Special focus: Luxurious conversions

Special focus: Luxurious conversions
Special focus: Conversions

CONVERSIONS are the ideal property choice for house hunters whose aspirations extend far beyond their budget. Pick an historic mansion house or period pile that has been developed into luxuriously appointed apartments and the posh pad of your dreams could become a reality...

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TROON is the jewel on the Ayrshire coast, a town that is not only home to the world-renowned Royal Troon Golf Club but which also has more than its fair share of masterpiece mansions, most of which have been converted to make homes that offer grandeur on a smaller scale.


Set in extensive south-facing landscaped garden grounds in the prestigious Southwood area of Troon, Grey Gables is an A-listed country house built in 1908 for publisher William Collins.

Converted into four luxury apartments in 1977, Flat 2 is a ground and first floor home of great style and substance, with a layout that incorporates the property’s original galleried reception hall – now a formal dining room with feature stained glass windows and ornate plasterwork.

Offers over £395,000 are invited by Donald Ross in Ayr.

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GLASGOW’s Victorian legacy makes it a hotspot for converted villas and townhouses, particularly in the West End where currently, one of the most impressive is an apartment occupying the upper floor of Fern Tower on Dundonald Road in Dowanhill.

Dating from 1874, the B-listed blonde sandstone Italianate villa is an impressive sight, with arched windows, attic tower, overhanging eaves and decorative barge boarding.

Inside, the residents’ entrance hall provides access to an apartment extending to 1821 square feet.

There is an impressive 24ft drawing room with sliding door access into a similarly spacious contemporary dining kitchen, large bathroom with additional walk-in shower and three bedrooms, master with bay window and en suite shower room all on one level.

As conversions invariably have unpredictable layouts, this one’s surprise bonus is stairs to an additional sitting/TV room or study in the tower level above.

Flat 1/1 also has two parking spaces and attractive communal outside area. For sale with Savills, Glasgow at offers over £585,000.

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TAKING its name from the picturesque coastal town in the East Neuk of Fife, Elie House is a magnificent A-listed mansion built by Sir William Anstruther in 1697 on the site of an earlier, late 16th century house, built by Sir Walter Scott.

Latterly, the house became a convent and in 2000 was sold to a property developer and converted into 13 apartments, while the estate grounds, excluding the house, continue to be owned and managed by the Elie Estate Trust.

Currently for sale within this handsome property is a unique first and garden level apartment that has been carefully renovated without detriment to its many outstanding original features, which include a stone spiral staircase linking the apartment’s two floors.

Accessed from the main entrance hall, the property spans an internal area of more than 2,700 square feet with the living space – 34ft sitting/dining room and contemporary dining kitchen with utility and adjoining cloakroom off – positioned on the ground floor. Features include oak flooring and an original stone fireplace in the reception room.
 

This apartment is for sale with Coulters’ Edinburgh office at offers over £425,000.

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