The trees are in leaf, gardens are blooming and country houses are taking full advantage of the season to highlight the many benefits of living in a rural idyll while still being within striking distance of town and city amenities – like the three properties highlighted here…
Earlbeg is a villa with views across Carbeth Loch near Blanefield and the Campsie Fells, easily commutable to Glasgow.
The three-bedroom property has been re-developed to create an outstanding family home over three levels. Entered at mid level, there is a 24ft master bedroom with French windows to a Paris balcony. On the lower ground floor, there is an open-plan kitchen and dining area, family room, utility, and impressive 25ft lounge with French doors to the garden.
Blanefield has a primary school and Earlbeg falls within the catchment for Balfron High School. Offers over £389,000 to Rettie & Co’s Bearsden office.
Woodlands is an aptly-named red sandstone villa in the Ayrshire village of Galston, only 20 minutes’ drive from both the coast and Glasgow, for sale at offers over £365,000.
Retaining fine original period features, including beautiful woodwork, panelled doors, statement staircase, and ornate plasterwork, this is a handsome character property with spacious accommodation over two floors. There are three sizeable reception rooms including a morning room with wood-burning stove overlooking a secret garden. The family-sized breakfasting kitchen also has an Aga. Also on the ground floor is a cloakroom and laundry room, plus a workshop and storeroom.
The four double bedrooms all have wash-hand basins while one also contains roll-top bath. Outside are a detached garage, gravelled parking, and well-stocked garden grounds – walled at the rear and incorporating tiered areas for dining outdoors and gated access to a secret garden.
There is also pond with views to Cessnock Castle woods – and a heated garden room. Woodlands is for sale with Greig Residential in Kilmarnock.
Tigh Nan Craobh (meaning The Tree House) is an enchanting fully refurbished detached bungalow in a stunning woodland setting behind the village primary school and well-placed for access to Aberfoyle’s many other local amenities.
Reached by a path that meanders through the trees and garden grounds, the bungalow’s elevated setting gives the impression of being a real tree house.
Internally, the one-level layout has a 30ft open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with a wood-burning stove and windows on three sides and patio doors to a sun deck with spectacular woodland views.
This is a deceptively spacious home with an additional hall leading to four spacious bedrooms, shower room and WC – and an annex currently used as storage space/drying room but with potential for other uses as well as scope for conversion (subject to planning).
Completed in August 2015, the refurbishment was finished to a high standard that meets all current legislation for heating, plumbing, wiring and insulation, making this an enchanting property as a permanent or holiday home in an outstanding location – for sale with Corum’s Bearsden office at offers over £195,000.