Ascog Hall is a category B listed detached mansion house constructed of stone under a mixed pitched slate roof. The style of the house has been described as 'Fairy tale Scots Baronial'
In the book 'The Buildings of Scotland, Argyll & Bute by Frank Arneil Walker, an extract quotes ''Ascog Hall is fairy-tale Baronial, harled with fish scale slated angle turrets. Begun c.1844 and believed to be designed by Scottish architect James Smith, it was altered for Alexander Bannatyne Stewart by John Honeyman in 1862. During the 1870s, Edward La Trobe Bateman landscaped the garden and it was probably he who created the kidney plan Fernery, a glass roofed grotto full of luxuriant growth (restored 1995-96)''.
Ascog Hall was bought by the family of the present owners in 1986 as a ruin, at which time it was fully restored. Quite apart from being architecturally important to the Island and the U.K., the Fernery is indeed a magnificent, unique centrepiece to Ascog Hall housing many subtropical ferns in an l-shaped, glazed Victorian subterranean wonderland.
A circular turreted entrance with curved door leads to reception hallway with flagged floor. The drawing room has a dual aspect with bay and side windows as well as a living flame gas fire. The sitting room is comfortable and has a warming log burner in dressed minster stone fireplace. The dining room is impressive with deep bay window. The kitchen is family sized and has ample space for dining table and chairs as well as a Rayburn range type cooker, a pantry and boiler room are off the kitchen. The rear hall provides access to an ironing room /possible bedroom, utility room, hall to back door as well as back stairs to first floor. There is also a store room on this level.
The first floor is by a period stone staircase to a broad upper landing giving access to bedroom 1, modern refitted shower room, bedrooms 2, 3, good general purpose store cupboards, home office or study/possible bedroom with access from rear staircase, bedroom 4 and main family bathroom with cast iron roll top claw foot bath.
Second floor level by turret stair to small upper hallway and on to bedroom 5.
EPC rating E.
General purpose store, poly tunnel, greenhouse.
Victorian style greenhouse covering award winning and reputable Fernery.
Old Coach House (lot 2 - available by separate negotiation at offers over £125, 000)
At the south western end of the grounds are the remains of an old coach house with detailed planning permission for the creation of two further residential dwellings and a tearoom.
The coach house is accessed from Balmory Road.
Gardens & Grounds
Grounds extend to about 3 acres or thereby, gravel driveway to turning circle, flanked by trees bushes and lawns with connecting pathways which lead through the grounds. Strategically planted up with specimen trees and plants which provide year round interest and colour. The pond at the southern side of the grounds has recently been restored and is now thriving. Below the pond is a beautiful rose garden surrounded and protected by a pruned Tsuga hedge. The gardens feature numerous mature and specimen trees including a fine Monkey Puzzle at the centre. The trees are under planted with choice shrubs and a large variety of herbaceous perennials which provide a riot of year round colour as well as affording seclusion, privacy and shelter.
Ascog Hall is tucked away privately in mature gardens in a pretty coastal location in Ascog on the East coast of the attractive and popular west of Scotland Isle of Bute.
Rothesay, which is 3 miles to the north west, has thriving shopping, leisure and educational facilities including a larger sized Co-op. Caledonian MacBrayne operates a frequent ferry service to Wemyss Bay, which has direct rail links to Glasgow. A second ferry service runs between Rhubodach on the north of Bute to Colintraive giving access to Argyll and the West Highlands.
The two nearest airports are Glasgow and Prestwick, which are approximately 40 and 50 minutes drive from Wemyss Bay.
Rothesay has an 18 hole golf course, enjoying outstanding views of the Firth of Clyde and Arran. Smaller courses are at Port Bannatyne and Kingarth. Bute is an area of significant natural beauty and mild climate, with many opportunities for coastal and hill walking and mountain biking. Fresh water and sea fishing are available, and there are shooting and stalking opportunities. The island has its own grass airstrip for light aircraft and microlights.
The area is notable for its sailing on the famous Kyles of Bute, which is a National Scenic Area. Tighnabruaich and Colintraive to the north, and the Crinan Canal and Tarbert to the West, are centres of lively sailing activity throughout the season. There are marinas and sheltered moorings in Rothesay and Port Bannatyne.
From Glasgow, travel west on the M8 to Greenock, and then continue on the A78 to Wemyss Bay. Take the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry to Rothesay (35 minutes). On arrival at Rothesay, turn left, and follow the A844 along the coast for 3 miles. The entrance to Ascog hall is just prior to the corner junction of Balmory Road.