Dating from 1879, this Victorian blonde sandstone detached villa comes to the market in a truly impeccable condition and offers a deluxe family home split across two levels and with a generous footprint of around 2,800 sq. ft.
Balkerach House is situated on a generous and mature leafy garden plot, enjoying a central position within the charming and picturesque village of Doune near Stirling. The property is ideally positioned for easy access to the M9 motorway and to the A9 enabling connectivity to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen. The A84 passes through Doune heading westwards to Callander and the Trossachs. Dunblane train station (park and ride) is just 10 minutes’ drive away with Bridge of Allan and Stirling train stations also readily accessible. All offer links to the above main employment centres.
Located in Doune’s conservation district, although not itself listed, Balkerach House retains many original features including ornate cornices, Edinburgh cupboards, original fireplaces and lovely panelled doors. Prompt inspection is advised to appreciate the full extent, scale and quality of the accommodation on offer.
Along with benefiting from an exacting internal specification and a classic country decorative theme, the property has undergone a recent programme of refurbishment including the construction of a large, stone built double garage with automatic door, a newly installed contemporary WC on the ground floor, and gas stoves fitted in the drawing and sitting rooms.
The property is entered through double storm doors into a vestibule and, from there, into a welcoming reception hallway with part tiled floor, feature staircase and under stair storage. The beautiful bay windowed lounge to the front features a log burning stove. Accessed by the lounge and hallway is a cloakroom with generous built-in floor to ceiling storage space. To the rear elevation, and overlooking part of the rear garden, there is a fabulous dining room equipped with a large Edinburgh cupboard. A recently refurbished and smartly presented WC with wall mounted basin sink and contemporary towel radiator completes the west side of the ground floor. On the east elevation, there is a rather magnificent drawing room / study (which has doubled as a home office more recently, benefiting from excellent broadband speed) and a more intimate sitting room, with a newly installed gas stove, leading into the dining kitchen.
The breakfasting kitchen, laid to hardwood flooring, is a clear highlight and acts as the social hub of the home. Here, the country style kitchen offers a generous amount of built in cabinetry, integrated appliances, Silestone worktops, a Belfast sink, and perhaps most impressive – a large gas-powered AGA cooker. From the kitchen, a dedicated utility room / pantry houses white goods and offers a glimpse of the lush greenery in the garden. The kitchen enables access to the side garden.
Upstairs, the half landing staircase with feature window leads on to a spacious landing which gives access to all rooms on the first floor which comfortably hosts four double bedrooms (including the opulent and particularly sizeable bay windowed master bedroom with ensuite), and a study or fifth bedroom. The principal guest bedroom also benefits from ensuite facilities while the main bathroom services the remaining bedrooms.
Externally, our clients have been particularly attentive, with wonderfully well-maintained garden pockets situated in various location around the plot. Directly in front of the property, there is a large lawn with mature beech and yew trees bordered by a large driveway laid to stone chippings.
The driveway leads to a very impressive stone built double garage with automatic doors and an additional single garage (recently reroofed) with large wooden double doors. To the east elevation, there is a private garden sitting area laid to lawn bordered by stone chippings and a more intimate area with raised beds. To the rear there is an expansive grass lawn, bordered on the south by a small burn / water course, which would be perfect for a variety of uses. The gardens are bounded mainly by stone walls and hedging.
To the rear (south) of the property, positioned under the kitchen and WC area and accessible by two timber doors, lie the boiler room, garden workshop and basement storage area.
Doune is a historic village, approximately seven miles to the west of Stirling, offering an array of shops to meet everyday needs. It also has a nursery and primary school, library, post office, chemist, pub, restaurants, vets surgery, dress and gift shops, a newly opened health centre and its own historic Doune Castle which is located on the banks of the River Teith. A wealth of outdoor pursuits is also on offer within easy reach of the village.