House for all seasons

This four-bedroomed villa is a house for all seasons. When the weather is good, you’ll probably find Karen Wells and her husband George making the most of the sunshine on the elevated terrace.

A glass of wine or a cup of tea in hand, it’s the perfect place to relax in perfect privcy, while their children enjoy playin in the garden below. You’d never dream you were just a short walk away from the bustle of Falkirk town centre.

Falkirk Herald Property of the Week

Falkirk Herald Property of the Week

“It’s a south-facing garden so it gets the sun all day,” said Karen. “It’s a lovely place to sit.”

But when the weather isn’t so kind, the family can retreat inside the beautiful old sandstone villa, which dates back to 1860, and cosy up to one of two woodburner stoves.

Here too the children and adults can have their own space – a more casual sitting room has patio doors to the garden, while the stunning formal lounge has those soaring, elegant windows that mark properties from the 19th century.

And yet, while charm and character are abundant, thanks to the many original features –in particular the beautiful ceilings and coving – the house has been extensively upgraded and modernised to make it an ideal family home.

With three bathrooms and four bedrooms in addition to the two sitting rooms, there is also a formal dining room that complements the bright beautiful kitchen.

The kitchen has bespoke, hand-painted fitted units and glistening black marble worktops as well as integrated appliances including a fabulous range cooker.

“It’s a lovely room to cook in,” said Karen, who considers it one of her favourite rooms.

Despite such fierce competition, the title of favourite room might just have to go to the master bedroom, which George believes was the original drawing room as it boasts some stunning original features.

The family have lived here happily for 13 years, keeping it modern and fresh without losing any of its charm.

The biggest change has been to the garden, which was landscaped to transform it from a steep hill to a flat garden – perfect for a family.

And, appropriately for a house with such a strong history – there’s another link with the past right under their feet.

The title deeds include the fact that original Antonine Wall goes through the back garden.

“I really like that!” said Karen. “It’s really nice.”