Gargunnock House started life as a fortified tower house in the turbulent times before 1700. Gradually as times became more peaceful and prosperous the house was enlarged, a garden laid out and a park located round the house.
Three wings were added to the house in the 1700’s. The final addition being made in 1794 when the existing drawing room was formed and the Georgian façade created . The stable yard and carriage houses were added at about the same time.
The front door leads into the entrance hall with doors leading off to the boiler/drying room, a toilet and access to the main part of the house through the games room. This room has, as have all the rooms on the ground floor, a very low ceiling with the principal rooms of the house being located above on the first floor. A fully equipped ping pong table is in the games room which was originally used as a receiving room for guests visiting the house.
Taking the only other door out of the games room and you will find yourself at the bottom of the main staircase of the house. This stair connects the principal rooms of the ground, first and second floors.
Ascend the stairs to the first floor and three doors lead off the landing into the drawing room, dining room and sitting room. The drawing room is a part of the last section of the house to be built and was added in 1794. The dining room is hung with portraits of many of Miss Viola Stirling’s (the last Stirling to live in Gargunnock) forebears and has ornate cornicing and other enrichments on the ceiling. The large dining room table which can seat up to 18 people dominates the room along with the mounted animal heads that hang on the walls. Between the drawing and dining rooms and accessed from them both, lie the small library and Miss Stirling’s bedroom. At the other end of the dining room a door leads to a passage off which you will find the Kitchen and a further bedroom and bathroom. Two small doors on this floor, off the two passageways that lead from the dining room, provide access to the tight circular stairs that lead to the second and third floors where the other bedrooms and bathrooms are situated.
Second and Third Floors
Because the ceiling heights of the first floor are so different, a result of the many additions that were made over the years this part of the house is difficult to describe. The three staircases that lead to these floors end up on different levels. Two of the bedrooms, accessed off the southern of the two circular staircases do not interconnect with any other part of the house and whilst the other two staircases do connect they do so only through an intricate web of passages and steps. Go and explore – though make sure you do not miss the bedroom with the wonderfully painted panelling in it. There are 6 more bedrooms and four bathrooms scattered over these two floors.
Much of the furniture and many pictures, mirrors, light fittings and rugs are those left by Viola Stirling when the house was passed onto the trustees after her death. The drawing room and sitting room both have open hearth fires which can be used by guests in the house.