East Clyde Street
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Commanding one of Helensburgh's most sought after locations, right on the waterfront of the Firth of Clyde, “Rockfort” is a 312 square metres elegant conversion that is formed over the entire ground floor and the majority of the first floor of a Victorian mansion house. The house was built in 1849 for the Provost of Helensburgh and was designed by the renowned architect William Spence. The house is grade 'B' listed (being a building of architectural note and historic interest) and it is set amidst a delightfully small gated development of elegant detached houses and cottages with a distinct Mediterranean feel. The house enjoys the pick of the plots, being located adjacent to the shore front and with some of the most magnificent views to be found anywhere in the west of Scotland, south over the Firth of Clyde all the way to Dunoon, west along the shore toward the town of Helensburgh and to the east towards the historic Craigendoran pier and Ardmore Point beyond. Elevated high above the beach with a substantial stone sea wall between the house and the shore, the property is surrounded by beautiful gardens that feature decorative paved terraces to the south and to the west and with a lawned area to the east. In front of the house is a large granite gravelled area providing parking for numerous cars and the inviting entrance to the development is via two stone gate piers with a gravelled approach drive leading to an electric security gate with a further driveway leading down to the house itself.
Over the past fifteen years the property has undergone a dramatic transformation and both the interior and exterior are finished to an impeccable standard with the use of natural sandstone, Penrhyn slate on the roof and with many of the traditional and original period features being retained within the property itself. On entering, a sizeable outer vestibule opens into a simply stunning reception hall where a grand curving staircase accesses the upper floor accommodation with natural lighting above from a circular cupola. All of the rooms are grand in size, beautifully decorated with white walls and with quality flooring featuring natural oak floors and carpeting downstairs. Entering the lounge at the far end of the hall, it feels like being on a cruise liner with its views of yachts on the water and French windows onto the terrace. There is a feature fireplace with living flame gas fire in place. There is a formal dining room with access out to the gardens at the side and again this room takes in southerly views across the water. Next to the dining room is a useful downstairs study again with a sea view to distract. Next to this, is the impressive modern kitchen which has a dining space at one end and gives access to a large utility room where a door opens onto the front of the house and the gravelled parking area. Also downstairs is a double sized guest bedroom which has a bespoke contemporary ensuite shower room (featuring a sauna cubicle). Finally on the ground floor is a modern cloakroom wc with stone stairs leading down to a large basement area. On the upper floor, the galleried landing gives access to a spacious master bedroom with a natural stone feature wall and fireplace and ensuite shower room. There are two further double bedrooms, both with built-in wardrobes, and the main family bathroom is large and features sizeable circular spa bath, separate modern shower/steam cubicle, wc and wash hand basin. Contemporary radiators feature and there are lovely sea views from the bathroom. EPC - Band C
A few things about this property:
- Substantial 312 square metres ground and first floor conversion within a 'B' listed Victorian stone built mansion house
- Entrance vestibule
- Reception hall with grand staircase
- Family room/library
- Formal dining room
- Downstairs bedroom with ensuite shower (incorporating a sauna cubicle)
- Large fully fitted dining sized kitchen
- Spacious utility room
- Three further double bedrooms upstairs (master with ensuite shower room)
- Large bespoke contemporary family bathroom with separate shower/steam cubicle and sizeable spa bath
The finer detail:
- Many restored and intact period details including cornicing, high skirtings and panelled doors
- Modern gas fired central heating system
- Fully double glazed with replacement Victorian design sash and case windows throughout
- Spacious accommodation of over 312 square metres (3357 square feet)
- Breathtaking views over the Firth of Clyde and along the shore towards Helensburgh
- Only a short drive from the town centre and a wide selection of amenities
- Parking for numerous cars
- Flexible, well proportioned and impeccably presented family accommodation over the two floors
- Pedestrian slipway giving access to the beach
The town is served by three railway stations, Helensburgh Upper on the West Highland Line, Craigendoran, on the North Clyde Line and Helensburgh Central, the terminus of the North Clyde Line. It takes 50 minutes to reach the shops and offices of Glasgow City Centre and another 50 minutes to Edinburgh and the East Coast.
The seafront has an indoor swimming pool, an esplanade walk, a range of shops, cafes and pubs and sailing facilities including a marina in Rhu. The streets are built on a gentle slope rising to the north east, and at the brow of the hill a golf club has views looking south out over the town where numerous other sports are active including football, rugby, cricket, athletics, netball, hockey, curling, bowling, sailing and fishing.
The locality is well served by a number of excellent state primary schools providing the high attainment secondary school, Hermitage Academy, with an annual influx of children eager to learn about well known townspeople such as John Logie Baird, the inventor of television; Henry Bell, who built the first passenger steamship ‘The Comet’ ; architect William Leiper ; actress Deborah Kerr ; poet WH Auden ; writer AJ Cronin ; and Prime Minister Bonar Law amongst many others. Lomond School, an independent, co-educational and boarding school also offers private education in central Helensburgh.