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|25 October 2007
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Manse Brae is a substantial, stone built, attached country property of 7/8 apartments with three bathrooms and extends to an internal floor area of around 4000 square feet.
Manse Brae is a substantial 5-bedroom 3-bath stone-built attached country property with an internal area of around 4,000 square feet. It comprises the entire east wing of Baldernock House.
This family-oriented property sits in a tranquil rural setting within a conservation area surrounded by farmland yet it's only about 5 minutes from Milngavie and 20 minutes from central Glasgow.
The property is approached via a quiet single-track lane off Craigmaddie Road leading to a twin pillar entrance and sweeping rhododendron-lined drive, in turn opening to a forecourt with paved turning head, architectural urns and mature planting. From this position Manse Brae is centre-stage down a stone paved pathway, with the two neighbouring properties - the attached west wing Baldernock House to the far left and The Old Free Kirk to one's right three properties with a shared heritage extending back to the 1840s and today forming a small tranquil rural community.
Manse Brae as it is today with later additions incorporates the manse to a former church of the Free Church of Scotland (closed around 1902). Following closure, the Free Church its manse and the surrounding land was developed into a substantial country retreat and estate for a prominent Glasgow family. Subsequent owners of the estate include well-known Scots entertainer Andy Stewart who lived here until 1976 when the main house was divided into equal East and West wings by a respected Glasgow architect.
Internally the property retains its Edwardian character with generous use of mahogany and oak finishes, high ceilings with cornicing, fireplaces, feature staircases, sash windows and shutters to most of the bedrooms. The current owners have furnished the property in keeping with its period also modernising the kitchen, breakfast room and all three bathrooms. They have also added more modern facilities including ultra-fast broadband, LPG and underfloor heating systems.
Entrance to the property is through an architect-designed covered courtyard created by bridging between the main house and the out-houses. This space is filled with mature planting and has a high vaulted ceiling, raised skylights, feature stone flooring and internal heating. Off this internal hub are a range of facilities including a shower room, laundry, utility areas, storage and a mezzanine-level workshop. The internal courtyard is both a hub and a practical living space that's large enough for a variety of uses, with double French doors opening to an extensive patio, giving access to the outside spaces creating living and entertaining areas that blend indoor and outdoor living.
Entering the main house from the courtyard an over-size half-glazed entrance door allows light to flood into the hall with its original oak doors retained from the Edwardian conversion. Off the hall is a good-sized sitting/family room with open fire and stone surround, ceiling cornicing and recessed storage. The dining room/sitting room's dimensions are generous at over 24 feet, with bay window flooding the room with light. There's polished wooden flooring and a feature mahogany fire surround with traditional hob-grate open fire. There are mahogany finishes to this room and a double set of doors opens to a useful office/library recess.
Further off the hall there's substantial storage including a butler's pantry and the breakfast room which is open-plan to the kitchen with granite breakfast bar, counter-tops, shaker-style units with in-built appliances and 4-oven dual-fuel Aga with intelligent energy management. Off the kitchen is the back door opening to the side patio area, as well as a traditional walk-in pantry with slate shelving. Lastly off the breakfast room and up the second flight of stairs is the 5th bedroom currently used as a family-oriented cinema room and occasional guest bedroom.
The main sweeping staircase off the hall is in stone with brass stair rods, cast-iron balustrade and mahogany handrail giving access to a bright top landing and four double bedrooms. To the left is the original night nursery with fireplace, original sash window and shutters. Next bedroom on the left is a very good size and was the original day nursery with fireplace and straight ahead off the landing is another bedroom again with shutters. To the right is the master suite with fireplace, shutters, separate wardrobe hanging space and an en-suite with roll-top bath. The final door gives access to the family bathroom with walk-in Jacuzzi shower, marble flooring and full-height marble tiling.
Outside, there's a secluded patio area around the rear and side of the property - it's filled with mature potted shrubs and surrounded by planting - catching the sun for most of the day giving an ideal outside space for relaxing and entertaining. Stone stairs off the patio area provide one of the access routes to the 6-car gravelled and beech-hedge screened car park that's shared with neighbours The Old Free Kirk. Overall, the gardens extend to about 2/3rds of an acre with mature trees and shrubs, the rear walled garden being especially large with south-facing aspect meaning it catches the sun for most of the day. To the front, the lawned garden is screened by holly and hedging, with spectacular views over Glasgow and the Kelvin valley. There's also a substantial timber shed/workshop under the canopy of a mature copper beech.
- Internet ultra-fast fttp (fibre to the premises) with download speeds of circa 1,000 Mb per sec.
- Heating and hot water are by modern LPG-fired condensing boiler with underground bulk LPG storage.
- Mains electric and water with drainage to septic tank.
Notes on Baldernock:
Baldernock is a sought-after place to live welcoming to newcomers it's a small rural community located in East Dunbartonshire comprising about 200 households including the villages of Bardowie, Balmore and Barnellan. It falls within the catchment area for Douglas Academy and there's a local village primary school. Baldernock has an active community, you can find more information online including Baldernock's own website.
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