Many lessons were learned here a long time ago.
This traditional building in Airth was the Penny school in the early 19th century, but now it’s a stunning three-bedroom home.
And one lesson resounds – don’t judge a book by its cover.
It’s really hard to tell exactly how Rosebank Cottage is going to look beyond its doors. But, after being completely renovated in the past 18 months, it’s a bright, happy and charming home.”
Owner Ann Allman said: “It’s a tardis; you really don’t know what to expect.
“It is a lovely balance of old and new; it’s got its old shell and character features but it’s equipped for modern living.
“It’s lovely and bright and peaceful, and you feel part of a community even though you’re not right in the middle.”
Being a former school, this house has many stories to tell.The external work, for example, is made up of different pieces of other buildings, and some the slabs display dates.
Inside, a children’s pew fits perfectly in a sunny alcove on the first floor and it’s stayed there despite the house changing hands three times in recent years.
You’ll find lots of character features and lots of natural light to show them off. The turreted entrance leads to a bright and spacious hall and a homely staircase.
Downstairs, highlights include the ‘Sunday’ sitting room, the solid floor, and a cosy lounge with an open period fireplace with tiled inserts and plinth.
Upstairs, Velux windows help bathe the bedrooms in light and there’s a newly-fitted en suite.
Ann added: “It’s a very comfortable home.”
Rosebank Cottage in Airth is on the market with Mathie Macluckie estate agents in Stirling at offers over £195,000. For more information, contact (01786) 397029.