Dower House is divine

Once again this week, we’re staying on properties with period architecture and detailing - including concealed staircases - although moving slightly further toward the coast at Blackness.

Blackness House is a charming Grade B listed, Georgian House sitting in an elevated position with stunning views over the Firth of Forth, retaining period detail and offering paddock grazing and stabling for those horse lovers among you.

The three-storey house, believed to have originally been built as a Dower House for the Hope family around 1820 by the Marquess of Linlithgow, is of significant architectural merit with a piended slate roof and a projecting central bay which is flanked by one-storey bay windows.

The property is surrounded by a range of mature trees with an open outlook to the Firth of Forth and the Ochil Hills to the north and west.

Blackness House is set back from the road and has a pillared and gated entrance which provides access to the drive with ample room for car parking.

Comprising accomodation over differing levels which includes an entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, office and cloakroom with WC at the ground floor level.

On the first floor you will find the master bedroom, two further bedrooms and a family bathroom. While on the garden level a further three double bedrooms are located along with a shower room, and a utility room.

Current owner Andrew Storer said: “I’ve lived here for the last 24 years and with the children having grown up and gone their own way, I find myself kicking about in a big, old, empty house now.”

Andrew, who works as the technical director for Scottish Opera is looking to move a little closer to Edinburgh for his work, but commented: “I’ll be sorry to move away and there’s no doubt it’s going to be a wrench. I spent many happy years here with my late wife and family, however the time is right to move now.”

Andrew explained how any alterations and renovations which were carried out were always done with a view to ensuring that they didn’t detract from the original and end up spoiling the house and it’s ample character.

The home features original cornicing, which after scraping back layers of paint are now looking pristine, along with the windows, shutters and doors all of which were renovated rather than being replaced with more modern alternatives, which would have been much less sympathetic and not in keeping with the house’s overall character. The views from the house over Forth Valley are stunning and the location is great too. One of the attractions of the property is its proximity to Edinburgh Airport, which is only a 20-minute drive along the M9, while Glasgow is approximately 4o minutes away.