Falkirk home is where the hearth is

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The garden of this beautiful villa seems to stretch forever – manicured lawn, colourful shrubs and a haven for wildlife that runs from Camelon Road up to Arnothill.

The tranquil setting is fitting for an impressively substantial villa that was built around 1930 when the Arts and Craft movement was still influential.

23-05-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. 14 Camelon Road. Property of the week. Owner Jamie Rae.

23-05-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. 14 Camelon Road. Property of the week. Owner Jamie Rae.

It was built by a rich family of coal merchants and their legacy is still evident – it includes what was then a state of the art coal fire which still dominates the living room and keeps it cosy.

Along with the beautiful garden, the formal lounge is somewhere that owner Jamie Rae particularly loves.

“I like spending time in the room and I use the fire a lot. It’s a cosy, comfortable feature,” he said.

He has lived in the house for the past 10 years and has extensively modernised it, bringing it up to luxurious 21st century standards while keeping many of the original features that give his home its extraodinary character.

As well as the fire, there is original cornicing and while many of the windows have been brought up-to-date, some of them contain stained glass, including the crest of the Campbell family, the houses’ first owners.

“The stained glass creates a very nice light which filters in and creates a lovely atmosphere,” said Jamie. “Sitting and relaxing beside them is an amazing experience.”

“The house has a very nice flow to it. There is a great kitchen and dining area which flows out into the garden to create a very good social space. The patio doors also really bring the outside in.”

Upstairs, the beautiful, spacious bedrooms which have been made en-suite, with top quality finishings show an eye for design evident in every area.

And Jamie has made another change, converting the attic into 700 square feet of living space, with velux windows allowing light to pour in.

“It has two rooms, but it is a very flexible area and it adds a huge amount of space,” he said.

Jamie spent the last 18 months getting the house exactly as he wanted it - incorporating ideas from his travels as well as working closely with local firm Arka Architects which also had ideas.

The result is an opulent but comfortable blend of tradition and modern comfort and he had fully intended to live there until the opportunity to buy a piece of land and build his own house arose - a challenge he couldn’t resist.

14 Camelon Road, Falkirk, is on the market with Clyde Property, Falkirk, for offers over £577,500