5 bedroom detached house for saleNorth Mid Frew, Thornhill, Stirlingshire, FK8
Sold STC £795,000
- A fine country home with astonishing views
- Additional 2 bedroom cottage
- Drawing room
- Cinema room
- Games/gym/music room
- Tower sitting room with panoramic views
- 5 bedrooms (1 used as dressing room)
- 2 en suites
- EPC Rating = D
A fine country house and cottage with astonishing views.
North Mid Frew is situated on the Carse of Stirling, to the west of Stirling, south of Thornhill and north of Kippen. The Carse of Stirling is a flat, beautifully scenic plain that stretches between the Gargunnock and Fintry Hills to the south and the Braes of Doune to the north. The countryside around North Mid Frew is typified by scattered farmhouses and steadings and open farmland (said to be some of the very best quality arable land in Scotland), interspersed with trees and woodland. The landform allows wonderful panoramic views and the Tower Room at North Mid Frew was thoughtfully designed to take full advantage of the 360 degree views.
North Mid Frew lies midway between the villages of Thornhill and Kippen. Thornhill has a post office, a village pub and a primary school with a strong reputation which the present owners' children have attended. Kippen is a sought after residential village with two acclaimed gastro pubs, a primary school, a post office, a delicatessen and an award-winning butcher. The local secondary school is the McLaren High School in Callander, and there are further secondary schools at Stirling and Balfron. In addition, there is private schooling at Beaconhurst School in Bridge of Allan for both primary and secondary school ages, further augmented by preparatory education at Ardvreck in Crieff as well as secondary schooling at Morrison's Academy in Crieff and Dollar Academy.
Bridge of Allan (around 12 miles away) is the home of Stirling University which has a sports centre and the MacRobert Arts Centre with a theatre and cinema.
Stirling is the principal local conurbation and the landmark of Stirling Castle rising above the city can be seen from North Mid Frew on a clear day. As the principal city of Central Scotland, Stirling has a good array of retail and leisure facilities. The nearby M9 connects to the M80 and provides good road links south eastwards towards Edinburgh and south westwards towards Glasgow. The A9 dual carriageway heads northwards from the M9 at Dunblane to link to Perth and beyond. The international airports of Edinburgh and Glasgow are both normally within an hour's drive and Stirling has a railway station with links to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk and Perth as well as further afield.
North Mid Frew is a fine country house created from a traditional Stirlingshire farmhouse. In 2001, the farmhouse was comprehensively refurbished and extended to create a splendid home, ideal for contemporary family life. The original house was extended to the east, the tower was added and the layout reconfigured. The former farm buildings have also been remodelled to provide a two bedroom cottage, a laundry room, a workshop and extensive and versatile space, presently used as garaging. They provide over 3,000 sq ft of space. The present owners carried out substantial refurbishment in 2014 to include a games/gym/music room and cinema and they also installed a Herz Pelletstar biomass boiler.
The house has been skilfully remodelled and designed to take full advantage of its open position and its wonderful panoramic views. It is essentially L-shaped, built under a slate roof with striking harled elevations. A circular tower with an elliptic staircase cleverly links the two wings of the building at both ground and first floor levels. At the top of the tower is a second floor sitting room/office with 360° panoramic views which encompass Ben Ledi and the Braes of Doune to the north, Ben Lomond and The Trossachs to the west, the Fintry Hills to the south and east across the Carse towards Stirling Castle.
The property is presented in outstanding order with beautiful interiors and a high specification. Double storm doors open to a semi circular entrance porch with exposed stone wall and tiled floor. A glazed screen and astragalled door then leads to a large welcoming reception hallway, off which are a WC, the kitchen, an under stair store, the library, and the drawing room and dining room.
At the heart of the house is a generously proportioned kitchen with a tiled stone floor and a vaulted ceiling. It has an extensive range of painted wooden floor and wall mounted units with granite worktops, incorporating two sinks (both with waste disposal units), an electric hob with oven and grill below, an integral fridge, dishwasher and an additional fridge freezer. There is also a green four-oven Aga. French doors set in a archway open to a courtyard to the north of the house and combine with windows on both the east and west walls to make the kitchen wonderfully light.
