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7 bedroom house for sale
Vellore House, Maddiston, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, FK2 0BN
- Historic family home
- Superb commuter transport links
- Convenient for Edinburgh and Glasgow
- 7 bedrooms (2 en suite)
- Self-contained annexe
- 6 reception rooms
- 4 bathrooms, study & library
- Lovely mature garden
- Double garage, store & workshop
- EPC Rating = D
Vellore House is set in over three acres of its own grounds in open countryside close to Linlithgow. The house has a southerly outlook over rolling pasture and there are beautiful views from the grounds to the Firth of Forth and distant Perthshire hills.
The property benefits from a situation midway between Edinburgh and Glasgow with good accessibility to both the M8 and M9, giving quick access to both of Scotland's major cities and also north to Stirling. The property is therefore ideally placed for commuting to any situation in central Scotland. In addition to the excellent road links there are railway stations at Linlithgow and Polmont with commuter services to both Edinburgh and Glasgow. Edinburgh Airport is only 18 miles away.
The property is also well placed for local services. Maddiston and Blackness have good primary schools and feed into secondary schools in Linlithgow and Falkirk. These local towns also provide a wide range of shops and supermarkets. Vellore House is exceptionally well placed for the numerous private schools in the central belt including Clifton Hall at Newbridge, which takes children from 3 to18 years, and all the Edinburgh and Glasgow schools. Dollar Academy is only 20 miles north via the Clackmannanshire Bridge.
The area has a strong local community and the recreational facilities are also outstanding. These range from the leisure centres and swimming pools in Linlithgow and Bo'ness, to dry slope skiing at Polmont, and the Central Scotland Ballet School. Beecraigs and Muiravonside Country Parks (on the outskirts of Linlithgow) also provide a plethora of both children's and adult activities.
Vellore House is a splendid mansion house approached by its own tree lined drive. Originally it was a 17th century farmhouse, part of the lands of Muiravonside owned at one time by Alexander MacLeod, aide de camp of Bonnie Prince Charlie. It was extended in the 1780s by a Major Duncan of the Scotch Brigade, on his return from service in India. Having been besieged in Fort Vellore by Hyder Ali, Major Duncan returned home and set about remodelling the farmhouse to create a replica of Fort Vellore and even included a parade ground (now gone) and the Indian way of dividing fields with mounds of earth topped with trees.
Vellore House passed into the Urquhart family who donated the land on which Cairneymount Church was built. Between 1905 and 1909 William and Helen Brown extended the house, adding wings to the west and east and further bedrooms to the south. In recent years the house has been comprehensively refurbished to create a highly individual and impressive family
The house has a most distinctive and attractive facade with battlements rising above an imposing central section connecting to wings with arched windows, linked by pepper pot turrets to either side. The appearance is completed by the central porch, also with arched windows and battlements. The comparatively modest proportions of the facade conceal the scale of the building behind, with a three storey central section being flanked by single storey wings.
The property offers excellent accommodation and exhibits many traditional features including decorative cornicing, working shutters and fireplaces. The reception rooms are particularly fine and include a bright and comfortable drawing room with a splendid multi-fuel stove with marble surround. A full height window is open to a glazed south facing corridor which in turn opens through French doors onto the terrace.
There is a dining room for formal occasions, again with an impressive open fire and this links via a secret doorway to an adjacent breakfast room for everyday use. A central corridor, off of which there are two separate cloakrooms and an under stair store, is integral to the ground floor accommodation and connects to the glazed corridor linking the west wing.
The large dining kitchen is in the heart of the house. It has fitted floor units with shelves above tiled splashbacks. It has both a Rangemaster stove and LPG gas cooker. There is also a pantry linking through to the utility and boot room which has plumbing for two washing machines and direct access to the garden. Off the kitchen is an annexe with sitting room, bedroom, wet room, WC and its own external door.
The east wing comprises a magnificent billiard/games room with beamed ceilings and an adjoining bar. The turret has been adapted as a wine cellar with storage space above. The west wing comprises the family room which has a multi fuel stove and adjoins the music room and a study. The turret has been made into a circular library, with stairs up to a reading room above.
The upper floors afford generous bedroom accommodation. The front section comprises the master bedroom with a large bathroom and dressing room (or additional bedroom) opposite. A corridor leads to three further bedrooms, (one of which has an en suite bathroom), a further bathroom, wc and a linen room which houses the two hot water cylinders. There are two more bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor.
To the rear of Vellore House are two outbuildings: a workshop and a garage building.
The workshop (5.00m x 11.35m) is built of sandstone under a slate roof with a carved sandstone entrance. It has a 3 phase electricity supply, a water supply and a double Belfast sink with its own water heater.
The garage building comprises a double garage (8.00m x 5.70m) and a garden store (5.96m x 2.31m). It is built of rendered block work under a pitch slate roof. This also has an electricity supply. There is a leanto log shelter along the east wall of this building.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
Vellore House is set in about 3.6 acres of enclosed grounds with extensive lawns and mature trees bordering onto open countryside. The house is approached by a part concrete and part asphalt drive which sweeps past the front of the house to the parking area and garaging at the rear. To the south of the house is a lovely sheltered terrace. To the west of the house, enclosed between laurel and beech hedges, is a lawn and vegetable garden.
The grounds offer a variety of trees and shrubs including monkey puzzle, holly, ash, laurel, copper birch, yew, beech, cypress, azaleas and rhododendrons and smaller shrubs interspersed through meadow and finely mown lawns. There is also a productive vegetable garden, comprising a number of beds, protected by rabbit proof fencing.
Adjacent to the outbuildings at the rear of the house are a kennel and former swimming pool (in need of renovation) and a well with a stone surround and iron grid.
FIXTURES AND FITTINGS
All light fittings, carpets, curtains and blinds are included in the sale.
The neck of the access drive (hatched blue on the plan) is shared with the owners of the neighbouring stables and coach houses.
Vellore House and its gate pillars are listed category B.
From Edinburgh take the M9 towards Stirling. Exit at junction 4 and follow the A801 south. At the Bowhouse roundabout take the third exit signposted Maddiston, take second road on the right (Vellore Road), drive out of the village passing under a bridge (of the A801). The gates to Vellore House are on the right hand side, 50 yards beyond the bridge. On entering the drive, take the left fork to the house.
From Glasgow take the M8 east towards Edinburgh. Exit at junction 4 and take the A801 north. At the Bowhouse roundabout take third exit to Maddiston and proceed as above.