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
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.