Premium property: Take a shine to life in Gartocharn

Premium property: Take a shine to life in Gartocharn
The ultimate retreat from city life

A Scandinavian-style home in West Dunbartonshire offers the ultimate retreat from city life, writes Beverley Brown

SET in 28 acres within the conservation village of Gartocharn, Blairbeich Plantation is a unique and immensely pretty Scandinavian-style country house that was built in 1969 and has been with the same family since.

The house was designed to wrap around a small loch and it includes a decked area, terrace and patio, while the grounds include ancient woodland, paddock, duck pond and a sweeping driveway.

The interior is everything a family country home should be, with quiet corners to escape to, formal rooms for entertaining, fires to dream in front of, a mezzanine studio for pursuing hobbies, and lofty living areas where the family can come together – all with an emphasis on craftsmanship.

Excluding the greenhouse/conservatory, the accommodation spans some 3,327 sq ft to include a drawing room with vaulted wood-burning stove, dining room, library, hall with wet room and laundry off, 30ft open-plan kitchen/dining/family room while the sitting area has a wood-burning stove set into a stone fireplace that includes an indoor barbecue. There are two en-suite bedrooms on the ground floor (one bath, one shower – master also with dressing room). The upper level has two double bedrooms – one with dressing area, shower room and mezzanine room – and an additional attic room.

This house connects with the outside at every opportunity with French doors in the library, kitchen/family room and one ground floor bedroom. Blairbeich is a desirable property in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and is one of the most sought after areas in West Dunbartonshire. Savills Glasgow office seeks offers over £550,000.

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