PLANT A CEDAR:
This glorious, timber, Hamptons-style home near Lanark has room to breathe in more ways than one
THE first thing everyone notices about Kirkfield Gardens – once they have taken in the beauty of the setting and been wowed by the stunning exterior of this ranchstyle family home – is its sweet, cedar smell. “Even after seven years, people still tell us they can smell this wonderful, wood aroma,” smiles owner Mark Rutherford. “We are used to it, because we are surrounded by it every day, of course – but it’s lovely to be reminded of it.” Mark and Carole designed and built Kirkfield Gardens in 2009, inspired by a famous movie house. “We loved the Hamptons beach house in the Jack Nicholson movie Something’s Gotta Give, and it inspired us to build our own home,” says Mark, adding with a laugh: “It seemed a bit of a long shot at first, to create a Hamptons beach house in Scotland. “We did lots of research and eventually found a company, Log and Cedar Homes, in Doune, who we liked. At the time, we were living in a 300-year-old house nearby, so we felt like a change. And this really was a change….”
A long tree-lined drive brings you up to Kirkfield Gardens, a traditional Canadian cedar lodge with wooden decking and wraparound verandah.
Inside, the ground floor is dominated by a huge partly open-plan kitchen, dining and living room with solid oak flooring, warmed throughout by underfloor heating and a contemporary fireplace.
Full height windows flood the room with natural light and bring the outside in, as Mark explains.
“There are more than 50 windows throughout the house and the views are wonderful – over the Clyde Valley, out towards Ben Lomond,” he says.
“Because we built this house on land that was part of our original grounds, we had the luxury of time and we could get it the way we wanted it.
“Every sunny day I would go out on to the plot and see exactly where the sun was shining, so I’d know where the light would be coming from at breakfast time, dinner time, sunset … that’s why the house seems to be built at an odd angle but it was all about making the most of the natural light.”
The kitchen includes handcrafted wood and cream painted cupboards and a duck egg blue central island and marble worktops; the subtle colours and warm wood contributes to the relaxed, airy feel of the house.
The ground floor also includes a study and family TV room.
A stylish staircase leads up to the first floor where there are four double bedrooms, all en-suite. The bedrooms are remarkable – each one has a high, vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and far-reaching views; one bedroom comes with a separate living room and mezzanine level.
Kirkfield Gardens also includes two self-contained apartments, with open plan lounge and kitchen, bedroom and en-suite in each, ideal for teenagers or older parents, relatives or guests. Outside there is a three-car garage and fabulous studio and multimedia room which could easily be used as a games room, home cinema or gym. Wine lover Mark has also created his own purpose-built wine cellar outside.
“There is a lot of flexibility for the new owners, plenty of space to adapt the house to their needs,” says Mark.
“Carole rented out the apartments and that option is
‘‘ We loved the Hamptons beach house in the Jack Nicholson movie Something’s Gotta Give and it inspired us
there, too, for the new owners if they wish to do so.
But equally, they could be ideal for older children, or for grandparents who want to live close by but have their own independence.”
Mark adds: “This has been a lovely family home for us, and a great place for us to entertain and have parties and family get-togethers, but now our son, Matthew, who is 26, is moving on, we’re moving on too.
“It’s been a pleasure watching our nieces and nephews run about here, making the most of the gardens – they are very private, and safe.
“I think that will appeal to buyers too – the fact that it is set in its own, peaceful gardens and yet it’s so close to Lanark.”
Located in between Edinburgh and Glasgow (around 30 to 35 miles) Kirkfield Gardens is just two minutes’ drive away from the historic town, with its excellent rail links and wellregarded schools. The town also boasts a broad range of shops, supermarkets, banks, a selection of restaurants and a variety of sports and recreational facilities including the Lanark Golf Club, home to a championship standard 18 hole golf course.
But it is the glorious, uninterrupted sunsets Mark and Carole will miss the most.
“Sitting on the decking, with a glass of wine and some music playing in the background, is our favourite place to be,” smiles Mark.
“We will miss that – watching the sky turn so many different colours, just enjoying the peace and tranquillity, in our lovely cedar lodge.”
TERRACED HOUSE: The evening sunsets and the ever-changing views will be top of the most-missed list for current owners Mark and Carole.
THAT NEW HOME SMELL: Guests still remark on the scent inside the home created by Doune company Cedar Homes. Mark has created his own wine cellar, left.