Relaxing on the couch, glass of wine in hand, listening to nothing but the gentle rustle of the trees and the chirping of birds ... no, it’s not too good to be true.
That seat beside the patio door, looking out on her tranquil back garden, is one of the things Alison Wardrope will miss most about her home in Kincardine when the family pack their bags due to work commitments.
It has been a happy home for Alison, husband Neil and daughter Ayla, who was born just a few weeks after the couple first moved in.
“Kincardine is a great place for children,” says Alison. “There’s a great sense of community – there’s a local gala day and there is always something happening at the primary school.”
The house was built in 2006 and Alison and Neil, who moved in when it was brand new, made several changes to the layout to get it exactly the way they wanted.
Peace and quiet are something Alison cherishes and she particularly loves the back garden with its mature trees and birdsong.
The kitchen and dining area overlook the garden and this open-plan space also includes a family sitting room, which Alison says is perfect to keep an eye on Ayla while she does her homework, watches television or even plays in the garden.
It’s also a great space when guests come in – they can relax with a glass of wine and chat while Alison cooks.
“The space makes it a very sociable house,” says Alison. “We’ve had 15 people for Christmas dinner before – it was fantastic!”
There’s no intrusion from the noise of a washing machine or drier either as they are tucked out of sight in the utility room.
The sociability continues in the summer months Alison particularly appreciates how, when the weather is warmer, the glass doors open and life spills out onto the decking area outside.
With a busy job and a young daughter to look after, Alison is also grateful for the fact that the master bedroom, which overlooks the back garden, has a bath in its en-suite.
“It’s a great way to escape the six-year-old!” she says.
There is also a family bathroom to accommodate the other two rooms, while the shower room downstairs is also well situated.
“When my daughter has been playing in the garden all day , I just stick her right in the shower!” Alison laughs.
But the quiet neighbourhood is not the only asset – the house is an easy journey to Edinburgh airport as well as Stirling, Falkirk and the motorway to Glasgow and Edinburgh.
15A Standalane, Kincardine, is on sale with Tait & Mackenzie, Grangemouth, for offers over £190,000