Built in 1837, "Torbaan" is an imposing and elegant detached residence that commands splendid views south across extensive gardens to the Firth of Clyde and the entrance to the Gare Loch. The house is category B listed, being a building of architectural interest and historical note. Over the years, the smaller original Victorian house was significantly reconfigured with the construction, on the east, of a grand extension of large rooms in the 1860s. The current owners added an extension to the west side of the house in 2002. This comprises a beautifully designed two level garage. The house now offers around 4800 square feet of accommodation and is laid out over three floors, all impeccably presented having been comprehensively and sympathetically renovated by the current owners over the past few years. Many traditional period features are intact or have been restored and these include magnificent decorative cornice work and mouldings, traditional skirtings, timber panelled doors with brass ironmongery and even original window shutters that are in working order. With an adaptable layout that is well suited for the larger or multigenerational family, the property is undoubtedly one of the finest examples of its type to be found in the area. The public rooms and most of the bedrooms take in the views over the water, and throughout the property there are many other striking features, starting with the large portico entrance, grand bow windows in the drawing room and master bedroom and, outside, a sweeping driveway providing extensive parking to the front and side of the house and giving access from both the front and rear to the new garage, which is laid out over two levels with an additional mezzanine floor (ideal for use as a gym/studio). There is access from the garage to a basement under the front part of the house.
Torwoodhill Road is a quiet, almost traffic free part of the village where there is a variety of properties, predominantly substantial detached family homes. Access to "Torbaan" is through twin stone pillared gate posts, with a sweeping driveway leading up to the property itself. There are extensive lawns in front of the house bordered by mature bushes, trees, plants and shrubs and a gravelled forecourt leads in front of the house to the garage. The gardens to the rear feature a cobbled and slabbed courtyard area all enclosed and sheltered by a bank of mature trees and shrubs and with lawns leading up the side of the property and sweeping round to the rear. The gardens are completely enclosed on all sides offering privacy, screening and shelter. EPC - Band F
A few things about this property:
- Ground Floor
- Entrance portico leading through to an inner vestibule
- Reception hall
- Drawing room
- Formal dining room
- Family/sitting room
- Study/Games room (currently a workshop)
- Dining sized farmhouse-style kitchen
- Utility room
- Large walk-in pantry
- First Floor
- Master bedroom
- Four further bedrooms
- Two family bathrooms
- Separate WC
- Second Floor
- Sitting room/bedroom
- Two further bedrooms
- Shower room
- This floor is well-suited as a teenagers’ or guest accommodation.
The finer detail:
- Category B listed residence
- Exceptional mature gardens with sweeping driveway and extensive parking
- Integral two level garage with mezzanine floor
- Many period details intact
- Perfectly renovated and beautifully presented throughout
- Stunning views south across the River Clyde and the Gare Loch
- Close to village amenities and the nearby town of Helensburgh
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.