Amazingly, this stunning house, which dates back to 1823, has only had six owners in its long history.
That says something about its welcoming atmosphere and perfect location, says current owner Gordon Millar, who has lived here for more than 30 years with wife Carole and their family.
The house in Torwood began life in the 19th century as a simple farm worker’s cottage – but over the years has been upgraded and extended to create a truly impressive five-bedroomed house, with four large public rooms.
“It’s a great party house,” says Gordon. “We have three woodburner stoves and at Christmas we put them on and it’s a great effect. With so many rooms there is space for everyone.”
Much of its charm comes from the way it manages to combine the roomy spaciousness with a homely feel.
It also manages to blend a perfect, rural setting – surrounded by trees, with ample room for horses and dogs – with being a very short distance from a motorway entrance to either Glasgow or Edinburgh. It’s also an easy drive to Stirling or Falkirk town centres and close to the new Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert.
And there’s more. There are also extensive outbuildings: a double garage with workshop area, a wood store, two stables, a hayroom and a tack room. Subject to planning permission, these could be suitable for conversion.
“When we first came to view the house, the kids thought: ‘Great! Horses and dogs!’,” said Gordon.
“It’s been a great family home. It’s very safe – the driveway is about 100 yards long, so it’s great for children being away from the road.”
Gordon admits that when he first saw the property he was delighted by the huge snooker room – which is still one of the house’s star attractions – as well as it’s close proximity to at least three golf courses.
Wife Carole also got what she wanted in a home when they put an Aga in the country style dining kitchen.
Making the move, they set about changing the snooker room’s flat roof to a pitched one and literally raising the roof on the oldest part of the house. The extra height gave them three extra bedrooms and luxury bathroom as well as a room that Gordon used as an office but is flexible in its purpose.
But now the children have moved out, the Millars are finally moving on.
“Whoever buys it is in for a real treat,” says Gordon. “There’s something very special about it that means when people move in here they want to stay!”
The property at Rowandale, Glen Road, Torwood, is on the market with Gair & Gibson at offers over £499,950