Lovely architecture, great location – this 1960s Hugh Martin and Partners modern house in Rait, Perth and Kinross is a gem.
You will find Highwood (that’s the name of the house, and for good reason) in a picturesque village in Carse of Gowrie, located between Dundee and Perth. And if you scroll down to the photos of the location, you’ll see just how secluded this one is. I can imagine how difficult it must have been to build back in 1964.
But someone did just that, meaning you get a stylish midcentury modern design at the end of a private driveway within some quite stunning woodland. Its elevated position means some amazing views, especially from the balcony to the front. And with four acres of land, a good amount of it might well be yours.
As I said, this one was constructed 60 years ago, the work of award-winning architects Hugh Martin & Partners and with a design that’s very much of that era. The roof alone tells you that. But it wasn’t just about being cutting edge in 1964. This one was designed to take full advantage of the views of the garden and beyond.
Has it changed? I suspect so. Key details remain, including the full-height glazing (so bags of natural light), the timber-clad (and angled) ceilings, the fireplace, the staircase, and more. But it isn’t a house that has sat still.
Most of the accommodation looks well maintained, with a good amount looking freshly decorated and upgraded too. Nothing too radical. Pretty much what you would expect of a house that has been lived in and loved. The look, feel, and character of the original era are still alive and well.
And it’s a house that has aged well in terms of functionality too. Plenty of rooms over the two floors, with the main reception space to the fore on the upper floor and the bedrooms down below. This is a substantial house.
Access is via the first floor, which in turn takes you into that large, light-filled lounge with an open fire and direct access onto the substantial south-facing balcony.
There is also a snug sitting room with a Jotul wood stove, a good-sized fitted kitchen with an LPG AGA, a utility room, a bathroom and a cloakroom on this floor, as well as a fairly large dining room and a bedroom/study, which is accessed by a gallery curved hallway.
On the ground floor, there are four ‘very spacious’ double bedrooms, a family room with another Jotul wood stove and doors opening to the exterior, a bathroom suite and a shower room suite.
The rooms are described as ‘flexible and adaptable in nature’, so should adapt as bedrooms, offices, studios, or public rooms, depending on the needs of you and your family.
As I mentioned above, four acres of that space outside is yours, with extensive gardens made up of grass lawns, woodland areas and plenty of parking space for several cars. Something of a wildlife haven, if that’s your kind of thing. But not too far from a busier location if you need that too.
Offers over £460,000 for this one, which seems very reasonable if the location works for you.
Images and details courtesy of Aberdein Considine. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.