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St Isidore's is a living testament to the opulence and grace of a bygone era brimming with magnificent features and intricate period details. Originally constructed in the 1800s, believed to be the residence of the esteemed Doctor Kello, the property later underwent a transformation, evolving into a piece of local history becoming St Isidore's in the 1930s, where the original two main public rooms found a purpose as a place of worship. In the 1990s, the chapel was extended, and it stood as a church until recent times.
Approached through a sweeping driveway from Lindsaylands Road, with an additional entrance via Coulter Road, the property commands attention with its period frontage and expansive turning circle sweeping around the lawn to the side. The main entrance is a magnificent experience in itself. The west facing entrance vestibule welcomes you to a world of timeless elegance into an impressive reception hall, adorned with an original fireplace and overmantle. From here, you'll find access to the main public rooms and the hallway, setting the tone for what lies within.
While St Isidore's would benefit from some modernisation, its original charm and character prevail throughout the dwelling. On the ground floor, the fusion of the original south facing public rooms and the later chapel extension (ante room) creates a breathtaking space. Ornate cornicing graces the rooms, and two bay windows offer views to the south. Two fireplaces and a separate vestibule with side access to the chapel further enhance this area. To the rear, a generous store room leads to the garage, while another hallway connects to the cellar and the original butler's pantry, which, in turn, links to the main hallway. On this level, you'll also find the dining room, featuring an original servery connecting to the main hallway and the kitchen quarters. With views to the front and a fireplace, it's an ideal space for entertaining.
The kitchen wing houses a breakfasting kitchen with an adjoining store and pantry. There's also a spacious utility room, connected to the kitchen via a small hall with a porch, granting access to the rear courtyard. Completing this section, you'll discover a convenient shower room and an additional store off the hall.
Two staircases lead to the upper level. The kitchen wing's staircase leads to two bedrooms or sitting rooms, known historically as the "maid's" quarters. The main staircase divides at mid level, with one branch leading to the "maid's" quarters at the rear and the other to the main bedrooms at the front. A stained glass skylight above adds to the home's charm.
The upper landing boasts magnificent arched doorways leading to three south facing bedrooms comprising: the master bedroom, with an ensuite featuring a bath, wash hand basin, and w.c; the second bedroom, a spacious double, also enjoys the southerly aspect; the third bedroom features a fireplace with a stove and connects to a study. The fourth double bedroom faces the front of the house to the west. The upper level is completed by a well appointed bathroom.
Another intriguing facet of the property is the cellar which comprises three rooms.
Externally, the property stands within an extensive plot that stretches from Coulter Road to Lindsaylands Road. The grounds include a steep driveway and a pathway from Coulter Road, along with a sweeping driveway from Lindsaylands. The mature shrubbery and trees create a tranquil atmosphere. A quaint summerhouse graces the lawn to the front. The rear, gated courtyard provides functional access to the garage and outbuildings.
St Isidore's represents a unique opportunity to own a piece of living history. With its rich historical significance and wealth of period features, this remarkable property offers a glimpse into the past while presenting the potential for an exciting future.
Please note that there are also 4 building plots available for purchase.
There is also a separate development opportunity available for sale with permission for four detached family homes - see our website for further details. If you would like to discuss further please do not hesitate to contact our Biggar Office.
As well as offering rural bliss, Biggar is a thriving former market town situated in the Upper Clyde Valley, a stones’ throw from the Scottish Borders. It is well connected to both motorway and major roads being only 30 miles from Edinburgh and has long been a popular commute for those seeking country living within easy access of the city.
Glasgow is less than 50 miles away meaning both cities can be reached in under an hour. The M74 offers easy access south. Biggar offers a regular bus service to Lanark and Edinburgh The nearest railway station is at Lanark with regular trains to Glasgow, and also 9 miles distant at Carstairs Junction where there is a main line rail link to Edinburgh.
The bustling High Street boasts an excellent range of general stores, speciality retail outlets, cafes and restaurants.
Biggar has a Golf Course, Boating Pond and Tennis Courts, along with well-patronised Bowling and Rugby clubs. Whatever your interest there are various clubs and associations ranging from Bridge to Theatre Workshop, Music to Rambling, as well as the prize winning Museum of Biggar and Upper Clydesdale. Biggar also boasts the famous Biggar Puppet Theatre and the popular, family-friendly, Biggar Little Festival which is held in October.
For education, there is a thriving and popular toddler group, as well as both Primary and Secondary Schools.
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