Area focus: Leafy settings

Area focus: Leafy settings
Earlbeg at Carbeth Loch

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.

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