9 October 2010

Hidden rural gem nestling in the heart of Central Scotland

Country living within sight of bright city lights is usually no more than a dream for many house hunters.

However, a boutique development of affordable yet luxurious properties nestling in the gateway to Perthshire could hold the key to striking the perfect lifestyle balance.

The Beeches in Greenloaning, an exclusive development of 11 detached properties just  10  minutes north of Stirling, is set to offer stylish and modern living within the setting of a traditional country village.

The development director of Westpoint Homes, says: ‘Greenloaning and its neighbouring village of Braco, are a well kept secret especially among commuters to Glasgow, Edinburgh and even London who want to enjoy the best that country living has to offer without compromising the benefits of city amenities.

‘What we have brought to Greenloaning is a beautiful collection of contemporary four and five bedroom homes but with a very traditional look and feel. The Beeches has been designed to become a village within a village, attractive to couples and families alike who will quickly become an integral part of an already bustling little community.’

The villages of Greenloaning and Braco are renowned for their five star primary schools, each located within minutes of the development. Visitors travel from far and wide to eat at the villages’ equally renowned Allan Bank Hotel and Frog and Thistle gastro-pub, both child friendly and offering hearty and tasty food throughout the week.

Easily one of the most accessible country villages in central Scotland, Greenloaning is situated within easy reach of the A9 motorway, providing direct access to Edinburgh and Glasgow within  45  minutes, Dunblane and Bridge of Allan just  under  10 minutes and Perth just  15  minutes north. Crieff lies just 20 minutes east of the development.

For those in the pursuit of ultimate country luxury, the five-star Gleneagles Hotel and Country Club just 10 minutes away in the village of Auchterarder has something for everyone, from golfing, horse riding and shooting, through to unrivalled gym, leisure and family facilities – not to mention fine dining at the acclaimed Michelin star Andrew Fairlie restaurant.

A wealth of family attractions also lie on the development’s doorstep, from Auchingarroch Wildlife Centre just 20 minutes away in nearby Comrie to Blairdrummond Safari Park, The Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle.

Outdoor types will also be in their element with the abundance of cycle paths and country riverside walkways, both in and around the village itself and within easy driving distance of popular tourist routes to The Trossachs, Pitlochry and The Highlands.

For winter sports enthusiasts, skiing and snowboarding heaven lies  just  over an hour  north in the ski resort at Glenshee.

The development director continues: ‘Greenloaning offers a lifestyle that’s very hard to find. It’s a dream development for those in pursuit of the perfect work-life balance, a true compromise between country and city that offers the best of both.’

Prices at Greenloaning start from £295,000.