CGC tasked with bringing much-loved “B-listed” villa in a unique setting back to life as family home

October 11 2021

A unique Victorian property with a rich botanical heritage is to be given a new lease of life as a restored family home.

“The Lynn” – impressively set in a lush botanic gardens at Cove on the Rosneath peninsula beyond Helensburgh – will recapture its former elegance in a sensitive restoration by City Gate Construction.

The Victorian mansion with seven bedrooms – which has fallen into disrepair in recent years – has a new owner who has tasked CGC with turning it back into a stylish property which preserving its stunning architectural appeal.

The B-listed property is a well known local landmark set in three acres having been lovingly developed by former owner Dr Jim Taggart who died in 2019 – 50 years after he began work on creating the breathtaking gardens.

Dr Taggart’s contribution to nature cannot be underestimated. Lynn Botanic gardens are a haven for around 4000 plant species and are widely regarded as an ecological marvel. Many of the plants were brought to Scotland to flourish from overseas.
When it was put on the market, the estate agents Savills which has a well-earned reputation for excellence in the property field said: “Built of stone and slate over two floors the floorplans depict a magnificent seven-bedroom house with period features and huge character, waiting to be resurrected by a new owner.
“Wooden staircases, bow and bay windows, ornate cornicing and intricate stained glass windows can all be found intact within the house and form the basis of this outstanding property.
“Generous reception rooms and bright bedrooms are equally in abundance with a good balance of bedroom and bathrooms to form the perfect family home.
The new owner’s identify has not been disclosed and CGC – based in Linwood, Renfrewshire – has now begun work. Given the sensitive and delicate nature of the restoration, the work will take several months to complete.

Dave Palmer, Commercial Director at CGC, said: “We recognise the importance of this iconic home not just in its architectural merit but in the biodiversity which the gardens offer.

“We will ensure this restoration to a family home will be undertaken with great care for our client with the exacting attention to detail which CGC applies to all our work.

“This outstanding home will once again recapture its Victorian splendour and CGC is proud to be playing our part in this unique undertaking.”