Not only can it allow a large family to have their own space, with five bedrooms and five public rooms, Ochil View is surrounded by a beautifully landscaped garden to relax in – complete with a hot tub, putting green and a football pitch, and its crowning glory, a separate garden pavilion with its own bar.
However, the property is just as well set up to provide larger-scale entertaining space once stay-at-home restrictions ease, according to owners of Ochil View, Ryder Cup-winning golfer Stephen Gallacher and his wife. wife, Helen, who bought 15 years ago.
The couple are both from Bathgate, but appreciate the property’s location – just a mile from Linlithgow station, convenient for the capital and Glasgow, and 11 miles from Edinburgh Airport.
Helen explains: “The schools are great and they are close to Kingsfield Golf Centre, where Stephen trains, about a three minute drive.
Ochil View was built 20 years ago by Stewart Homes, one of only four on a quiet cul-de-sac.
The Gallachers have completed three major projects since moving in, as well as replacing the kitchen more than once, most recently in the past year.
Helen recalls, “We first converted the double garage into a gym and fitted an office above.”
She manages the accounts for her husband and their charity, the Stephen Gallacher Foundation, which supports young golfers, which has given the couple a designated business space separate from family life.
Their next project was a double-height extension to one side of the house, which added a dining room with direct access to the outdoor patio via folding sliding doors and a bedroom above.
The outdoor area leads to the garden pavilion, the Gallachers’ latest project – completed by chance the year before lockdown.
Helen admits: “We found the right moment. It has the feel of a pub so during lockdown it was a bit like going out when we weren’t able to. Stephen and our son, Jack, also watch football together.
“It’s been a fantastic addition and definitely saves the house from getting dirty now that we can have people again.”
The lodge has a shower room and storage room and next door is a putting green – created by Stephen for home practice.
The land to the rear of the plot is also used for sports, but provides convenient parking when the Gallachers have larger gatherings, and Helen points out that it has access from the road and garden, so it could be suitable for a family with a pony or cattle. At half an acre, it’s an impressive piece of land to attach to a home that isn’t rural.
The interior decor is neutral to suit the minimalist tastes of the Gallachers and to make the most of the natural light that enters. The central vertical window at the front of the house, which illuminates the glass staircase, is a highlight.
The new kitchen is by Linlithgow-based Kutchenhaus and leads into a dining and living room, forming a relaxed family space. In addition, there is a cinema room and another living room, as well as a more formal dining room, one wall of which opens onto the garden.
Upstairs, five bedrooms, three bathrooms and two dressing rooms, both fully equipped with bespoke storage shelves.
Ochil View was designed and tailored to be practical with an enviable spread of purposes – whether it’s working, exercising, watching a movie or enjoying a leisurely drink.
Helen says, “That means we can keep it really tidy. When you are a professional sportsman, you have to be so organized, punctual and relaxed, otherwise it could impact your work.
It is an easy to manage house and the garden is also low maintenance but very attractive with mature shrubs and trees, lit by pretty garden lights and surrounded by a wall.
The Gallachers planted selectively for additional screening both to maintain their privacy and to keep the family dog – a cockerpoo called Smudge – safe. Electric gates mean the property is fully fenced.
With their daughter, Ellie, leaving for college, Stephen and Helen return to Bathgate to be closer to their extended family.
However, the couple really made the most of the luxury of the space at Ochil View. Helen says: “Last month we had 70 people for Ellie’s 18th, and we’ve had several parties over the years.
“I think there is a danger that our friends and family will be missed at home as much as we are.”
Ochil View, near Linlithgow, West Lothian, has deals in excess of £1.1m.
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