Discover the wrought iron gates of The Braes along a quiet country road, where there is parking and turning on the drive for several cars. Hard to miss the sandstone barn and garage here, easily mistakable for a self-contained home - but more on that a little later..
The Braes is originally dated to the early part of the 20th century and has since been sympathetically and impressively renovated by a Dutch Architect in the late 1990’s, this, together with contemporary upgrades by the current owners, creates a spectacular family home that truly is like no other.
Approaching the entrance, you’ll notice the lime render, a cheerful buttermilk yellow that warms the soul. Step through the canopied front entrance door and immediately to your right, a large boot room, complete with washing basin, perfect for scrubbing the family up after outdoor activities.
From the entrance vestibule, a glazed door leads to the main hallway of the home, step through and see the space open up around you. A warm welcome, with red quarry tiles underfoot, and red brick walls, columns and arches. A grand staircase, yet inviting, leads to a picture window on the landing.
Turning left, sneak a peek at the master of kitchens. Updated for contemporary family living, this culinary centrepiece consists of two rooms, opened up to create a comprehensive kitchen, dining and family area.
A perfect blend of traditional materials meets modern convenience, with quarry tiles in warm tones spanning the length of the space, at once practical and becoming, the perfect backdrop for the timber cottage style kitchen. Deep blue oak units wrap the walls beneath grey starlight polished granite worktops. A kitchen island provides the perfect display space for your home-grown apples, damsons and plums. Fitted with integrated Neff appliances, including a fridge with freezer, microwave and dishwasher and a five-burner Rangemaster gas hob (with electric hot plate), extractor hood, two electric ovens, electric grill and warming drawer, this kitchen is every connoisseur's dream come true.
From the entrance hall take the double doors through into the sumptuously-sized living room. A room for all seasons, choose to snuggle up with the family in front of the Morso log burner or on warmer days throw open the French doors which lead out to a sun kissed decked terrace with brick steps climbing up to the garden beyond. Storage abounds in this home, with feature log storage and an expansive cupboard hidden behind the fireplace with another accessed from the hall.
A handy WC and shower room is accessed from the hallway and another door conceals a lovely large double or twin bedroom.
There is yet more social space on the ground floor, a fantastic dining area, with New York loft style lighting onto a backdrop of brickwork, and ornate patio doors opening out to a private patio dining area.
Now, pad up the carpeted stairs to the galleried first floor landing.
A bedroom of abundant proportions lies off to the right, with bay windows to the views. Light and airy, this versatile room would be a delightful as a playroom or space for creative pursuits.
Feel inspired in the sitting room, with panoramic views through a profusion of glazing, across the Carse of Gowrie. A perfect family music room or a spot to grab a book and relax in front of the open fire.
Next lies the master suite, a calming and tranquil space with a vaulted timber ceiling, warm timber floor and a wall of wardrobe space. Restful nights here, with nothing to disturb you but the hoot of an owl. The en-suite shower room, with on-trend wooden panelling, electrically heated neutral tiled floors and painted brickwork, provides a serene place to the start the day.
Off the hall, in the 4-piece family bathroom, the neutral theme continues with wooden panelling to the luxurious bath and a separate shower cubicle provides convenience while electric underfloor heating ensures toes are cosy.
The next room is a real hidden gem, and somewhat of a surprise, a utility and laundry room opening out to the side of the house onto a flagstone drying area and leading to the garden. A wonderful benefit of The Braes position, nestled into the bank of a hillside. A Belfast sink, washing machine, clothes pulleys, and space for a tumble drier, this room is both practical and spacious.
A further large double bedroom faces out onto the gardens.
But there is more here, another timber staircase leads to a galleried landing with space for seating and access to eaves storage and the final bedroom with beautiful views to the rear and yet more storage.
Outside, the extensive garden grounds embrace The Braes, fully wrapping its green lawns and expertly filled borders around it. The grounds extend up the hill to the woods and a delightful selection of patios and decked areas sit to the front and back offering multiple opportunities for outdoor dining. Sit and relax to the sound of bird song and the burble of the burn that emerges within the garden.
A cook’s dream, 'The Braes' was formally a market garden, and it shows, you’ll spot raised beds, a greenhouse containing a productive grapevine and an orchard, with apple, damson and plum trees in the grounds.
A charming stone-built building, possibly once a byre, has been renovated to provide office and workshop space over two levels, with a WC on the ground floor. Plenty of character here with original timber beams and a wood burning stove. The perfect place from which to run a family business or a work from home space. Although there is room here too to convert with permissions to a holiday let or granny flat.
A traditional barn lies next door set beneath a pitched slate roof. Refurbished to create a large garage space with light and power and a tall sliding timber door.
The Braes provides oodles of opportunity and is full of surprises and places to explore. This is a place where memories are made.
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