7 bedroom detached house for saleGlengyle House, Loch Katrine, Stirlingshire, FK8 3UA
Under Offer £695,000
- Entrance vestibule, Reception hall
- Drawing room, Sitting room
- Study, Kitchen/family room
- Larder, Utility room, Cloakroom
- 3 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms
- 4 further bedrooms, 2 further bathrooms
- Lochside grounds of about 6 acres
- Substantial detached garage block
- EPC Rating = F
Glengyle House occupies an enviable position at the head of Loch Katrine, in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The house is situated about 11 miles north west of Kinlochard and 15 miles from the small town of Aberfoyle.
The Kinlochard and Aberfoyle area has excellent leisure facilities including a sailing club on Loch Ard near the MacDonald Forest Hills Hotel and Spa. The B829 from Aberfoyle continues to the eastern shore of Loch Lomond at Inversnaid, about 4 miles to the west. On Loch Katrine the pleasure steamer, The Sir Walter Scott, calls at Stronachlachar Pier during the tourist season. There is a café at the pier. Boating and fishing is available on the Loch.
Aberfoyle provides a full range of facilities including a primary school, shops, post office, supermarket and a variety of hotels and restaurants as well as an 18 hole golf course. The Lake Hotel and Nick Nairn’s Cook School are nearby at Lake of Menteith. Secondary schooling is available in Callander at McLaren High School.
The Trossachs are the heart of Rob Roy MacGregor’s Scotland and it was in this area with its delightful mix of lochs, burns, hills and glens that he was born and lived his life and where some of his more famous exploits took place. The Trossachs have a diversity of wildlife including magnificent golden eagles, peregrine falcons and red deer, which coexist with creatures like roe deer, wildcats, foxes, feral goats, badgers and red squirrels.
Glengyle is recorded in the Baptismal Register of Buchanan Parish as the birthplace in 1671 of Rob Roy MacGregor. The MacGregors had occupied Glengyle since at least 1530, as tacksmen or tenants of the Buchanans and, subsequently, the Grahams. In 1703 Rob Roy obtained a feu charter of “the two merklands of Glengyle” from James Graham, Marquis of Montrose. A new house is thought to have been built at Glengyle in 1707, but this was burnt in both 1715 and 1745, and it is not known how much of the 1707 building is incorporated in today’s house. There are date stones of 1704 (possibly altered from 1764) and 1728. The principal wing, to the west, is thought to have been added in the early 19th century.
The Glengyle Estate was purchased by Glasgow Corporation in 1918 to secure Loch Katrine as a water supply for the city. The house was subdivided into three workers’ houses, each with its own staircase. After the estate came under the management of Scottish Water, the house was sold off, in 2004. It has recently been totally refurbished and reinstated as one splendid house. It is listed Category B.
Writers, poets and artists have all been drawn to the hills and lochs of the area, fascinated by the tales of Rob Roy and the legends of the Children of the Mist. Loch Katrine was the inspiration for Sir Walter Scott’s Lady of the Lake and he mentioned Glengyle in both The Lady of the Lake and Rob Roy. William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and James Hogg all savoured its incomparable atmosphere and Scott’s works are credited with first bringing tourists to the area.
The property is approached from either Aberfoyle or Callander via Scottish Water’s private road around the Loch. This road is barrier controlled to restrict traffic to residents and their guests. The house has a chipped driveway leading to a parking area in front of the house. The detached garage, recently completed in 2013, offers parking for four cars, a workshop and mower store.
The grounds of about six acres run down to the lochside and there are wonderful views over the loch. Trees to the rear shelter the house and there are a number of trees and large rhododendrons in the grounds to the front.
A crenellated entrance porch with a solid timber door and original leaded windows leads into a vestibule with chequered stone flooring. From there, double doors with datestones above open into the reception hall which has exposed stone walling and similar flooring.
To the right, off the hall, is a sitting room with wood panelling to half height, a cast iron fireplace with open fire, black limestone flooring and windows to east and south with fabulous views over Loch Katrine. To the rear of the house is a small study.
The drawing room, to the left, has dual aspect windows with wonderful views to the south over the loch, black limestone flooring and a splendid cast iron fireplace with open fire and marble insets. The drawing room connects to a magnificent kitchen/dining/family room with a large inglenook fireplace, exposed stone walls and black limestone flooring. The kitchen area has a range of floor and wall mounted wooden units with timber worktops and tiled splashbacks, a range cooker with hood and twin integrated dishwashers. There is a substantial island unit with a sink and drainer. A walk in cupboard opens off the living area.
Beyond the kitchen are a larder, a cloakroom with separate wc and a utility room with butler’s sink and an external door to the driveway.
The wooden staircase with decorative carved banister and understair cupboard has been restored to its original magnificence. Lit by a window at the half landing, it leads up from the reception hall to the first floor landing.
On the first floor are five bedrooms, most of which have stunning views over Loch Katrine. Three have en suite bathrooms. There is also a family bathroom with WC, bath, wash hand basin and separate shower cubicle. The stairway continues from the first floor landing to the top floor. A large Velux window over the staircase provides an abundance of natural light. On this floor there are two further bedrooms which have views over the loch and a further bathroom with WC, bath, wash hand basin and separate shower cubicle.
The bedrooms on both levels have solid wooden floors while the bathrooms have tiled floors.
From Glasgow take the A81 north past Milngavie and Killearn and continue north to Aberfoyle.
From Aberfoyle take the B829 west and follow this road for about 4 miles along the banks of Loch Ard. Continue for a further 7 miles, passing Loch Chon and turn right at the T-junction. Pass through the barrier at Stronachlachar and continue for about 5 miles to the head of Loch Katrine. Continue round the head of the loch and the entrance to Glengyle House will be found on the right.
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