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6 bedroom house for sale
Longbank, Doune, Dunblane, Stirlingshire
- Farmhouse with grazing
- On the Ardoch Burn
- 3 Reception rooms, sun room
- 4 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
- 2 Bedroom annexe
Longbank is a traditional farmhouse set in the countryside between Doune and Dunblane. The views from the property are superb. The Highlands rise to the north-west with the Ochil Hills to the east
and the Gargunnock Hills to the south. The setting is rural and scenic but the property is only just over 2 miles from the A9 and is very accessible for all the towns of central Scotland. The village of Doune is half a mile away and has many local amenities including hairdressers, veterinary surgery, a castle, community hall, florist, antique centre with restaurant, primary school, several public houses, and two convenience stores, just to mention a few. Dunblane is an ancient, small cathedral city, which has a wider selection of shops, an M&S Simply Food and a Tesco supermarket. The town also offers good recreational facilities, which include tennis, squash and bowling clubs and two golf clubs. Gleneagles Hotel, with its leisure club and golf courses, is only 14 miles away. Doune has a primary school and Longbank is in the catchment area for McLaren High School in Callander (8 miles). There are a number of private schools, which cater for day pupils nearby, including Beaconhurst Grange at Bridge of Allan, Morrison's Academy at Crieff and Dollar Academy. The boarding schools in Perthshire include Ardvreck (preparatory), Glenalmond, Strathallan and Kilgraston (for girls).
The pivot of the motorway network is only 10 miles to the south with the M9 and M80 giving quick access to Edinburgh and Glasgow and their airports. The A9 is dual carriageway to Perth.
Dunblane has a railway station on the main line from London to Inverness with frequent commuter services to both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The front door opens to a porch from where a partly glazed door leads into the front hall. To the right is the kitchen which has exposed wooden floorboards and a four oven gas Aga, as well as a
four ring gas hob and oven. There are also two sinks, a range of fitted kitchen and wall units, and a central breakfast bar. A door leads through to the dining room which has a decorative cornice and a central ceiling rose, and a fitted corner cupboard. The adjacent drawing room has an archway through to an extended area with two ceiling roses and a decorative cornice. There is also an open Jetmaster 800 fireplace with slate surround, wooden mantel and flagstone hearth. Partly glazed doors provide access to the garden. From the kitchen there is a further door to a rear hall with flagstone flooring. Accessed from here is the utility room, which is plumbed for a washing machine and has two Belfast sinks. The adjacent cloakroom has a WC and basin. Off the front hall, to the left, is the sitting room with a Franco Belge wood burning stove on a flagstone hearth. A partly glazed door and steps lead to the sun room which benefits from wonderful views over the neighbouring countryside. Mosaic tiled flooring depicts a grouse in a moorland landscape and compass-points, and there is a central ceiling rose and plain cornice. Double glazed doors provide access to the garden. Also off the front hall is a bathroom with bath, WC and basin. The first floor is approached via a staircase leading from the front hall. The bedroom to the west of the property has wooden floorboards, a wash basin and dual aspect windows. There are two further bedrooms (one with a wash basin) with views to the south, one of which has access to an interconnecting bathroom, and a family bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin. The first floor accommodation is completed by the master bedroom which has two recessed wardrobes, and a door to the interconnecting bathroom. The single storey east wing of the building is a self-contained annexe with its own entrance via a porch. The accommodation comprises a hall, living room with kitchen area, two bedrooms and a bathroom. There is a connecting door to the utility room of the main house. Approved planning consent (08/00317/HAE) is also in place for a second, self-catering annexe with two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen/living room, and a double garage. Preliminary work started in 2011, thus keeping the consent effective.
Gardens and Grounds
A sweeping driveway through the paddock approaches the front of Longbank which sits towards the eastern boundary of its policies. Adjacent to the house is a paddock of about 10 acres providing
excellent grazing as well as enhancing the superb views. Longbank also has an area of formal garden. The main door looks out onto a lawn and plum orchard, with a small pond to the south. Flower beds run along the length of the house. This area of garden is enclosed by a stone wall
with a wooden gate that leads through to the rear courtyard and another access to the driveway, the grazing and woodlands. There is also a greenhouse (3.80m x 2.50m) within the garden, complete with vine, mains electricity and piped water. The grazing land runs parallel with the
Ardoch Burn on which Longbank has exclusive fishing rights on the left bank. The burn is a tributary of the River Teith and contains sea trout and salmon from August onwards. Parts of the burn are shielded by mature trees and it winds its way along the northern and western boundaries of the property. Within the rear courtyard there is a stone built open fronted tool shed.
Access: The Stirling Council approved access to Longbank is the eastern drive to the rear courtyard. This access is owned by Longbank. however, there is a servitude right over the top part of the driveway, providing vehicular access to Longbank Steading and the neighbouring Longbank Mill. The western access through the paddock is an agricultural access.
Fishing Rights: Longbank has the salmon fishing rights on about 1.5 miles or thereby of the Ardoch Burn. No catch records are available.
Photographs: Please note that these were taken in 2010 and 2011.
Fixtures and Fittings: Fitted carpets and white goods are included
in the sale. The antique stove in the drawing room, the two freezers
in the utility room and the gun cabinet are specifically excluded from
From the A9, take the A820 westbound from Dunblane towards Doune and Callander. After just over 2 miles the entrance to Longbank Farm is on the right hand side.