REGALLY BLONDE:

Up­graded to the lat­est 21st cen­tury stan­dards, Ash­estiel is an ex­cep­tional fam­ily home that pays tribute to the past while fully em­brac­ing the fu­ture

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This stun­ning home in Ren­frew­shire of­fers a lux­u­ri­ous glimpse of Scot­land’s glam­orous past –

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TUCKED away in an acre of ma­ture gar­den grounds, Ash­estiel is one of Kil­ma­colm vil­lage’s best kept se­crets, a de­tached blonde sand­stone Vic­to­rian villa that has gone from be­ing one house to t wo, when con­ver­sions were all the rage in the 1960s, and back to one, re­tain­ing all the orig­i­nal pe­riod char­ac­ter while at the same time re­con­fig­ur­ing and up­grad­ing the in­te­rior to make a truly ex­cep­tional fam­ily home for the 21st cen­tury.

On the other side of its im­pres­sive orig­i­nal gates, the south-fac­ing villa holds promise of an idyl­lic lifestyle for all ages: Chil­dren can play foot­ball on the ex­ten­sive front lawn, host tea par­ties in the child-size cot­tage, ski or sledge down the big hill, grow veg­eta­bles with child-sized gar­den tools kept in their own lit­tle pot­ting shed and per­form on the stage in the play­room – while adults can re­lax on the pa­tio and sun­bathe in pri­vate while lis­ten­ing to mu­sic piped to the pa­tio, bake ap­ple pies with ap­ples from the gar­den – baked in a fab­u­lous be­spoke kitchen, en­ter­tain on a grand scale, and un­wind in lux­u­ri­ous fa­cil­i­ties that in­clude a sauna, Jacuzzi bath and sump­tu­ous en suites.

Tes­ta­ment to the care and at­ten­tion to de­tail that went into Ash­estiel’s orig­i­nal con­struc­tion, re­put­edly when the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment was req­ui­si­tion­ing wrought iron gates in the area to aid the war ef­fort dur­ing the Second World War, Ash­estiel’s then owner do­nated a Spit­fire aero­plane in

or­der to keep his wrought iron gates in-situ, where they re­main to­day.

Pro­fes­sion­ally re-dec­o­rated in neu­tral palette and fin­ished to an ex­em­plary stan­dard to in­clude CAT 5 ca­bling through­out all the main apart­ments for in­ter­net, sound and vi­sion net­work­ing, the in­te­rior of this exquisite home com­bines fine pe­riod de­tail – stained glass win­dows, or­nate plas­ter­work, state­ment fire­places and more – with the finest con­tem­po­rary fix­tures and fit­tings. The piece de re­sis­tance is the 26ft cham­pagne-coloured hand­crafted fit­ted kitchen with gran­ite work­tops, cen­tral is­land, in­te­grated ap­pli­ances and in­for­mal din­ing area with t wo sets of French doors open­ing onto the front ter­race.

Over three floors, the lay­out in­cludes a 38ft re­cep­tion hall with fire­place, three re­cep­tion rooms – draw­ing room with bay win­dow – five first-floor bed­rooms (t wo en suite, while the prin­ci­pal bed­room also has a walk-in fit­ted dress­ing room), shower/sauna room and main bath­room, plus a fur­ther 25ft second floor room be­neath a cupola, which could be a games room or sixth bed­room.

Out­side, the his­toric wrought iron gates open onto a monobloc drive­way ex­tend­ing to the rear of the prop­erty where there are t wo con­nected coach house garages and out­build­ings, while the ter­raced gar­dens are pre­dom­i­nantly lawn screened by ma­ture trees and shrubs.

Al­though very pri­vate, Ash­estiel’s po­si­tion puts it within walk­ing dis­tance of Kil­ma­colm’s vil­lage cen­tre ameni­ties, schools and com­muter routes to Glas­gow and the Clyde coast.

Re­turn­ing full cir­cle back as one house, Ash­estiel has em­barked on a new era as a home that pays tribute to the past while fully em­brac­ing the fu­ture.

Of­fers over £1.05 mil­lion are in­vited by Co­rum’s Bridge of Weir of­fice.

MOD­ERN CLAS­SIC: Ash­estiel has been re­dec­o­rated in neu­tral tones and in­cludes CAT5 ca­bling through­out all the main apart­ments for home en­ter­tain­ment.

Of­fers over £1.05m

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