Built by renowned local architect Austen Laird in the distinctive Arts and Crafts style, this five-bedroom detached villa perfectly blends traditional country cottage charm with impressive, elegant proportions. Set within extensive mature woodland gardens off privately owned Glenmosston Road, which leads to the Glen Moss Nature Reserve, the exceptional property enjoys a premier, exclusive location, near Kilmalcolm Golf Club, surrounded by scenic open countryside and within strolling distance of the picturesque village centre and its excellent local amenities. This desirable proposition boasts unrivalled reception space, inspiring interior design and exquisite period features.
• Arts and Crafts detached villa
• Exclusive semi-rural location
• Close to local village amenities
• Inspiring interiors and design
• Retained period features
• Bright entrance porch
• Impressive reception hall
• Handsome drawing room
• Spacious dining kitchen
• Elegant formal dining room
• Relaxing family room
• Four double bedrooms
• Home office/further (single) bedroom
• Four-piece shower room
• Four-piece bathroom
• GCH and partial DG
A sweeping gravelled drive, flanked by tranquil woodland gardens, provides a magnificent first impression and access to this exceptional, period home. Imposing double storm doors open into an entrance porch with an original stained-glass door. This leads into a wide reception hall with original timber doors featuring stained-glass windows/plaques (with a WC cloakroom and storage). The ground floor is characterised by traditional leaded pane windows and locally sourced timber flooring. To the right of the hall, extended by a southwest-facing bay window, a handsome, triple-aspect drawing room is arranged around an original stone fireplace and incorporates space for a study area, alongside comfortable seated furnishings. The dining kitchen features walk-in pantry storage and is sympathetically appointed with understated country-style cabinetry, solid timber worktops, a traditional Belfast sink and a traditional Aga set against a rustic tiled backdrop. A spacious alcove, fitted with banquette seating, provides a charming space for family meals and convivial gatherings, whilst an adjoining utility room (with garden access) offers space for appliances. Accessed from both the main hall and the hall off the dining kitchen, the dining room is perfect for formal entertaining, displays timber beams, traditional alcoves and classic, sophisticated presentation, all set against a backdrop of delightful garden views. A relaxing, triple-aspect family room has a wall-mounted Morso log burning stove as its striking centrepiece and extends into the garden via a set of southeast-facing French doors.
Framed by a carved timber balustrade, a staircase rises up from the hall to a galleried landing where a windowed alcove, with bespoke monks bench seating, creates a cosy reading nook.
Accessed from the landing are four double bedrooms (three with built-in storage) all plushly carpeted and tastefully presented, whilst a versatile room, currently arranged as a study, could alternatively represent a good-sized single bedroom. Completing the accommodation, a traditionally-styled four-piece shower room neighbours a four-piece family bathroom with excellent built-in storage. Gas central heating is found throughout and a number of windows have been double glazed. The home offers scope, with the appropriate permissions, to extend into the loft or grounds.
Externally, the home sits within extensive woodland garden grounds featuring a delightful pond with an ornamental timber bridge and a large southeast-facing patio for al fresco dining and summer entertaining. A gravelled driveway leads to a wide turning area and a gated courtyard with an attached single garage, and a single carport.
Kilmacolm village is one of the prettiest villages in Inverclyde and has a real sense of community and heart. The village has an excellent range of local stores, offering everyday provisions, an award-winning butchers, popular village restaurants (including an Italian), a village pub, Chinese takeaways, gift shops and Cairn an award winning coffee shop listed in the top ten of Scotlands cosiest cafes to visit by The Herald! Everyday amenities include a dentist, an opticians, two doctors surgeries, and a chemist. The centre of the village is broadly level and within a very short stroll and has just been voted as one of the best places to live in the UK by The Sunday Times
The village has a thriving social community and there are clubs catering for golf, tennis, bowling, rugby (Birkmyre Rugby Club), angling (Knapps Angling Club), and bridge. The community centre hosts clubs, classes and organisations such as yoga, art classes, cubs, scouts, brownies, and guides. Kilmacolm Golf Club is at the top of the village and offers a challenging 18 hole heath/parkland course, designed by the acclaimed course architect, James Braid. The village also has an excellent health and fitness centre at Birkmyre Park. Surrounding countryside is some of the most attractive in Inverclyde and, for the outdoor enthusiast, this is fine walking country ! The Sustrans cycle track leads to many other parts of central Scotland. For families, there are two parks (Birkmyre and West Glen) with play areas.
The Knapps is famed for its brown trout angling and the River Gryffe has runs of salmon at the back end. Castle Semple Loch offers inland sailing and the Firth of Clyde has excellent chandlery and marina services at Inverkip, Largs & Ardrossan, as well as some of the UK's most scenic and enjoyable coastal sailing.
Kilmacolm has an excellent local nursery and primary school and the independent Duchal Nursery and St Columba's nursery, prep, primary and secondary school, with its enviable record of academic achievement, richly deserving its sought-after label. Glasgow has further independent schooling.
The Braehead retail village is around 13 miles to the east and there one can find a tremendous range of high street multiples, together with M&S and Sainsbury's anchor stores. Braehead also has an IKEA furniture store. The City Centre of Glasgow, at 17 miles east, has all the cultural, higher educational and leisure services normally associated with a major international centre.
The village has a regular bus service to Glasgow and there are main line rail links at Langbank (4.5 miles) and Johnstone (7 miles). Glasgow Airport is only 10 miles and offers domestic and international flights. The A761 leads to the A737 and, subsequently, to the M8 motorway corridor, which provides fast motor car access to central Scotland and beyond.