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AMES Austin Laird, the renowned ar­chi­tect who lived in Kil­ma­colm, had very high stan­dards when it came to de­sign­ing prop­er­ties in his home vil­lage. A con­tem­po­rary of Charles Ren­nie Mack­in­tosh, Austin Laird was in­cred­i­bly tal­ented, ap­pren­ticed to an ar­chi­tect when he was a young man and al­ready de­sign­ing and build­ing houses in his early twen­ties. He de­signed houses to be part of the nat­u­ral land­scape, tak­ing great care over the de­tail. He would have been de­lighted, there­fore, to see the care and at­ten­tion lav­ished on one of his finest cre­ations by cur­rent own­ers. Ard­fruoch is a dis­tinc­tive de­tached house in the Arts and Crafts style, with Austin Laird’s sig­na­ture red roof, and it has been ex­tended and mod­ernised s y mpa­theti - cally in re­cent years. Cur­rent owner Bill Gor­don, who moved in seven years ago ex­plains: “The house ap­pealed to us for a num­ber of r e asons, not least be­cause it was hugely charm­ing, with won­der­ful views.

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“It seemed like a great project, too. It had al­ready had con­sid­er­able work done to it, but we also car­ried out some ren­o­va­tion work. We stripped back the wood, re­mov­ing the black lac­quer which made it look quite fore­bod­ing, and that made a real dif­fer­ence. It re­ally bright­ened up the house.”

The big­gest trans­for­ma­tion for the Gor­dons, how­ever, was the up­grad­ing of the at­tic space into a stun­ning, flex­i­ble space that could be used as a fifth bed­room suite, an of­fice, a cin­ema room, a fit­ness suite, or a play­room.

“It has been a very use­ful room – es­pe­cially for the kids,” smiles Bill.

“When their friends come round and they can all dis­ap­pear off up there. It gives them a bit of in­de­pen­dence and it can be used for many things.”

Ard­fruoch’s broad open plan re­cep­tion hall leads through to a com­fort­able sit­ting room, with re­stored wal­nut tim­bers and a clay­gate f i re­place with a l og burner, and a fine draw­ing room, full of space and light.

Both rooms are dec­o­rated in sub­tle shades with splashes of colour with a con­tem­po­rary Scot­tish feel in the use of muted tar­tan fab­rics and rich colours.

The ground floor also in­cludes a use­ful home of­fice, or study, and the spa­cious kitchen in­cludes a fan­tas­tic is­land unit and break­fast­ing bar. French doors lead out on to the ter­race, ex­tend­ing the space into the out­doors and al­low­ing light to flood in.

The el­e­gant din­ing room, with its oak floor and box win­dow, is a qui­eter, more for­mal space. Its sim­ple, con­tem­po­rary styling and large win­dow pro­vide a sense of space and airi­ness.

The first floor i ncludes the im­pres­sive mas­ter bed­room with en- suite bath­room, a pleas­ant morn­ing room, and a dress­ing room. This floor also fea­tures a re­fit­ted fam­ily shower room, three fur­ther bed­rooms and a study, and the afore­men­tioned con­verted at­tic space com­pletes the third floor. Ard­fruoch is one of only two houses in the vil­lage to have direct ac­cess to Kil­ma­colm golf course.

It is set in wood­land gar­dens of around two and a quar­ter acres, close to beau­ti­ful Glen Moss Na­ture Re­serve and Whin­ney Hill wood. The views over the vil­lage, across to Windy­hill and Misty Law are spec­tac­u­lar.

The gar­dens are lovely – there are ma­ture trees, colour­ful rhodo­den­drons, beau­ti­ful flow­er­ing shrubs and the over­all ef­fect is one of pri­vacy and peace­ful­ness, with all year round colour and scent. Kil­ma­colm vil­lage is within walk­ing dis­tance, with lo­cal stores, pop­u­lar vil­lage restau­rants, cof­fee shops and bou­tique stores, and the sur­round­ing coun­try­side boasts walks, cy­cle tracks , angling and sal­mon runs.

The vil­lage has bus ser­vices to Glas­gow and there are main­line rail links at nearby Lang­bank and John­stone, with Glas­gow Air­port and its wide selec­tion of do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional flights also

OUT­SIDE LIV­ING: The ex­ten­sive gar­dens around the house pro­vide year-round scent and colour.

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