Stillwater : Traditional Materials With Modern Building Technology

S tilwater is set in approximately 6.39 acres of mature grounds and formal garden s on the edge of Killearn, a charming village in West S...

Stilwater is set in approximately 6.39 acres of mature grounds and formal gardens on the edge of Killearn, a charming village in West Stirlingshire. This is a Grand Design set in over 6 acres with private loch. It was designed by McInnes Gardner Architects and was completed in 2006 and received recent acclaim on channel 4's Grand Designs. Formed over two levels and built under a slate roof, this innovative contemporary home cleverly marries traditional materials with new modern building technology. It is constructed to a specification rarely seen in this country. It features floor to ceiling glass in the main apartments and a terrace which cleverly wraps itself around the ground floor.The kitchen is designed and manufactured in Germany by FORMAT. The mood lighting system allows for programmable sequences through the home whilst the integral sound system (SONOS system) allows for music in the principal apartments. Of particular note is the cantilevered glass staircase. Throughout the house there is polished American walnut flooring. 

The reception hallway is open plan with the dining area, kitchen and lounge. It has an innovative glass staircase with open risers ascending to the first floor. A change in level defines the dining area which has French doors opening to the terrace. Steps descend into the double height lounge which has a contemporary open fireplace and two sets of French doors opening to the terrace and the front garden.

The kitchen has black high gloss finish units at wall and counter levels incorporating hob, two drawer dishwasher, oven, microwave/grill and plate warmers, all by Miele, and an American style Amana fridge and freezer. The adjacent utility room has units at wall and counter level and is plumbed for washing machine. Doors lead to a WC and a decked terrace. Steps descend from the kitchen into the sitting room which is separated from the kitchen by an impressive aquarium. The sitting room has a free standing corner wood burning stove. A bedroom with en suite shower room, walk in store and WC/washroom complete the ground floor accommodation.

Upstairs are four bedrooms, three of which have en suite facilities. The upper hallway has a gallery overlooking the reception hallway and drawing room. The master bedroom, with a floor to ceiling glass wall overlooking the private loch, is of particular note. There are two walk in dressing rooms and an en suite bathroom which is semi open plan to the bedroom. It has a Jacuzzi whirlpool bath, wet room shower, twin glass wash hand basins, sauna and separate WC.
Outside, Stilwater is equally as impressive, with a wrap around terrace at ground floor level and a substantial terrace off the master suite on the first floor. Electric gates open to the gravel driveway which sweeps towards the house and offers parking space for a number of cars. On either side of the driveway are beautiful manicured lawns.
To the south side of the house is a level lawn and to the east and north of the house is a private loch. The loch covers some 2.5 acres and is stocked with rainbow trout.


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