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27 bedroom detached house for sale
Auchendennan, Loch Lomond, Argyll, G83 8RA
- 27 bedrooms
- 7 principal reception rooms
- Victorian conservatory
- 57 acres or thereby
- Former Youth Hostel
- Woodland polices
- Rough grazing
- EPC Rating = G
Auchendennan House is on the south west side of Loch Lomond within Scotland’s first National Park, The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.
Some of Britain’s most spectacular scenery is around the Loch Lomond area. The loch is actually crossed by the Highland boundary fault and the physical characteristics of lowland and highland Scotland can be seen within a few miles of each other.
For sports enthusiasts the great outdoors awaits. There is superb hill walking and climbing in the area. The Arrochar Alps include four Munros (mountains over 3000 ft) and six Corbetts, the best known of which is The Cobbler. Ben Lomond is only minutes away by boat. The loch is well known for its water sports including wind surfing, sailing and excellent water skiing and wake boarding.
There are a number of well-respected golf courses in the area including Loch Lomond Golf Course which is host to the Scottish Open and other international events.
Helensburgh and Balloch are the nearest towns. Helensburgh has excellent shopping including a choice of supermarkets. Helensburgh and Balloch Stations have regular trains with a journey time to Glasgow of around 50 minutes.
Glasgow (26 miles) can be accessed by car under normal driving conditions in approximately 45 minutes, and Glasgow Airport, providing regular domestic and international flights, within 30 minutes.
Auchendennan House is a magnificent Category A listed Scots Baronial mansion by John Burnet. It was built in 1866 for Mr George Martin, one of the many Glasgow-based East India merchants of the time. In 1882 the house was inherited by John McLellan Martin, son of George Martin, before it was sold to chemical manufacturer William Chrystal who owned it between 1898 and World War II. In 1902, A N Paterson added the colossal Scottish Renaissance porte-cochère.
John Burnet (1814-1901) practised as an architect predominantly in Glasgow. His early work is modestly classical, including Elgin Place Congregational Church (1856) and the Italianate 61-63 Miller Street (1854). His later designs include the exuberant Italian Renaissance Clydesdale Bank, St Vincent Place (1870) and the beautifully restrained Cleveden Crescent (1876).
Auchendennan House’s architecture has a distinctly Scottish flavour with its dramatic roof line with turrets, castellations, cones, pyramids and ogees and splendid tourelles. Burnet designed it to take full advantage of its wonderful views over Loch Lomond towards Ben Lomond and beyond.
For over 65 years it has been a youth hostel of the SYHA, offering holiday accommodation to tourists from all over the world. Whilst its bedroom/dormitory accommodation is quite utilitarian in its presentation, its magnificent main reception rooms are remarkably intact, retaining their proportions, period features and character.
The vaulted porte-cochère entrance porch leads to the lower ground floor level and the main reception hallway with ornate panelling, a magnificent stone fireplace and mosaic tiled floor. Off the hallway are a cloakroom and the reception office. Also on this level are the residents’ dining room, an extensive kitchen fitted with domestic style units, a games room, media room, a further office, a number of stores, a laundry room and a utility room. There are three bedrooms on this floor, served by a shower room. Also at this level is a cobbled courtyard with boiler room, laundry and other outbuildings.
The elevated ground floor is of palatial proportions. The great hall is magnificent. It is the spine of the building which climbs through three levels and creates a wonderful centrepiece for entertaining. It is panelled, has exceptional plasterwork, ornate wooden carvings and a magnificent inglenook fireplace. Off the great hall are the drawing room, formal dining room, sitting room and manager’s accommodation with two bedrooms and access to the Victorian conservatory.
The drawing room and music room are of particular note, together extending to over 33 ft in length. It has a splendid, ornately plastered ceiling with detailed frieze, two wonderful fireplaces and no fewer than 12 windows with stained glass upper portions and spectacular open views over Loch Lomond.
The formal dining room is equally as impressive, with its detailed cornicing and palatial fireplace dominating the focal wall. Off the dining room is a commercial kitchen. The sitting room is decorated in an Arts and Crafts style with significant fireplace with mother of pearl inlay.
On the first and second floors is the dormitory bedroom accommodation and associated wash rooms and shower rooms. There are 27 bedrooms in total over four levels.
Rising from the second floor is the tower with two bedrooms and access to the parapet which has magnificent views over Loch Lomond and beyond.
The grounds of Auchendrennan extend to some 57 acres or thereby and include formal gardens, extensive woodland policies and rough grazing. On the other side of the A82 are three parcels of land (marked in blue) which may be available by separate negotiation.
Travelling from Glasgow westbound on the M8 cross the Erskine Bridge and follow signs for Loch Lomond and Crianlarich. By-pass Dumbarton on the A82 and continue over the Stoneymollan roundabout at Balloch. Continue along the lochside road and immediately after passing the entrances to Cameron House Hotel and Duck Bay Marina, turn left ,signed Auchendennan and Youth Hostel. Follow the drive and bear right towards Auchendennan House.