Exquisite 5 bedroom country house with breath taking views and an array of outbuildings including home office.
The Shireing, Wester Spittalton is a wonderful country home set in the countryside between Blair Drummond and Thornhill. The house benefits from wonderful views over the neighbouring countryside and although the property is in a rural setting, it is extremely accessible.
The local village of Thornhill with village shop is 2 miles away. Doune is 5 miles away and has many local amenities including a post office, a pharmacy, a health centre, florist, antique centre, veterinary practice, restaurants, primary school, several pubs, and two convenience stores. The city of Stirling (8 miles) has grown over recent years and now has a good range of shops, cafés, restaurants, concert halls, a cinema, pubs and high street shopping, together with superstores on the edge of town. Stirling is the historical heart of Scotland, with Stirling Castle, Bannockburn and the Wallace Monument just a few of the many sites to visit in the local area. The castle was the seat of the kings of Scotland in the Middle Ages. Stirling was for long the pivotal centre of the nation's history and saw both William Wallace's defeat of the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, and Robert the Bruce's victory at nearby Bannockburn in 1314. Gleneagles Hotel with its leisure club and golf courses is only 20 miles away. Thornhill has a primary school and secondary schools are available at Stirling High, and McLaren High in Callander (7 miles).There are a number of private schools nearby which cater for day pupils, including Morrison's Academy at Crieff and Dollar Academy. The boarding schools in Perthshire include Ardvreck (preparatory), Glenalmond, Strathallan and Kilgraston (for girls).
The M9 is 6½ miles to the east and the pivot of the motorway network is at the following junctions, a further 4 miles south. It is from here that the M9 and M80 provide quick access to Edinburgh and Glasgow and their airports. The A9 is dual carriageway all the way to Perth. Dunblane has a railway station on the main line from London to Inverness with frequent commuter services to both Edinburgh and Glasgow. Stirling and Bridge of Allan also have railway stations.
The Shireing, was originally a farmhouse. It was subsequently used as a hospital and then as the house for a fruit farm. The property was extended in 1975 to create a wonderful country home. The house is L-shaped and built with harled stone and cavity walls under a pitched slate roof. A range of outbuildings to the north make a 'U' shape and the courtyard effect is completed by a stone wall, wrought iron railings and gates. There is a large gravel courtyard with a sheltered terrace at the front of the house.
Internally the property has undergone a substantial refurbishment under the current owners with an incredible attention to detail and an unsurpassed quality of craftsmanship. The accommodation is spread out primarily on one level with a superb flow, great flexibility and convenience and ease for different age groups, making it a versatile and attractive property for all situations.
Throughout the house the quality is evident. Stunning pitch pine cabinetry and shelving in the dining room are matched with beautiful wooden floors, oak doors, stone fireplaces with wood burning stoves and a striking handmade kitchen with Smeg oven, handmade wooden cupboards with Corian worktops and a central island with breakfast bar. The bespoke bathrooms are every bit as impressive as the traditional elements of the house and provide the perfect balance of modern comforts for family living alongside the character and features of the former farmhouse.
The bedrooms are all spacious and bright, and with every bedroom having an adjoining bathroom, the property is extremely well balanced. Unquestionably the primary suite with magnificent en suite bathroom and dressing rooms with specially designed fitted cabinetry is the pick of the rooms.
As well as the principal rooms within the house there is a purpose built home office above the garage. Current superfast broadband speeds are in the region of 150 mps making it the ideal rural retreat for those that work from home.
Gardens And Grounds
The Shireing is set in gardens extending to about 2½ acres, which are enclosed with deer and rabbit proof fencing. The gardens are principally down to lawn with a stand of trees in the south west corner which provide shelter and privacy. Paths through the trees lead to a foot gate onto a track beyond.
The lawns continue around in front of the house where there are two shrub beds edged in stone and a beautiful maple tree. There is a paved terrace outside the drawing room with a stone wall around. Next to this is a gravel terrace leading around to a sheltered sitting area at the corner of the house and outbuildings. There is a drying green and a further stand of trees beyond to the east. Within the gardens there is also the secret "Hinterwoods" garden with wrought iron fire pit and cauldron stand for outdoor entertaining.
While the private gardens are indeed impressive the views beyond over the surrounding farmland over the hills beyond are simply stunning.
Square Footage: 4733 sq ft
Acreage: 2.5 Acres
Take the M9 north past Stirling and leave at Junction 10, taking the A84 signposted to Doune/Callander/Crianlarich. Take the first exit at the roundabout and continue for about 4 miles before taking the left hand turning onto the A873 signposted to Thornhill. After about 2 miles, the entrance to Wester Spittalton can be seen on the left hand side.