A home like no other, this truly unique prop­erty makes a splash on Ar­ran

A B-listed Arts and Crafts marvel is as orig­i­nal and in­spir­ing to­day as it was when it was built in the 1930s

The Herald - Scotland's Homes - - News - Bev­er­ley Brown

KNOWN lo­cally as The Big Wooden House, Grey­holme is a home like no other. Big, bold, beau­ti­ful and clad en­tirely in weath­ered elm wood with cedar win­dow frames, the B-listed Arts and Crafts-style house is lo­cated only min­utes from the ferry ter­mi­nal in Brod­ick, on the Isle of Ar­ran, where it oc­cu­pies a se­cluded 1.3-acre site only a short stroll from the river and beach, while the fourth tee of the town’s golf course is lit­er­ally only over the gar­den hedge.

Grey­holme was de­signed in the 1930s by ar­chi­tect Wil­liam Gib­son as his own home, the only pri­vate house he de­signed amongst many pub­lic build­ings in central Scot­land – and it is mag­nif­i­cent.

No one knows what in­spired its de­sign – suf­fice to say ac­cord­ing to its His­toric Scot­land list­ing, “the de­sign of this house is un­usual in Scot­land and unique in Ar­ran”.

Con­structed on stilts, with a ve­randa wrapped round most of the build­ing at the first floor en­trance level, Grey­holme’s ac­com­mo­da­tion is spread be­tween three floors and is presently run as a highly suc­cess­ful self-ca­ter­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion but would equally make a won­der­ful fam­ily home or a com­bined home and guest house or Bed and Break­fast busi­ness. This home’s mes­meris­ing in­te­rior and de­tail re­in­forces the ethos of the Arts Crafts move­ment, summed up by the Wil­liam Mor­ris adage to: “Have noth­ing in your house that you do not know to be use­ful, or be­lieve to be beau­ti­ful.” The stair­case – com­mis­sioned and cre­ated by Claude Gill us­ing re­claimed oak from the orig­i­nal 1922 Water­loo Bridge over the River Thames in London – in­cor­po­rates carved stat­ues on the top of newel posts that are works of art on their own, while the wood matches the orig­i­nal oak floor­ing through­out the house.

Grey­holme has ex­posed ceil­ing beams, the kitchen is su­perbly well equipped with high-end ap­pli­ances, in­clud­ing a four-oven Aga – qual­ity is also ev­i­dent in bath­room fit­tings, par­tic­u­larly the lux­u­ri­ous first-floor en-suite, which in­cludes a fea­ture bath and sep­a­rate walk-in wet room shower.

There are multi-fuel stoves in orig­i­nal fire­places – and amaz­ing views of Goat­fell, the is­land’s high­est moun­tain peak, from most of the house’s 43 win­dows.

The adapt­able ac­com­mo­da­tion and lay­out in­cludes two large re­cep­tion rooms and cloak­room at gar­den level, which ben­e­fits from un­der­floor heat­ing and could be made into a self-con­tained apart­ment – and a fur­ther liv­ing room and con­nect­ing for­mal din­ing room on the main en­trance level, to­gether with a 26ft fit­ted kitchen/din­ing area with ac­cess to the ve­randa, dou­ble bed­room and cloak­room.

The sec­ond floor houses four fur­ther dou­ble bed­rooms – two of which ac­cess an in­cred­i­ble 16ft-bath­room– plus laun­dry room, bath­room and ad­di­tional WC.

This is a house that has to be seen, touched and ex­pe­ri­enced to fully take in and ap­pre­ci­ate – de­tails from McEwan Fraser Le­gal, which in­vites of­fers over £695,000.

FULL BEAM: Some of the tim­ber used in the con­struc­tion of the Big Wooden House was re­cy­cled from the 1922 Water­loo Bridge.

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