Lodge with lots more lux­ury

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

THE Vic­to­rian lady who once owned the es­tate sur­round­ing this week’s Hot Prop­erty, re­ally had the right idea.

Orig­i­nally, the main sand­stone house was num­ber 10, with a sta­ble block be­hind, a big plot of land with beau­ti­ful wood­lands, a sum­mer house and a sweep­ing drive­way.

When her fam­ily had to sell up, she split the land into three, sold off the main house and sta­ble block and kept the lovely plot, the im­pres­sive drive­way, the wood, the sum­mer house and the num­ber 10. (The big main house, which still ex­ists next door, was turned into 10a.)

Cur­rent owner Linda Dykes ex­plains with a laugh: “I love the fact she cher­ryp­icked ex­actly what she wanted from the orig­i­nal es­tate.

“She built a small cot­tage on the plot, which has evolved into the house we have to­day.”

In fact, the Dykes fam­ily – Linda, hus­band Ian and sons Adam and Nathan – have trans­formed West­wood Lodge into a fab­u­lous lux­ury 11-apart­ment home, full of space and light, with su­perb ac­com­pa­ny­ing gar­dens.

It has been the Dykes’ much loved fam­ily home for 16 years.

“It’s like a se­cret house,” says Linda. “You can’t see it from the road – you can tell there is a house be­hind the trees but you have no idea what it’s like. Even when you come up the drive­way, you can’t tell how big the house is in­side, or how beau­ti­ful the gar­dens are be­hind – it is full of sur­prises.”

The orig­i­nal cot­tage had al­ready been ex­tended when the Dykes moved in, and they went on to add an up­stairs and an ex­panded, open plan kitchen, liv­ing and din­ing area with glass doors to the gar­dens.

“It doesn’t mat­ter what win­dow you look out of, all you see are trees and gar­dens, and it feels like you could be liv­ing in Perthshire,” smiles Linda.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful house and we have loved liv­ing here. But when our older son moved out to go to univer­sity, it didn’t feel like our fam­ily home any more – so we have de­cided to move on to the next chap­ter of our lives. It is also re­ally too big for just the three of us.

For a fam­ily with younger chil­dren, it’s ideal.”

West­wood Lodge is a beau­ti­ful home, set in ma­ture gar­dens in Busby, East Ren­frew­shire. It is handy for lo­cal shops and a wider se­lec­tion of re­tail and leisure in nearby Clark­ston and East Kil­bride. Glas­gow is also within easy reach thanks to great road and rail net­works.

West­wood Lodge is a house that flows well. The bright and airy en­trance hall leads through to the com­fort­able sit­ting room and im­pres­sive open plan kitchen, din­ing and fam­ily room with its wall of French doors into the gar­den.

“This is where we spend most of our time,”

says Linda. “We could have put a more for­mal din­ing room into the house when we were ren­o­vat­ing, but we are real food­ies and love to cook and chat while we have friends round so this was much bet­ter for us.”

There are three fur­ther re­cep­tion rooms, a bath­room and the fan­tas­tic master bed­room suite on the ground floor.

“I love my bed­room – it has doors which open into the gar­den and it is south-fac­ing, so in the sum­mer­time it’s re­ally beau­ti­ful,” says Linda.

“There is plenty of space in­side the house. There are no small rooms and the dif­fer­ent shapes and styles mean it’s much more in­ter­est­ing than just a se­ries of boxes.

“When the boys were younger, they each had their own play­room, full of toys – now those rooms have evolved into teenagers’

West­wood Lodge in Busby is a lux­ury home that’s packed full of sur­prises

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