5 bedroom detached house for sale

Ashfield House, Gartocharn, G83

Offers Over £750,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Private location with high stone garden wall surround
  • Set in approx. 7.5 acres in all and includes a paddock and woodland
  • Additional two bedroom detached cottage
  • Self-contained studio apartment at the rear of the house
  • Gently sloping south facing walled garden
  • 21 miles from Glasgow city Centre
  • EPC Rating = F

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Elegant B listed Georgian property and cottage in grounds of approximately 7.5 acres within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

Location

Ashfield House is close to Loch Lomond and lies within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, which encompasses an area of around 720 square miles. Some of Britain's most spectacular scenery is to be found 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.

Gartocharn is a delightful conservation village with its own nursery and primary school, recognised as one of the best in West Dunbartonshire. A coffee shop sits below The Dumpling (a volcanic plug) opposite the village shop and post office. The Kilmaronock Milllennium Hall with wonderful panoramic views across the loch to the Conic Hill and Ben Lomond is a well used village hall which includes a mini-gym and hosts a wide variety of locally based clubs and activities, ranging from art to yoga and the B Flats Choir. Although many of the area's residents commute to Glasgow the village has a real community feel.

Glasgow Airport (17 miles) can be accessed via the A82 (M8) or A809 and can be reached by car, under normal driving conditions, in under 30 minutes. Balloch Station (1.5 miles) provides a regular rail service every half hour to central Glasgow, with a journey time of around 45 minutes to Glasgow Queen Street. Glasgow, home to Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera and the Concert Hall, is recognised as one of the UK's finest cities with a thriving central business district. Its high street, Italian Centre and designer shopping now rank second only to London. There are a number of acclaimed private schools within the city boundary, including Glasgow High School, Glasgow Academy, Kelvinside Academy and St Aloysius College. Closer, Lomond School in Helensburgh (10 miles) provides private schooling for both day pupils and boarders.

For sports enthusiasts the great outdoors awaits. There is superb hill walking and climbing in the area. The Arrochar Alps and Ben Lomond include four Munros (mountains over 3000 ft) and six Corbetts (between 2500-3000 ft), the best known of which is The Cobbler. Loch Lomond is well known for its fishing, marinas and 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 has hosted the Scottish Open and other international events. Other golf courses include Buchanan Castle, The Carrick, Hilton Park and Milngavie. For sailors venturing beyond Loch Lomond with its many islands and anchorages, the west coast is only 11 miles away with the nearest marina facilities at Rhu, just beyond Helensburgh. The ski slopes of Glencoe are 1.5 hours drive.

Description

Ashfield House is almost secret, hidden from sight behind its high stone garden wall and chestnut trees. It has a pleasant southerly outlook over its grounds, while to the west, across the valley, lies Ashfield Boot Wood. The drive from the public road leads up through lawns flanked by fine trees, including a Cedar of Lebanon, to a gravelled parking area at the front of the house. The drive then continues round between the east side of the house and the walled garden to a rear courtyard with further parking for several cars. There is a further driveway from the back courtyard to the road.

The beautifully symmetrical entrance façade is clad with roses, winter jasmine and a splendid Magnolia grandiflora. The wide reception hall is lit by a narrow window to one side of the front door and by a glazed door with curved overlight at the half landing of the staircase The hall has a polished flagstone floor and a corbelled archway to the rear section of the house. To the left of the hall is the drawing room, a very elegant room with south and west facing windows. A pretty stone fireplace houses an efficient Jetmaster fire. The formal dining room across the hall has a polished wooden floor and an open fire. It has windows to the south and east and a door leads into a study. It has extensive fitted shelving and a south facing window. A further door leads from the dining room to a fitted butler's pantry, with a return door to the hall and thence to an inner hallway and the kitchen area. The inner hallway gives access to the breakfast room and to a rear hall with a door to the courtyard. The breakfast room houses the Rayburn cooker and leads through to the kitchen which has a range of floor and wall mounted units, a tiled floor and an external door. Off the kitchen is a utility room with plumbing for a washing machine. Beyond the utility room is a large room most recently used as a playroom. There is a cloakroom with WC and washbasin off the rear hall and a door to the studio flat. A stone staircase from the hallway leads to the cellar comprising two store rooms and the boiler room.

The elegant, Georgian stone staircase leads to the first floor landing off which are the master bedroom suite, three further bedrooms and the family bathroom. The master bedroom has a fireplace. Off the bright and spacious bedroom are the delightful yet practical fitted dressing room, and an en suite bathroom. Three of the bedrooms are south facing while the fourth has a lovely outlook over the walled garden.

At the rear of the house is a self-contained studio apartment with independent access from the east side of the house into a compact kitchen with fitted floor and wall units which leads through to a spacious room thought to have originally been a coach house. Off the large room is a bathroom with a connecting door to the rear hall in the main part of the house.

On the west side of the courtyard is a detached, single storey cottage. It has an entrance hall, off which is a large sitting room with patio doors to its own area of garden. Off the sitting room are two bedrooms and a stairway leading to the loft storage area. The bathroom and kitchen are both off the entrance hall and the kitchen has a connecting door to a conservatory, which has two external doors and has been used as a dining room.

To the north of the cottage are a drying green and two large useful timber built sheds.

The grounds of Ashfield House extend to about 7.5 acres in all, including a paddock and woodland. The house and cottage sit on high ground towards the north eastern corner of the grounds, with the beautiful walled garden to the east of the house. The garden walls and railings to the south are Category B listed, along with the house, the boundary wall and the gate piers at the end of the drive. To the west of the house a terraced bank is full of snowdrops and through the grounds there are masses of daffodils, bluebells and starry wild garlic.

The walled garden slopes gently towards the south, and thus enjoys both excellent drainage and maximum exposure to the sun. There is a low retaining wall at the foot with cast iron railings. It is classically laid out in four quadrants with fruit trees, low box hedging and sweeping herbaceous borders. In the south west quadrant is a vegetable garden with cold frames. Two stunning osmunda regalis, (Royal Ferns), the largest species in Europe, frame the entrance gates. They are said to be of special botanical interest.

Two paths through rhododendrons lead to the paddock where the owners have grazed ponies. This lies to the west and south of the house and a strip of woodland runs to the north. A twenty minute walk to the top of the hill to the west reveals a spectacular view over Loch Lomond.

Square Footage: 2,969 sq ft
Acreage: 7.5 Acres

Directions

Travelling from the north side of Glasgow take the A809 from Bearsden Cross signposted for Drymen. After passing through the village of Croftamie turn left onto the A811 signposted Balloch/ Erskine Bridge. Pass through the village of Gartocharn, continue for 1.5 miles and you will see the garden wall (with reflector posts on the verge) on the right hand side. The gate piers and the drive to Ashfield House are towards the far end of this wall.

Alternatively, from the Erskine Bridge follow signs for Crianlarich/Loch Lomond. Bypass Dumbarton on the A82 and at the Stoneymollan roundabout with flying geese take the A811 towards Stirling. After passing through Balloch, heading towards Gartocharn, the drive to Ashfield House is on the left hand side, shortly after the Loch Lomond Homes and Gardens garden centre.


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07 January 2015

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  • Alexandria (2.9 mi)
  • Renton (3.9 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Balloch (1.8 mi)
  • Alexandria (2.9 mi)
  • Renton (3.9 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

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163 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 2JJ

0141 392 0160 Local call rate

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