8 bedroom detached house for saleViewforth, 2 Kenilworth Road, Bridge of Allan, Stirling, FK9
- Outstanding modernised family house
- desirable and private setting
- 3 reception rooms
- 8 bedrooms & 4 bathrooms
- kitchen / family room
- garden room & playroom
- gym, & wine store
- 0.65 acres garden
- EPC rating = E
- EPC Rating = E
Outstanding modernised family house in desirable and private setting
Viewforth is without doubt one of the most impressive family houses in the small town of Bridge of Allan. It sits in a beautiful quiet setting with large private gardens at the end of the prestigious Kenilworth Road, a short walk from the centre of town. Kenilworth Road comprises mainly large detached houses and is in a designated conservation area.
Bridge of Allan is a sought after residential town with a thriving centre which provides a good range of shops and restaurants. Beaconhurst School, at the end of Kenilworth Road, is a highly regarded private school and takes both boys and girls from the ages of 3 to 18 as day pupils. Bridge of Allan is also home to the University of Stirling which has a sports centre and the MacRoberts Arts Centre with a theatre and cinema, all available for public use and within walking distance of Viewforth.
Stirling, 3 miles to the south, is the major town of central Scotland. In the Middle Ages Stirling was the seat of the Kings of Scotland and the town is famous for William Wallace who fought the English in Stirling in the 13th century. Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument rise high above the town and are evocative of its historic past. The modern day town provides a full range of shops and services including a range of superstores off the A91 on the eastern edge of the town which can be reached directly from Bridge of Allan.
In addition to Beaconhurst School there are a number of private boarding schools nearby. Dollar Academy, Strathallan, Morrison's Academy, Glenalmond and Kilgraston (girls only) are all within 40 miles. All the private schools, universities and colleges of Edinburgh and Glasgow are also within easy reach.
Bridge of Allan is well situated for travel to both Edinburgh and Glasgow and all the other major towns of central Scotland. The pivot of the motorway network is only 3 miles to the west with the M9 and M80 giving quick access to Edinburgh and Glasgow respectively. The A9 is dual carriageway all the way to Perth. Both Edinburgh and Glasgow airports are easily accessible. In addition, Bridge of Allan has a railway station with commuter services to both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The house is also well placed for access to the Highlands to the north. The A84 from Stirling is a main route into the Highlands leading to Callander and on to Loch Earn, Crianlarich, Fort William and Oban. The Trossachs and Loch Lomond to the west are also within easy reach. Gleneagles Hotel with its leisure club and world famous golf courses is just over 16 miles away.
Viewforth is a superb mid Victorian family house on the highly sought after Kenilworth Road. The house sits amidst beautiful mature gardens with exceptional south facing views from the first floor rooms towards the Ochil Hills. The house has had a colourful history having previously been Bridge of Allan's only maternity hospital and then a nursing home. It was also once the surgery and home for Dr Haldane in the late 1800s and visited by a young Robert Louis Stevenson on a number of summers when it was a popular spa town.
The current owners undertook an extensive renovation and upgrading programme to convert the nursing home back into a private family home. The accommodation has been finished to the highest of standards. It now features contemporary living space with open plan rooms and modern fixtures and fittings throughout while retaining a wealth of traditional character from top to bottom.
Stone steps lead up to the pillared veranda where the front door leads into an inner porch. The magnificent entrance hall has original cornicing, decorative ceiling plasterwork, a staircase curving up to the first floor, and doors into the principal ground floor rooms. Off the entrance hall is the south and west facing sitting room. This has two large bay windows with working shutters overlooking the gardens, original decorative cornicing, a shelved alcove and an open fireplace (log and coal) with decorative iron surround and wooden mantelpiece. Adjacent to this is the study which has a gas fire with ornate iron surround, fitted shelves and a window to the west.
The impressive kitchen / family room also sits off the entrance hall. It has fantastic south facing views through a large bay window and there are separate French doors which open up onto a Juliet balcony. The kitchen area is fitted with a range of units and a central island with integrated sinks and granite surfaces. There is also a separate breakfast bar with fitted cupboards and a Liebherr wine cooler under. Other integrated appliances include a duck egg blue Aga with two hobs, a Siemens microwave and a fridge freezer. The family end of the room offers excellent entertaining space with a gas feature fireplace and integrated ceiling speakers which feature throughout many of the rooms in the house. The dining room opens off the kitchen to the rear of the house. It has windows to the north and west as well as a large shelved cupboard. Between the kitchen and the dining room is a pantry which is fitted with shelves and granite surfaces. A rear corridor connects from here back through to the entrance hall off which there is a WC with luxury Chadder & Co fittings, a separate store room and a shelved press.
