Birkhill, 10 Dixon Drive, Kirktonhill, Dumbarton, G82 4AR

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  • Stunning Semi-Detached Conversion of Victorian villa.
  • Three Bedrooms, two Public Rooms, Bathroom, two Shower Rooms.
  • Super Dining Kitchen, Utility Room and Boot Room.
  • Beautifully decorated, significantly modernised.
  • Gas CH, part double glazed, particularly generous garden.
  • In the Conservation Area of Kirktonhill.
  • Nearby the wonderful Levengrove Park and River Clyde.
  • Within walking distance of town centre and approximately 5 miles from Loch Lomond.

Birkhill is a hugely impressive, and beautifully presented, traditional home.  Forming part of a substantial Victorian sandstone house it is a two storey Conversion providing, in essence, a semi-detached home. It was converted some considerable time ago. It has a lovely, sweeping, gravel driveway winding through a particularly generous, well established, private, and essentially level garden that backs on to the Courts of Kirktonhill Tennis Club.

Our clients acquired the house in 2015 and since then have transformed the property with an interior design of great taste and style, and a significant degree of investment. The result is this gorgeous and quite unique three bedroomed home. For those interested, our clients had planning consent granted for a single storey side and rear extension, this has now lapsed.

Little has been untouched – mostly rewired, new high-efficiency Atag gas central heating system (serviced under a maintenance contract), replastering of walls and ceilings, the commissioning of superb new plaster ceiling cornice work and ceiling roses, an impressive kitchen (2018) with integrated appliances, smart contemporary utility room (with boot room off) and, in 2021, two newly installed shower rooms and a bathroom, all to a superb standard. In the lounge the original marble fireplace was refurbished and features the luxury of a wood burning stove. Decoratively the subjects are beautifully presented (see imagery) and flooring is high quality – includes Amtico and luxury vinyl tile, Karndean, gorgeous ceramic tiling and a single tone coloured carpet. All-in-all, superb.

The house is in the highly regarded Kirktonhill Conservation of Dumbarton, 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. 


Traditional entrance porch glazed on two sides and with a timber front door with a glazed inner door to Hall; Reception Hall with staircase, discreet cloaks area and painted wall panelling on two walls; Hallway running off to the Utility Room and a TV Room/Snug, the hallway featuring a  window seat with storage; Lounge – a fine traditional room with double aspect and featuring the aforementioned marble fireplace, picture rail, ceiling cornicing and centre rose, storage cupboard and display alcove; Dining Kitchen set off Lounge, this is a delightful space with two framed window to the side facing east with kitchen units by Wren in a contemporary tone with lovely quartz worktops, stainless steel sink and ‘Metro’ tiling above the work surfaces.  Integrated appliances include a four-burner gas hob, double oven with grill, cooker hood, concealed fridge freezer, concealed dishwasher, and built-in recycling bins. Again, this room has picture rail, renewed cornicing and centre rose; TV Room/Snug – this would also make a great Home Office and features side window plus a set of PVCu double glazed French doors to the rear garden.  Living flame coal effect gas stove; modern fitted Utility Room with matt grey coloured units and smart grey solid composite worktops.  Here there are quality appliances (washing machine and tumble dryer) by Miele; Boot Room off the Utility with back door and glazed rooflight; compact Shower Room with a cleverly designed combination WC/Cloaks wash hand basin and a shower enclosure with a thermostatic shower featuring both deluge and hand shower heads. Heated chrome towel rail.


A return flight staircase ascends to an upper Hall and Hallway which has three sets of windows, one to the east and two to the west; Bedroom 1 – a large main Bedroom set above the lounge with again a double aspect providing glimpses to the River Clyde. Picture rail and ceiling cornice and a fitted cupboard/wardrobe; Shower Room adjacent to Bedroom 1 - this is a beautifully fitted and equipped contemporary Shower Room with white suite, black fitments including a black coloured heated towel rail and a gorgeous marble style floor and wall tile. The shower enclosure is oversized and features a wet room style floor drain and it has a thermostatic shower with deluge and hand shower heads. Above the wash hand basin is a quadruple-width mirrored vanity cabinet; two further Double Bedrooms both with picture rails and with Bedroom 2 featuring an original fire surround (painted); Bathroom – a superbly finished and equipped contemporary bathroom suite with, again marble style floor and wall tiles. It has a WC, wash hand basin and a superbly designed bath area ‘boxed in’ with quartz side panel and surface surround. There is brass effect ironmongery/fitments and a very smart brass style heated towel rail.

Central heating is gas and as detailed earlier is under an annual service contract with Atag. Many of the windows retain the original single glazed sash and case windows but there are some replacement double glazed sash and case style windows upstairs.


The initial introduction to the property is via stone gate piers with a lovely sweeping gravel driveway leading through a fine front garden and on to the side of the house where there is ample car parking, a pathway to the front door and a sheltered area of side garden. There are lawned areas to front, side and rear. Mature trees and shrubs for privacy and boundary walls in stone and brick.


Dumbarton was once the ancient capital of the 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 River Clyde and the River Leven. Historically, the Castle was where Mary Queen of Scots set off as a child to France in 1548.

Dumbarton was famed both for 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 finally featured in dry dock at Greenwich was built in Dumbarton in 1869 by the Scott Linton Yard.

Dumbarton is still a bustling town with a very strong sense of community. It sits on the banks of the River Clyde but is just over 5 miles from the beautiful expanses of Loch Lomond and the stunning peaks that surround it. It has extensive local services and facilities and an excellent selection of shops, including the St James Retail Park. It provides 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 and westbound to the coastal town of Helensburgh. 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 excellent courses at Cardross and the Carrick (on Loch Lomond) along with the world-renowned Loch Lomond golf Club at Luss. Cameron House Hotel and Spa, with its private leisure club is but a ten-minute drive away. Walks, both low level and high, abound with miles of national cycle routes readily accessible.


EPC Band: E

Siobhan Cox


Rettie Bearsden

0141 943 3150


Selling Agents:

Rettie Bearsden
165 Milngavie Road
G61 3DY

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165 Milngavie Road, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G61 3DY
Telephone 0141 943 3150



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