Airth farm is the perfect place to grow

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Birdsong might be the background noise most familiar to residents of this lovely, four-bedroomed cottage – but there’s a very practical side to rural life too.

Beside the large, beautifully maintained cottage are four outbuildings – including one which contains an HGV inspection pit.

Farm cottage has plenty to offer

Farm cottage has plenty to offer

So, its an ideal location for someone who keeps ponies and wants to indulge in the rural lifestyle – there’s a riding school nearby – with an abundance of wildlife and glorious views across fields to the Ochil hills.

Equally, it would suit a business with vehicles to maintain, boasting not just the inspection pit but also a sizeable courtyard plus workshops with power and lights already in place.

Owners Christine and Andrew Paterson have enjoyed 10 years living in what they regard as a fantastic family home, but they are aware that it has the potential to be much more.

The land surrounding the cottage, which is on the Earl of Dunmore’s estate, would easily accommodate another house, while the ample courtyard means there would be no problem with even numerous vehicles.

Inside, the Patersons have renovated completely. Without making any structural changes, they improved the heating, doors and windows, and brought it up-to-date.

The large country kitchen has ample units, while one of the outbuildings is home to a purpose-built laundry, with yet more kitchen units and worktops – a practical area that Christine will miss a great deal.

The beautiful, spacious living room is very comfortable and filled with light thanks to the large picture window, while there is also an elegant formal dining room.

Running the full length of the house is the conservatory which the couple use for dining at one end and as a lounge at the other, providing a perfect space for socialising.

There is an en-suite bedroom on the ground floor, and a further three upstairs along with a family bathroom.

While it may be rural, it certainly isn’t far from amenities – whether shopping and banking in Larbert or playing golf at a choice of courses.

In particular, she’ll miss the wonderful views, the dramatic starlit skies and the total privacy that rural life offers. And she’ll miss welcome visitors such as the Canadian wild geese that fly in every year.

“We will be very sorry to leave, but the time is right, ” said Christine.

Bridgend Farm, Moss Road, Airth, is on the market with McEwan Fraser Legal at offers over £440,000