Lower Ground Floor
There are two separate staircases leading down to the lower ground floor. From the kitchen a modern staircase with stainless steel banisters and glass sides leads down to the garden room below. This has sliding French doors leading out to the patio and into the garden. Next to this is the large playroom with also has doors into the garden. To the back of the house is a gym with one fully mirrored wall, integrated ceiling speakers and a door out to the back of the house. Next to this is the stone floored wine store with glass double doors, cooling system, and ground to ceiling wine racks on three walls.
The lower ground floor can be used as separate accommodation to the main house as it has its own rear entrance as well as French doors from two of the rooms leading out to the front of the house. It has a kitchenette with granite surfaces, units and a Siemens oven with hob over. There are also two bedrooms on this level as well as a bathroom with bath and separate shower compartment. There is a laundry / utility room with fitted units, a double sink, a Siemens washing machine and a Hotpoint tumble dryer. As well as the staircase leading down from the kitchen there is a separate staircase from the main entrance hall.
The staircase from the main entrance hall curves up to the first floor landing above. It has beautiful decorative balustrades and banisters and at half way point there is a large stained glass window. The master bedroom sits off the galleried landing. This is an impressive room with outstanding south facing views through a large bay window as well as a further bay window to the west. It has a gas fireplace with decorative marble mantelpiece, original decorative cornicing and separate dressing room and en suite bathroom. The bathroom has twin wash hand basins, a WC, a bath with shower attachment and a separate shower cubicle. The dressing room is fitted with an excellent range of fitted wardrobes and shelves. There is a further south facing bedroom off the landing with a large bay window overlooking the front gardens, an original press and a fireplace. Next to this is a nursery / single bedroom. A corridor from the landing leads through to the east wing of the house where there are a further three double bedrooms, all of which have fitted wardrobes. There is a family bathroom with WC, wash hand basin, bath with shower attachment and separate shower cubicle as well as another shower room. Off the corridor there is a linen cupboard with laundry chute to the lower ground floor laundry / utility room.
Viewforth sits in beautiful mature, private gardens and is the last house at the west end of Kenilworth Road. The house is south facing, making the most of the beautiful views across the Carse. An electric gate set between stone pillars leads directly off Kenilworth Road into the grounds of Viewforth. There is a further pedestrian gate adjacent to it.
There is ample parking both to the rear and to the side of the house. A flagstone path leads around through the front garden and up to the front door steps to the house. It continues from here to further stone steps which lead down to the outdoor patio which is an excellent area for entertaining guests and hosting BBQs.
The grounds are split into upper and lower gardens with stone steps connecting the two. The gardens are fully enclosed and surrounded by stone walls to the north, south and west and a hedge to the east. Throughout the gardens are a range of well stocked flower beds with a variety of young and mature shrubs and trees. There are large rhododendrons along the southern boundary and a number of fir trees including two beautiful old Douglas firs in the heart of the gardens. Beyond the upper garden, enclosed by a large hedge in the corner, is a kitchen garden with stocked flower beds and a garden shed. Directly below the garden is the Lower Westerton Wood which provides great privacy.
Mains water, electricity, gas and drainage.
Viewforth is Category C listed. It also sits in the Bridge of Allan Conservation Area.
Viewforth is in Stirling Council Tax Band H
Fixtures and Fittings
All fitted carpets, curtains, blinds and integrated white goods are included in the sale. The light fittings are also included except for one in the sitting room.
Mailers, 2a King Street, Stirling, FK8 1BA. Tel: 01786 450 555. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Taken in September 2017. 17/08/31HM
Square Footage: 6,852 sq ft
Acreage: 0.65 Acres
From Glasgow or Edinburgh continue north on the M9 past Stirling to the roundabout (Junction 11) at the end of the motorway. Turn hard right following the signs into Bridge of Allan and continue through the main street.
At the small roundabout in the middle of town take the first exit onto Well Road and follow it around to the right. At the top of the hill take the right turn onto Kenilworth Road and the gates to Viewforth are the first on the right.
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