Property SummaryA late 18th Century category C listed developed and extended stone built house in rural yet highly convenient environs.
Longbarn is a category C listed building and dates from the late 18th century; it was once the estate offices and formed an important part of the former estate of Castle Semple. Longbarn is at the western end of the structure and is one of three properties formed by a long, largely symmetrical Gothic structure with 2-storey square-plan towers at eastern and western ends. It is of whinstone rubble construction with ashlar margins all under a slated roof and with detailed arched and trefoil fenestration.
The property provides excellent family accommodation laid out over two easily managed levels. The home has been completed with flair, good taste and features exposed natural stone, quality ceramics, deluxe range kitchen and bathroom ware and a pleasing and neutral palette of decoration.
Twin leaf outer doors to entrance reception hallway, under stairs cloaks cupboard, wonderfully re-worked rooms to create contemporary tiled bespoke kitchen by Andrew Fitzpatrick, finished in brilliant white, fully integrated with deluxe level appliances, pneumatic closures, instant tap water boiler, large corian island with informal dining bar, open plan sitting area, twin leaf doors to front courtyard and terrace, glass door and steps leading down to beautiful and intimate dining/garden room with oak flooring and French doors to terrace and gardens. Utility and boiler room, tiled shower room, home office or study, sitting room with open fireplace in carved timber mantle, oak floor, detailed cornice, stone arch window with twin leaf door to deck and gardens.
Stairs lead to the upper hallway to linen and hot tank stores, bedroom 1 with front and rear windows, bedroom 2 with fitted furniture, family bathroom with roll top bath, bedroom 3, bedroom 4 (master suite) with fitted dressing hall, fine bedroom with feature windows, en suite shower room.
Timber summer house, 1.5 bay brick built and corrugated sheet roof Dutch barn.
Remotely operated timber county gate to gravel surfaced driveway flanked by lawns, mixed trees and bushes. Full height, coped rubble wall to inner courtyard to vehicle turning and hard standing area. Flagstone terrace bounded by stone wall and with access from kitchen, Block paved pathway via lawns to sheltered flagstone terrace all protected by full height stone wall, the gardens feature mixed trees and bushes. Side gardens are to grass with fringed with mixed trees, stone steps lead to lounger deck, decorative stone terrace and pathway with gravel edges leading to garden room.
Circa 4.25 acre pony/horse field.
Longbarn is situated in a small rural settlement known locally as Shields Holdings between the villages of Lochwinnoch, Kilbarchan and Howwood.
The house is private but not isolated and is situated amid well sheltered, mature and well-tended gardens. There are terraces and vantage points with views extending to Castle Semple Loch, surrounding countryside and the Kenmuir Hill octagonal tower stone folly which dates from about 1758 and which dominates the local landscape.
Surrounding Renfrewshire villages of Lochwinnoch, Howwood, Kilbarchan, Bridge of Weir and Kilmacolm all offer a good range of local shops, cafes and welcoming village and country pubs together with a good range of amenities that comfortably cater for every day needs and requirements. Primary schooling is available at Lochwinnoch, Howwood and Kilbarchan with secondary schooling in both the state and private sectors in the district. The independent St Columbas school in Kilmacolm (7 miles) has an enviable record of academic achievement with both junior and senior schools.
The area is well served by supermarkets, some of the villages have co-op mini stores and there are larger Morrisons & Tesco stores within a few miles.
A complete range of professional services, higher education, cultural and retail are all available in Glasgow city some 16 miles to the east.
The A737 is the main trunk route to and from Glasgow Airport and the city as well as south to Prestwick Airport and the Ayrshire coastline.
Howwood (1.3 mile) has a mainline railway station with a frequent service to and from Glasgow city. Glasgow airport is about 7.5 miles to the east and there is a convenient on/off slip to the A737, about 1 mile to the south east, which is the main arterial road route connecting with Ayrshire, the M8 motorway corridor, central Scotland and beyond.
Leisure services and facilities are wide and varied. Bowfield Country Club and Spa is about 1.75 miles to the south and there is a David Lloyd Health and Racquets Centre at Renfrew. The village of Houston is home to Strathgryffe Tennis & Squash Club which with its 4 indoor and 6 outdoor tennis courts makes it one of the best racquet centres in Scotland.
Inland sailing and rowing is available on Castle Semple Loch and the Firth of Clyde has a number of marinas with connected marine and chandlery services and providing quick access to some of the most scenic coastal sailing in Europe.
Castle Semple also lies within the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, a ranger protected wildlife and outdoor facility with interesting walks, bird sanctuary and a link with the Sustrans cycle path and walkway which connects to many other parts of central Scotland. Wildlife is a feature at Longbarn with regular sightings of Roe deer, pheasants and kingfishers.
As with many parts of Scotland one is never too far from a golf course and Longbarn is no exception. There is an 18 hole course in Lochwinnoch and no less than 2 quality 18 hole courses in Bridge of Weir, and a fine heathland course at Kilmacolm.
From Glasgow city centre proceed west on the M8 motorway. After 9 miles take junction 29 (A737) following signs Irvine. Continue on the A737 for 4.5 miles turning left signposted Howwood B787. Proceed back into the village and after 0.6 miles turn left following signs Station & Kilbarchan Proceed onto and remain on Station Road for about 1.1 miles to find the access road to Shields Holdings on the left hand side. Continue along the access road for 0.4 miles to fiend the entrance to Longbarn on the left hand side.