Arnhall is an impressive B-listed sandstone detached period villa which enjoys an elevated position on a mature and well-manicured plot. Constructed around 1905, the property retains stunning original features and offers extensive and versatile accommodation over cellar, ground, first and attic floors. The property was previously a nursing home after the Second World War and later became an Outdoor Research Centre for Save the Children Fund. The current owners sympathetically restored the property to its original character as a five bedroom family home following a change of use approved in 1998. There is no doubt it would still be suitable for a number of uses going forward, including hospitality, residential and institutional (STPP)
‘Arnhall’ is as unique as it is beautiful. The traditional building offers sophisticated and flexible accommodation along with breath-taking views over the Firth of Clyde. The interior retains exquisite detailing typical of the Arts & Crafts style of the period, including original parquet flooring, stained glass windows, ornate cornicing and rose work, bay windows and fireplaces. The current owners have also very successfully combined modern with tradition with a beautiful handmade solid oak kitchen. Externally, there is a sweeping driveway, which leads to ample parking to the side and rear of the property. The surrounding gardens are laid mainly to grass and fringed with mature evergreens, providing privacy, seclusion and amenity. There are sun-trap areas suitable for garden entertaining, sun lounging and alfresco dining. Outbuildings and a workshop are located at the rear of the property.
The subjects are entered via a vibrant vestibule with original stained glass windows, setting the precedence of the style to come. This opens into a large welcoming reception hallway, with staircase off to the upper landing. A wood panelled bathroom is located off the hallway, as well as what is thought to have once been the ‘gun room’. Access to the cellar (which maintains a consistently perfect temperature for storing wine!) is also gained from the hallway. The dual aspect lounge is of palatial proportions. The front facing and corner bay windows offer dramatic views to the sea and garden, flooding the room with natural light. The Arts & Crafts style fireplace and seat are a key focal point. Large double doors open from here into the formal dining area, where family and friends can enjoy a luxurious dining experience around the feature bay window and fireplace. The bay fronted family room/study/ground floor bedroom offers the ultimate in lounging with uninterrupted views to the sea. Here, a newly fitted log-burning stove lies at the centre of the room. This is the perfect spot to “chill out” on a wet Sunday afternoon and to settle down with the latest film and is bound to be a popular spot with all members of the family. The kitchen/diner with vaulted ceiling (access from inner hallway) has been fitted to include stunning hand-crafted solid oak floor and wall mounted units with black ironmongery latches and handles. This room also has a wood burning stove and range cooker takes pride of place, challenging any chef to whip up a storm in what will become the heart of this family home! This zone further benefits from space for a dishwasher and an upright fridge/freezer. The open-plan dining area is the perfect spot for more informal gatherings, offering westerly views of the gardens through the orangery on one side and easterly views through the courtyard to the majestic Scots pines beyond. Access can be gained from here into the utility room, which is plumbed for a washing machine and has an integrated oven. A door opens into the boiler/boot room which includes a gas-powered tumble drier. Access can be gained to outside from here. The Orangery offers superb views over the gardens. This space has a wide variety of uses and benefits from a grapevine which produces a beautifully sweet variety of black grape each year. Doors open at either end into the garden - a stunning spot to spend a summer’s evening entertaining.
The original staircase leads to first floor level revealing three/four, substantial bedrooms, a fantastic family bathroom, two en-suites and a vast feature window. The heavenly master bedroom is the last word in luxury, with a bay window offering tremendous views to the ever-changing waters of the Firth of Clyde. This room further benefits from a large dressing room that has potential to be converted into an en-suite (STPP) or used as a separate bedroom. Access to the feature balcony is gained from here. The remaining two double bedrooms both have space for additional free-standing furniture if required and both have en-suite bathrooms. The main bathroom, with feature bath and separate shower cubicle, creates the perfect ambience in which to unwind. A maid’s cupboard is also located off the landing.
A further staircase to second (attic) floor level reveals a feature cupola over a large open-plan zone. There are five rooms that lead off this central zone, offering a wide range of configurations, as well as a separate WC and bathroom. An external staircase previously provided access to this level, which has potential to provide further living accommodation or an independent apartment (STPP).
All floors (other than the cellar) are heated via an oil fired central heating system.
NB – Arnhall Cottage and three building plots are not included within the sale of Arnhall.
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