Fresh twist on a clas­sic

Three floors of main­tained and im­proved in­te­ri­ors make this Vic­to­rian villa all set for mod­ern fam­ily life

The Herald - Scotland's Homes - - News -

MID­WAY be­tween Glas­gow and He­lens­burgh, t he t own of Dum­bar­ton has many im­pres­sive pe­riod prop­er­ties and while In­ver­leven is cer­tainly that, it ar­guably also has one of the best and most pri­vate set­tings, dis­creetly tucked away i n over an acre of park- l i ke gar­den grounds ad­ja­cent to Le­ven­grove Park where the River Leven meets the Clyde es­tu­ary.

Built in 1870, the de­tached Vic­to­rian villa was ex­tended in 1907 with the ad­di­tion of a ball­room – now a mag­nif­i­cent draw­ing room with south and east- fac­ing bay win­dows and a su­perbly crafted in­glenook fire­place in Ore­gon pine com­plete with lancet win­dows.

Sub­stan­tial in size, ex­tend­ing to around 6,000 square feet, the villa re­tains many out­stand­ing pe­riod fea­tures – in­tri­cate plas­ter­work, ‘ Glas­gow-style’ cabi­netry, orig­i­nal fire­places and stained and leaded glass.

The house has also been care­fully main­tained and con­tin­u­ally im­proved by the present own­ers, who have rewired the prop­erty and re­newed the gas cen­tral heat­ing sys­tem – also more re­cently the main fam­ily bath­room and en suite shower room, while the con­ser­va­tory was re­built in 2013 to repli­cate the orig­i­nal with dou­ble-glazed tim­ber framed win­dows and roof.

The en­trance hall is vis­ually strik­ing, its white painted wood­work off­set by par­quet wood floor­ing and del­i­cately coloured stained and leaded glass screens de­pict­ing the iconic Glas­gow rose.

The stair­case is an­other won­der, in­cor­po­rat­ing in­tri­cate wrought iron balustrad­ing – and lead­ing to two stained glass win­dows on the half land­ing.

Span­ning three lev­els, ac­com­mo­da­tion high­lights in­clude a hall/lounge with beau­ti­ful cor­ner fire­place and bench seat­ing on ei­ther side, Glas­gow-style cabi­netry and French doors onto a south-fac­ing front veran­dah.

The 28ft draw­ing room has orig­i­nal par­quet wood floor­ing com­ple­mented by the in­glenook fire­place, the for­mal din­ing room has an equally amaz­ing in­glenook fire­place and or­nate ceil­ing plas­ter­work, the orig­i­nal wood-panelled li­brary is now a com­fort­able TV room and the in­for­mal break­fast room is open-plan to a kitchen fit­ted in oak with gran­ite work­tops and break­fast bar.

An ex­cep­tional fam­ily home in every re­spect, In­ver­leven House is for sale with Ret­tie’s Bears­den of­fice at of­fers over £595,000.

Of­fers over £595k

LET THERE BE LIGHT: The dis­tinc­tive con­ser­va­tory was re­built in 2013, fully up­dated with dou­bleglazed tim­ber framed win­dows and roof.

COM­PLETE PACK­AGE: This hand­some, 1930s de­tached villa is beau­ti­fully set in ex­ten­sive gar­dens and has been metic­u­lously dec­o­rated.

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