9 March 2011

Rawcliffe Reborn

Spectacular one-off homes created at historic Glasgow site

Where historic spaces and contemporary living combine seamlessly

Home buyers looking for a unique home set in an unrivalled environment will shortly have an opportunity to lay down roots within Rawcliffe Estate’s historic walled gardens as Westpoint Homes get set to launch their latest project in Langside.

The development sees the careful restoration and conversion of a landmark Grade-B listed residence built during Glasgow’s Victorian heyday. Situated at the heart of the 3-acre Rawcliffe Estate on leafy Mansionhouse Road, Rawcliffe House will be converted into 13 exceptional 2 & 3-bedroom apartments, with a further 24 new build apartments and a small collection of mews homes completing the portfolio.

Rawcliffe House was originally built as a private villa for Alexander Bannatyne Stewart, his beloved wife and their extensive family at the height of his success as a notable Glasgow merchant. Bannatyne Stewart spared no expense in enlisting esteemed architect John Burnet (whose work on some of Victorian Glasgow’s finest buildings is still celebrated today) to design his home in an area distinguished for its wealth and stately residences.

A well known lover of the arts, Bannatyne Stewart incorporated many beautiful features into Rawcliffe House, including decorative motifs, elaborate stained glass windows, recessed towers and carved figurative panels. His home also boasted an extensive library and large picture gallery which he used to display his many artworks and rare artefacts. Rawcliffe House is, in fact, a work of art in itself.

In 1918, Rawcliffe House became a monastery with the Order of Carmelite nuns occupying it for some 90 years. Now, Westpoint Homes are restoring and recapturing the splendour of the magnificent building.  Each apartment within Rawcliffe House will maintain as much of the original opulent period detail as possible. The homes will be further enhanced by a carefully chosen, sophisticated range of fixtures and fittings which will compliment the historic spaces within.  Buyers will be offered two distinct design styles to choose from, to allow them the freedom to customise their prestigious property. ‘Traditional’ or ‘Contemporary’ themes can be chosen; or a mix of both!

The new build apartments however will be cutting-edge in the truest sense, albeit with room proportions echoing those within the older house.  Westpoint Homes will  be providing above average storage provision, 2 walk in showering facilities, 4-piece master en-suites, wardrobe provision in every bedroom, and elevators in all new build apartment blocks despite these blocks only spanning 4-storeys.  The new build apartments will all be 3-bedroom en suite with all ground floor apartments enjoying a private garden/patio area and the penthouses featuring terraces to take full advantage of the extraordinary vistas on offer.

The 19th century garden plan which nestles within the estate will provide an abundance of green space with over 30 specimens of trees, cultivated over decades, retained.  The majority of homes will also enjoy super views to the countryside. Bustling Langside and nearby Newlands, Battlefield and Shawlands also provide a vibrant community atmosphere, with restaurants, cafes, bars and quirky independent shops marrying with easy access to the city centre and motorway network.

Prices at Rawcliffe House will start from £225,000. The new build apartments will start from £237,500.  For more information, call 0800 587 0222.  A sales suite on the site will be open from Saturday 5th March (7 days a week) from 11am to 530pm