4 bedroom house for saleArd Mo Chridhe, Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire
- 4 bedrooms
- 2 reception rooms
- 2 bathrooms
- Private gardens of 0.74 acres
- Exceptional views
Ard Mo Chride occupies a truly striking setting on the edge of Loch Ard Forest with magnificent views to Craig Mohr and the equally stunning surrounding countryside.
The location is secluded, rural and scenic and yet is within 19 miles of Stirling and 25 miles of Glasgow, therefore highly accessible. The Trossachs, a designated National Park, is renowned for its beautiful lochs, forests, hills and glens which are home to an abundance of wildlife including deer, red squirrels, pine martens and, of course, a magnificent spectrum of birds. The history of the area attracts walkers, naturalists and visitors drawn by its associations with Rob Roy MacGregor and other historic figures.
Aberfoyle provides a good range of facilities, including a primary school, shops, post office, supermarket, a variety of hotels and restaurants and an 18 hole golf course. Nearby, at Port of Menteith, are the Lake Hotel and Nick Nairn's Cook School. Local secondary schools include Balfron High and McLaren High School in Callander. In addition, there are bus links from Dunblane to the highly acclaimed Dollar Academy. Stirling lies 19 miles east of Aberfoyle, providing all the amenities expected of a city. Glasgow, 25 miles to the south, is a wonderful city catering to everyone's needs.
Railway links from Dunblane or Stirling and Milngavie provide access to both Edinburgh and Glasgow whilst the M9 to the east provides links to the north and to Edinburgh. Edinburgh airport is within 50 miles and Glasgow Airport is about 35 miles.
Ard Mo Chridhe, dating from approximately 1920, is built, unusually for this area, of red brick under a series of pitched slate roofs. The village elders have tales of an unpaid debt to the old, once prosperous, slate quarry of Aberfoyle, which was settled with red bricks brought from south of the border to build this very appealing home, with a strong Edwardian influence.
Internally, the property has undergone a substantial refurbishment and yet the original features and integrity of this beautiful home have been respected. The result of the current owners' renovations and updating is a bright and spacious family house that provides generously proportioned rooms, that are both functional and comfortable. The quality of the original build remains, with pitch pine floors, wonderful skirting and cornicing and doors of Douglas fir which blend seamlessly with the recently fitted Moben kitchen and Porcelanosa bathroom. The reception rooms provide a wonderful setting for entertaining and for family gatherings, making this a very special property.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The grounds of Ard Mo Chridhe are accessed through wrought iron gates leading to a gravel driveway which sweeps past the front of the house towards a double garage. The roadside boundary has post and rail fencing with of maturing evergreen inner hedge. The house occupies an elevated setting and the garden undulates over three levels with steps down from the drive level and further steps down to a woodland area. The gardens are predominantly lawned, with a rockery to the west side of the drawing room. Rhododendrons, azaleas and mature trees are a feature throughout the grounds as are the bluebells and daffodils that flourish every spring. The oil tank can be found on the east boundary. The forest and surrounding hills make the setting of Ard Mo Chridhe truly Scottish and iconic.
From Edinburgh take the M9 north past Stirling. Leave the motorway at Junction 10 and take the A84 west. After about 5 miles turn left onto the A873 signposted to Thornhill and Aberfoyle. Continue straight on, joining the A81 to Aberfoyle.
From Glasgow take the A81 north past Milngavie and Killearn and continue north to Aberfoyle.
In Aberfoyle, where the main road (A81) turns sharp right, go straight ahead on to the B829. Almost immediately, turn left over a narrow hump backed bridge into Manse Road and then take the turning on the right signposted to the Covenanters' Inn. Follow this road for a short distance. Ard Mo Chride can found on the right hand side.
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