Masterpiece in a matchless location
AMILE of so from Perth city centre is a contemporary house like no other, on a site to match, off Isla Road, with frontage on the River Tay and breathtaking views across the water to the North Inch. It was designed in 1964 by Morris and Steedman Architects for the current owners, who have lived there since its completion in early 1966. The south wing/guest pavilion was a later addition in the 1970s.
Like the majority of Morris and Steedman’s private residences, Meadowland was commended by the Civic Trust and was given C-listed status in 2007 – the listing describes the house as ‘a long, single storey, rectilinear, flat roofed, modern-movement house’. The property is also recorded in the Pevsner Architectural Guide, Buildings of Scotland, Perth & Kinross.
This is a home of two parts joined by a remarkable 50ft-long glazed corridor/garden room. The main building has a steel framed core to support the roof over sliding doors and a long span of windows – the window frames and all external glazed doors are of mahogany, while the interior floors are Canadian maple. Interior highlights also include exposed brick feature walls and creative use of wood panelling.
The front hallway leads into a main room that can be divided into three reception rooms by way of connecting sliding doors, allowing the choice of one vast open-plan living/dining/library area or two or three separate rooms as required.
This space enjoys magnificent views over the garden towards the river and has a curved ceiling, which catches the sunlight through a clerestory window. The hallway also provides access to an en suite master bedroom, two further bedrooms, family bathroom, and off the dining area, an attractive fitted kitchen with integrated appliances and adjoining utility.
Almost defying belief, the dining area connects to an elongated (more than 50ft in length) garden room with a fully glazed ceiling and full-height windows stretching along the front, the latter incorporating doors to the garden.
The garden room leads to a separate guest pavilion, which houses a triple garage and
The garden room, above, stretches to more than 50ft in length