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Cuil House, Cairndow, Argyll
PA26 8BL
4 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
3 receptions

Property Type:

Detached
Offers Over £425,000

Property Summary

An extremely pretty country house over three levels on an elevated situation overlooking mountains and glens at the head of Loch Fyne.

Property Description

Description
Cuil House is an immediately appealing and distinctive detached house of white painted smooth render finish under slated roof. The house has well-balanced and well-proportioned architecture and its internal layout provides really characterful family accommodation laid out over three light, bright and easy to run levels. The house is of typical West Scottish Highland style and many of the original features of the house have been preserved, all of which combine to create a most comfortable home in a situation of great natural scenic beauty.

On arrival at Cuil House, a long inviting driveway fringed with trees leads to a gravel sweep and vehicular turning and hard standing area in front of the house. A stained glass oak door leads to the entrance vestibule and into the reception hallway. A cloaks/WC is at the rear of the hallway and off to the sides are a boot room, comfortable morning/music room with log burning stove and a study.

At the rear is a dining kitchen with exposed natural stone walls, deep Belfast china sink, granite worktops and a racing green coloured Aga cooker with a utility room off.

The staircase is a feature at Cuil House with its iron risers and turned hardwood banister leading to the first floor to a main bathroom, drawing room and bedrooms 1 and 2.

The staircase continues to the second floor to bedrooms 3 and 4 and a stylish wc and wet shower room.

Outbuildings
In the gardens at Cuil House is a steading comprising a potting shed, old tack room, general purpose barn/garage/workshop and a log store. Planning permission was in place (now lapsed) to develop the steading into an artist's studio with self-catering accommodation (Planning reference number: 08/00450/COU)

Gardens
Surrounding the property there are garden grounds that are mainly laid to lawn. The lawns are sprinkled with a range of trees and saplings together with colourful rhododendron and hydrangea bushes; extensive spring bulbs flourish throughout.   The grounds are sheltered and protected on the eastern side by a strip of mixed conifers and deciduous trees. The lawns continue round to the front of the property where there is a gravel surface driveway, turning and hard standing area. The driveway is flanked by a stocked herbaceous bed which leads down onto a further lower lawn with assorted shrub and bush plants. To the western side are steeper grounds which feature rhododendrons.

Land extends to some 9.8 acres or thereby. A paddock lies to the western side with remaining land to the north eastern side.

Situation
Cuil House is situated on a mature and elevated site at the head of Loch Fyne about 1 mile beyond Loch Fyne Oysters restaurant and shop and The Tree Shop garden centre and café.

From its elevated position there are scenic and often dramatic views out across the head of the loch towards the mountains and glens adjacent.

Inveraray is about 7 miles to the south west and is arguably one of the prettiest coastal towns on the west coast of Scotland. Its beauty and charm have always drawn people to the area by both road and sea.

Inveraray has a fine range of local shops and services that comfortably cater for everyday needs and requirements. There are popular tourist shops and a number of friendly local hotels, country pubs and restaurants. Oban is about 45 miles to the north-west where there are further shops and services and Glasgow City is 56 miles to the south east and offers a full range of higher and further educational services as well as all the cultural and professional services normally connected with a major city.

Dunoon is approximately 31 miles away where there are Cal Mac and Western short car ferry crossings to Gourock. It is approximately 48 miles via Loch Lomondside to Glasgow Airport.   

Primary schooling is available in Inveraray (7 miles) and secondary schooling is available at Lochgilphead (32 miles) Dunoon (31 miles) and Oban (45 miles). The nearest independent school is Helensburgh (32 miles) where it is possible to board.

The A83 and A82 provide access to central Scotland. Arrochar has a main line rail station with a service to and from Glasgow city centre and a sleeper service to London.

The area offers much in the way of outdoor pursuits including cycle routes, challenging hill climbs, walks and several golf courses. The recently established Cowal Way stretches from Portavadie in the West and travels eastward for 31 miles.

Sea, river and loch fishing is also available in the area as are a number of commercially run game shoots. Some of the local estates allow stalking by prior arrangement.

For sailors the sea lochs of the west of Scotland offer safe anchorages as well as spectacular coastal sailing; there are marina and chandlery services in the south at Portavadie, Dunoon, Rhu and Inverkip and to the north west at Ardfern in Loch Craignish for easy western isles and coast access.

Travel Directions
From Glasgow proceed in a westerly direction on the M8 motorway for about 15 miles taking junction 30 onto the Erskine Bridge. Turn left off the bridge on the A82 and continue for about 25 miles to reach Tarbet. Continue to the left at Tarbet onto the A83 and proceed through Arrochar following signs for Inveraray for a further 14 miles to reach the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, proceed beyond the Oyster Bar for about 1 mile to find the entrance to Cuil House on the right hand side.