Steading fit for a king

Illieston Castle
Illieston Castle

The area around Illieston Castle was once the hunting ground of Scottish kings James II and James IV.

Today, very little remains of the 16th century castle but its beautifully converted steading is now on the market at £259,000.

The house forms part of the Illieston home farm steading development, which in 2008 won the Conversion of the Year at the Scottish Home Awards.

Close to the tranquil River Almond, the property is a haven for dog walkers and outdoor enthusiasts, with uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside.

Heading inside, the ground floor bathroom could not be a more relaxing place to scrub off the mud from your walk.

The integrated LCD TV means you can watch your favourite shows while sitting in the jacuzzi bath, all the while enjoying the ambience of the mood lighting.

If, however, you’re in a more sociable mood, the rest of the ground floor is incredibly well suited to entertaining.

The entrance hallway is bright, with plenty of circulation space and leads to an open plan kitchen/dining/living area.

With zoned underfloor heating, deep-recessed windows and nifty preservation of the building’s original stonework, the space has a warm, comfortable feel.

Stylish and contemporary, the RWK German kitchen is replete with fully integrated Meile and Siemens appliances including an induction hob, oven, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer, fridge freezer, granite counter tops and breakfast peninsula.

Completing the ground floor is a spacious double bedroom, currently used as a study.

Ascending the crisp oak and chrome staircase leads you to the upper landing, where you’ll find an elegant master bedroom, fitted with ‘his and her’ double fitted wardrobes as well as a further double bedroom. Both rooms are served by a smart bathroom with a double shower and sleek Porcelanosa tiling.

Despite the rural location of the house, you won’t be left feeling disconnected from local amenities. Close by, Broxburn has a good range of local shops and more extensive high street retailers can be found in Livingston, which is just a little further afield.

Livingston and Bathgate are reachable in 10 and 20 minutes by car respectively and easy access to the M8 and M9 motorway networks ensure swift travel times throughout the central belt.