5 bedroom detached house for saleWellpark, Tighnabruaich, Argyll, PA21
Sold STC £525,000
- A splendid waterfront Victorian villa
- Drawing room
- Dining room
- 5 bedrooms (3 en suite)
- Games room/studio
- 2 further shower rooms
- 2 attic rooms
- EPC Rating = F
A splendid waterfront Victorian villa in outstanding order
Wellpark, currently trading as a well established hotel, occupies one of Tighnabruaich's most sought after sites, at the Rhubaan end of the village, on the shore road, where many fine Victorian villas can be found. Standing in generous grounds, its slightly elevated position allows for spectacular open views over the Kyles of Bute, Tighnabruaich Bay and, on a clear day, towards the Isle of Arran.
Tighnabruaich is one of Argyll's most cherished villages, in a sheltered position on the west side of the Kyles of Bute. It grew up as a fishing village and in the 19th century became a popular day trip destination, served by steamers from Glasgow. In 1894 John Murray's Handbook for Scotland described it as "a small colony of marine villas", as Glasgow's bourgeoisie built themselves substantial holiday homes here to escape from the increasingly industrial Glasgow.
Some of these Victorian villas remain as private residences, but many have been converted to hotels, like Wellpark, or divided into smaller units. Today, Tighnabruaich's community centres on yachting life and it is a well known base and port for sailors on Scotland's West Coast who enjoy some of the world's finest sailing waters. There is a sailing and windsurfing school and the bay is home to many fine craft and is the base of the Kyles of Bute Sailing Club. The Waverley, the world's last seagoing paddle steamer, comes into Tighnabruaich during the summer season, passing Wellpark House.
Tighnabruaich provides most day to day amenities including local shops, post office, , doctor and dental surgery, deli, bistro and art gallery and some delightful small pubs. There is schooling at primary level within the village and the local secondary school is in Dunoon (24 miles). Dunoon provides more extensive services including supermarkets, a hospital and swimming pool. Glasgow is approximately 80 miles by road via Arrochar and Loch Lomond or 54 miles using the ferry from Dunoon to Gourock and the A8/M8.
Just outside the village is a nine hole golf course and there are some spectacular cycling and walking routes in the surrounding countryside. Fishing is extremely popular up and down the coast which boasts some splendid beaches.
Nearby is Portavaddie Marina which has had significant investment over the last five years. It is home to many a fine craft, a restaurant, a hotel and self catering accommodation. In addition, there is self catering accommodation, spa & leisure facilities in Portavaddie Marina.
From the front vestibule a door with a beautiful inset stained glass panel opens into a T-shaped reception hallway. The reception hallway is packed with period features, including deep cornicing, ceiling corbels, wooden panelled doors, a herringbone mosaic tiled floor, an Arts & Crafts fireplace and stained glass windows.
The drawing r oom is on a grand scale, centred on a splendid carved wooden fireplace and picture rail. Of particular note is the seven pane bay window which commands open views over the Kyles of Bute and towards Arran and beyond. A connecting doorway leads into the bar, which can also be accessed directly from the hallway. The bar has a substantial granite fireplace and a pair of symmetrical fitted bookcases. Both rooms have open fires.
The dining room is wonderfully formal with detailed cornicing, an open fire with Victorian cast iron surround and marble mantelpiece. A doorway leads to the butler's pantry which retains its original glass cupboards and cutlery drawers. A door from here leads to an inner hall which connects to the breakfast room and then to the kitchen. Also opening off the inner hall are a WC and a greenhouse , originally a flower room.
The kitchen is entered through the breakfast room, and has an Aga and free standing floor units. In addition to the Aga there is a Rangemaster cooker with gas hob and electric oven and an extractor hood above. Beyond the kitchen are a back lobby with a rear door, a pantry, stores and a laundry room.
A beautiful staircase, lit by a superb stained glass window at the half landing leads upstairs.
On the first floor there are five bedrooms, three of which have en suite bathrooms, and there are two further shower rooms. The main bathroom is quite remarkable, retaining much of its original Edwardian character. It has the original free standing bath, wc with high level cistern, a stained glass window and, of particular note, the original tiling which extends to around half height. A substantial games room or studio completes the first floor accommodation. The games room/studio has planning permission for a 2 bedroom flat with bathroom and kitchen/lounge/diner with separate access from outside. The planning permission is due to expire in May 2016 however the current owners will be applying for an extension on this.
On the second floor are two attic rooms, accessed by a narrow staircase.
The gravel driveway continues past the house to the rear of Wellpark, where there is parking space for several vehicles. To the front, the gardens are predominantly lawned with well stocked borders and shrubs providing seasonal colour.
Square Footage: 5,571 sq ft
From Glasgow, head north, and follow the A82 up Loch Lomond. At Tarbet, turn left onto the A83. At the junction with the A815 turn left again, and follow this road to Strachur, then take the A886 signposted Tighnabruaich and Colintraive. After passing through Glendaruel (15 miles) bear right on the A8003, signposted Tighnabruaich.
Alternatively, take the M8 and A8 west and take the ferry from Gourock to Dunoon. From Dunoon, take the A815 north, signposted Glasgow. Approximately four miles north of Dunoon, turn left onto the B836 signposted Colintraive and Bute Ferry. At the T junction with the A886, turn left and proceed as above.
On entering Tighnabruaich turn left at the waterfront, and Wellpark will be found on the left hand side 200 yards after passing the pier.
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