10 Buchanan Stables
10 Buchanan Stables lies within Buchanan Castle Estate close to Loch Lomond and the picturesque village of Drymen, only half an hour's drive from Glasgow City Centre. The policies of Buchanan Castle are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland.
The property is sited on the plains of the River Endrick with magnificent scenic backdrops which include Ben Lomond, the Highlands and Luss Hills.
The property itself overlooks Buchanan Castle Golf Club, a renowned highly scenic course, with a lovely club room and restaurant literally on the doorstep.
The nearby village of Drymen forms the western end of the West Highland Way. There are two hotels, a useful village shop, a Spar supermarket with a Post Office and a selection of independent retailers, cafes and restaurants. The Clachan pub claims to be the oldest pub in Scotland and to have a connection with the family of Rob Roy. There is a private health club (Buchanan Arms Hotel). Stirling (about 23 miles) offers a wider range of amenities including excellent shopping and leisure facilities, whilst Glasgow (about 19 miles) provides an excellent range of shops, restaurants, galleries and clubs. Milngavie (about 13 miles) has two large supermarkets and a number of independent retailers. Drymen is located in close proximity to an excellent transport infrastructure with the M9/M80 motorway system easily accessible, a mainline railway station in Milngavie and Balloch and a bus connection from the area to Balloch, whilst Glasgow International Airport is only 24 miles away offering regular domestic and international flights. Edinburgh is only 58 miles away and can be reached in little over an hour and a quarter's drive.
Despite the growth in the number of villagers commuting to Glasgow to work, there remains an agricultural tradition in the area. Every year, in early summer, an agricultural show is held in the fields around the Endrick Water.
The historic County of Stirlingshire and surrounding area offers an enormous range of cultural and leisure opportunities. There are some excellent golf courses in the area including the Buchanan Castle Golf Club which lies adjacent to the Stables as well as Strathendrick Golf Club (about 1 mile) and Balfron Golf Club (about 6 miles) whilst the world famous courses at Loch Lomond, Gleneagles and St Andrews are all relatively easily accessible. Drymen sits within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, which offers world famous scenery with a plethora of recreation and leisure opportunities including a wide range of water sports. The surrounding hills are also extremely popular with hill walkers and climbers and the County also offers excellent opportunities for mountain biking, sailing, pony trekking, shooting and fishing.
Local primary schooling can be found in Buchanan and Drymen and secondary schooling is in Balfron.
The Stables is an early 19th century 2-storey classical quadrangle of stone construction under a pitched slate roof with a cobbled courtyard. It originally functioned as stables, coach house and offices. It was then sympathetically converted, in the later 20th century, to flatted accommodation, with ten flats in all on the ground and first floor. The Stables are one of the major buildings of the Buchanan Estate.
The quadrangle is composed of 3 near-symmetrical rectangular-plan ranges of 7 or 8 bays and a 4th range with the principal (NW) entrance elevation. This is of 8 bays, the central bay featuring a round-arched entrance pend with a pediment breaking eaves above, which features a clock and a weather vane at the apex. The end bays are emphasised by shallow recessed double-height arches, with patterned render to 1st floor level.
The side (SE and NW) and rear (SW) ranges are simpler, with mostly regularly disposed windows and a cavetto eaves cornice. Some ground floor openings were originally doorways, but have had their cills raised to form openings to match the original windows. At each corner of the quadrangle, a concrete porch has been formed providing a useful covered entrance to the property.
The courtyard is cobbled, and to the centre is a square-plan ashlar pump with stone troughs at low level. A number of the residents have planted pots at their entrances providing a lovely welcoming and colourful courtyard.
In addition to the communal garden area which includes a drying green, there are numerous walks to be enjoyed through the Estate including the historical ruins of Buchanan Castle which is forested by every tree native to Western Europe, five different types of Oak and several soaring Pacific Coast Redwoods. Bicycles and other outdoor equipment can be stored in the external store room accessed off the courtyard.
Internally, the property is presented in move-in order. This is a warm and welcoming property and the large windows and tall ceilings give the apartment a wonderful light and airy atmosphere.
Ground Floor: Arched entrance to the cobbled courtyard leads to steps to covered entrance vestibule. Inner hallway. Living room with dual aspect. Galley style kitchen with fully fitted floor and wall units, stainless steel sink and drainage board and integrated gas cooker. Two built-in hall storage cupboards and a walk-in cupboard. Bathroom with shower over bath, wash hand basin, WC and useful shelving. Double bedroom with in-built wardrobe. Double bedroom with walk-in wardrobe.
Outbuildings: Communal bin store and private storage room (useful for storing bikes etc.)
Garden: Communal garden area surrounded by woodlands adjacent to the property with drying green. Two allocated parking spaces in communal carpark at property entrance.