the garden.
From Helensburgh travel west on the A814. Travel through the village of Rhu, pass Rhu Marina, Rhu Parish Church and the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club towards Shandon. Follow the road along the coast through Shandon. Immediately after passing the Gables (signed on the right hand side), Oakbank can be seen on the left and is accessed through black gates.