Glenronnie House, in Maidens, Ayrshire, is a rebuilt Arts and Crafts-style mansion house surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens extending to around 1.5 acres – so outstanding they have been opened to the public under the Scotland's Gardens scheme.
The house, built in the 1930s, was extended and rebuilt by the present owner in 2001 with everything, including the red rosemary-tiled roof, replaced.
The result is a four/five-bedroom home planned and executed with such attention to detail as to be more than worthy of the famous caution by William Morris – one of the founders of the Arts and Crafts movement – to "have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
Inside, key features include a marble-floored vestibule, impressive double-height reception hall leading to an open-plan living area with French doors to the terrace and gardens, a 26ft drawing room and large formal dining room – both with curved bay windows overlooking the gardens – luxury kitchen with four-oven Aga and adjacent semi-open plan breakfast/dining room, and a rear hallway staircase leading to an office/ fifth bedroom.
The main staircase opens on to a galleried landing with a beamed ceiling, off which are four spacious double bedrooms (main bedroom with built-in wardrobes and en-suite bathroom) and recently re-fitted family bathroom with twin basins, corner bath and separate shower. There is also a double integral garage situated at the rear.
Although the sea is visible from upstairs, the dominant view anywhere in this house is the garden, which includes an extended terrace incorporating a patio and sitting area, lawns, woodland, and a 'secret' garden, featuring a rock pool and three, stone-edged pools linked by waterfalls.
Designed from scratch and requiring very little on-going maintenance, the gardens look as though they have always been here and include a huge variety of trees and shrubs.
Situated two miles north of Turnberry and 14 miles from Ayr, the property enjoys a quiet and secluded setting in the village of Maidens, which has a sandy beach and a marina. Glenronnie House is for sale with Savills Glasgow office at offers over £950,000.
Period design ensures the new property blends in with other similarly large and impressive villas in this established neighbourhood.
The layout is classic but with a twist to meet the demands of 21st century lifestyles, resulting in a 26ft drawing room with a front bay window, which can be closed off or open into a fabulous L-shaped open-plan dining area and kitchen/family/dining area beyond, with two sets of bi-fold doors opening on to the landscaped rear garden.
There is also a utility, cloakroom and store. Upstairs are five double bedrooms, two of which are en-suite while another two share a 'Jack and Jill' bathroom (unimaginable luxuries that would not have existed in a truly period property), plus a spacious recreation/games room and toilet on the second floor.
An unexpected extra, the detached double garage has separate accommodation above that would suit a variety of uses such as a home gym or teenage den.
The specification is impressive, with oak finishes and doors, traditional sash and case double-glazed windows and all the hi-tech features you could want.
These include wiring for a Sonos multi-room music system with in-ceiling speakers, high and standard definition television distribution, Internet and Sky TV cabling and under-floor heating throughout the ground level.
The house is also pre-piped for a central vacuuming system that can be completed as an optional extra. It even has working chimneys.
For sale with Corum's Newton Mearns office at a guide price of £900,000.