Historic house goes under the hammer - once again

boclair house
boclair house

ONE oF Bearsden’s most iconic buildings is back on the market - with a closing date for offers of October 19.

Boclair House on Milngavie Road was originally put on the market in January this year for £1.5 million with DM Hall Chartered Surveyors appointed as the selling agent.

The former East Dunbartonshire Council building - a magnificent red sandstone Tudor Gothic mansion - is Category B listed, and it has been a local landmark and an aesthetic treasure since it was built by the Buchanan sisters of Bellfield in 1890.

Mr Graeme Todd, partner at DM Hall, said: “Its delightful landscaped gardens to the front are a favourite spot in spring for wedding photographs as the mature trees are covered in thick drifts of white and pink cherry blossom.

“Sitting in 3.3 acres of ground, the two-storey building boasts a castellated tower, and squared side towers but its most distinguishing feature is a series of arches to the front, creating a covered walk reminiscent of Italian cloisters.”

The 12,690 sq ft property, at the bottom of Boclair hill, was assumed by Bearsden Burgh in 1962 and has been used since then as council offices, latterly by East Dunbartonshire Council, which is selling it off.

Grace Irvine, head of assets and property services said, “The council has taken the decision to re-market Boclair House and additional guidance is being made available to all prospective bidders.

“This will enable officers to compare and assess all bids and make a suitable recommendation to council on a preferred bidder.”

Originally called Buchanan Retreat, the mansion was built from legacies left by three sisters, the Misses Buchanan of Bellfield in Ayrshire, who wished to provide for poorer members of the Buchanan clan in their declining years.

The restriction to those of the Buchanan name was eventually removed and it became a home for elderly men until the town council acquired the property and it was opened as the Municipal Buildings by Princess Margaret and her husband Lord Snowdon in 1962.

The rear section of the site, which also has potential for redevelopment, contains two semi-detached bungalows and garage premises, which are vacant, plus an area of woodland.

Interested parties should contact Graeme Todd, Agency and Commercial Investment Partner in the Glasgow North office of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors, 14 Newton Place, Glasgow G3 7PY.

For more information, phone 0141 332 8615 or e-mail Graeme.todd@dmhall.co.uk