Elegance and comfort in charming Grangemouth cottage

This lovely, five-bedroomed cottage, packed with original features, has been extended to make an ideal family home – without sacrificing any historical charm.

Owner Rebecca Anderson, who has lived here with her family for 11 years, has made the most of the original features, such as the cornicing and beautiful one-metre wide ceiling roses which are found in both front rooms: one the formal lounge, the other a guest bedroom.

The cottage has been extended to make it an ideal family home

The cottage has been extended to make it an ideal family home

The lounge also boasts a real coal or wood fire and at this time of year it comes into its own. “When we put the Christmas tree up and logs on the fire it’s lovely and cosy,” said Rebecca.

The family also created a bar area beside the lounge. “It’s a great place for entertaining – we enjoy having people round!”

The large family bathroom, also on the ground floor, boasts an elegant Victorian roll-top bath in keeping with the surroundings.

But while the decor and furnishings complement a house that dates back to 1896, Rebecca hasn’t been a slave to tradition.

The extension they built just five years ago created a house that has five bedrooms and yet remains a cosy family home.

They added a utility room to complement the spacious, stylish kitchen, which boasts an ultra-modern drawer fridge that is built-in.

And it gave them a family sitting room. It’s here the family are found most often in the summer months as the bright room has French doors that lead out onto a decking area, ideal for catching the sun all day long. In the evening, the family simply move to the patio area which catches rays well into the light summer nights.

Beside the patio is a double garage – half of which has been turned into a studio, ideal for someone who is self-employed, such as a beauty therapist or physio.

Upstairs, the master suite has a Juliet balcony as well as a walk-in wardrobe and dressing room which, says Rebecca, is “every woman’s dream”. It also has a double jacuzzi bath and a large shower. “The room has got a lovely feel to it,” said Rebecca. “There’s a smaller single bedroom beside it. We use it as a study but it would make an ideal nursery!”

Her two children have a double bedroom each and there is a shower room right beside their rooms.

Rebecca is sorry to leave a house she loves – but she’s not going far. “We are renovating the hosue next door. We think the house is in a great location so we are not moving away!”

The property at 3 Grangeburn Road, Grangemouth, is on the market at offers over £265,000