The Doocot House, Formakin Estate Houston Road

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The Doocot House, Formakin Estate Houston Road, Bishopton

Offers Over £595,000

A unique and striking B listed converted coach house accessed through an archway and with entry from a cobbled courtyard which forms part of the original stable block of the Formakin Estate.
  • Property Type: Character Property, Country House, House
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Public Rooms: 3

Property Description

The Estate was created by local Paisley stockbroker, John Augustus Holms, from four farms purchased in 1902 and developed in conjunction with the eminent Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer. Holms died before work was completed and, after several other owners, it was left to the historic building developer Kit Martin to convert the buildings into the 17 homes which now form Formakin Estate. The estate extends to approximately 170 acres and includes parkland areas, recreational woodland, paddocks and pasture land surrounding Lorimer’s mansion which is regarded as one of his finest works. Many of the original architectural features have been retained including stone monkeys on the roofs which have given the property the local name of “The Monkey House”.

The Doocot House is a stylish and highly individual home that offers flexible accommodation of 3368 square feet comprising seven principal apartments plus usual offices. The outstanding feature of this home is the magnificent drawing room with twin French doors leading into the luxury conservatory overlooking the gardens. There are three separate stairs within the property and an attic providing further storage space. The property has an oil-fired central heating system and there is a spacious double garage on the opposite side of Houston Road.

The accommodation comprises a reception hall giving access to the main ground floor apartments. The drawing room has an open fire with a traditional stone surround and is bathed in natural light from a unique triangular window which extends from the conservatory. This exact replica of the original was constructed by Amdega and provides an impressive, flexible space for daily living and entertaining. There are limestone floor tiles, double glazed windows, a modern wood-burning stove and French doors opening on to the property’s private garden. Stairs lead from the drawing room to the master bedroom which overlooks the garden and has its own en-suite bathroom. The dining kitchen has oak-fronted kitchen units with timber worktop surfaces, a cream and stainless-steel Rangemaster cooker with double ovens and induction hobs. There is an integral Miele dishwasher. The kitchen has a window and a door to the garden. The inner hall of the property provides access to 2 ground floor bedrooms, one with an en-suite bathroom. There is a family bathroom and a small sitting area which has a stair leading to bedroom 4 which is currently used as a sitting room. The drawing room has access to a utility and laundry room with entry to the garden and a stair to the study.

Local Area

This property offers a convenient setting for accessing all amenities within Bishopton and surrounding area, including the local railway station. Local primary schooling is available in Bishopton with Park Mains High School in Erskine. The highly acclaimed St. Columba’s school is in the nearby village of Kilmacolm. Formakin Estate is well placed for accessing Glasgow International Airport, the Erskine bridge and the M8 motorway for Glasgow city centre. Inverkip marina and Castle Semple are within 20 miles for watersports and sailing enthusiasts. There are impressive facilities at Ingliston Equestrian centre and country club and several golf clubs in the area including the Earl of Mar course at the 5-star Mar Hall Hotel.

Travel Directions

From Glasgow city centre proceed in a westerly direction on the M8 motorway and exit at junction 31 sign posted for Langbank. Turn left onto the B789 and travel for approximately 2 miles before turning left onto the roads sign posted for Formakin Estate. Proceed past the Millhouse and turn left into the courtyard area where The Doocot can be found straight ahead.


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Branch Address

2 Windsor Place, Main Street, PA11 3AF
Tel: 01505 691 400
Email: [email protected]

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Wed, Thu 9am-8pm
Sat 9.30am-1.00pm
Sun 12noon-3pm

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