Detached house for sale in Auchenbowie House, Auchenbowie, Stirling FK7
Detached house for sale - 9 bedrooms
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- Historic 17th century laird's house
- Beautiful parkland setting
- Far reaching views
- Accessible to motorway network
- Magnificent reception rooms
- Separate flat
Historic 17th century laird's house in beautiful parkland setting
Auchenbowie House is set in 11 acres of its own grounds in the scenic Stirlingshire countryside. There are far reaching views from the house in all directions.
The house is highly accessible, being within 2 miles of Stirling Services junction where there are motorway connections to Glasgow on the M80 and Edinburgh on the M9. Both Edinburgh and Glasgow airports are within easy reach and Stirling has a railway station with services to both cities.
Stirling, just to the north, is the major town of central Scotland. Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument rise high above the town and are testament to its historic past. The modern day town provides a full range of shops and services including several superstores and a branch of Waitrose. There are a number of private schools within reach including Beaconhurst, Dollar Academy, Strathallan and Kilgraston (girls only).
The M9 and A9 continue north into Perthshire. The internationally renowned Gleneagles Hotel with its leisure club and golf courses is only 23 miles away. The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park lies just to the west with its wealth of outdoor activities including climbing, hill walking, water sports, fishing, shooting and stalking.
The lands of Auchenbowie were bought by Robert Bruce, Provost of Stirling in 1555 from the Cunninghams of Polmaise. Robert Bruce commissioned the building of a substantial laird's house, which forms the basis of the house today. The Auchenbowie House Bruce created incorporated a l-plan tower house. The house was extended and remodelled again in 1768 and in the 19th century. No defensive features were retained.
At the end of the 17th century one of the Bruce family, Captain William, killed Charles Elphinstone in a duel and had to flee the country. In 1708 Auchenbowie passed by marriage to the Munro family. 1787 saw a visit by Scotland's greatest poet, Robert Burns. He wrote in his journal of dining with the Munro of the day.
The present day house has a magnificent façade to the west with a hexagonal stair tower with battlements above the front door. There is a second doorway with a tower above to the south east opening into the garden.
The house is three storeys plus an attic under steep pitched slate roofs with crow stepped gables. A feature of the house is its large windows on all floors. There is a balcony outside the south facing principal bedroom.
Internally the accommodation is bright and spacious. Many period features such as fine fireplaces and ceilings in the Adam style remain.
The interlinked stairway and reception halls are in the heart of the house with a vaulted dining room and large well equipped kitchen off. There is a first floor drawing room and billiards room with a panelled study on the second floor. There are nine bedrooms in all, served by four bathrooms.
The staff and domestic accommodation to the rear is two storey. The staff flat has three bedrooms. There are stores arranged around an inner courtyard.
To the west of the house is a large gravel sweep with lawns around and a low wall separating off the parkland.
The formal gardens are to the east and comprise a flagstone terrace and lawns above. The stone sundial is aligned with the gates in the garden wall. There are topiary yew hedges, ornate stone walls and gate pillars and a hard tennis court.
There are paddocks to the south and west of the property. There is a long tree lined drive to the east.
Mains water and electricity. Private drainage.
Central heating from oil fired boiler or biofuel boiler.
Rights of Access
Auchenbowie House owns the east drive. Auchenbowie Mains and Barr Wood have rights of access over the end section.
The north drive is owned by Auchenbowie Farm and Auchenbowie House has a right of access. Auchenbowie Farm has access rights to their fields.
Auchenbowie House is listed Category A. The obelisk style sundial dates from 1702 and is Listed Category B.
Square Footage: 12051 sq ft
Acreage: 11 Acres
Take the M9 from Edinburgh or the M80 from Glasgow towards Stirling. Leave the motorway at Junction 9 signposted for Stirling Services. From the roundabout at Stirling Services head south on the A872 signposted for Denny.
Drive south on the A872 for about one mile. The first turning on the right is a minor road which leads to the shared drive to Auchenbowie House and Auchenbowie Home Farm. If you continue on the A872 for a further ¼ mile the main drive to Auchenbowie House is on the right.
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