1 Helenslee Road, Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire, G82 4AN

Offers over


5 2 4


·       Substantial Victorian Detached House.

·       Five bedrooms, approximately 2,850ft2 (265m2).

·       Four public rooms, kitchen, large laundry, and ancillary rooms.

·       Generous garden, about 0.8 aces.

·       Investment required to upgrade.

·       In the Kirktonhill district, close by Levengrove Park.

Kirktonhill is a Conservation Area of Dumbarton and is home to the town’s most substantial period homes – built largely in the 19th Century by the wealthy Commercial and Shipping Merchants of the day, drawn to the location due to its high point in the town, close to the waters of the Firth of Clyde and beside the expanses of Levengrove Park.

This Victorian Stone Detached Villa has been in the ownership of our client, and family, for many decades and has served generations of the family. As clients will see from our imagery, and note from the commentary in the Home Report, the subjects are dated and will require investment to modernise in order to bring to a standard appropriate for modern living.  That said, a commensurate accommodation has been made on price to allow the purchaser the necessary scope to undertake the programme of works required to renovate the house to a home of their style, specification, and budget and, in so doing, add value.

It sits proudly at the top of its generous garden (some 0.8 acres), with south-easterly and south-westerly aspects, on a corner plot with Helenslee Road and Kirkton Road, delineated to this boundary by a fine original stone wall, behind which is natural screening by way of laurels.

In its day this really would have been a grand house with its high ceilings, ornate cornicing (retained), panelled doors, fireplaces and staircase and surely can again for its next custodian.


Entrance Vestibule; Reception Hall and rear Hallway; traditional Cloakroom, off which is a WC compartment; bow windowed Sitting Room with a painted (marble – we suspect) fireplace; Dining Room with ornate hand carved fireplace in oak (living flame gas fire not tested); Living Room with painted wooden fireplace; Family room/Playroom; a traditional Kitchen with very old units and open wall shelves; good sized Laundry/Utility Room with two Belfast sinks; Larder with cooling slate shelf; Store/Boiler Room; Pantry’s/Stores; Bathroom (1980’s vintage suite including shower enclosure).


Five Bedrooms – includes what would originally have been the first floor Drawing Room, now the Principal Bedroom. This room has, in part, been partitioned to create Bedroom 5 (Dressing Room).  [Note:  There are two sets of Bedrooms with inter-connecting doors]; Bathroom with white suite.


Accessed via a door with a set of wooden ‘ladder stairs’ beside the kitchen.  Stone floor and walls (great place for wines!).


Single Garage (stone and breezeblock) accessed off Kirkton Road.  Attached to this, running along the inside of the northerly wall are two ‘open’ Stores and a Tool Shed.


Mains gas with quite a modern Worcester Greenstar 40CDi conventional condensing boiler.


Sizeable grounds of approximately 0.8 acres lying mainly to the front (southeast) and side (east) of the property, under grass. There are many mature bushes, including rhododendrons, and trees at the foot and south westerly side of the plot. A curving gravel drive comes off Helenslee Road to the front of the house. Boundaries are defined by the stone wall to Helenslee Road and Kirkton Road and to the south westerly boundary by a post and wire fence.


Dumbarton was once the capital of the Ancient Kingdom of Strathclyde and dates to the 5th Century. Dumbarton Rock and its Castle are the town’s landmark with the rock a two peak volcanic plug set at the confluence of the Clyde and the Leven Rivers. The Castle was where Mary Queen of Scots set off as a child to France in 1548.

Dumbarton was famed for both whisky and for ship building and indeed it was two Ship Building Families who gifted the wonderful Levengrove Park to the folk of the town. The world-famous Clipper, the Cutty Sark, so now finely featured in drydock at Greenwich was built in Dumbarton in 1869 by the Scott and Linton Yard.

Dumbarton is still a bustling town with a very strong sense of community. It has extensive local services and facilities and an excellent selection of shops. It affords a first-class base to commute to Glasgow City and indeed further afield with the A82 providing an easy 19-mile commute to Glasgow Centre.  Glasgow Airport is only 13 miles away, over the Erskine Bridge. There are three Railway Stations in the town providing regular and speedy links on the North Clyde line into Glasgow’s Queen Street Station as well as services through to Edinburgh Waverley. Leisure interests are well catered for with Sandpoint Marina on the River Leven and a short drive away, at Balloch, magnificent Loch Lomond. For golfers there are the excellent Cardross and The Carrick (on Loch Lomond) Golf Courses and the world-renowned Loch Lomond Golf Club at Luss. Walks, both low level and hill, abound with miles of the National Cycle Routes readily accessible. Water sports are available on the Clyde and Loch Lomond.


EPC Band: E

Siobhan Cox


Rettie Bearsden

0141 943 3150



Selling Agents:

Rettie Bearsden
165 Milngavie Road
G61 3DY

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By appointment through Rettie Bearsden,
165 Milngavie Road, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G61 3DY
Telephone 0141 943 3150



Fixtures and Fittings:

Only items specifically mentioned in the particulars of sale are included in the sale price.


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