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Jennyswells House & Cottage, Colliston, By Arbroath, Angus, DD11

Sold STC £530,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Home Report value - 610,000
  • 3 reception rooms
  • 6 bedrooms (1 en suite)
  • Extensive gardens and grounds
  • Woodland
  • 2 bedroom cottage
  • EPC Rating = G

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Imposing country house, with extensive grounds and cottage


This is an attractive and very convenient part of Angus, just inland from Arbroath, with its historic harbour, marina and abbey. The A92 dual carriageway provides easy access to Dundee. Angus boasts sandy beaches, scenic countryside and glorious heather glens. Recreational activities include fishing on the River South Esk. There are a number of well known golf courses in the area, including Carnoustie, Letham Grange, Montrose and St Andrews and leisure centres at Arbroath and Montrose. Lunan Bay is a well known local beach. There is a lovely coastal walk, along red sandstone cliffs, from Lunan Bay via Auchmithie to Arbroath, which is famous for its "smokies".

Locally, there is a primary school at Colliston. Secondary schooling is found in Arbroath, together with a wide range of business and leisure facilities and shopping. Private schooling is available at Dundee High School. Both Dundee and Aberdeen are easily reached and provide all the services expected of major cities. There is a railway station at Arbroath offering regular services to Aberdeen and to the south. There is an airport at Dundee with services to London Stansted and Amsterdam, while Aberdeen has a range of domestic and European flights.


Jennyswells is a most imposing country house. It dates from 1890 and was originally built as a convalescent home for Arbroath Infirmary. After the Second World War it was used by the hospital for offices and storage. It was acquired by the sellers in 1966 who then set about converting it into a fine country house. At that stage the house was refurbished internally and double glazing was installed about 20 years ago. As such it is a country house of some stature. The woods were planted around 30 years ago, mainly with spruce, giving the property privacy and shelter. Adjacent to the house is Jennyswells House Cottage. This was modernised in the late 1970s and central heating and double glazing were installed some seven or eight years ago.

Jennyswells House faces southeast and looks out over the grounds and towards its own woods. It is a stone built house with a slate roof. Stone gate piers with wrought iron gates open onto a tarred drive which leads up past the side of the house to the front.

Steps with wrought iron railings lead up to a wooden front door which opens to an entrance vestibule with inner partially glazed doors with over and side lights to the impressive hallway. This has a cornice, dado rail, part wooden flooring and under stair cupboards. Either side of the hallway are the two principal reception rooms which are well proportioned, having originally been the two wards. The dining room has a cornice, fireplace with stone surround and wooden mantel, large window to the front and shelved display alcove with cupboard below. The sitting room also has a cornice and large window to the front, together with a tiled fireplace, two wall lights, fitted bookshelves and glazed doors to the conservatory. This is also double glazed and has a wooden floor and doors to the garden, and is positioned to make the most of the evening light.

Behind the hallway is an inner hallway with a shelved cupboard. Off this is the cloakroom with a fitted washbasin and WC, together with a boiler room housing a Worcester oil fired boiler. The study has a fireplace with stone surround and a shelved alcove. Behind is the utility room with fitted units which is plumbed and vented for a washing machine and dryer. The timber lined kitchen has fitted wall and floor units, incorporating a two oven Aga (red), plumbing for dishwasher, sink, beamed ceiling and circular window. Off the kitchen is a rear entrance vestibule with a boot room with shelves and coat hooks.

A wooden staircase leads up from the hallway to the first floor. Off the front landing is the master bedroom with fitted dressing table and wardrobe, window seat and an en suite shower room with corner washbasin and WC. The partially tiled bathroom has a bath, washbasin, WC and wooden floor. Bedroom 2 has a picture rail, while bedroom 3 has fitted wardrobes. In addition there is a shelved linen cupboard. Off the back landing is bedroom 4 with fitted wardrobes and dressing table and bedroom 5. Bedroom 6 is used as a store room.

The main area of garden lies to the front and side of the house, and comprises flower and shrub borders, lawn and a paved seating area, and is sheltered by a high beech hedge. Beyond is a vegetable garden with a greenhouse, stone built store, fruit trees, lawns and vegetable beds, and the original well. Adjacent to the house is a block built log store (3.73 m x 2.48 m) and a double covered car port (5.08 m x 5.00 m) with concrete floor. In addition there is a brick built store.
In front of the house and its cottage is an extensive grassed area, which could be made into a paddock if desired. Beyond and to the east is the woodland.

Lying to the east of the house is Jennyswells House Cottage. This is stone built with a slate roof and a harled entrance porch. From this a door opens to the hallway which has a cupboard and linen cupboard. Off this is the sitting room with a cast iron fireplace with tiled inserts and wooden mantel. The kitchen has fitted units with a Sterling four ring hob and oven, sink and plumbing for a washing machine. The bathroom has a bath, washbasin and WC. Bedroom 1 has a built in cupboard while bedroom 2 has a built in shelved cupboard.

The garden, which surrounds the cottage, is enclosed to the rear and side by a wall and to the front by a hedge.

Additional Property
Beyond the cottage is the former bothy cottage which could be available in addition. This is stone built with a cast iron roof and currently comprises a store (3.43 m x 3.20 m), workshop (5.12 m x 4.89 m), store with stone flag floor (4.60 m x 3.95 m) and further store (4.45 m x 4.66 m). Behind is a cast iron shed and adjacent is another well. Planning consent (Ref 15/00192/PPPL) was granted in February 2015 for the erection of a replacement dwelling house. This site extends to some 0.45 acres and is shown hatched on the plan. For further information please contact the selling agents.

Square Footage: 3,800 sq ft
Acreage: 3.46 Acres


From Dundee and the south take the A92 dual carriageway to Arbroath. From Arbroath take the A933 towards Brechin. Continue past RM Condor and just before reaching Colliston, turn left signposted Swirlburn and then take the first turning on the left. Continue for a further 0.3 miles and the turning into Jennyswells House will be seen on the left.

If coming from the north on the A90 dual carriageway take the turning to Brechin and then take the A933, signposted for Arbroath. Immediately after passing through Colliston turn right signposted Swirlburn and proceed as above.

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