‘What you are dreaming of, might be closer than you think..’

In this weeks article, we disucss:

‘What you are dreaming of, might be closer than you think..’

While rural and semirural locations remain key drivers for house hunters, enthusiasm for wild swimming and newer sports such as paddleboarding, are evident in the noticeable increase in demand of late for properties close to, or within easy reach of, water, be it freshwater lochs and reservoirs, or the sea.

Perhaps surprisingly, the Central Belt of Scotland caters for both, from the many picturesque villages in and around the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, to Loch Venacher, Port of Menteith (the only significant village on the scenic Lake of Menteith), the town of Kinross, which sits beside Loch Leven, the largest loch in the Scottish Lowlands, not forgetting the Forth and Clyde Canal, and the many smaller lochs and reservoirs liberally dotted around the Ochil Hills, Lomond Hills, and the Carron Valley.

Least known, perhaps, are coastal gems such as Bo’Ness and Blackness, both of which lie on the south bank of the Firth of Forth, which provides superb views across the water to Fife. These truly stunning locations offer all the charm and benefits of small town and village lifestyles close to both open countryside and water, but with excellent connectivity, easy access to major cities and motorways – and, of course, the ability to buy more for your money. Central Scotland’s wonderfully diverse landscape is matched by an equally diverse choice of property styles at much more affordable prices compared to the city suburbs – all the advantages of coastal towns but with an easier commute.



Old School House, Blackness – Offers Over £350,000

OCCUPYING an elevated position within the picturesque village of Blackness, The Old School House is a most attractive two bedroomed detached home with ornately carved bargeboards, expansive wrapround gardens – only a stone’s throw from the shore -and outstanding views of historic Blackness Castle and across the Forth to the Ochil Hills and Fife.

Laid out over one level, the accommodation is accessed via an elongated 24ft sunroom with sliding patio doors onto the garden, wood-floored hall leading to a super-sized 26ft living room with windows on three sides and a log-burning stove, double bedroom (overlooking a charming paved courtyard), and large triple-aspect dining room partially open to an adjoining kitchen, fitted with contemporary units, integrated appliances, wood flooring and rear door to the garden. Finally, off an inner hallway from the living room is a large principal bedroom with built-in wardrobes, views of the castle, and an adjoining, fully tiled shower room. Attractively presented throughout, this home incorporates plenty of storage, including a storeroom off the sunroom, cupboards off both halls, and integrated storage in the shower room.