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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Achnacille, Kilmelford, By Oban, Argyll

Sold STC £595,000

Property Description

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Tenure: Freehold

Achnacille is a unique and highly distinctive coastal country house. Its exterior appearance suggests a home of older vintage however Achnacille is only some 15 years old having been cleverly designed in distinctive west coast style.

The house was constructed by local builders and tradesmen, all overseen by the previous owners which has ensured craftsman like standards and top quality workmanship.

The house is of white painted render finish under slated roof with distinctive dormer window formations at roofline level. The main rooms have all been organised to capture the wonderful southern views over Loch Melfort.

An entrance vestibule leads to the reception hallway which has a cloakroom and wc off, the hallway at ground and first floor levels is light and bright, made so by clever window arrangements.

The drawing room is well proportioned and has an open fire and French doors with access to patio terrace and gardens. A bright conservatory, also with doorway access to gardens, connects the hall with the family/dining room which has a bay window and is on a semi open plan basis with the kitchen. The kitchen is neat, easily worked and well equipped with rear access to utility room and further stores. There is internal access to the garage from the utility room.

The staircase leads to a landing and to a children's playroom and or TV den with door to bedroom 5 or dedicated home office. Main landing leading to bedroom 1 (master) with en suite bathroom and good wardrobe accommodation, main bath and shower room, bedroom 2, double linen/airing cupboards, bedroom 3, bedroom 4 with en suite shower room.

Achnacille is served by a mains water supply, drainage is by private septic tank. Double glazing, oil fired heating, solar PV and FiT tariff recovery.

Note: The services have not been checked by the selling agents.

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Integral double garage with internal boiler room, greenhouse, open fronted log store, garden shed and garden equipment store, composting bins, general purpose stores, poultry house and enclosure.

Grounds extend to about 0.75 acres. A gravel surfaced driveway fringed with trained and linked flowering cherry trees leads to a turning and vehicle hard standing sweep.

The gardens are nicely matured at Achnacille and from their slightly raised, above the coastal road position there are first class uninterrupted views across Loch Melfort to the adjacent Marina and sheltered anchorage.

The gardens are laid to grass with dry stone pathways fringed by well stocked beds and borders. The lower front gardens are dominated by an oval shaped garden pond with charming supply stream. The pond and stream are surrounded by a variety of flowers and shrubs and the pond itself has been made child friendly with a sub surface safety frame.

An escallonia hedge separates/privatises the front garden from the minor coastal road and the western most garden is a delightful woodland garden with wild grasses, flowers and silver birch trees. At the front of the house is a sheltered patio and deck with trellis fence backdrop which is ideal for BBQ and alfresco dining. Further lawns leading to the working end of the gardens with compost heaps and log store areas.

Achnacille is located in an area of dramatic natural scenic beauty at Loch Melfort, and from its south western facing vantage point there are wonderful views out over the sheltered anchorage and marina of Loch Melfort and south west down Loch Melfort towards the islands of Shuna, Luing and Scarba.

The house is set within grounds of about 0.75 acres and is set just above the minor single track coastal road which leads to Melfort and connects to the A816 which is the west highland road that connects Lochgilphead in the south with Oban to the north.

The house has been carefully positioned on a slightly raised site to provide maximum privacy from the minor road and at the same time to provide maximum advantage of the views to the adjacent sheltered anchorage and south down Loch Melfort.

Kilmelford and Melfort, with its scattering and clustering of houses, is a safe and pretty environment in which to live, with a thriving local and social community. Nearby Kilmelford has a local post office, shop and provisions store where it is possible to buy everyday needs and requirements. The district is well served by a fine range of local coastal pubs, restaurants and hotels, all of which usually sell local seafood and seasonal produce.

Arduaine Garden, a few miles to the south of Achnacille, is famous in the district, originally conceived by J. Arthur Campbell who also built the Loch Melfort Hotel. The gardens are spacious but retain the intimacy of a private garden.

The main west highland town of Oban is about 15 miles to the north and Lochgilphead is about 21 miles to the south, both of which are recognised as main west highland towns and both offer a fuller range of shopping, professional and leisure services.

The west of Scotland is famed for its scenic sailing, associated chandlery and marina services. The sheltered sea loch of Loch Melfort is well known among the sailing community and has always drawn yachts and boating craft to its pretty and safe anchorage.

A few miles further south is Craobh Haven marina, where a larger, safe water marina was formed by the building of causeways and a large breakwater between a small group of tidal saltwater islands. The marina has been developed from a near perfect natural harbour, with berths for up to 250 craft of all sizes to a maximum length of 33 meters. Craobh marina offers access to a fabulous selection of west coast sea lochs and islands with lots of sheltered anchorages to explore and has a harbourmaster, marina office and chandlers. There are also many opportunities for seal and whale-watching, bird watching and diving opportunities in the surrounding waters.

The local inland countryside provides an abundance of outdoor and sporting activities including hill walking and mountain biking, which are available nearby to Achnacille and there are many small, well-stocked hill lochs for trout fishing plus some spate streams for salmon and sea-trout. Oban, Lochgilphead and Crinan all provide further sea-fishing plus sailing access to the west coast, and there are shooting and stalking opportunities by prior arrangement on some of the local estates in the district.

A local bus service runs between Oban & Lochgilphead and Oban has a mainline railway station with a service connecting to Glasgow.

Travel Directions
From Lochgilphead travel north for about 21 miles on the A816 (signposted for Oban) to reach Kilmelford. Turn left here on the minor road and after about 750 yards Achnacille is located on the right hand side.

From Oban, proceed in a southerly direction on the A816 and travel for about 15 miles. On arrival at Kilmelford, turn right on to the minor road, travel for about 750 yards to find Achnacille on the right hand side.

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  • Oban (10.0 mi)
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Robb Residential, Glasgow

150 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5NE

0141 392 0140 Local call rate

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To view this property or request more details, contact:

Robb Residential, Glasgow

150 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5NE

0141 392 0140 Local call rate

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