8 bedroom detached house for saleHouse Of Letterawe, Lochawe, Dalmally, Argyll and Bute, PA33
Sold STC £575,000
House of Letterawe was built around 1897 and is of cream painted harled finish with dressed honey coloured stone to quoins and mullions, all under a roof of varied pitches to red rosemary tile.
Internally, the accommodation is light, bright, and retains a range of features typical of the period. The accommodation is well presented and laid out over three easily managed levels.
At the front of the house there is a turret entrance vestibule with tiled floor leading to the main reception hallway. A fine drawing room with triple aspect box window formation, picture rails and working open fire, formal dining room with glazed display case, open fire and door at rear leading to small rear vestibule and cloakroom/wc. Bright library/sitting room with open fire, picture rail and extensive fitted bookcases to rear wall, access to former gun and tackle room with craftsman built fitted archive furniture, well equipped and fitted breakfasting and informal dining kitchen, rear hall leading to home office or study, pantry, cloaks/wc, laundry and boot room.
The first floor is by a period staircase (which retains a Stannah stair lift) and leads to the first floor landing with linen and general purpose stores, bathroom, shelved store and walk in wardrobe, bedroom 1 (master) with triple aspect box window and en suite bathroom, bedroom 2 with bookcases to one wall, bedroom 3 with wash hand basin and two in built wardrobes, bedroom 4 with wash hand basin and sitting room at side, bedroom 5 (single room) with wash hand basin, Turret staircase to second floor level of upper hallway leading to former staff or children bedrooms 6, 7 and 8.
Pretty overhung covered walkway leading to stores, pantry with cold shelves, tool shed (old game larder), dove cot, potting shed.
Detached freestanding double garage, coal shed and open fronted store, open fronted wood shed under box profile steel roof, open cold frames, woodland summer house.
Private blacktop driveway to indented vehicle hard standing in front of the garage, county style timber gate to gravel driveway and sweep, well protected rose garden. Gravel pathway around the house to replanted alpine garden at the front. The remaining gardens are to semi ancient native and specimen woodlands under planted with a wide range of rhododendrons, azaleas, spring bulbs and native wild flowers. A system of gravel pathways has been carefully uncovered and form pleasant connecting woodland walks around the gardens. The summerhouse is very pretty and occupies a prominent spot within the grounds from where there are delightful southerly aspects. Drainage ditches have been cleared and created, now effectively shedding water from the grounds to the streams and burns which run through the gardens on the way to Loch Awe. Deeper areas of rhododendrons have been retained at the fringes which provide shelter, privacy and seclusion. Further semi ancient native woodland strips are to the north, south and west of the house.
House of Letterawe was built in 1897 for Helen Douglas Campbell whose crest is carved in stone at the front door. Latterly, House of Letterawe was owned by Lady Mary Stewart who was the best-selling author of many romantic, suspense and historical fiction novels. Lady Mary Stewart was at the height of her popularity from late 1950s to the mid 1990's when her last book was published. Many of her novels were translated into other languages, The Moon Spinners, one of her most popular novels, was also made into a Disney Movie.
In semi-retirement Lady Mary Stewart resided in Edinburgh, as well as Loch Awe, and as the grounds at House of Letterawe attest, she was an avid gardener, and she and her husband shared a keen love of nature.
House of Letterawe has a fine elevated position on high ground above Loch Awe and has superb views over the loch to the mountains and glens beyond.
The house has a prime setting in its own semi ancient native woodland, which is under planted and protected by banks of specimen rhododendrons and assorted shrub and bush plants.
Loch Awe is one of Scotland's most spectacular lochs. It is 25 miles long and runs from the village of Lochawe to Ford near the west coast to the south. At its northern end is Kilchurn Castle, a dramatic ruin, and one of Scotland's most famous and most photographed castles. There are a number of islands in the loch including Innishail, which is the burial island of the Dukes of Argyll. Inveraray Castle, the seat of the Dukes of Argyll, is at the head of Loch Fyne, 17 miles to the south.
There is spectacular hill walking, climbing and mountaineering in the area with skiing at Glencoe. The numerous lochs and rivers of mid Argyll provide both salmon fishing and trout fishing and the opportunity for boating and water sports. There is a variety of fresh water fish in the loch and in 2002 a British record 31lb 12oz wild brown trout was caught. Some of the local estates have low ground and rough shoots and it is possible by permission to arrange stalking.
The west of Scotland is well known among the yachting fraternity for its beautiful sailing scenery. There are marina and chandlery services at Oban, Croabh Haven and Ardfern.
As with most parts of Scotland, one is never too far from a golf course and House of Letterawe is no exception. The nearest courses are at Dalmally and Taynuilt.
Lochawe has a small railway station within walking distance of the house on the Glasgow to Oban line. The village has a post office, public house, village hall, and a beautiful church. Dalmally is slightly larger and has a primary school, doctor's surgery, pharmacy and village store. Oban has a full range of shops and supermarkets, secondary schooling and professional services. Oban is the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry terminal to the Western Isles.
From Glasgow take the A82 Loch Lomond road north to Crianlarich. From Edinburgh take the M9 to Stirling and the A84 through Callander and join the A85 to Crianlarich.
From Crianlarich take the A82 west to Tyndrum and fork left on the A85 following the signs to Oban. Lochawe is about 14 miles beyond Tyndrum (and 2.5 miles beyond Dalmally). On arrival in Lochawe, turn right opposite the Lochawe Hotel and proceed along the private single track road for about 400 yards to reach House of Letterawe on the left hand side. The gate leading to the property is to the left of the double garage."
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