Avondhu House Lochard Road, Aberfoyle
Offers Over £440,000
- Property Type: Detached Villa
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 3
- Public Rooms: 4
Nestled beautifully close to the foot of the Craigmore hills and its protected ancient forests, Avondhu House is a picturesque Victorian villa dating from circa 1884 set amidst large mature gardens combining woodland, mountain and river views. Enjoying its elevated position, the absolutely charming 5 bedroom home overlooks the banks of Loch Ard's Avondhu river, just above its point of confluence with the Duchray, forming the start of the river Forth.
Rarely available, this offering presents a terrific opportunity to own a wonderfully sedate slice of rural life, at the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, in the scenic Hamlet of Milton. Blended with the convenience of local amenities of Aberfoyle village the doorstep access to Loch Ard Forest and it’s picture perfect woodland trails, sparkling lochs, rugged mountains and abundance of outdoor activities, combine to make this the most enviable of positions.
Closer to home, the garden’s bordering foliage promotes the best of the changing seasons, with climbing wisteria swaddling the front sandstone external, the surrounding blossom tree, fir, maple and oak trees, rhododendron and conifers encase the plot and allow an ever attractive setting of changing colours no matter the time of year.
The house itself is set over two levels; the ground floor is initially entered via a welcoming entranceway that, floored with traditional tile, has all the space required for one to shed their outerwear behind the sturdy storm doors. The natural wood and grand staircase within the entrance hallway frame the area presenting a spacious and inviting welcome. Both the front facing dining room and lounge spaces have superbly tall windows coated in natural wood, beautiful period cornicing, high ceilings and are ideally proportioned in size. The working fireplace and surrounding mantelpiece in the lounge displays the traditional and cosy elements within the room. To the rear of the building, the kitchen area is accessed through a substantial dining space that offers flexibility as well as potential for an amended layout. The barn style door within this area allows access to the side garden which again offers opportunity to connect further with the surrounding greenery. There is also a convenient utility area next to the side door that houses a Velux style window bringing in natural light. The attractive, fitted kitchen has natural wood countertops, a tiled feature wall and further benefits from two separate Velux windows built on either side of the pitched slate roof which supply plentiful natural light. The public room on the north east corner of the original development leads into the extended portion of the house and offers potential to designate a ‘wing’ of the home for fun and functionality alike. The front facing bedroom has dual aspect windows and is substantial in size to allow flexibility of layout. A wet room located directly off the hallway that connects the public room to the extended portion provides a wonderful opportunity to have a self-contained space. The rear access area of the original home has been extended to provide a further cloak room space as well as a convenient W.C.
The upper floor has a good-sized landing area with further natural wood door frames and leads to four well-proportioned bedrooms and a family bathroom. The bedroom to the north east of the property provides access to an open air roof terrace with stunning views to the front, overlooking the river, and to the rear with Craigmore hills in full view.
The plot encompasses a driveway allowing plentiful off road parking, a double garage allowing for further conversion potential or ample vehicular storage and fully enclosed gardens.
Aberfoyle Primary School (c1870) sits less than 1km from Avondhu House. The village of Aberfoyle offers access to various amenities; Post Office, pharmacy, supermarket, local pubs and restaurants as well as an increasing number of quaint local shops and cafes. From here there is also direct public transport connecting you to the central shopping districts in Glasgow and Stirling.
A short walk from your front door, Loch Ard boasts some of the best wild swimming and water sports in the country, it also offers some of the most sought after camping and fishing spots (subject to appropriate permits). Nearby there are a number of popular activities which can be reached on foot or by bike; hillwalking trails, horse-riding, orienteering, archery, canoeing, paddle-boarding, falconry, downhill mountain biking, tennis, to mention a few. The David Marshall Lodge, with its plethora of activities, also hosts a ‘Go Ape’ with the longest zip line in the country, the Aberfoyle Golf Club and Aberfoyle mountain bike park – all not to be missed.
Slightly further afield lies many other delights of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, with its stunning landscapes and beautiful rolling hills. Take a drive over the Dukes Pass (widely regarded as one of Scotland’s best driving roads) or go off road at the three lochs drive to visit Loch Drunkie, climb Ben A’an, Ben Venue or take a cruise on Loch Katrine’s famous steam ship “The Sir Walter Scott”. Aberfoyle is known as “The Gateway to the Trossachs” and it is evident why Sir Walter Scott, among others during the Victorian romantic movement, based many of Scotland's most iconic novels and poetry in the area (The Lady of the Lake, Rob Roy, The Secret Commonwealth of Elves Fauns and Fairies).
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Sat Nav - Avondhu House, Lochard Road, Aberfoyle, FK8 3TD
Branch Address4 Canniesburn Toll, Bearsden, G61 2QU
Tel: 0141 942 5888
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