MAGNIFICENT Georgian property it may be, but

Keppoch House, near Cardross in Dunbartonshire, has acquired some contemporary features along the way, making it a mansion for the millennium.

Situated between Cardross and Helensburgh, the B-listed Keppoch House dates from around 1820 but behind the Ionic pediments and double pillared portico are contemporary comforts such as a home gym and

cinema room.

Keppoch House is believed to have been built for Alexander Dunlop, great grandson of William Dunlop, principal of Glasgow College, on the site of an earlier house of the Ewings of Keppoch, who had acquired the lands, an ancient possession of the Earls of Lennox in the 16th century.

No doubt intended to reflect Dunlop's standing in the community, it is an imposing house, built on three storeys over a semi-basement with a symmetrical facade.

The property retains many period features, including 18th century panelling from St Anne's Church, Belfast, in the dining room. Keppoch House was substantially upgraded in the mid 1990's, with further work undertaken by the current owner, including the conversion of a basement recording studio into a guest flat, part of which is presently used as a home gym.

At ground floor level, the three principal reception rooms open off the double reception hall with its imposing fireplace and splendid ceilings. Also on this floor is a large kitchen with a raised breakfast area in the bay window. On the first floor are a master bedroom suite with bathroom and dressing room, two more bedrooms and two further bathrooms.

The third floor boasts both a billiard room and cinema room, with its own kitchen, laundry room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The basement flat has two reception rooms, kitchen, two bedrooms, a shower room and a bathroom.

Set in 11 acres of gardens said to contain more than 100 species of rhododendrons, shrubs and trees, alongside mature, sheltering policy woodlands, Keppoch House has a south-facing, sloping walled garden, with a date stone of 1816, pre-dating the house. Alongside more traditional features such as a sundial and greenhouse, the garden has acquired a 21st century edge with the addition of a swimming pool. Below the house is the base of a tennis court, the site of a former dwelling.

Offers over (pounds) 900,000 are invited for Keppoch House, which enjoys a private setting yet is only 24 miles from Glasgow. For further details, please contact Andrew Perratt, FPDSavills, Glasgow on 0141 222 5875.