Fresh twist on a classic
Three floors of maintained and improved interiors make this Victorian villa all set for modern family life
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.
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.