Steeped in tradition

Glenmavis House, Bathgate
Glenmavis House, Bathgate

Glenmavis House looks out over parkland “from an escarpment”. While this is estate agent speak for a house on a hill it belies the fact that this is a very special house with views on a clear day as far as Ben Lomond.

With four bedrooms the mid-Victorian house has been renovated to a high standard while retaining classical features such as the fireplace in the living room and cornicing in the main rooms. The current owner is in the building trade and no expense has been spared on fittings and fixtures.

With four bedrooms and an extensive garden Glenmavis offers a great deal of space for a family to expand into. There is plenty of room on the lawn for a marquee to host a birthday party or even a wedding and there is a well established copse of trees for playing hide and seek.

There is a detached room specially built in the garden which can be used as an office or a playroom.

To get to the property you drive along an impressive driveway, entering between two imposing stone pillars which already gives you an idea of the kind of person who might want to live here. And if you do want to live here, you can move straight in as the whole house was redecorated last autumn.

Current owners Jim and Frances Divers bought the property exactly eight years ago and it was both the elevated views and the sense of grandeur which attracted them to the property in the first place.

When they moved in they found it was cheap to run despite its size due to the fine insulating walls.

The Divers have entertained extended family and friends here many times over the years. The house lends itself to that with its open plan kitchen/dining room, making it an ideal party house. When the cherry blossom is in bloom many friends have opted to have their wedding photographs taken here.

For sun-lovers there is a large garden, but in the 50 square metre sun room you could enjoy winter sunshine in comfort. The garden to the front is terraced for easy maintenance, and the newly tarmacadamed driveway offers space for parking several cars right outside your front door.

This house was previously connected with the Glenmavis Distillery which produced high-quality pure malt whisky giving the property quite a provenance along with the fact that it was part of Balbardie Estate in the dim and distant past.

Conveniently placed for the golf fanatic this house is a few steps from Balbardie Park of Peace Golf Course on the edge of Bathgate. It is close to the motorway network and only 27 minutes from Edinburgh by train.