The Mill House enjoys a private rural setting within the popular village of Fintry, some 15.5 miles south west of Stirling. Fintry is situated in the heart of the Central Lowlands and at the head of the Strathendrick Valley stretching …
The Mill House enjoys a private rural setting within the popular village of Fintry, some 15.5 miles south west of Stirling. Fintry is situated in the heart of the Central Lowlands and at the head of the Strathendrick Valley stretching intermittently along the Endrick Water with views of Ben Lomond in the distance. The surrounding countryside is amongst the most attractive and unspoilt to be found in Central Scotland, and the village itself is positioned in such a secluded setting that it contributes greatly to its charm. Close by is the picturesque Culcreuch Castle Hotel and there are many lovely walks there and in the vicinity.
Fintry benefits from a small and close-knit community with a sports club and shop, church, village hall, hotel and one public house. Nearby Balfron, Kippen and Killearn offer further amenities catering for day to day needs, with supermarkets in both Balfron and Killearn. There is a local nursery and primary school, and the sought after Balfron High School is the nearest senior school in the area. The highly regarded Dollar Academy is a popular choice with further private and state schools available in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perthshire.
The historic City of Stirling offers a wider range of amenities including excellent shopping and leisure facilities, whilst Glasgow provides a wider range of shops, restaurants, galleries and clubs. Despite its rural location The Mill House is located in close proximity to an excellent transport infrastructure with the M9/M80 motorway system easily accessible on the near side of Stirling and a mainline railway station in Milngavie (about 16 miles), whilst Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports are within about an hours drive and offer regular domestic and international flights.
The County of Stirlingshire and surrounding areas offer an enormous range of cultural and leisure opportunities. There are a number of well-respected golf courses in the area including Loch Lomond Golf Course, Buchanan Castle, Hilton Park, Balfron and Dunblane courses. Loch Lomond is also well known for its water sports including fishing, sailing, wind surfing, water skiing and wake boarding.
The prestigious Gleneagles Spa Hotel and Golf Resort is located just off the A9 between Stirling and Perth and is one of Scotland’s most luxurious 5 star resorts and offers 3 Championship golf courses and a wide range of outdoor activities as well as the spa facilities. The famous Blair Drummond Safari Park is also close by.
The Mill House is situated close to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, which offers world famous scenery with a plethora of recreational activities, including a wide range of water sports. The surrounding hills are also extremely popular with hill walkers and the county also offers excellent opportunities for mountain biking, sailing, pony trekking, shooting and fishing.
The Mill House is of traditional stone construction set under a tiled roof and provides generous and comfortable accommodation over 4 floors including the converted attic space. There a number of period features retained throughout the house, and the grounds including a former Time Keeper’s Bothy associated with the property’s historical use in connection with the neighbouring former Mill building. Internally the accommodation is full of charm with generously proportioned rooms benefiting from a combination of neutral and warm tones, complemented by solid wood floors in the kitchen and bootroom with stone flooring on lower levels which help to create the overall traditional ambience. The accommodation and room dimensions are set out in more detail in the floorplans contained within these particulars.
The property sits in approximately 0.65 Ha (1.61 Acres) of land which is divided between the existing garden grounds and development plots. The owners have spent the past 15 years developing the garden grounds ensuring the area is stocked with a range of mature trees, rhododendrons, plants and shrubs which provide an abundance of colour, and there are a number of vegetable beds and a small orchard. The front area of lawn presents the perfect location for entertaining or for children to play and the gardens have been open to the public as part of Scotland’s Garden Scheme for the past two years.
Access to the property is via a private driveway which leads through a pillared entrance to a gravel sweep located to the front and rear of the house. There is also a range of useful outbuildings including garage, tool shed and several stores and timber stable block.
HISTORY OF THE MILL HOUSE
The village and most of the surrounding land was originally included in the Estate of Culcreuch Castle. In 1796 Peter Spiers, the son of a wealthy Glasgow merchant, bought the Castle and Estate and he built the adjacent cotton mill, Culcreuch Mill. The Mill House was subsequently built next door, as the home for the Mill manager and his family.
There is an unusual small stone building next to The Mill House which is known as ‘the Time Keeper’s Bothy’. Internally the building has the remains of a fireplace, which the Time Keeper would have used to keep warm, and a passageway along one side with the remains of an interconnecting hatch. The Mill employees would pass through the passage of the Time Keeper’s Bothy to clock in and out at the hatch in the days when the Mill was operational.
In more recent times, the property has been a family home to the current owners for the last 15 years. The current owners were one of the founding members of the Fintry Development Trust, which works to reduce the energy use and carbon emissions in the village and not surprisingly The Mill House now benefits from the installation of solar panels to heat hot water and a ground source heat pump. The basement of the house has also been used as an art studio, exhibition space and for running art workshops.
The property is for sale as a whole or in 4 lots. Please note Lots 2, 3 and 4 will not be sold prior to the sale of Lot 1.