An imposing, architecturally important and exceptionally well finished detached house in the heart of mature Kilmacolm.
Altondyke is a striking arts and crafts detached house from the drawing board of Messrs Honeyman, Keppie and Mackintosh with origins of around 1900. Keppies the modern day architects practice, were commissioned again in 2000 when an extension at the rear was added and which is sensitive and complementary to the integrity of the original architecture.
Altondyke is little known as it is set behind mature trees which ensure privacy and seclusion, and only in the winter months is it occasionally glimpsed through the branches.
The house is detached and is of painted smooth render finish under a renewed red rosemary tile roof. Architectural features include dressed blonde coloured stone relief at semi-circular stone arch entrance and window mullions.
Outer storm doors lead to an entrance vestibule, the reception hallway is grand and lined to approx. ¾ height in white painted timber, an art nouveau fireplace is to the side and provides a pleasant sitting and focal point with a cloak room off the hallway. The drawing room is impressive with its vaulted ceiling and exposed roof trusses together with a feature warming log burning stove.
The formal dining room is comfortable, excellent for entertaining and has an Adam style fireplace with marble hearth. An inner hall leads to a morning room with gas lit fireplace and on to a butler's pantry complete with original furniture, good sized sitting/playroom/study/home office.
From the rear of the study there is access to a large rear hallway providing access to gardens and garaging. Off the hallway is a utility room as well as a cloakroom/boot room and wc.
The kitchen, breakfast and garden rooms are 'L' shaped. The kitchen is bespoke by the Newcastle furniture company and includes a range of base and wall units as well as a central island and a 4-oven Aga cooker in green enamel. The breakfast room is open plan and provides, with its vaulted ceiling and exposed beams a bright airy space to breakfast, informally dine and to overlook the terrace and gardens.
A broad, period staircase from the reception hallway leads to the first-floor accommodation of bedroom 1 (master) with recently upgraded en suite bath and shower room with free standing rolltop bath, bedroom 2 with wash hand basin, airing cupboard, bedroom 3, Jack & Jill en suite bathroom and bedroom 4.
Detached quadruple garages of painted render finish under rosemary tile roof. 2 x attached garden stores; 5th detached single garage/boiler house. Summer house.
The gardens are strategically stocked to ensure year-round colour, interest and importantly maximum privacy and seclusion. Remotely operated security gates to a black top driveway leads to a red whin chip stone gravel sweep in front of the house. Mature lawns have well stocked beds. The rear gardens are in 2 parts, a pleasant terrace with stocked beds and borders to which a tall rear stone wall provides privacy and shelter. To the north side of the house a further driveway and hard standing area leads to the garages.
Mains water, drainage, gas and electricity. Gas central heating assisted by a warming log burning stove.
Note: The services have not been checked by the selling agents.
Inverclyde Council, tel: 01475 717171
Altondyke is in council tax band H and the amount of council tax payable for 2023/2024 is £4,507.52 including water and sewerage.
Altondyke is a little-known imposing detached house situated as it is amid mature and very private gardens, bounding both Bridge of Weir Road and Houston Road, in the heart of mature Kilmacolm.
Surrounding homes are all unique and are all of similar quality and vintage, combining to provide a distinct feel of establishment, quality and maturity which has over the years made this part of the village a first choice for discerning buyers.
The centre of the village is about 750 metres away and is a pleasant mainly level walk. Kilmacolm village centre, recently redeveloped, hard and soft landscaped, is very pretty and has local stores offering everyday provisions as well as popular village restaurants, florists/home stores and coffee shops. The community centre, Drs Surgery and library are now at the pleasant pedestrianised heart of the village.
The village has a thriving social community and there are clubs catering for golf, tennis and bowling. Kilmacolm Golf Club is about 200 metres to the east of Altondyke and offers a challenging 18-hole heath/parkland course designed by the acclaimed course architect James Braid. The village also now has an excellent health and fitness centre at Birkmyre Park.
Surrounding countryside is some of the most attractive in West Renfrewshire and for the outdoor enthusiast this is fine walking country. The Sustrans cycle track leads to many other parts of central Scotland.
The Knapps is famed for its brown trout angling and the River Gryffe has runs of salmon at the back end, both require fishing permits. There are some small shoots run locally as well as rough shooting, both of which can be arranged with local land/estate owners.
Castle Semple Loch offers inland sailing and the Firth of Clyde has excellent chandlery and marina services at Inverkip, Largs & Ardrossan as well as some of the UKs most scenic and enjoyable coastal sailing.
Kilmacolm has an excellent local primary school and the independent St Columbas, with its enviable record of academic achievement, richly deserves its sought after label. Glasgow has further independent schooling.
The Braehead and Silverburn retail villages are around 15 miles to the south and there one can find a tremendous range of high street multiples together with M&S and Sainsbury anchor stores. Braehead also has an IKEA furniture store.
The city at 17 miles has all the cultural, higher educational and leisure services normally associated with a major international centre.
The village has a regular bus service to Glasgow and there are main line rail links at Langbank (4.5 miles) and Johnstone (7 miles). Glasgow Airport is only 10 miles and offers domestic and international flights.
The A761 leads to the A737 and subsequently to the M8 motorway corridor which provides fast motor car access to central Scotland and beyond.
From Glasgow city centre proceed in a westerly direction on the M8 motorway. After 10 miles bear left at junction 29 following signs Irvine on the A737. After 2.8 miles take the Johnstone exit and turn right at traffic lights. Continue straight at next set of traffic lights and turn left at the roundabout on the A761. Proceed for 6 miles through Brookfield and continue through Bridge of Weir before reaching Kilmacolm. On arrival in Kilmacolm, continue on Bridge of Weir Road and turn right beyond its junction with Houston Road into the driveway of Altondyke.