Baldernock House isn't your ordinary family abode. There's history (generals and an Indian prince have stayed over the years), beautiful architecture and attractive modern features.
Situated near Milngavie, this house, which was built around 1908-1909, is an attached property with about 4000 sq ft of living accommodation.
The Telfer family, parents John and Martine and their children Robert and Rhona moved into the house in 2005. Why? "It was probably the staircase," admits Robert.
The grand wooden structure, which includes solid wood panelling as well as curved balustrades, is certainly one of the most eye-catching features of the house.
Situated in the dining-cum-sitting room, which is accessed off a small hall from the front door, the staircase sets the tone for the rest of the four-bedroom property.
The staircase wasn't the only feature to attract the Telfer family to Baldernock House, which sits in grounds of about three acres. "We wanted a big family home that would be good for Christmas and special occasions," adds Robert. "So the staircase was important but the garden was as well.
"Although my sister and I were fairly well into our teens when we moved here, there was the romance of all the wooded areas – it's great country living, and growing up here it's been quite good as it's still quite close to town."
The house, over two levels, includes the grand sitting-cum-dining space, a handsome Clive Christian-designed kitchen as well as a formal drawing room with an Adam-style marble fireplace.
Scottish singer and entertainer Andy Stewart once lived in the property and, according to Robert, he "used to have eightsome reels in the reception hall. Apparently they used to have a band and a small gathering of people."
Since moving into the property the family has carried out extensive renovations, including refitting the kitchen.
"There's been a lot of structural work that you can't see," adds Robert. "It's the original roof but my parents have maintained it, painted the front of the house and redecorated. The bathrooms are all original but we have had the baths reenamelled.
"All the floors upstairs in the bedrooms and bathrooms have been stripped back to their original wood. The panelling in the cloakroom and the small toilet has been brought back to its former glory because it was had some horrible lacquer on it."
The kitchen is one of Robert's favourite parts of the house. With its black granite work surfaces and white Aga, it's a modern family space.
"The kitchen is a really central part of the house," he says.
"It's probably more ornate than it would have been in the olden days because kitchens were not the focal point of the home then."
Next to the kitchen is a modern utility room with oak units and granite worktops, along with a rear porch.
Upstairs are four bedrooms, including the master suite which has an en-suite bathroom, bay window and fireplace.
The top floor of the house has three further bedroom and a family bathroom. There is also a study or snug.
Adds Robert: "We've also got a room called the snug which is the messy part of the house. The good thing about this house is that you can get away from it all – there's enough space for everyone."
What: A four-bedroomed Edwardian mansion
Where: Baldernock House, situated close to Milngavie.
Price: Offers over £675,000.
Contact: Corum Bearsden. Tel: 0141 942 5888.
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