When Kenny and Judith Gray moved into this unique, red sandstone villa in central Falkirk, there was one thing that struck them, as soon as they stepped through the front door.
“We felt straight away that this house really felt like a home!” said Kenny.
“It’s just got a really nice feel about it – it’s a really solidly built, safe family home.”
The other thing they couldn’t help but notice when they bought the house 12 years ago were the gorgeous original features, many of which are still in full working order and excellent condition.
That includes the beautiful, curved wooden banister, which has never been painted in 111 years, and the original bells that once summoned the servants. (This is something their young son has had a lot of fun with, ringing the bell and sending mum and dad to the front door, while he is giggling in bedroom three. )
As you’d expect from a property built at the dawn of the 20th century, the large lounge boasts a huge bay window and elegant fireplace.
But while the house has retained its period charm, it has also been modernised to make it ideal for family life.
The beautiful kitchen was fully refitted four years ago and a new boiler and central heating system installed.
“It’s made the house really cosy and warm,” said Kenny.
An extra sun room has been added at the back and the family spent most of their time here. The huge windows flood it with light and there is a dining table and seating area.
This room looks out onto the sunny, west facing garden, which is another of the house’s major plus points as far as Kenny is concerned.
“It is very sheltered and not overlooked, so it is ideal for barbecues or for children playing in,” he said.
Of course, one of the house’s real advantages is its location. It is near Falkirk High station, which is a short walk away and ideal for commuters to Glasgow and Edinburgh, while Falkirk Grahamston railway station is also in walking distance.
The house is extremely handy for Falkirk town centre with all its shops and amenities.
It is also just a short walk to Comely Park primary school. “It’s less than a five minute walk away and the children don’t have to cross any roads to get there, so it is ideal,” said Kenny.
“We are only moving because we have a lot of friends in Linlithgow, and spend a lot of time there, so it makes sense. But it is a bit of a wrench to go ... “