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7 bedroom detached house for sale

Carisbrooke, West Argyle Street, Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, G84

Sold STC £595,000

Property Description

Key features

  • A magnificently updated Victorian home
  • Drawing room & sitting room
  • Family room
  • Study & conservatory
  • 2 kitchens, dining room
  • 7 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • Double garage
  • Gardens and Kitchen garden
  • EPC Rating = E

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A magnificently updated Victorian home with artistic connections


Carisbrooke is in the much sought after West End of Helensburgh and within a short stroll of the town centre. Helensburgh's street scale has been much improved in 2014 with the redesign of Colquhoun Square and improvements to the surrounding streets.

Helensburgh offers a selection of local primary schools, with secondary schooling at the reputable Hermitage Academy. Private schooling is well catered for by Lomond School which provides facilities for day pupils and boarders alike. Helensburgh offers a wide range of local amenities including good local shopping, a choice of supermarkets including Waitrose, and numerous civic and leisure facilities.

The property is well situated for golfers, with easy access to Helensburgh Golf Club, Cardross Golf Club and the world famous Loch Lomond Golf Club and the new Carrick course at Loch Lomond. Cameron House Hotel and leisure centre is only a short drive away.

Helensburgh, considered by many as a gateway to the Highlands, combines both town and country living with Loch Lomond and the Trossachs within easy reach. The Glencoe and Nevis Range ski areas are both within approximately an hour and a half's drive, while for water sports enthusiasts the Firth of Clyde provides some of Scotland's most testing sailing waters. The neighbouring village of Rhu offers a modern marina and is home to the world famous Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club.

Helensburgh is well placed for commuting to Glasgow with the A814, A82 and M8 allowing a journey time of less than an hour in normal driving conditions. Helensburgh Central Station is on the main Queen Street line, with Helensburgh Upper Station on the West Highland line. A direct commuter rail service from Helensburgh Central to Edinburgh has recently been introduced. Glasgow Airport is 22 miles distant and offers a variety of regular domestic and international flights.


Carisbrooke must be one of Helensburgh's largest and finest family homes. It is a B listed sandstone villa built under a slate roof offering flexible accommodation over three levels comprising almost 5,500 sq ft.. Thought to date from around 1860, it was built for a Mr Potter of Glasgow and was extended in 1901 for a Mr Morrison by architect William Fraser. This work included the addition of the drawing room, the billiard room above it, and the conservatory. Four years later, in 1905, Robert Wemyss executed plans for alterations and additions to create a cloakroom and pantry.

Probably the most famous resident of Carisbrooke was Norah Neilson Gray. Born in the house in 1882, the daughter of a shipbuilder, George Gray, she was a founding artist behind the Glasgow Girls movement. Primarily a portraitist, she served as a nurse in France in World War One and produced some of Scotland's most famous paintings from that time including "Hôpital Auxilaire D'Armée 30, Abbaye de Royaumont", which now hangs in Helensburgh Library. Another painting of the Abbaye is in the collection of the Imperial War Museum. Gray is said to have designed a stained glass window for the staircase (no longer there) and is possibly responsible for the other stained glass in the house. The family moved to Glasgow in 1901 and she died there in 1931.

Today Carisbrooke has been remodelled internally for modern day family life whist retaining much of its period character. Of particular note are the barrel vaulted billiard room with exquisite stained glass windows which now serves as the master bedroom, the Corinthian pillars in the reception hallway and the original Victorian conservatory off the drawing room.


A storm door leads to a vestibule then to the main reception hallway. The hallway is of palatial proportions with a Corinthian pillared arcade dividing off a sitting area with a large Art Nouveau fireplace housing an open fire. It has Corinthian pillars and a polished wooden floor. Opening off this hallway are the drawing room, dining room and a study.. The drawing room stretches the full width of the house with an arcaded screen dividing off the end of the end of the room where the chimneypiece is set into wainscoting and is flanked by two pairs of windows with stained glass insets. A wall of three windows provides borrowed light from the conservatory, which is accessed by a French door. The drawing room ceiling has superb geometric plasterwork.

The formal dining room leads through to a family room which was cleverly created five years ago by combining a series of smaller rooms to create a family sitting and dining room which is open plan with the former butler's pantry. The family room has French doors opening onto the front garden, a polished wooden floor and a Scan wood burning stove. The former butler's pantry is now a secondary kitchen and combines the original fittings with new units by Callum Walker of Perth fitted in 2010. They have granite work tops, a double Belfast sink, Siemens hob, Miele combined microwave and oven. It has a tiled floor by Fired Earth with underfloor heating. Off the family room is the main kitchen which was refitted in 2010 with the same specification. It has a black four oven Aga with Aga Intelligent Management System. Off the main kitchen are the back door and larder. A cloakroom with original panelling to picture rail height and a separate WC compartment completes the ground floor accommodation.

On the first floor are four bedrooms and a family bathroom with a free standing bath, wash basin and double shower compartment. Next to it is a separate WC. The guest bedroom has an en suite shower room which was refitted in 2007. One of the bedrooms is presently used an office. The dual aspect master bedroom was originally a billiard room and has a barrel vaulted ceiling, wainscoting and windows with stained glass insets to both north and south.

On the second floor are three bedrooms and a large bathroom with a free standing bath and a corner shower. There is also excellent storage off the landing. The views from this floor are superb, looking out over the Firth of Clyde.

Square Footage: 5,491 sq ft


From Helensburgh seafront, travel west on West Clyde Street (A814) towards Rhu and turn right up William Street. Pass over the junctions with West Princes Street and West King Street and turn left onto West Argyle Street. Carisbrooke can be found on the left hand side before the T junction with Woodend Street.

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