Home sweet home

A crav­ing for toffee led to the Rogers fam­ily en­joy­ing al­most two decades of bliss­ful fam­ily life at Over Lethame House Key Facts

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WHETHER or not you en­ter­tain the ro­man­tic no­tion that some houses are sim­ply meant for some peo­ple, it is hard to deny the strange co­in­ci­dences and con­nec­tions that sur­round Keith and Natalie Rogers and their beau­ti­ful Strathaven home, Over Lethame House. From mys­te­ri­ous art­works and se­cret gar­dens to fam­ily ties stretch­ing from Pais­ley to New Zealand, it is a fas­ci­nat­ing story which weaves its way through more than a hun­dred years of his­tory. Keith and Natalie, and their son Jonathan, have lived in the house for 18 years, but moved to Strathaven al­most three decades ago as the re­sult of a snap de­ci­sion. “Natalie was preg­nant and craved Strathaven toffee,” smiles Keith. “We were liv­ing in Busby at the time, and no idea where Strathaven was, so we set out to try and find the place and get some more of the toffee. “We ended up buy­ing a house there that same day. It’s a lovely town, with plenty go­ing on but you can walk for half a mile and feel like you are in the mid­dle of nowhere. Strathaven lies a few miles south of East Kil­bride in South La­nark­shire, with Glas­gow and the rest of the cen­tral belt and be­yond within easy reach. Keith and Natalie found out Over Lethame

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House, a prop­erty they had of­ten walked past and ad­mired, was for sale al­most by ac­ci­dent.

“Once we had de­cided we wanted to move, we checked The Her­ald’s prop­erty pages ev­ery week, but we could see noth­ing we liked,” ex­plains Keith.

“One day, we spot­ted a tiny ad­vert for Over Lethame – if we hadn’t been look­ing so closely we might have missed it.”

Natalie says: “I fell in love with it as soon as I walked in to the porch. It needed a bit of work – the lady who lived there hadn’t touched it for 25 years but in a way, that was great – it meant we could see the pe­riod char­ac­ter of the place. It hadn’t been changed by a crazy do-er up­per, it was still full of orig­i­nal fea­tures but it still had plenty of po­ten­tial for us too.”

In fact, the cou­ple’s painstak­ing ren­o­va­tions, in­clud­ing rewiring, re­plumb­ing and reroof­ing, have suc­cess­fully added con­tem­po­rary style and lux­ury to this im­pres­sive fam­ily home, with­out de­stroy­ing the tra­di­tional charm of the orig­i­nal.

Set in se­cluded gar­dens of around 1.2 acres, with a se­cret gar­den and a guest this pretty coun­try house in­cludes a stun­ning or­angery with orig­i­nal vaulted ceil­ing and Goth­ic­style win­dows, a be­spoke fit­ted kitchen, a home cin­ema room and im­pres­sive en­trance hall­way with orig­i­nal fire­place.

The ground floor also in­cludes an el­e­gant draw­ing room, com­fort­able sit­ting room and use­ful pantry and util­ity rooms while up­stairs, there are four spa­cious dou­ble bed­rooms, a fam­ily bath­room and a shower room.

Natalie, who is a keen baker, ad­mits she will miss the kitchen the most.

“Stand­ing bak­ing, look­ing out into the gar­den as the sun rises, with those beau­ti­ful views, is stun­ning,” she says. “It’s a house for ev­ery sea­son – I love it in the frost and snow, and in the spring when all the snow­drops and daf­fodils are out, and on lovely warm, sum­mer evenings.

“It will be sad to go, but it’s time to start a new chap­ter in our lives.”

The cou­ple are re­lo­cat­ing to Cal­i­for­nia for busi­ness rea­sons, but they ad­mit it will be a wrench to leave Over Lethame.

“It feels like the house was meant for us,” smiles Natalie.

“My dad bought the old gates from the Coats mill in Pais­ley and when he died, we took them for Over Lethame.

“A gen­tle­man from New Zealand, who was re­search­ing his fam­ily his­tory, turned up on our doorstep one day, with old black and white photos of our house be­cause his an­ces­tors had stayed there.

“It turned out one of his rel­a­tives had worked in the same mills.”

Keith adds: “It was all the more re­mark­able be­cause when we were clear­ing out just after we moved in, we dis­cov­ered an old paint­ing of a woman who looked so like this gentle­men, they had to be re­lated.

“It was great to be able to give the por­trait to him.”

The photos re­vealed an­other strange twist to the tale.

“When Natalie’s fa­ther died,

BACK­STORY: A vis­i­tor from New Zealand re­search­ing his fam­ily his­tory turned up on the doorstep with im­ages of Over Lethame dat­ing from the early 1900s, His an­ces­tors had once lived in the house.

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