A sim­ple cos­metic re­fur­bish­ment was all that was re­quired to high­light the clas­sic qual­i­ties of this stun­ning Bishopton home

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Don’t be fooled by the look of this pe­riod Ren­frew­shire home ... in­side it is a thor­oughly mod­ern marvel

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HOUSE­HUNT­ING can be a la­bo­ri­ous process. What makes it all worth­while is the feel­ing you have found your per­fect prop­erty, as soon as you walk through the front door. Karen Cal­laghan re­calls the mo­ment she walked in to East­field, the beau­ti­ful Bishopton villa which is this week’s Hot Prop­erty. “I saw the beau­ti­ful hall­way, with all these won­der­ful orig­i­nal fea­tures and thought – wow,” she smiles. “It was so eye­catch­ing – it took my breath away. I knew right at that sec­ond I re­ally wanted the house.” Karen and her hus­band run a dec­o­rat­ing busi­ness, so the cos­metic work need­ing done was far from daunt­ing for them. “We could see beyond the dé­cor,” says Karen. “We knew the roof was good, the struc­ture was sound, and all that was needed was just a bit of a makeover. “There was a lot of 1970s pine pan­elling ev­ery­where and the smaller rooms were quite dark, so we changed all of that.” The hall­way, with its richly coloured tim­ber pan­elling and orig­i­nal fire­place, is not the only nod to the past at East­field. Or­nate cor­nic­ing and won­der­ful her­ring­bone par­quet floor­ing have been sen­si­tively re­tained and re­stored.

“The floor­ing was a real surprise – it had been mainly cov­ered up by car­pets when we bought the house,” says Karen.

“Once we dis­cov­ered a lit­tle of it I went round lift­ing cor­ners and peek­ing un­der­neath, to dis­cover if there was more and it turned out it was in most of the main ground floor apart­ments. It’s fan­tas­tic.

“The amount of time and work­man­ship which must have gone in to cre­at­ing some­thing like this is phe­nom­e­nal. It seemed a real shame to leave it cov­ered up.”

The ground floor also in­cludes an el­e­gant draw­ing room, which has a three-frame west fac­ing bay win­dow and twin sash and case windows over­look­ing the gar­dens, plus a for­mal dining room, pleas­ant sit­ting room with a cor­ner bay win­dow and a former but­ler’s pantry.

To the rear of the ground floor, there is an in­ner hall­way and liv­ing room, which con­nects to the spa­cious open plan kitchen, with its won­der­ful orig­i­nal range and French doors to the gar­den.

This level also in­cludes a use­ful cloak­room with wash hand basin and down­stairs toi­let.

At the mid-land­ing level lie a sin­gle bed­room, which could also be used as a study, a mod­ern

We could see beyond the dé­cor. We knew all that was needed was just a bit of a makeover

bath­room, a linen cup­board and an ad­di­tional WC. There are two beau­ti­ful, orig­i­nal stained glass windows on the mid land­ing too.

Off the first floor land­ing are a shower room and five bed­rooms, one of which is cur­rently be­ing used as a dress­ing room.

Out­side, the gar­dens are pri­vate and se­cluded, with ter­race, path­ways and pretty plants.

Hav­ing lived in both new-build and pe­riod homes pre­vi­ously, Karen ad­mits she likes the ‘quirk­i­ness’ of older prop­er­ties.

“This house has a lovely feel to it, and an in­ter­est­ing his­tory,” she says. “It was built in 1925 for a lo­cal doc­tor and his wife, who ac­tu­ally ran the surgery from the premises. There was a main en­trance for the fam­ily and a side en­trance for the pa­tients, who had to ring the door­bell to be shown in to the wait­ing room in one of the tur­rets.”

Karen adds: “There was a con­sult­ing room, which is now our lit­tle snug, and a dis­pen­sary off it, which we have knocked through.

“There are still bells in the house too, which would al­low the doc­tor and his wife to sum­mon the maids wher­ever they were.”

She laughs: “They no longer work – or I think my daugh­ters would have had a great time ring­ing them when they were younger.”

East­field is lo­cated in Bishopton, one of Ren­frew­shire’s res­i­den­tial hot spots thanks to its lovely lo­cal ameni­ties, and its easy ac­cess to Glas­gow and the air­port.

The Brae­head shop­ping com­plex, re­tail park and leisure com­plex is within 10 miles of the prop­erty and there is plenty more to see and do, from the re­gen­er­ated water­front at Greenock to well­re­garded schools, lo­cal golf cour­ses such as Old Ran­furly, and ex­cel­lent mari­nas at Inkerkip and Largs.

“The lo­ca­tion is per­fect, par­tic­u­larly if you have grow­ing chil­dren – ev­ery­thing is close by,” says Karen. “I liked the space in the house – it’s big enough for a fam­ily to spread out and not have to be in each other’s pock­ets but it’s not enor­mous.

“It’s also full of light – there are so many windows, in­clud­ing the beau­ti­ful stained glass ones, that light just streams in.”

The house is also warm and cosy in the win­ter, Karen ex­plains.

“With so many fire­places, you would be daft not to use them,” she laughs. “In the colder days, it’s fan­tas­tic to be able to sit in the liv­ing room with a coal fire.

“The hall­way is a lovely spot to sit in – it’s so un­usual.”

She adds: “This has been a lovely house to live in – just the right blend of tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary fea­tures, and a bril­liant fam­ily home.”

AGE­LESS QUAL­ITY: The prop­erty’s orig­i­nal wooden floor­ing had been cov­ered up by car­pets, but has now been lov­ingly re­stored to its former glory.

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