Balgownie Mansion House has a superb setting on the edge of the National Trust village of Culross. The property is set in 4.4 acres of its own south facing grounds overlooking the Firth of Forth, on a wooded bank to the west of the village. It is protected by a high stone wall along its front with beautiful entrances to both west (not used) and east. The views over the Firth of Forth, particularly from the upper floors, are outstanding.
Culross Abbey was founded in 1217 when the village was an important religious centre. Culross is a conservation village which contains many buildings owned by the National Trust for Scotland. It is based on a 16th century village with many period buildings and original narrow streets or wynds. Buildings in the village include the 1597 palace which has been restored to its original rustic yellow render, its mercat cross and the 1625 town house which is now used as a National Trust for Scotland visitors centre. The village featured in the hit TV drama "Outlander".
The modern day village offers many benefits for family living. It is readily accessible to all the major towns of central Scotland. Dollar Academy is 14 miles to the north. The house is also well positioned for the Edinburgh Schools including Cargilfield Prep School, Fettes and George Watsons College. Edinburgh and its airport are both within 25 miles and Glasgow is easily accessible via the Kincardine Bridge.
Balgownie is an impressive and attractive traditional mansion house with a flexible and practical layout. The accommodation has been finished to a high standard with a layout which is well suited to modern day family living.
The house has a typically Georgian front facade with an offset pillared doorway. It is white harled under a pitched slate roof. The accommodation is arranged in two elevations with the principal elevation being complemented by a rear elevation containing the impressive kitchen / breakfast room. There are paved courtyards to either side giving access to the back door to the east and the large games room to the west.
Internally, the front facing dining room and drawing rooms are particularly fine. A family room links to the superb modern kitchen / breakfast room at the back of the house. There is a study and large games room to the west and a gym in the wing to the east. Many original features such as plaster cornices, fireplaces and window shutters remain and there is oak engineered board flooring.
The house has been refurbished and benefits from having been fully rewired and replumbed, with high quality bathrooms throughout. All the guttering was replaced with solid, cast iron guttering in 2021. The house and garage are fitted with a fully serviced alarm system.
Front doorway with stone pillars and pediment. Vestibule with slate flooring to entrance hall with fitted coat hooks. Dining Room with built in bookshelves and cupboard, central fireplace with solid fuel stove and ornate pillared wooden mantel with inset mirrors.
Main Hall with stairs to first floor and cupola above. Drawing Room with decorative cornice and ceiling roses, fireplace with black marble mantel and solid fuel stove, built in shelved cupboard. Family Room with fireplace and built in open shelved unit.
Kitchen / Breakfast Room with fitted kitchen with large marble topped island unit with breakfast table at the end, Siemens conduction hob, sink and wash basin. BOSCH integrated dishwasher. Recess housing Gaggenau deep fat fryer, barbeque and Japanese Teppanyaki grill. Dresser unit with built in BOSCH fridge and freezer either side of cookers and several Siemens appliances: hot drawers, two ovens / grills, microwave and steamer. Pantry with marble cold shelf and fitted shelves above.
Lobby to the west with stairs to upper floors with study off. Games Room with exposed ceiling beams, solid fuel stove with built in dresser / TV cabinet.
East corridor with cloak store off. Inner hall with stairs to upper floors and WC. Utility Room / Laundry with fitted work surface with sink and boiler, built in cupboards and hanging cupboards. Plumbing for a washing machine and space for a tumble dryer. Large gym with built in storage unit.
Stairs up to galleried landing with stained glass window with coats of arms and ships, and roof light with painted ship above.
Principal Bedroom with magnificent outlook over the Firth of Forth. En suite Lusso Stone bathroom with free standing bath and separate shower. Dressing room off with fitted wardrobes.
Bedroom 2 with blocked fireplace and en suite bathroom with free standing bath and separate shower compartment. Additional WC with wash basin.
Rear landing to corridor to bedrooms 3 & 4 and bathroom.
Landing connecting to outside door with a bridge to the walkway behind the house. Bedroom 5 with cast iron Victorian fireplace and bedroom 6 with built in shelved cupboard. Bathroom and linen cupboard.
The second floor is accessed by spiral stairs from both east and west. Bathroom with Duvalli double Jacuzzi bath and separate shower compartment. Bedrooms 7 & 8 with connecting door. Bathroom with corner bath.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
Balgownie is set in mature wooded grounds extending to about 4.4 acres. The grounds are south facing with a high stone wall along the front.
The main entrance is from Culross to the east, with an impressive gateway with electric gates leading to a tarmac parking and turning area in front of the house and beyond to the new double garage. There are extensive lawns in front with a disused driveway leading to a second set of gates to the west. There is a Scottish oak double garage and store with ladder up to store area under pitched slate roof. There is electric power in the garage.
Behind the house is a paved yard with a bridge over from the first floor to a raised gravel walkway which runs behind the property. There are high stone retaining walls dividing off the woodland behind.
The grounds mainly comprise policy woodlands on a south facing bank. There are some fine mature trees around the property.
From Edinburgh take the A90 north across the Forth Road Bridge. Leave the M90 at Junction 1 and take the A985 west towards the Kincardine Bridge. Culross is signposted on the left hand side after about 10 miles. Follow the road through Torryburn and Low Torry into Culross. Continue through the village. The gates to Balgownie Mansion House are beyond the village green, on the right hand side.
Travelling from Stirling or Glasgow follow signs for the M876 which leads to the new Kincardine Bridge. Cross the bridge and take the turning on the right which leads through Kincardine. Culross is signposted on the right hand side. Follow the road into the village and turn sharp left at the village green to reach the impressive entrance to Balgownie Mansion House.