Closing date: Friday 5th August 2022 - 12.00 Noon.
Stunning A Listed Baronial Castle overlooking Loch Long.
Helensburgh 16 miles, Glasgow 49 miles town, Edinburgh 93 miles town
Entrance hall | 4 Reception rooms | Multiple bedrooms and bathrooms | Extensive ancillary accommodation throughout | EPC Rating G
The property is an A Listed Baronial Castle built-in the mid-19th century for James Templeton, a textile manufacturer and designed by the renowned architect, Alexander “Greek” Thomson, with later alterations and additions by John Honeyman and William Leiper.
Thomson was a prolific architect and created designs for a wide range of buildings including Churches. Houses, tenements and commercial buildings. His buildings were unusual and eclectic, decorative but powerful and rooted in the Greek Revival. His most famous buildings are probably the Caledonian Road Church and the St Vincent Street Free Church both in Glasgow. William Leiper, who was responsible for the Baronial additions to the property in the 1890s, was another renowned architect who worked mainly around Helensburgh.
Knockderry Castle is Category A Listed largely on account of the exceptional Leiperian interior which is considered one of the finest domestic interiors of its style in Scotland. Principally, the architectural importance of the building lies in the 1896 additions by William Leiper for John Templeton, the carpet manufacturer from Glasgow who was by then the owner. Leiper had also designed Templeton’s Carpet Factory in Glasgow Green.
The property benefits from a wealth of original features including crow step gables, turrets, stone balustrades and an extraordinary wood panelled drawing room which includes a minstrel gallery and other features including period fireplaces, panelling and stained glass windows.
Internally, the main property incorporates an entrance hall, four reception rooms, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms and extensive ancillary accommodation throughout.
The property does, however, require extensive upgrading and refurbishment.
The property, as noted, also includes a separate residential cottage which provides three bedrooms, along with other public and ancillary accommodation. The cottage also requires to be upgraded and refurbished.
The castle and cottage are set within attractive gardens with mature trees, a terraced area immediately adjacent to the castle and provides stunning views over Loch Long and the surrounding area.
Knockderry Castle occupies an elevated position being accessed from Shore Road within the village of Cove. It provides excellent views overlooking Loch Long, a stunning sea loch situated on the west coast near Loch Lomond and Helensburgh. It is perfectly positioned for access to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and the Highlands and Islands further to the north and west.
Cove is situated on the south-west coast of the Rosneath Peninsula within the Argyll & Bute region.
In common with other villages in the area, Cove provided summer lodgings for the families of wealthy Glasgow merchants, ship owners and businessmen in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Postcode: G84 0NX
Local Authority: Argyll & Bute Council Services:
Electricity – Mains
Water – Mains
Drainage - Septic Tank
Heating – Oil
Knockderry Castle - Council Tax Band H
Knockderry Cottage - Council Tax Band E
Price: Offers over £1.25 million
Joint Agent: Shepherd Commercial, 31 Byres Road, Glasgow, G11 5rd