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A once in a generation opportunity to acquire an outstanding “Thomsonesque” villa that is also a wonderful, welcoming family home. “Dunluce” is an architectural gem that boasts stunning views, excellent transport links and a peaceful setting.
“Dunluce” is a truly remarkable detached "Thomsonesque" villa dating back to circa 1875. Set proudly amidst extensive garden grounds and offering almost 6000 sq ft of accommodation over two levels, this iconic Category “A” listed, sandstone villa has been painstakingly and sympathetically upgraded with the assistance of Historic Scotland grants including a re-slated and leaded roof.
One of the most architecturally significant properties to grace the Scottish housing market in recent times, “Dunluce” has all the style of Alexander “Greek” Thomson. It has exquisite “Egypto-Greek” period features including "sunburst" ceiling roses, classical cornicing, original marble fireplaces and a grand staircase with “acorn” carved newel caps.
With eight bedrooms and offering twelve principal apartments in all, the accommodation includes a south wing with separate kitchen, bathroom, living room and three bedrooms, currently part of the main house, yet could effectively be used to have three generational living or even as a separate letting opportunity. Beautifully maintained and with the gracious proportions of its period, “Dunluce” offers a once in a generation opportunity to live in an architectural gem that is also a welcoming, warm family home.
“Dunluce” enjoys a slightly elevated position that provides wonderful, panoramic views across adjacent fields and countryside to the Kilsyth Hills A garden of three quarters acre provides an extraordinarily peaceful setting, whilst at the same time being ideally located for easy access to Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh.
The architectural influences are immediately evident as you arrive at the property with the imposing exterior including double fronted square bay windows and a pair of "Egypto-Greek" carved stone columns framing the entrance. The splendour continues as you enter the broad reception hall framed by two further columns and includes original herringbone flooring, intricate ceiling cornicing and the carved staircase featuring acorn newel post and cap.
The main house includes
On the ground floor
- Formal drawing room, with exquisite cornicing and original marble mantelpiece
- Dining room, with “sunburst” ceiling rose and polished oak floor
- Sitting room, west facing with open fire and garden views
- Breakfasting kitchen, with granite surfaces, a centre island with integrated smeg hob and wall units with eye level microwave, oven and grill
- Cloakroom, utility room and tool store
The grand staircase leads to a galleried landing off which are
- Five very spacious double bedrooms, beautifully proportioned with “Thomsonesque” cornicing and original mantelpieces
- Dressing room accessible from bedroom one with bespoke fitted wardrobe
- Family bathroom with Art Deco tiling
The south wing
- Accessed directly from the Main House or through its own front door
- On the ground floor a further public room/sitting room and a kitchen
- A second staircase leads to three further bedrooms, utility room and a stunning, refitted bathroom with contemporary fittings and “Teardrop” freestanding bath.
The garden has been re-designed and re-planted to complement the house and to create a series of garden 'rooms' in different styles. Plants are of the highest quality and include many with the rhs's agm (Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit) and a number of rare specimen plants and trees.
- The enclosed cottage garden is an intimate and secluded retreat festooned with a variety of colour and offers a beautiful dining area at its best in mid summer.
- A Victorian gravel pathway runs alongside rhododendrons and ferns in keeping with the style of the house when it was built and takes you on an enchanting journey past the expansive lawned areas.
- A wildflower lawn with orchids, snake's head fritillaries and cowslips.
- At the western edge, an area of woodland is planted with native trees and features a bridge across a small stream.
Prospect Road offers a peaceful setting of predominantly sizeable, detached villas. The area is served by the schooling at all levels including Cumbernauld Primary School and has easy access to private schooling in Glasgow. Leisure pursuits include Dullatur Golf Club with a sociable Club House, bowling and fitness/gymnasium facilities and Dullatur Tennis Club. The area is surrounded by picturesque scenery with a number of renowned walking routes including those alongside the nearby Forth & Clyde canal and the Antonine Wall.
Dullatur has excellent transport links. Croy train station is less than 10 minutes drive and provides a fast link to Glasgow Queen Street in under 15 minutes, Stirling in about 20 minutes and Edinburgh Waverley in around 40 minutes. The M80 is two miles away and provides easy access to major destinations in every direction, with Glasgow and Stirling city centres about 16 miles away and Edinburgh some 40 miles. The area is also home to the private Cumbernauld Airport. EPC - Band E