Decked out for a sun­downer

With glo­ri­ous sunny gar­dens, life here could be a hol­i­day ... ev­ery evening af­ter work

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NUM­BER eight Bel­len­den Grove is an ex­cep­tional de­tached villa – re­mod­eled and ex­tended in 2008 to pro­vide an ex­em­plary spec­i­fi­ca­tion and pro­fes­sion­ally de­signed in­te­rior to a fam­ily home in Dun­blane, near Stir­ling.

But that is only half the story. This prop­erty’s other unique sell­ing point is out­side, in won­der­ful south and west-fac­ing gar­dens that form a se­cret idyll bounded by trees, hedges and sand­stone walls.

Just a few of the sur­prises in this out­door won­der­land are ter­races with fea­ture light­ing, ca­sual din­ing area, a south-fac­ing wa­ter­fall cas­cad­ing from the ter­race into a stream that me­an­ders to bot­tom of the gar­den, ac­cessed decked paths, a peace­ful pond with a large decked area over­hang­ing the water as a place to sip sun­down­ers.

The light-filled in­te­rior feeds the senses with solid oak floor­ing, lime­stone til­ing, un­der-floor heat­ing through­out, lux­u­ri­ous car­pets, mood light­ing, LED-lit stair­case with glass balustrad­ing and stun­ning views from ev­ery room. The study has bespoke fur­ni­ture by Neville Johnstone and the Smallbone kitchen is a sub­lime set­ting with solid wal­nut cab­i­netry, gran­ite work­tops, glass splash­backs, range cooker, in­te­grated ap­pli­ances and pa­tio doors to the side ter­race.

This cav­ernous home has an open-plan kitchen/fam­ily/sun room that mea­sures over 40ft; next door is a 26ft din­ing room link­ing to an even larger draw­ing room – and be­yond the study and hall area is a cloak­room, util­ity and sixth bed­room with en-suite wet room.

Up­stairs, off a very size­able gal­leried land­ing (in­cor­po­rat­ing a study niche) are five dou­ble bed­rooms – three en-suite, while the master bed­room also has a bespoke dress­ing area fit­ted with oak wardrobes.

Bed­room two has ac­cess to a large roof ter­race with glass bal­cony; bed­room five, cur­rently used as an artist’s stu­dio, is large enough to be a bed-sit or li­brary and has two sets of pa­tio doors – one to the roof ter­race, the other to the rear bal­cony – and the fam­ily bath­room, shared by two bed­rooms, fea­ture Philippe Starck fit­tings and cab­i­netry and a dou­ble­sized Jacuzzi bath with rain­fall shower over­head.

To­tally cap­ti­vat­ing, this ex­tra­or­di­nary fam­ily home just has to be seen – de­tails from Ret­tie’s Ed­in­burgh of­fice, which is seek­ing of­fers over £760,000.

RIP­PLE EF­FECT: This fam­ily home in Dun­blane of­fers har­mo­nious liv­ing both in­side and out.

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