Some reacted with surprise when Glasgow became the only UK destination in the top ten Lonely Planet cities worldwide, but others were already in on the secret: ‘Forget about castles, kilts, bagpipes and tartan,’ the travel firm’s Best in Travel 2009 guide says. ‘You come for the cocktails, cuisine and designer chic (plus the legendary native wit) … Scotland’s biggest city has shaken off its shroud of industrial soot and shimmied into a sparkling new designer gown.’

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A country property within striking distance of the newly rejuvenated centre is Hollybank, in Bothwell. The house is a classically styled stone-built property which has been modernised to the very highest standards, including a fantastic conversion of the original billiards room into a bespoke integrated family kitchen. The interior has been enhanced by sophisticated audio and video systems, although its period charm remains: fireplaces, cornicing and plaster work have all been preserved.

Hollybank has a hall, four reception room, two kitchens, en suite master bedroom and five further bedrooms, utility room, shower room and family bathroom. There is also a detached annexe, a summer house and a hot tub.

Hollybank is set within professionally landscaped grounds which offer a high degree of seclusion in this extremely desirable area, with a superb south facing rear garden which contains decking and mature planted trees.

Just ten miles from Glasgow city centre and 17 miles from the airport transport connections are excellent.

The guide price is in excess of £950,000. For further information please telephone Savills in Glasgow on 0141 222 5875 or visit www.savills.co.uk.

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