A FORMER historic estate studded with brooding ruins in Elderslie is up for sale.

Leethland Estate, which extends across eight-and-a-half rolling acres of mossy and mature trees, has been brought to market by agents Baird Lumsden for offers over £175,000.

While its buildings are now in a state of terminal dilapidation, it is surrounded by open countryside and fringed on two sides by the Patrick Water.

The only remaining structures at Leethland are the remains of a once-grand estate house built in the 1930s which ran to 21 rooms, a ruined lodge house and the remnants of what was once a gardener’s cottage.

The estate was bought in 1931 by wealthy coal exporter James McMurchy Greenlees and his wife Grace McFarlane Darling.

Mr Greenlees was related to the J&P Coats dynasty that helped to put Paisley on the map in the 19th century by selling thread across the world.

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The rambling estate house, in a L-shaped plan, was built by respected Paisley architect Harry Cook.

Leethland was previously listed but this was removed by Historic Scotland in 2019.

According to Baird Lumsden, it is not the subject of any biodiversity or landscape designations but does contain many mature trees, which may limit the scope of development on the site.

A spokesperson for Baird Lumsden told The Gazette: “Because the site is in the greenbelt, this also limits its development prospects.

“However, as a previously developed site, it does have potential and the extent of this can be discussed with Renfrewshire Council or by contacting Paul Houghton, director of planning at DM Hall.”

Anyone who would like more information about the sale should call Jennifer Campbell on 01786 833800 or send an email to Jennifer.Campbell@dmhbl.co.uk.