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Aber Mill, Gartocharn, West Dunbartonshire G83 8NQ

Under Offer £495,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 1 reception room
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Kitchen/dining room
  • Approx 2.87 acres with paddock

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Ross Loan is one of Dunbartonshire's most cherished addresses. Its crescent shape allows access from either end of Gartocharn Village and borders the open countryside on the southeast bank of Loch Lomond. It is within The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park which encompasses an area of 720 square miles.

Some of Britain's most spectacular scenery is around the Loch Lomond area. The loch is actually crossed by the Highland boundary fault and the physical characteristics of lowland and highland Scotland can be seen within a few miles of each other.

The property lies to the north of Gartocharn, a delightful conservation village with its own primary school, hotel with restaurant, post office and shop. The property is also located adjacent to Ross Priory, its restaurant, bar and golf course, and is only a few minutes walk from a sandy beach on the shores of Loch Lomond and Endrick Nature Reserve. Although many of its residents commute to Glasgow, Gartocharn has a real community feel.

Glasgow Airport (19 miles) can be accessed via the A82 (M8) or A809 and can be reached by car, under normal driving conditions, in around 30 minutes. Balloch Station (4.5 miles) provides a regular rail service to central Glasgow, with a similar journey time. Glasgow is recognised as one of the UK's finest cities with a thriving central business district and its high street and designer shopping now rank second only to London. There are a number of acclaimed private schools within the city boundary, including Glasgow High School, Glasgow Academy, Kelvinside Academy and St Aloysius College.

Closer by is Lomond School in Helensburgh (12 miles) which provides private schooling for both day pupils and boarders.

For sports enthusiasts the great outdoors awaits. There is superb hill walking and climbing in the area. The Arrochar Alps include four Munros (mountains over 3000 ft) and six Corbetts (between 2500 and 3000 ft), the best known of which is The Cobbler. The loch is well known for its fishing, marinas and water sports including wind surfing, sailing and excellent water skiing and wake boarding.

There are a number of well-respected golf courses in the area including Loch Lomond Golf Course which at one time was host to the Scottish Open and other international events. Other golf courses include Buchanan Castle, Hilton Park and Milngavie.


Aber Mill is a charming mill house with a quite magical garden and a paddock. Whilst there is evidence of a mill on this site since the 15th century, the current structure dates from 1806, when it was most likely part of the Ross Priory Estate. We understand it served as a mill with dual functions. By summer it milled flour whilst in the winter months it turned wood.

Bought by the present owners in 1997, it is now presented as a distinctive country house in outstanding condition. It is formed over two main levels under a slate roof. It has a substantial attic which, subject to relevant planning consents, offers potential for further bedroom accommodation.


The layout is most flexible. Double storm doors lead to an entrance vestibule with coir matting from where a partially glazed door opens to the main reception hallway with flagstone floor, electric fire with railway sleeper mantelpiece, fitted cupboard, stairway and doors to a cloakroom and to the drawing room.

The drawing room is at the heart of Aber Mill. It has an inglenook fireplace with a 6kw Morso wood burning stove and French doors onto a wonderful patio. There is a generous walk in cupboard which houses the hot water system.

From the drawing room, double doors lead into the dining room and kitchen. The dining room and kitchen are open plan with one another and share the same solid oak flooring. French doors from the dining room open onto a south facing decked terrace.

The kitchen was refitted in 2005 with high quality country style units at wall mounted and counter levels. They have butcher's block type wooden work tops and a number of integrated appliances. These include double oven, hob and hood by Smeg, dishwasher, washer/dryer, fridge and freezer. It has adequate space for an additional breakfast table and chairs. A further door leads out to the garden.

Upstairs, there are three substantial bedrooms and a family bathroom. The master bedroom has fitted wardrobes and an en suite bathroom with bath and separate shower compartment.

The gardens of Aber Mill are very special. They have been fastidiously planned and maintained to the highest of standards. Cutting its way through the magical gardens is a pretty stream which at one time was the lifeblood of the mill. It is now the centrepiece of the gardens as it meanders to join the Aber Burn. Bordering the stream are some deep, well stocked borders which seasonally are awash with colour. Around the perimeter of the more formal areas of the gardens is a dry stone dyke. There are neatly manicured lawns, a kitchen garden with raised beds, an apple and plum orchard, a decked terrace and a paved patio.

There are two separate driveways and a number of outbuildings including two potting sheds and a log store. Aber Mill benefits from a substantial paddock of some 2.28 acres. It is defined by a combination of a post and wire fence with hedgerow and surrounded by a private walkway which is regularly strimmed. The paddock is ideal grazing ground and ,subject to relevant planning consents, offers potential for the development of holiday accommodation. The present owners have had preliminary discussions with local planners who have suggested their support for the creation of up to five holiday lodges along the paddock's boundary with the Aber Burn.


Travelling from the north side of Glasgow take the A809 from Bearsden Cross signposted for Drymen. After passing through the village of Croftamie turn left and follow the A811 signposted Balloch/ Erskine Bridge. Just before the village of Gartocharn and opposite the Duncryne Riding Centre turn right onto Ross Loan. After around half a mile, Aber Mill lies on the left hand side.

Alternatively, from the Erskine Bridge follow signs for Crianlarich/Loch Lomond. Bypass Dumbarton on the A82 and at the Stoneymollan roundabout take the A811 towards Stirling. As you enter the village of Gartocharn turn into the first road on the left, Ross Loan, Aber Mill can be found about a mile from here, on the right hand side.

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