The Grange is located by the historic and unspoilt village of Fowlis Wester on the North side of Strathearn. Fowlis Wester was once a main centre of the weaving trade, a cattle droving market to rival Falkirk and has …
The Grange is located by the historic and unspoilt village of Fowlis Wester on the North side of Strathearn. Fowlis Wester was once a main centre of the weaving trade, a cattle droving market to rival Falkirk and has been a place of worship since the eighth century. St Bean’s Kirk houses a famous Pictish stone and was the setting for the wedding scene in the film Chariots of Fire.
The nearby town of Crieff provides very good day-to-day facilities including many restaurants, two supermarkets, medical centre, veterinary surgery, post office, primary schools and a community campus with secondary school, swimming pool, recreation centre and library. The Crieff Hydro, located within the town, has an excellent choice of restaurants, spa, social events and a wide variety of family activities. Crieff Golf Club is one of Scotland’s top inland courses. In the heart of golfing Perthshire, it offers twenty-seven holes with spectacular views and challenging play for all levels.
The location provides convenient access to the Gleneagles golf club, hotel and neighbouring town of Auchterarder. Auchterarder offers excellent day-to-day facilities including a well-stocked supermarket, baker, butchers, ironmonger, library, post office, bank, primary and secondary schooling and a health centre. In addition, there are numerous places to eat, hotels, restaurants and coffee shops. The Gleneagles hotel hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup and provides three championship golf courses, falconry, equestrian centre and a superb selection of restaurants. The resort benefits from exceptional leisure facilities including two swimming pools, gym with fitness classes, health suite, 4 all weather and 1 tarmac surfaced tennis court and routes for cycling, jogging or walking. There are a wide variety of places to eat at Gleneagles including the 2 Michelin star restaurant at Andrew Fairlie. Gleneagles railway station provides services to most of Scotland’s principal towns and cities, plus a sleeper service to London.
There are a number of independent schools within an easy school run including Craigclowan Preparatory School, Kilgraston, Strathallan, Glenalmond, Morrison’s Academy, Ardvreck and Dollar Academy.
Perth is the closest city where a variety of shopping facilities are available from national retailers and retail parks, major supermarkets and a variety of independent shops, hospital, bus and railway station, Doctors, library, health and fitness centres, swimming pool, theatre, concert hall and cinema.
Perthshire provides a great choice of recreational opportunities. The ski slopes of Glenshee are within easy reach. Water sports, hiking and cycling may be enjoyed locally and the surrounding hills and glens of Perthshire provide a rich environment for many country and outdoor pursuits.
Edinburgh and Glasgow can be reached in approximately an hour and provide large city amenities, cultural activity, retail and leisure facilities, together with airports to internal destinations.
The Grange is a country home of distinction, which has been extensively and carefully modernised to create a period family home with flair and the benefits of beautifully refurbished and well-presented accommodation. The reception space, all of which is south facing, is a particularly strong feature at The Grange. The drawing room provides impressive space for entertaining and includes attractive design features such as the stunning wall-to-wall integrated oak bookcase which incorporates an oak surround feature fireplace and this is complemented by rich oak flooring. The billiard room / dining room has ornate cornicing, an attractive feature fireplace with a multi-fuel stove, parquet flooring and is ideally suited for more formal entertaining. The dual aspect dining kitchen has a generous amount of storage space within high quality and tastefully designed units with a Corian work surface and a flagstone floor. There is a central island, Belfast sink, Range, induction hob, electric oven, dish washer and steam oven. A built-in seating bench by one of the windows provides the perfect space for family dining. The adjacent family room is ideally located for a relaxed living space and has a multi fuel stove within an attractive fire surround, there is also a press and an integrated storage/TV stand.
The ground floor accommodation offers significant flexibility and the benefit of either one or two ground floor bedrooms. Bedroom 5 on the ground floor has a warm atmosphere together with a pretty fireplace and bedroom 6 with its working fireplace is currently used as a study but would also make an ideal guest bedroom. A shower room on the ground floor serves both bedrooms and this has attractive half-height timber panelling to the walls, a heated towel rail and modern white fittings.
One door off the kitchen leads to a pantry with fitted cupboards, plumbing for water and access into the rear courtyard. Another door leads into a cloakroom where there is access into the boot room and laundry room. The laundry room benefits from storage units, plumbing for a washing machine, sink, and an oil fired boiler, ground source heat pump and sink. A staircase within the cloakroom leads to what is used as a cinema room, which could be adapted for a variety of different uses.
The principal staircase within the hall leads to the bedroom accommodation where there are four further bedrooms. The master bedroom offers special appeal with attractively grained and warm coloured oak panelled walls incorporating an oak fireplace. There is a walk-in dressing room within the master bedroom with generous storage capacity. Bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 have working shutters with 2 and 3 having attractive fireplaces. There is a shower room and a bathroom serving the bedrooms. Each has modern and tasteful fittings, with the bathroom having character detail including a fireplace and half panelled timber walls.
The accommodation comprises:-
Ground Floor: Vestibule, Hall, Drawing Room, Billiard Room / Dining Room, Family Room, Dining Kitchen, Bedroom, Study/Bedroom, Shower Room, Cloakroom, Boot Room, Laundry Room, Pantry
First Floor: Master Bedroom with Dressing Room, 3 Bedrooms, Shower Room, Bathroom
GARDEN & GROUNDS
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An outbuilding by the rear courtyard has been cleverly converted into an independent home study providing light and airy accommodation with high ceilings and exposed beams. The original wood-fired laundry has been retained making an attractive feature. Included within this is a small kitchen with sink and a shower room with wc, wash hand basin and heated towel rail. Attached to this are two generous stores and a garden wc. Subject to planning permission and consents, there is considerable scope to convert this outbuilding further into accommodation which could offer useful annex accommodation.
The grounds surrounding The Grange provide a high degree of privacy. An orchard is located to the west which has plumb, apple and pear trees. There is a polytunnel adjacent and a fruit bed with blackcurrants, raspberries, gooseberries, strawberries and elderberries. A raised patio terrace to the east has a gas fire pit and provides superb space, benefitting from a southerly aspect with views over outstanding countryside towards the Ochil Hills. The rear courtyard by the outbuilding leads up to an area of lawn and a further patio.
To the east of the house is a detached double garage/workshop, kennel, chicken coop and a generous area of lawn. To the south of the lawn is an enclosed paddock of about 0.60 acre with a sheep shelter and water bowser. There would be potential to extend the paddock northwards into the area of lawn if more paddock space was needed.
There is ample parking for the property, located to the south and east of the house and access from the highway to The Grange is over a private tree-lined track.