7 bedroom detached house for saleLinlithgow, West Lothian
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Full descriptionWith a glorious position overlooking the River Avon and accessible position just west of Linlithgow, Glenavon House is a fine family sized house combining architectural splendour of the late 19th Century with high quality contemporary accommodation, fittings and finishes. Access to the property is directly off the public road through stone pillared entrance gates with a short drive leading to a spacious gravel sweep on the north side of the house. Providing accommodation over two storeys beneath a pitched, tiled roof, the house has been built to an extremely high standard with high-quality material and has retained many original fixtures and fittings. Built of sandstone with ashlar dressings, the house is Grade B listed by Historic Scotland. The listing notes describe the house as 'an exuberant multi-gabled L-plan villa with Jacobean Renaissance detailing, an ogee-roofed round tower and prominent barge boarding'.
Internal period features of the property include engraved ceramic tiled floor in the entrance vestibule; fine dark-wood staircase withpanelling and wainscoting in the main hall, beaded parquet flooring and elaborate cornicing in the main reception rooms, a heavily carved Renaissance fireplace and moulded plasterwork ceiling in the dining room and timber moulded surrounds to the principal doorways and leaded and frosted internal windows with floral design on the main stair window.
The accommodation is conveniently arranged around a central entrance hall and stairwell on the ground floor and large galleried landing on the first floor. The layout also enables part of the house to be occupied as a self-contained 2-bedroom flat with a kitchen on the ground floor and independent access to and from the garden.
The drawing room has a large bay window seat with views over the garden. There is also a set of French windows leading to the conservatory, while another set of French windows open on to a terrace overlooking the tennis court and croquet lawn.
The extensive family kitchen features a range of units, including an island unit complete with black granite work surfaces, a Belfast sink, and a four-oven Aga. Beyond the kitchen there is a utility room with fitted units, a stainless steel sink and plumbing for a washing machine. There is also a secondary kitchen by the back door with has fitted units, a sink, an electric oven and a hob. On the first floor there are three principal bedrooms accessed off the main landing, all with large en suite bathrooms. A corridor leads to two further bedrooms, a bathroom, linen cupboard and two separate WCs. On the top floor there are two bedrooms with ample cupboard space.
Glenavon House was completed in 1886 to a design by the wellknown architect, James Graham Fairley. The house was built for James Lovell, owner of the now demolished Avon Paper Mill on the east side of the River Avon, and he had a bridge constructed at the bottom of the garden to access his mill on the other side of the river. Although no longer in existence, the remains of the original wooden bridge are still visible today.
Gardens and grounds
The extensive gardens and grounds which slope downhill from the position of the house to the River Avon are a particular feature of the property. The fully stocked beds of shrubs and flowering plants are complemented by extensive lawns and an eclectic variety of both native and ornamental trees including oak, horse chestnut, yew, cedar and several fruit trees. On the immediate south and east side of the house is a stone paved terrace with a flight of sandstone steps leading down to a grass tennis court and croquet lawn.
At the bottom of the garden and forming the eastern boundary of the property is the River Avon. Rising in the Campsie Fells to the north of Glasgow, this is an attractive and fast flowing river which drains into the Firth of Forth. It has a population of wild brown trout and whilst the purchaser of Glenavon is entitled to fish the river from within their ownership, membership of the Linlithgow Angling Club will provide them with the opportunity to fish the several miles of the River Avon which the club leases from the Crown Estates.
In terms of outbuildings, the main building serving the property is a triple garage building with adjoining workshop and large lofted store above. Unusually, this building has a 3-phase power supply which enables the owner of Glenavon to use very highpowered electrical equipment if required.
Within the garden is the original brick based timber-framed greenhouse with adjoining garden stores. The vendors have submitted and received planning consent for the conversion of this building as self-contained auxiliary accommodation providing a further two bedrooms. The planning decision notice and accompanying plans are available on request from the selling agents.
Glenavon House is situated in a commanding position overlooking the River Avon. On the other side of the river, within walking distance, is the historic Royal Burgh of Linlithgow. Linlithgow Palace, a picturesque local attraction, was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and home to the Stewart kings until the time of James I (James VI of Scotland). Other attractions in the area include the leisure centre and swimming pool in Linlithgow, the country park at Beecraigs, and local golf courses include the West Lothian Golf Club, Linlithgow Golf Club and Kingsfield Golf Centre. Muiravonside Country Park is also nearby, while boat trips are available on the Union Canal. There are a number of local football and rugby clubs as well as facilities for other outdoor pursuits such as fishing.
There is excellent access to local amenities; Linlithgow has Tesco and Sainsbury's supermarkets as well as an extensive range of shops, restaurants, cafes, leisure facilities and professional services. Linlithgow also has a library and several good primary and secondary schools, while Clifton Hall private preparatory school at Newbridge is 11 miles and takes children from nursery age to 11 years old. Both Edinburgh and Glasgow have a number of private schools that are within easy commuting range - with some of these schools providing a daily return bus service from Linlithgow. Edinburgh and Glasgow provide all the cultural and general amenities to be expected of Scotland's capital city and are within an easy reach.
Glenavon House provides the ideal location for commuting to anywhere in central Scotland. Linlithgow railway station is just three miles away, and provides frequent services to Edinburgh (20 minutes to the centre) and Glasgow (around 30 minutes). There is also a convenient bus service from Linlithgow to Edinburgh. Junction 3 of the M9 is three miles away and provides quick links to Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh city centre and Stirling to the northwest. The M876 provides quick access to Glasgow is accessed from the M9 west of Falkirk. Edinburgh Airport is just 20 minutes by car and provides frequent daily flights to London, Manchester, Birmingham and a range of other domestic and international destinations.
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