Over 100 years old and named after the wild cherry trees in its grounds, Gean House is a peaceful place. With its solid walls and warm panelling, generous fireplaces and tall windows the house embraces its visitors and breathes Edwardian comfort.
History of a family home
Alexander P Forrester-Paton, grandson of the founder of Paton & Baldwin’s woollen empire that was later to span the globe set up home with his wife Jean Fotheringham, and their four children, Alexander, Ella, John and Ernest in Alloa.
When his first son Alexander was married in 1912, he commissioned William Kerr (1866-1940) to design Gean House as a wedding present. Mr Kerr was a local architect who was also responsible for designing the extension to Paton and Baldwins office in Alloa in 1936 and Cochrane Hall in 1929 among other notable properties in the area.
When the house was built it was at the forefront of technology with its gas ignition open fires, perfectly designed and balanced central heating, large airy kitchens and was one of the first homes in the area with telephones. Cars were garaged at South Lodge in Claremont. The house contained its own fire hydrant system and even had a fire engine and deep-water cistern in the potting sheds of the walled garden. Softer and less formal than a grand Victorian mansion, it bears all the distinctive features of Arts & Crafts design. The love and care that went into every smallest detail is still present in the quiet luxury of the rooms, in the seclusion and tranquillity of the garden and grounds. It's a romantic building whose lines echo those of its natural surroundings, the wooded grounds and nearby Ochil Hills.
The Paton family were regarded as generous benefactors in the town of Alloa, where they provided funding for a significant range of public building projects including the town hall, public libraries, a school, a swimming pool and a gymnasium.
In 1951 the family gifted the house and gardens to the Scottish Temperance Alliance which used it as a Bible Study Centre for thirty years.
Gean House then lay empty for a number of years until it was gradually brought back to life as a Country House Hotel through a series of different owners.
A new dawn for Gean House
Current owners, Ceteris (Scotland) Ltd, operate Gean House as a successful and award-winning Wedding and Conference Venue, including a fully refurbished self-catering lodge in the grounds.
Gean House is a celebrated wedding venue and from the ceremony to dining and through onto the reception, our team make sure each wedding day is truly spectacular. This ensures the bride and her family have the freedom to relax and enjoy the day knowing that our efficient and friendly team will ensure everything runs smoothly from start to finish.
With tailored day and residential conferences, Gean House provides cost effective businesses packages for up to 100 delegates. Companies that hold their conference or training day in the luxurious Gean House can be assured of the peaceful tranquillity, award-winning customer service and innovative catering that allows their team to focus on the matters in hand.
2014 WINNER - Wedding Venue of the Year (South East) at The Scottish Wedding Awards.
2016 WINNER - Excellence in Customer Service Award at The Clackmannanshire Business Awards.
2017 WINNER - Most Desirable Wedding Venue of the Year (Offering packages under £6000) at the Confetti Wedding Awards.
2017 WINNER - Most Impressive Employee of the Year awarded to Francesca Hollinshead at The Clackmannanshire Business Awards.
Gean House is a wonderful Grade A listed country house located in its own fully landscaped private grounds on the edge of Alloa, Clackmannanshire and has been modernised to meet the demands of 21st Century guests.
Clackmannanshire lies between the majestic Ochil Hills and the River Forth and Gean House provides the perfect year-round base to discover the stunning countryside, rich history, medieval castles, tower houses, golf courses, shopping and lesiure activities. Gean House is centrally located with excellent transport links for travel right across Scotland.
Alloa Train Station: 1 mile Stirling: 6 miles Gleneagles: 21 miles
Glasgow: 31 miles Edinburgh: 34 miles Perth: 35 miles
For further information about Gean House or to enquire about availability, call 01259 226400 or email email@example.com.