Impressive period villa in spectacular coastal setting.
Cairngill House is an exceptional Victorian detached villa built in the Arts & Crafts style in 1898 and extended in the 1920s. Surrounded by extensive, mature gardens, Cairngill House was designed to take full advantage of the spectacular views over the renowned Sandyhills beach and beyond to the Solway Firth and Cumbria. Multiple large windows ensure light floods into this spacious and elegant home which has a versatile layout and flexible rooms; a different configuration is easily possible, depending on a buyer's requirements.
The accommodation on the ground floor begins with an entrance vestibule leading into a wonderfully light and airy open plan reception hall/sitting room with large log burner. Adjacent to this is a south facing drawing room with large bay window overlooking Sandyhills Bay. It features a fine open fireplace. To the other side is a similarly large reception room that is currently used as a 24/7 virtual (home) office. The property benefits from super-fast fibre optic connectivity.
Just off the front hall, there is the formal dining room which can easily seat ten or more people, with full height sliding glazed doors out to the garden, making it an ideal entertaining space. Nearby is the kitchen with two induction hobs and two built ovens along with a good range of fitted cabinetry. A smaller second office, pantry, two further utility rooms, boiler room and two cloakrooms/WCs, complete the ground floor. Rear access to the property is via the double car sized carport.
Upstairs there are currently six double en suite bathrooms, lounge and a further large bedroom (or gym) and additional bathroom. Additionally, there is a laundry room and single bedroom/storage room. This level could potentially be split to form a separate self contained annexe if required for extended family living or perhaps a holiday let, subject to the necessary consents. From this level there is access via ramsay ladder to the spacious, largely floored attic of the property.
Outside, the beautifully maintained gardens include large expanses of lawn, a wide variety of trees and shrubs plus a pretty wildlife pond, large greenhouse, various garden outbuildings and a vegetable patch with raised beds. There are seating areas to the front and side of the house to catch the sun all day long. The grounds surrounding Cairngill House extend to around 1.5 acres and offer excellent privacy. The property also benefits from direct access to the beach through a right of way at the bottom of the drive.
Cairngill House occupies a fantastic position within Dumfries and Galloway with magnificent south facing views over Sandyhills Bay on the Solway coastline to the Mersehead Sands and the Cumbrian coast.
The southwest of Scotland is famous for its beautiful scenery, mild climate and excellent sailing. Cairngill locates in the heart of the East Stewartry National Scenic Area. Some of the finest beaches in Scotland are found along the Solway coast with Sandyhills Bay as one of the most appealing and the surrounding countryside is undulating and highly attractive. There are fine walks along the coast to Rockcliffe and Kippford – two nearby attractive villages.
The surrounding countryside abounds with wildlife including red squirrels, roe deer, badgers, otters and hares and excellent bird watching with red kites, kingfishers and peregrines all present locally in addition the neighbouring rspb Mersehead Reserve with its wildfowl and geese sanctuary and wonderful starling murmurations.
Additional recreational facilities in the area include golf, with an 18-hole course in Sandyhills (Colvend) with unique views across the Bay, the Solway and to the Cumbrian hills. Additionally, there is the renowned championship course at Southerness, around seven miles to the east. Fishing, shooting and mountain biking are available in the district. The Solway Yacht Club is based in Kippford offering seasonal sailing for enthusiasts.
Colvend (around one mile) has a good village shop, primary school and café while there is a broader range of shops, schools and services in both Dalbeattie and Castle Douglas.
Communications are very good with railway stations in Dumfries and Lockerbie and the M74/M6 motorway network around 36 miles away. Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle are the proximal airports for regular flights to other parts of the UK, Ireland, continental Europe and beyond.
Square Footage: 5,108 sq ft
From Dumfries take the A710 coastal road south, passing through New Abbey. The village of Sandyhills is approximately 20 miles south of Dumfries. On entering the village, turn right into the driveway of Cairngill and follow the sweeping driveway to the front door.
Council Tax - Band G