En­joy a high life among the tree­tops

The Herald Magazine - - etc SCOTLAND’S HOMES HOT PROPERTY - ANN WAL­LACE

AT the end of a coun­try road, high in the hills and hid­den by the trees, lies a gem of a fam­ily home.

Tree Tops, on Barn­hill

Es­tate on the out­skirts of

Perth, has some of the best views over the city, which is why cur­rent owner Roy Mitchell snapped it up.

“The lo­ca­tion is won­der­ful,” he ex­plains. “It is in­cred­i­bly pri­vate and yet a 10 to 15 minute walk will take you in to the city.

“And the views are fan­tas­tic.”

An­other big draw for Roy and his wife

Pamela was the walk-in con­di­tion of Tree Tops when they first spot­ted it nine years ago. The same will be true for the new own­ers, as the Mitchells have main­tained and pre­served the house beau­ti­fully – in­side and out.

“We had to do very lit­tle to the house, which ap­pealed to us,” says Roy. “The gar­dens are beau­ti­ful too – those were my wife’s do­main.”

Tree Tops is one of four houses at the top of the road up to Barn­hill Es­tate, but it is sur­rounded by around 12 acres of its own wood­lands and gar­den grounds, and as a re­sult, is se­cluded and pri­vate.

It was built in 1974 and ex­tended later, de­signed to make the very best of its ex­tra­or­di­nary views which ex­tend over the top of Perth to the dis­tant hills.

Glass is ev­ery­where, from big pic­ture win­dows and glass slid­ing doors to the glaze­don-all-sides con­ser­va­tory, and light fills ev­ery room. A beau­ti­ful French oak floor flows through all the rooms on the ground floor, adding warmth and char­ac­ter to the main re­cep­tion rooms.

The sit­ting room, which has ex­ten­sive builtin shelv­ing and a wood­burn­ing stove, has a wall of slid­ing glass doors which open on to a bal­cony with a bar­beque area and space for out­door fur­ni­ture. This is a fan­tas­tic room for en­ter­tain­ing.

The din­ing room is open plan to the kitchen, sep­a­rated by a shelved penin­sula, and both rooms have large pic­ture win­dows. The din­ing room con­nects to the con­ser­va­tory which has a spi­ral stair­case lead­ing to the lower ground floor.

The en­trance hall also leads to the mas­ter bed­room suite, two fur­ther bed­rooms (cur­rently be­ing used as of­fices), a util­ity room, a bath­room and a cloak­room with WC.

The mas­ter bed­room has a Juliet bal­cony and space for com­fort­able seat­ing, plus a spa­cious dress­ing room, large walk-in shower, a bath and dou­ble wash basins.

From the util­ity room, it is pos­si­ble to ac­cess a large, par­tially-floored loft, and an ex­ter­nal back door.

A spi­ral stair­case from the up­per con­ser­va­tory leads down to the gym with ar­guably the best view in Perth.

There are three fur­ther bed­rooms be­yond the gym, in­clud­ing a dou­ble with an en suite shower room and ac­cess to a pretty south fac­ing ter­race in the gar­den.

There is a sat­is­fy­ing amount of stor­age on the lower ground floor with built in cup­boards, a large shelved store room, a gar­den store and a wine cel­lar.

Tree Tops is a flex­i­ble house, ex­plains Roy, with plenty of scope for the new own­ers to change things around to suit.

Glass is ev­ery­where with big pic­ture win­dows fill­ing rooms with light

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