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Absolutely stunning! Part of a converted church, superbly located with tremendous views overlooking the river Clyde and across the beautiful valley to the hills beyond, this impressive sandstone building has been sympathetically renovated to retain it’s gothic drama whilst providing a beautiful family home. For those who love something unique and dramatic but are of a feinter heart you will be delighted to hear that there is no churchyard with the property! Originating from 1874, renovated it is thought in the 1990s with some upgrades in more recent years, this is a home for those who want to escape the everyday and mundane and still be a part of a local community within easy reach of the M74 and commutable to much of central Scotland and travel networks to the south.
The entrance to the property is to the rear through a wooden porch that looks out across an open field to the landscape beyond. On entering you are immediately aware of the imposing proportions with a high staircase leading up to the private areas. To the left is a fully fitted kitchen with its own stained-glass window. The stained-glass windows from the church have been retained and brought forward to the modern day with secondary double glazing on the inner ledges.
To the other side of the hall is the family living area. This huge space reaches to a height of c.9 metres and includes the stunning apse of the church. The light and space are impressive without being overpowering, monumental yet homely and inviting. As you look upwards, a gallery runs on two sides of the space giving a fabulous mezzanine area and taking your gaze to the original rafters above. The living space works really well providing a relaxing sitting room area, a dining area and in the apse an area that works brilliantly as a play or study/hobby area. It is skirted by an original semi-circular pew that wraps around the apse itself and makes a perfect bench for entertaining and family occasions.
One of the really useful features of this house is its suitability for downstairs living if required. To the rear of the hallway, there’s a large double bedroom with a family bathroom adjacent to it. This is a perfect arrangement for extended family or visiting friends and relatives. Even in this downstairs bedroom you are aware of the atmosphere of the building, with its high ceiling and stained-glass windows, which cast a warm, diffused light into the room. The downstairs hall contains a large under stairs storage area, and part way up the stairs there is further large storage space built to the side of the staircase. The staircase itself leads to the extensive gallery / mezzanine which provides a restful sitting/study area looking out over the living areas below.
It feels hidden and cosy up here looking out through the high balustrade across to the high beams of the vaulted ceiling and the tall arch of the apse. Naturally light, this area also offers views through Velux windows set into the roof. It is a highly versatile space perfect for entertaining or study or as a private area, or simply somewhere to find a peaceful escape.
On the other side of the gallery there are two bedrooms, including a large master bedroom with an en suite bathroom. This bedroom is brightly lit by two large double Velux windows. It’s a room with complete privacy and a drama of its own. Looking out to the rear is the third double bedroom, with Velux windows offering a view over the hills and the Clyde valley. There’s a further surprise in this room – a staircase that leads to a further study/bedroom. This room has an internal window that looks down from on high to the lower parts of the house and across to a roundel window that sits high above the open living spaces below. Again, versatility is apparent in this room which could also be a den, an entertainments room or a hobby/storage room.
The outdoor areas have an uninterrupted outlook at the rear of the house across the river and valley to the hills beyond. It’s an ideal place to have a breakfast or to dine outside on a warm day in the south-facing garden. A path runs around the property, making it low maintenance and easy access and leading to the driveway and parking area to the front. There’s parking here for a number of vehicles as well as the fantastic studio/cabin. This pitched roof, timber-clad building is another fantastic asset to the property. With windows on all sides, including gable windows and French doors, the cabin is insulated and has power and water. Next to the cabin is a pergola area which contains a log store and also provides a useful outdoor storage area. It’s also perfect for barbecues and parties in this home, which is adaptable to all needs, social and private. The garden itself is not large but does work very well to provide different areas to enjoy throughout the day.
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