Avonside House is a quality home on every level

This substantial traditional villa may be tucked away from view in Old Polmont but it’s well known to some big names.

Avonside House was once owned by newspaper tycoon Freddie Johnston, used as a bed and breakfast business, and it is locally believed that it was home to a former Secretary of State for Scotland.

Even its enormous outbuildings can tell a story; a garden shed was used to house two orphan families after World War Two.

But alongside its colourful history, this house has an incredible amount to offer a family, including over an acre of garden ground, flexible, bright and spacious living areas, privacy and a wonderful and sometimes surprising layout.

Owners David and Elinor MacGregor have lived in the house for almost 12 years.

David said: “We were looking for somewhere that was semi-rural to bring up the children.

“It’s been an amazing family home and we have great memories, but the children have moved on now so we’re looking for something smaller.”

Built around 1845, the house is set over three levels.

On the ground floor, highlights include original tiles in the hall, a vast front-facing sun room, a comfortable lounge with feature fuel-burning fireplace, a modern fitted kitchen and double bedroom, family bathroom and a sauna.

Up the feature staircase, there are four further bedrooms, a modern en suite via a built in-wardrobe, a family bathroom and a floored loft right at the top.

Outside is a coach house which could easily be an office or converted holiday home, and a great garden with mature trees, a water feature and a large greenhouse.

Avonside House in Old Polmont is on the market at offers over £495,000 with Slater Hogg & Howison estate agents. For more information, contact (01324) 319008.