Millennium makeover created stunning country house

Restoring Gellyknowe Farmhouse has been a labour of love for the McConnell family.

Dating back to the late 1700s, the four-bedroomed property near Wood of Coldrain was lying derelict when Carol and Ross McConnell first saw it one glorious autumnal day in 2000.

Almost two decades later this lovely country house, with its garden, orchard and paddock, is one of Kinross-shire’s most desirable addresses.

Gellyknowe Farmhouse

Launched on the market by Bell Ingram at offers over £475,000, it has already attracted potential purchasers not only from Scotland, but also from further afield. Ross McConnell explained: “Carol and I saw a newspaper article about Gellyknowe and decided to drive out and take a look. At that point it was derelict, literally just the front, back and three gable walls were still standing. However, it was a gorgeous autumn day, the sun was shining on the fields and we could see it had enormous potential.”

With Ross, Carol their newborn baby and two older children living on site in a caravan, the restoration project began and the beautiful farmhouse now incorporates those original walls plus a traditionally constructed extension.

Pictured before the transformation.

Ross said: “We wanted the build to be traditional and sympathetic to the existing building and our architect was very much in tune with that ethos. He used the original stonework as part of the design and with its slate roof, round turret, conservation skylights it is finished in a way that is complimentary to the original property.

“With Gellyknowe you get the best of both worlds – a modern home that looks like a traditional property. And unlike many modern homes which often sit cheek by jowl with their neighbours, Gellyknowe enjoys a private location and would suit a buyer who appreciates the privacy.

“Its 360-degree aspect also makes the house very special and no matter the time of day you can guaranteed the sun hits the building somewhere flooding the rooms with natural light.”

With its 5.2 acres of garden, orchard and paddock, Gellyknowe is also a haven for wildlife. The McConnell family planted 400 metres of hedging which attracts all manner of birds and the property is home to pheasant, partridge, hare and the occasional deer.

Ross continued: “Gellyknowe is a very special place to live and it would be tremendously satisfying to see another family get as much enjoyment and pleasure from living here as we have done over the past two decades. It’s not been an easy decision to sell. However, Carol and have raised our family here and feel it’s the right time to pass it onto new owners.”

Gellyknowe offers elegant and comfortable family accommodation over two storeys. On the ground floor there is a large sitting room with woodburning stoves and space for a dining table and chairs. Off this main public room is a small bedroom which is currently used as an office.

The farmhouse kitchen is large and can accommodate a breakfasting table and chairs. The Shaker-style units are hand painted in cream with polished oak worktops. There is an oil-fired Rayburn cooker and an additional electric oven and hob, twin Belfast-style sinks and a dishwasher. French doors open out to the courtyard.

Off the kitchen is the utility room which has units matching the kitchen including the polished oak worktops. It has an inset Belfast-style sink, a tiled floor and a deep storage cupboard with plumbing for an automatic washing machine and space for a tumble dryer and a fridge freezer. A glazed door opens to the enclosed garden to the side where there is a clothes pole which was specially cast to match the style of the house.

Bedroom four is on the ground floor and has two windows to the front. A ground floor shower room has a white suite comprising WC, wash basin and corner shower with tiling and screening. There is a window to the east and it is timber lined to dado height.

The first floor is accessed by a staircase contained within the turret and has west facing windows at the mid landing.

The master bedroom has conservation skylight windows and a dormer window. There is a built-in wardrobe, a linen cupboard and additional storage space within the eaves. The en suite shower room has a white suite comprising WC, wash basin and a corner shower with full tiling.

The family bathroom has a dormer window overlooking the rear. There is a white suite comprising WC, wash basin and a bath which has a mixer tap shower attachment.

Bedrooms two and three are double rooms each room having a dormer window facing south and a feature window at floor level, a small built-in wardrobe and additional eaves storage.

Outside, there is a double garage plus a chipped courtyard with a turning space and parking for several vehicles. The garage has attic trusses and could also be considered for an attic conversion subject to obtaining the necessary consents.

The French doors from the dining kitchen open out to a stone paved patio area. The courtyard is sheltered with beech hedging where there is an access through to a hedge-enclosed orchard with scattered young fruit trees. This section of the garden continues round to the rear of the garage and sweeps around the north and east sides of the property. Continuing to the south are larger sections of lawn and a number of young trees.

To the side is a fully fenced area surrounded by beech hedging. It has a chipped walkway and the drying green, and gates to the north and south of the property.

The lawned area surround the farmhouse is fully enclosed with gates to the 2.5-acre paddock which has been seeded as a wildflower meadow.

Carl Warden from Bell Ingram said: “Gellyknowe is an exceptional property in an excellent location which enjoys enviable privacy while still being close to the M90 and all the amenities of Kinross. Such has been the level of interest that we expect to close the book on the sale within the next few weeks. Prompt viewing is definitely recommended.”

For more information or to arrange a viewing, contact Carl Warden on 01738 621 121 or email


Article posted on 26/08/2019

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