If you have over a million pounds to spare you could buy yourself a beautiful historic house and grounds.
Boquhan House and Estate, which is set in unspoilt countryside between the villages of Balfron and Killearn, is on the market with Savills Glasgow estate agent at offers over £1,175,0000.
Also known as Boquhan Old House, the Category B listed building dates from 1784. The 1897 publication Strathendrick and its inhabitants from early times”, by John Guthrie Smith, reveals that the lands known as Meikle Boquhan had been in the ownership of the Buchanans of Boquhan since at least the early 17th century.
The present house would have been built for Thomas Buchanan, seventh of Boquhan, who succeeded his father Hugh in 1761. A writer in Glasgow, and Procurator-Fiscal to the Commissary of Hamilton and Campsie, he died unmarried in 1803 and left a will which made his third sister, Elizabeth, his heir, as “he favoured her, and she had kept his house for many years.
The house may have been the work of the architect David Henderson, whose son John designed the Assembly Rooms on Edinburgh’s George Street. It was extended around 1900 with the addition of the offset east wing.
It is described in The Buildings of Scotland: Stirling and Central Scotland by John Gifford and Frank Arniel Walker as “’archetypal” of the smaller country house of the later 18th century “simple five-bay, two storeyed houses, most skew gabled with a pedimented façade and a central doorway leading directly to a stair at the rear.’” Lacking only a roofline pediment, Boquhan House conforms almost exactly to this description. The sundial at the front of Boquhan House is a registered monument.