Ardenmhor House is undoubtedly one of the finest period homes to come to the market of late in the area. The house is set amidst glorious mature gardens and maximises stunning views across Rhu Marina, the River Clyde and beyond. This is an exceptional accommodation which offers the purchaser wonderful flexibility and extends to over four thousand square feet in total. The house was built mid-19th century (circa 1840) and has a ‘B’ listed status (being of architectural note and of historic interest). It must be noted that the accommodation requires general modernisation and upgrading (as detailed in the Home Report).
The grounds to the property are approached by a shared driveway that leads to its own private access. This guides you to parking areas both rear of the house and continues to the front of the property, where there is significant parking space. From here, the garden features extensive lawned areas featuring a rich abundance of flora, with this entire area bordered by mature trees providing owners complete privacy. To the rear of the house there is an enclosed courtyard which provides access to a self-contained annex/flat as well as the workshop/storage areas adjacent. The spacious, full height basement can be accessed from this area also.
The front steps of the property escorts you up to a beautiful loggia with the main front door opening into a large entrance vestibule. This in turn leads through to a stunning reception hall which features a magnificent staircase leading to the upper accommodation. To one side of the hall is a bright, spacious, and beautifully laid out, open plan lounge and dining space with the area featuring a walk-in bay window maximising the superb views, along with a stone fire surround with open fire and with a display alcove adjacent. The dining area is large enough to accommodate a sizeable table and chairs with a window to the front from here also.
On the other side of the reception hall is a formal drawing room, again with a period style fire surround with open fire and with a large window formation with shutters, again evidencing the view; in addition, this room features intricate decorative ceiling cornicing. To the rear of the reception hall there is built-in under stairs storage, a good-sized room with views overlooking the rear of the property (originally designated a dining room) and a further inner hallway that leads out to the courtyard and has a wc off. Beyond this hall is the large kitchen which has a breakfast seating neuk to one side and offers great scope for further development.
From the reception hall, the staircase ascends with a window on the half landing the upper landing, which in turn gives access to all the bedroom accommodation. All the bedrooms are orientated to the southwest with all embracing the garden and beautiful river views. The master bedroom suite has an ensuite bathroom, separate bath, and shower as well as a walk-in wardrobe and with a large window formation. The main guest room is at the other end of the landing and again is an impressive double room with bay window and with its own ensuite shower room to the rear. There are two additional double bedrooms, as well as a family bathroom (with separate bath and shower) and a further shower room. A door from the upper hallway opens to a staircase ascending to the second-floor attic accommodation where there is two more bedrooms, as well as a shower room.
As mentioned previously, the property has its own self-contained annex/apartment located to the rear of the house. It offers accommodation of a living room/bedroom, inner hallway, shower room and small kitchenette which could easily be reintegrated into the main house if desired. Also, from the courtyard at the rear of the house there is access to an adjacent outbuilding which has three separate internal spaces including a small storage space and kitchenette area.
The house is heated by a system of gas fired central heating (with original Victorian cast iron radiators) and the windows are original timber framed single glazed units with shutters.
Ardenmhor House enjoys a delightful location, quietly tucked away in a beautiful corner of the conservation village of Rhu. From its elevated position it commands river views and almost total privacy from its neighbours. The village is located on the shores of the River Clyde and entrance to the Gare Loch. It enjoys fantastic local amenities that include a highly regarded primary school, convenience shop, church, and local pub. Further amenities can be found in the larger nearby town of Helensburgh which is just a couple of minutes’ drive away. Helensburgh provides a variety of shops, supermarkets, bars, restaurants, and cafes along with two train stations with direct services to both Glasgow, Edinburgh, Oban and the Highlands.
The area is synonymous with those who enjoy the outdoors, with fantastic leisure facilities in and around Rhu and Helensburgh and with great sailing on the Clyde and the Gare Loch. With Rhu Marina opposite the accommodation, there is a gate leading from the foot of the garden directly across the road to the marina.
Loch Lomond is 10 minutes’ drive away and provides some of Scotland's most iconic scenery, world class leisure and accommodation. Glasgow is within easy commuting distance, as is the international airport via the Erskine Bridge. EPC Band - E.
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