Delightful edge of town house with lovely gardens.
Pitforthie is a most attractive and interesting family home, built of red sandstone, dating from the 1890s. Stone built, with a slate roof, it is situated on the edge of Northmuir and faces south towards Peter Pan Park. The sellers, who are only the fourth owners, have enhanced and improved the house, yet have retained much of its original character and integrity. In 1990 a fabulous music room was added to the side. This is a substantial reception room. In 2005 a garage, with a dressing room and en suite for the main bedroom above, was added on the other side of the house. In 2016 a sun room was built which links the house to its lovely enclosed gardens, where an exceptional garden house had been built in 2008. The house, which benefits from secondary glazing, with some double glazing, is deceptively spacious inside, and is ideal for both family living and for entertaining. Period features such as cornicings in the reception rooms, panelled doors and “Cortachy” fireplaces, which have raised grates and side ledges, still remain, and these all add to the considerable character of this fine property.
From the front garden a wooden front door with an overlight opens to an entrance vestibule with coat hooks and a tiled floor from where a partially glazed and etched door leads to the hallway. This has a picture rail, understair shelved storage cupboard with inner cupboard and a staircase to the first floor. Accessed from the hallway is a fine sitting room, currently used as a study, with recessed shelves, an open fireplace with wooden mantel, brick surround and a wooden floor. The snug has an open stone fireplace with wooden mantel housing a warming wood burning stove. Off this is a sun room with a door linking to a paved terrace in the garden. The magnificent music room, designed for entertaining, has a stone wall, stone fireplace with wooden mantel and French doors to both the terrace and the front garden. Also off the hallway is a dining room with a brick fireplace, shelved press and pocket glazed sliding doors through to the kitchen. This is fitted with wall and floor units, sink, two oven aga in Racing Green with mantel above, plumbing for a dishwasher and ample space for informal dining. A rear lobby has a back door, while the shower room has a corner shower cubicle, storage unit with sink and WC. The utility room also has wall and floor units with sink, plumbing for a washing machine, two shelved cupboards, two clothes pulleys and a Boulter Classic oil fired boiler.
The staircase with a wooden handrail leads to the first floor landing. Bedroom one overlooks the garden at the back, while bedroom two has a fireplace with wooden mantel and a wooden floor. There is a useful store room / box room. The principal bedroom also has a fireplace with wooden mantel and a wooden floor. Beyond is a dressing room with fitted wardrobes and an impressive en suite with freestanding bath, corner shower cubicle, WC, pedestal washbasin and Amtico flooring. Bedroom four has fitted furniture including a dressing table and storage. The family bathroom is timber lined to dado level and has a period bath, washbasin and WC. Bedroom five, currently used as a dressing room, has shelves and hanging wardrobes, fireplace with tiled insert and a wooden mantel. Stairs lead to a useful timber lined attic room with undereaves storage.
Attached to the side of the house is the block built and harled garage, with concrete floor, and doors both front and rear. There is also a handy wooden garden shed (2.4 m x 2.1 m). The main area of garden lies behind the house and is delightful. It is mostly enclosed by hedges and as well as a paved seating area adjacent to the house includes a small pond and rockery, together with lovely flower and shrub borders, productive vegetable beds, a lean-to greenhouse (1.65 m x 2.6 m) and a well. The garden is sheltered by trees and rhododendrons. At the bottom of the garden is a play frame and chute together with the substantial wooden garden house. This has a turf roof, glazed sliding doors to the garden, power and light. As such it is ideal for entertaining, and also for home working. The garden in front of the house has block paved parking, gravelled paths, as well as flower and shrub borders.
Pitforthie is a delightful south facing house on the edge of Northmuir which itself is on the northern side of Kirriemuir. It is within easy walking distance of Northmuir Primary School, the Peter Pan Play park, Migvie Wood (known as Kate’s Wood) for walking and the golf course. Northmuir also benefits from a pub and local shop.
Kirriemuir is an attractive town, only some 5 miles from the A90 dual carriageway, allowing easy access to both Aberdeen and the north and to Dundee and the south. It is well known as the birthplace of J M Barrie, author of Peter Pan, who gifted the nearby Camera Obscura to the town. The town lies at the foot of the Angus Glens which provide some of the best hill walking in eastern Scotland. There is skiing at Glenshee, and fishing is available on the North and South Esks, and at Lintrathen Loch.
The town provides local schooling, both primary at Northmuir and secondary at Webster’s High School, together with a good array of independent shops and a supermarket, plus leisure, business and community facilities. Forfar, the county town, lies just 6 miles distant and has a wide range of services including a new sports and leisure centre. Dundee provides all that is expected of a major city with renowned cultural facilities, including the V&A museum. Private schooling is available at Dundee High School with a dedicated bus service from Forfar. There is a railway station at Dundee with main line services, including a sleeper to London. Aberdeen and Edinburgh airports provide a range of domestic and international flights, and there is a service from Dundee to London City. Journey times to Aberdeen have been much reduced by the Western Peripheral Route.
As well as the Camera Obscura, and nearby Peter Pan Park, other attractions in the area include Barrie’s Birthplace (National Trust for Scotland), Loch of Kinnordy Nature Reserve and Glamis Castle. In addition to golf courses at Kirriemuir and Forfar there are three courses at Alyth, while the championship courses at Carnoustie and Rosemount (Blairgowrie) are within easy driving distance. There are pleasant sandy beaches at Lunan Bay, St Cyrus and Montrose. Armstrongs at Roundyhill, the Strathmore Arms at Glamis and the Drovers Inn at Memus are well known local restaurants.
Square Footage: 3,395 sq ft
From the A90 dual carriageway at Forfar take the A926 signposted for Kirriemuir. After 3.5 miles turn right at Checkiefield. Proceed for 1.1 miles to the T junction with the B957 and turn right then immediately left signposted Northmuir. After 0.6 miles turn left on to West Hill Road. Then take the first turning on the right, on to Muir Road, opposite the Camera Obscura, and Pitforthie is the third house on the left.
Alternatively from the centre of Kirriemuir on the one way system and after just passing the Airlie Arms Hotel turn left on to Roods. After 0.6 miles turn right on to West Hill Road signposted Camera Obscura. Muir Road is on the left opposite the Camera Obscura.
Home Report valuation - £500,000
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Most attractive and interesting family home
South facing and on the edge of Northmuir, so offering the best of both town and country
Delightful gardens with Garden House
Well presented, and retaining much of its original character and integrity
EPC Rating = E