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1 bedroom detached house for sale

Old Schoolhouse, Logie, Montrose, Angus, DD10

Offers Over £160,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Detached earth-built property
  • Fantastic public room
  • Kitchen area
  • Large double bedroom
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Cloakroom & Utility room
  • Good sized garden grounds
  • Lovely hamlet setting & stunning country views
  • Superb holiday home potential
  • Excellent commuting distance to Aberdeen or Dundee

Full description

The Old Schoolhouse at Logie is one of the best preserved vernacular earth-built structures in Scotland, erected in the mid-nineteenth century to serve a growing population of mill workers on the nearby North Esk. The site chosen for the school was adjacent to the village manse which had become redundant and whose ruins are still visible some twenty meters to the south of the school. A lack of workable stone in the area meant that the local building tradition was to work with clay mixed with aggregate and straw to form massive load baring walls with stone, lime mortar, and brick being used sparingly and where there was a specific performance requirement. Internally the earth walls were finished with a fine white lime plaster on the hard while the exterior would have been provided with a protective lime harl or overcladding.
In its original form The Old Schoolhouse was a relatively simple structure of three rooms consisting of a large classroom space, and two small rooms for the schoolmaster’s use. By the turn of the century the building ceased to function as a school and had become a Sunday School. With this change of use came some alterations which included a complete re-roofing and the lining out of the classroom with lath and plaster above a boarded dado. In 1929 the building was acquired by the United Free Church to serve as a place for worship and acquired an entry porch with small bellcote and cast iron bell. The final church service was held in 1990 when the keys were returned to the Craigo Estate and the building abandoned. The property was in a perilous state when neighbours brought it to the attention of Historic Scotland who recognised its significance and immediately granted it a category A listing as a building of national or international importance.

The Old Schoolhouse was purchased by the National Trust for Scotland under the Little Houses Improvement Scheme in 2005. The LHIS operates as a revolving fund building preservation trust which acquires buildings at risk, repairs them, and sells them upon completion with proceeds returned to the revolving fund. Working with support from Historic Scotland and Angus Council a program of sensitive repairs was undertaken. These followed a “conserve as found” methodology which preserved the patina of age and made minimal impact on the building’s significant fabric and layout. Much of the work concentrated on the repair of the underlying earth walls which were undertaken using air dried mud bricks sourced from clay pits in surrounding fields. The east porch was substantially rebuilt employing as much cladding materials as could be retained covering a new timber structure. While the emphasis was clearly on conservation, the intent was to create a unique home which would both respect the property’s significance and provide modern levels of amenity and comfort.
Repairs were completed in 2009 and the project received a number of awards including a European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/ Europa Nostra Award, the highest building conservation prize in Europe. As a condition of grant, the Old Schoolhouse was to be let for a period of six years which has now elapsed and the property put on the market. The sitting tenant had attended Sunday school in the building and has been an outstanding ambassador hosting public events and ensuring that the property has been kept in impeccable order.

The Old Schoolhouse is a rare survivor of a once common building technique and is of international significance as one of a few lowland examples of vernacular earth construction left in Scotland. The quality of its conservation has been acknowledged in the numerous awards which the schoolhouse has garnered and its unique charms will be immediately evident upon inspection.

A wooden exterior door with glazed side panels leads into the entrance hallway with flag stone flooring, coat hooks and doors to the main public room, utility and cloakrooms. The cloakroom is fitted with a two piece white suite with 2 windows, stone flooring and an exposed brick wall. The utility room has a window to the front, solid wood work surface, stainless steel sink and mixer tap, space for washing machine and a shelved cupboard. The
old school classroom now provides an exquisite public room with deep red lime washed walls, wood flooring, part combed ceilings, wood flooring and light grey painted wood panelling to dado height, 8 windows in total, most of which feature original panes of glass, 4 radiators and a lovely fireplace with stone hearth and wood mantle and surround. The kitchen area is fitted with a range of custom built base and wall units with solid wood work surfaces, 1 ½ stainless steel sink and drainer with mixer tap, oven, hob and hood and space for a fridge/freezer. The double bedroom enjoys high ceilings, wood flooring and 2 windows to the side and rear whilst a rear vestibule provides additional entrance or fantastic storage. The en-suite bathroom has been beautifully appointed with a three piece white suite with large bath with shower over, wood flooring and window. There is a stunning, original stove fire with black stone hearth and wood mantle.

The property stands in generous sized grounds with gardens extending to the front, side and rear which are mainly laid to lawn. The ruins of the Old Manse are to the rear of the property and form a unique garden. A driveway provides parking and there is a bin store which has been constructed using the same materials of the building with massed earth wall on a brick base with lime pointing and a straw thatched roof. In addition there is a garden store.

Due to the history and importance of this building’s continued future a schedule of significant features and a maintenance guide has been produced and should be regarded as supplemental information to a normal pattern of care of the building. The significant features and setting of the property will be protected by a title condition in favour of the National Trust for Scotland.

Please note the property is currently vacant and unfurnished and the photos are from when a former tenant was in occupation

Water Mains
Drainage Packaged sewage treatment plant
Electricity Mains
Heating Oil fired central heating / open fire in
sitting room

The EPC rating for Old Schoolhouse is E.

Viewing is by arrangement only, all enquiries or requests for further information should be directed to the Sole Selling Agents, Galbraith, 337 North Deeside Road, Cults, AB15 9SN. Telephone enquiries should be made to Hannah Christiansen or Amy Price on 01224 860 710 or by email to

From Aberdeen, travel south on the A90 dual carriageway towards Laurencekirk taking a left marked Marykirk and Montrose as the speed reduces to 50mph. Follow this road through Marykirk and Craigo turning left as signposted Logie. Follow this road into the hamlet and the property is the last house on the left hand side.

For Council Tax purposes Old Schoolhouse has been assessed as Band C.

The subjects enjoy a peaceful, rural setting with beautiful views over the rolling countryside. Located a short drive to Montrose and also providing a good link to the A90 the property is equidistant to both Dundee and Aberdeen making this an excellent location for the daily commuter. Montrose is a popular coastal town with a wealth of amenities including shops, hotels, restaurants, medical centre and cottage hospital. Primary and secondary schooling is catered for along with a wide array of leisure activities. The beachfront has undergone fantastic renovation in the past with nearby Lunan and St Cyrus providing some of the North Easts most idyllic beaches.

The area provides for a range of outdoor pursuits including hillwalking, fishing, with shooting and stalking available nearby, in addition to access to a wide range of quality golf courses to suit all abilities.
Aberdeen is some 35 miles, and provides all the leisure, recreational and entertainment facilities expected from the oil capital of Europe. It also provides good transport links with a mainline railway station and is host to an airport providing both domestic and international flights.

EPC Rating = E

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