Next door to the kitchen, complementing its informal living space, is the formal drawing room. It has a polished wooden floor and a substantial wood burning stove set into a stone surround with railway sleeper lintel. French doors open to a paved patio and there are wonderful open views over the Carse towards the Stirlingshire Hills beyond. There is an open plan dining area which has the same polished wooden floor. Double doors lead from the drawing room to the library with extensive bookshelves. A glass door leads to an impressive games /gym/ music room with shower room off. A superb sound proofed cinema room provides the real cinema experience with floor level lighting and bar area.
From the reception hall, the principal staircase leads to a substantial first floor landing, off which are a large under stair store and a walk in linen store.
The master bedroom suite is exceptionally generous, extending to over 600 sq ft in all. It has two fitted dressing rooms and a recently refurbished large en suite shower room with marble, underfloor heat ing, curved wall, and fin wall separating twin vanity basins and walk in shower.. The bedroom and bathroom both have wonderful views.
There are three further bedrooms on this level and a family bathroom. One of the bedrooms has an en suite shower room.
On the second floor the circular lounge/ study with raised plinth takes full advantage of the 360° views over the Carse of Stirling and the Stirlingshire Hills. On a clear day the astonishing views include Ben Ledi, the Braes of Doune, Ben Lomond and The Trossachs and Stirling Castle.
The cottage forms part of the original steading and was converted in 2005. A glazed door leads directly into the large sitting room, off which is a kitchen with units at wall mounted and counter levels. They incorporate an electric hob, oven and hood and a dishwasher. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. One bedroom has an en suite bathroom and the other has a connecting door to the main bathroom.
This cottage would be ideal for a dependent family member, or offers scope for letting as holiday accommodation or home business.
The outbuildings, converted from the farm steading, house the biomass boiler. These include a large workshop, wet room shower, laundry, four car garage and wood store. . A former cattle court has been converted into a second, large garage which has been used to display a classic car collection. It has a tiled floor, a roller door, fitted spotlights and integral speakers linked to the music system in the house.
These buildings offer extensive potential for a variety of other uses, such as stabling, or could accommodate a games room, a gymnasium, a swimming pool or entertaining space.
The grounds of North Mid Frew extend to some 2.75 acres. The driveway sweeps through a gate to a monobloc driveway off which are the garaging and workshop. There are extensive areas for parking.
The courtyard adjacent to the house is landscaped with paviors and stone chips and there are a number of lawns around the buildings.
To the west of the house is a paddock of about 0.8 acres with post and wire fencing. There may be opportunity to acquire or rent additional grazing from the neighbouring farm by separate negotiation.
Mains electricity supplemented by solar panels, Biomass central heating with LPG back up, private drainage, and mains water.
Green Living and RHI/FIT payments
The biomass boiler is fed automatically from the wood pellet store and heats the entire house and the cottage. The system qualifies for the government's RHI scheme and pays 9.05p/kWh generated (as at April 2016) - up to an annual tax free amount of £7,135 (any further usage is paid at a lower rate of 2.37p/kWh with no maximum, although the present owners have found the higher base tariff more than enough to keep the house extremely cosy). These payments are indexed linked, and remain in force until 30 Oct 2033, meaning over 17 years still to run of free heating plus a cash income stream.
In 2012 a 3.9kw solar PV system was added which is registered for Feed in Tariff (FiT) payments. It is capable of generating a tax-free, inflation-linked income of approximately £1600-1700.
Square Footage: 4,348 sq ft
Acreage: 2.75 Acres
From Stirling, travel west for about 10 miles on the A811 towards Kippen and turn right at the roundabout onto the B822, signposted Callander and Thornhill. Follow this road for 0.9 miles bearing right at the sharp 90 degree corner. Follow the road for 0.6 miles and turn left to North Mid Frew. Follow the tarmac drive past the house turning right through the second gate into the monoblock courtyard.
Alternatively, from the M9, leave the motorway at Junction 10 and take the A84 west for about 4 miles, then bear left onto the A873 signposted to Thornhill. After about 1 mile turn left onto the B8031. After about 2.5 miles, North Mid Frew will be seen on the right. Turn into the drive and proceed as above.
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