Property SummaryA category 'B' listed architectural gem in about 30 acres consisting of parkland gardens and 2 fields of permanent pasture, fringing Newton Mearns with views to open countryside and water.
Balgray House can easily be described as an architectural gem. The house dates from around 1750 and is typically Georgian in design with its pleasing balance of architectural symmetry and Georgian fenestration, all neatly centred by pediment with feature oculus.
The house is largely of dressed solid stone construction under slated roof of varying pitches with stone dormer windows at northern and southern sides, complimented by tall handsome stone chimney stacks.
Although grand in appearance, Balgray is without question an easily managed family home which imbues a strong sense of welcome and peace, providing as it does comfortable yet highly convenient family living.
It has been in the ownership of the current owners for some 27 years, during which time it has been an excellent family home.
Balgray House benefits from having a secondary cottage within its grounds. The cottage requires total upgrading however when complete, will provide first class business from home accommodation or relatives accommodation or indeed some rental income from a SAT.
Outer doors with fan light above lead to the entrance reception hall, cloakroom and wc, formal dining room with connecting larder to kitchen, main sitting room, breakfasting size kitchen with Aga cooker and inner door leading down to flexible cellarage, direct access to utility/boiler room with door to rear gardens, rear hall wc and cloak room and fine general purpose store room.
The main staircase from the reception hallway leads to the full landing to bedroom 1 (master) with en suite shower room and separate en suite dressing room, bedroom 2 is at the northern side of the house and was at one time the drawing room.
A short upper hallway leads to bedrooms 3 & 4 as well as a family bathroom, linen stores and useful general purpose storage cupboards,
A second staircase leads to the second floor level to a broad upper hallway leading on to bedrooms 5 & 6, a home office or study or possible 7th bedroom as well as a second level bath and shower room.
Detached property of mainly brick construction finished in grey painted roughcast under pitched slated roof. Balgray Cottage is located to the western rear of the main house and requires total renovation.
Open fronted garage, general purpose store, log store, brick built grey painted rough cast finish under slated roof (requires attention).
Five stables and adjacent feed/hay store.
About 30 acres in all, driveway of black asphalt surface from public road to gravel apron and sweep around the house and outbuildings. Steps down to ornamental lawns surrounded by well-shaped and sculpted Yew hedging.
Lawns blend to stock proof fences and mature woodlands before reaching surrounding fields of about 12 and 13 acres respectively. Hard core paths lead through the woods and connect with the fields. The Fingalton Burn passes through the fields and a wooden footbridge connects the fields and gardens.
The fields are in good heart and are to permanent pasture. They provide excellent turning out and grazing ground for family horses. In recent times the fields have been let on the basis of a seasonal grazing lease with a local farmer.
Balgray House is located in delightful east Renfrewshire countryside close by the picturesque Balgray Dams and the established residential district of Newton Mearns on Glasgow's south side.
The house is little known, enjoying as it does, high levels of privacy and seclusion offered by its protected land boundaries, mature trees and the Balgray reservoir on its northern side.
The house is set in fine well-tended parkland type grounds and from its private position there are distant views across countryside and the reservoir to greater Glasgow in the distance.
Despite the fact that when at Balgray House there is a strong sense of countryside, the house is only 1 mile from Newton Mearns and the M77.
The M77 leads onto the M8 itself providing fast travel times to central Scotland and beyond. Balgray House is conveniently situated only 13 miles from Glasgow airport and 24 miles from Prestwick, yet enjoys a rural, country setting.
Newton Mearns provides excellent local facilities, Mearns Cross shopping centre (5 minutes drive) has numerous high street multiples and a Marks and Spencer food hall. The recently established Greenlaw Village has a Waitrose store as well as a Tesco Express.
The area has reputable schooling in both the state and independent sectors. Higher and further education in and around Glasgow is wide and varied.
Leisure services within the district include a swimming pool, Whitecraigs rugby club, tennis and squash clubs and Parklands Country Club has excellent fitness and conditioning facilities.
As with most parts of Scotland one is never too far from a golf course and Balgray House is no exception, Whitecraigs, East Renfrewshire, Eastwood and Pollock are all within a few short minutes' drive. The M77 then conveniently leads west to some of the best known links courses in Scotland including Western Gailes, Royal Troon and Prestwick.
Surrounding countryside provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy field sports and equestrian pursuits, some of the quiet back roads provide good hacking country and there are opportunities to fish on local lochs and rivers.
From Glasgow City centre travel west on the M8 to junction 22 which leads onto the M77. Follow the M77 until junction 4 signposted to Newton Mearns. This exit leads to a roundabout, take second exit, at the next roundabout take the third exit. At the next roundabout take the second exit. This road crosses back over the M77, past Whitecraigs rugby club to traffic lights. At the lights turn left. Follow this road for approximately 300 yards before turning right onto Fingalton Road. Proceed along Fingalton Road for about 0.5 mile to find the entrance to Balgray House on the right hand side.