Looking at Balquhatstone Manse, you’d think it was just a lovely family home, but this house holds a lot of memories for an entire Falkirk village.
The Timlin family, who have been in the property on Slamannan’s Avonbridge Road for seven years, quickly learned that their stone-built villa had historic links.
The building was not only a manse but also the village’s old doctor’s surgery.
And it holds memories for older members of the community, who, as children, used to play and even pinch fruit from the trees in the grounds.
But for owners, Alison and Anthony Timlin, who came from Yorkshire, it’s been a great place to raise their children.
Alison said: “We initially loved the generous-sized rooms and the fantastic gardens. But the sense of space has been great.
“We have also done some cosmetic work to the house, and even uncovered some original features.
“We found the original tiling in the entrance vestibule. It was perfect as it was the same as the tiling we had wanted to put down.”
Built around 1850, the five-bedroom home is set within half an acre of ground and has many original features such as cornicing, ceiling roses, bay windows and bedroom fireplaces.
And thanks to recent work, this house also boasts a modern kitchen with integrated appliances and upgraded shower and bathrooms.
The stunning curved staircase leads to five large bedrooms with most having views of the gardens.
The safe garden has been a blessing for the Timlins, who have two sons, James (15) and Nathan (12).
Alison said: “When we moved in, the children were much younger and it was a great place for them to play.
“We will be very sad to leave – we’ve been welcomed by the whole village who remember the history of the house.”
Balquhatstone Manse, Avonbridge Road, Slamannan, is on the market at the fixed price of £295,000 with Homes for U. For more information, contact (01324) 552211