History comes with all the amenities

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This property in Larbert is steeped in history and would-be buyers will have to love old buildings.

But it is a home that combines modern amenities with its historic character – and has even been the subject of a book.

The present owners, Kenny and Carole Bell, were attracted to the property because of its history and they have added their own stamp to the B-listed building.

The Old Manse was built in 1653 for the first minister of the church, the Rev. Andrew Norrie. This is recorded on the building itself where the initials ‘AN’ are engraved in stone.

When Oliver Cromwell and his troops were in Scotland in the 1660s they visited the house and virtually destroyed it, even keeping the horses inside.

The property was restored in 1684 but later it again fell into disrepair. In the early 1950s the local council wanted to demolish the building but historian Robert Hunter bought it and saved it with an extensive refurbishment. His initials ‘RH’ were added to the ‘AN’ and another piece of history was established.

He aso wrote a small book about his work on the house.

Mr Bell said: “Robert Hunter, as a local historian, wanted to keep this piece of history and I believe that this is now the oldest privately owned house in Stirlingshire.”

The house was owned for some years by the local Sheriff and then passed to his daughter during the mid-’70s’.

Kenny and Carole bought the property in 2003 and they have made improvements in their 10 years there.

The house has five bedrooms and two public rooms. The kitchen is fitted with timber faced wall/floor units, under unit lighting, a gas range, double oven, and integrated dishwasher, tumble dryer and washing machine.

The loft room which they developed has original 17th century beams and could be used as a small bedroom or a study.

Mr Bell said: “Renovation work has to be carefully planned. If you have a listed building you have a responsibility to maintain it.

The Old Manse, Denny Road, Larbert is on the market with Ian Gray Estate Agents at offers over £335,000. For information or to arrange a viewing contact (01324) 553512