6 bedroom detached house for saleWest Lennox Drive, Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute, G84 9AB
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Built in 1905, “Clairinch” is a substantial and elegant detached residence, located in the much sought after Upper West side of Helensburgh. Designed by Messrs H and D Barclay at the height of the Arts and Crafts era, the property sits effortlessly amidst simply stunning, mature and extensive garden grounds with breathtaking south westerly views over the Clyde estuary.
On entering the grounds from West Lennox Drive, a high painted wall with stone detailing provides privacy and screening from the road with two entrances accessing a gravelled driveway and parking area. To the side of the house there are two separate garages, one of which has a large attic store room/games room which would be ideally suited for use as a studio or home office. The other garage next to it has doors to the front and rear allowing parking down the side of the house.
Moving around to the gardens at the rear, the first impression of the grounds is the sheer scale with large expanses of lawn divided by mature coniferous hedging half way down and with a sheltered and private area at the far end. There are many interesting features within the garden including a sheltered decked terrace surrounded by a low terracotta coloured wall with trellis above, a colourful timber built “Wendy House”, terraced shrub beds and rockeries and a large gravelled patio and sitting area adjacent to the back of the property itself. On the periphery, a selection of mature trees, shrubs and bushes provide complete privacy and screening all round and the gardens afford all day long sunshine.
The exterior of the property features a pleasing combination of red sandstone on the lower floor with freshly painted render above, a rosemary tiled hipped roof and with traditionally styled windows that are a combination of replacement high performance double glazed units and original single glazed units.
On entering the house, it is evident that the current owner has considerably modernised, upgraded and redeveloped the property, whilst retaining its original style and elegance. With a modern specification throughout and with five of the six bedrooms enjoying their own ensuite facilities, this is a fine family home that offers great versatility and some simply stunning design features. These include original timber doors and finishes, ornate plaster work, elegant fireplaces, cornicing and a number of stained glass windows throughout. All of the main rooms face southwest to take full advantage of the views and all available natural light and an additional feature that comes with the property is a self contained granny flat/teenager/guest suite that has its own open-plan living/bedroom area with kitchenette and ensuite bathroom. From here there is access to its own raised terrace which in turn leads down to the gardens.
As the attached floorplan shows, the layout of the property offers exceptional space for the larger family to also include enough bedroom accommodation for guests.
In brief, on the ground floor, on entering from the front, a large vestibule opens into the reception hall that features a staircase to the upper landing and a well proportioned wc/cloakroom to the front of the house. From the hall you walk through to a delightful inner dining hall which is currently used as a games room and has its own recessed bar area and beyond the games room, double doors open into a large conservatory that affords aspects across the back gardens. On either side of the games room/hall is a formal bow windowed drawing room with period fireplace, additional window to the side and some magnificent intact decorative cornicing and mouldings. The bay windowed lounge on the other side of the hall has a box bay window and with access from here through to a separate formal dining room. Also off the hall is a very grand library/study, again with fireplace with wood burning stove and a bay window to the side of the house. From the dining room there is a door through to a large open plan kitchen that features an Aga stove, extensive refitted units and work surfaces. Windows allow in natural light from the side of the house and at the far end of the kitchen, divided by a spiral staircase, there is a comfortable and cosy living area. Finally on the ground floor and with access from the main lounge, a small passageway with door out to the terrace leads through to the guest suite/teenager suite where a few steps rise up to an open plan living/bedroom area and kitchenette with an adjoining ensuite bathroom. Double doors open out onto the terrace.
Moving onto the upstairs accommodation, the half landing features a magnificent stained glass window formation and on the upper landing further stained glass windows cast a lovely light across the hall. The master bedroom is an elegant double room with two walk-in wardrobes and its own ensuite bathroom, there are three further bedrooms each of which enjoy their own ensuite facilities and there is an upstairs laundry/utility room. Accessed from the master bedroom or from the spiral staircase leading from the kitchen there is a separate area where there is a bedroom and additional bathroom. Again, this would be an ideal area for guests to retain a great deal of privacy.
The house is heated by a system of gas fired central heating.
As mentioned, the property is located in one of Helensburgh's most sought after addresses, in the Upper West side of town yet close to the centre itself where a wide selection of shops can be found along with a good number of bars, restaurants, cafés, Helensburgh Central train station with regular services to Glasgow and Edinburgh and other amenities that include sport and recreational facilities and schooling at both primary and secondary level and private education offered at Lomond School which is a short walking distance to the property. Surrounding Helensburgh, some of Scotland's finest scenery is only a short drive away with Loch Lomond close by and the Clyde Estuary providing great sailing. Helensburgh also has a well respected Golf Club along with bowling and tennis clubs. At the front of the large lawned area is the famous West Highland line which services the Caledonian Nightly Sleeper to London Euston and in the opposite direction North to Oban and onwards on the magical Harry Potter steam train.
Clairinch offers complete versatility for the modern day family, and the layout with ensuite facilities to each of the bedrooms offers potential for a boutique B&B style facility. Alternatively the property could be easily converted into two large apartments. EPC - Band D
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