The Allen offers a delightful country home situated in a peaceful location on the eastern boundary of The Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. The location provides much sought after privacy coupled with excellent access to village amenities with very good commuter links to Glasgow and Stirling.
The local village of Buchlyvie about 1.2 miles to the east includes a primary school, a church, a doctor's surgery, a village shop, a range of specialist shops, pub with bar and restaurant facilities, cafes and local bus services. The secondary school catchment area is Balfron High School for which there is a bus service for pupils. Private schools in the area include Dollar Academy, Beaconhurst School in Bridge of Allan with Morrisons Academy and Ardvreck Preparatory School both in Crieff, with a further range of independent schools in Glasgow.
Stirling is situated 15 miles to the east and is in the heart of the historic County of Stirlingshire and the local area offers an enormous range of cultural and leisure opportunities. Glasgow (about 22 miles) and Edinburgh (about 53 miles) provide a wider range of excellent shops, restaurants, galleries and clubs.
There are some excellent golf courses at nearby Balfron, Drymen, Callander and Stirling, the world famous golf courses at Loch Lomond and 3 championship courses at Gleneagles are all within a short drive of the property.
The scenic Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park is literally on the doorstep within 15 minutes drive to the west of the property offering famous scenery, a plethora of recreational and leisure opportunities including a wide range of water sports. The surrounding hills, including the Campsie Fells, are also extremely popular with hill walkers and climbers and the County as a whole offers opportunities for mountain biking, sailing, pony trekking, shooting and fishing.
The Allen is a charming property of traditional stone construction set under a slate roof and provides spacious and comfortable accommodation over two levels. The house is approached by a private driveway, which leads to a gravel parking area to the rear of the property and provides space for 4 or more vehicles. The internal accommodation throughout the property has been finished to a high standard and includes many traditional features. It also benefits from an abundance of built-in storage space. The property benefits from a lovely aspect overlooking the surrounding countryside.
The house is entered by the main door into a porch which has an adjoining cloakroom and opens in to the music and sitting rooms. This room benefits from a log burning stove and has an adjoining study. There is an open plan kitchen with large family dining area and French doors leading on to the patio and south facing garden. The kitchen has an oil fired Aga and traditional beams. A utility room and storage area leads to the back door and the side garden.
The bedroom accommodation in this part of the house comprises two south facing spacious bedrooms on the first floor which are served by a large family bathroom.
Leading from the sitting room, the West Wing of the property, is currently used for top-end self-catering accommodation. The accommodation comprises a large formal lounge with log burning stove, a self contained kitchen, two further double bedrooms and another bathroom. The property benefits from its own entrance to the rear, with one of the bedrooms being located on the first floor which has access to a large floored attic space that could be used to extend the accommodation subject to the necessary planning consents.
Situated to the rear of the house and adjacent to the property there is a useful outbuilding of traditional stone construction under a box profile box with a cobbled floor comprising:
Garage (4.83m x 3.73m)
Workshop (5.10m x 3.43m)
Garden Store (3.74m 3.39m)
The building may present the opportunity for conversion to further ancillary accommodation to the main house or for use as alternative business premises subject to necessary planning consents.
The mature garden grounds surrounding the property create a colourful backdrop. The garden area includes a large area of lawn to the front which is enclosed by a number of fine specimen mature trees, with various shrubs and borders providing a delightful abundance of colour. There is a patio area to the front of the property which is accessed from French doors which lead from the dining/family room. To the east of the property there is an attractive pond with a wealth of flowers surrounding and a further patio and drying green to the rear of the house.