4 bedroom detached house for saleAuchencairn, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire
Torr House is a former listed and charming Georgian property built in the late 1700s by Edward Cairns, the local laird and known associate of Robert Burns. Later (circa 1860) the house and surrounding lands were purchased by a Walter Ovens who spent a then fortune renovating the estate etc., carrying out extensive land improvement works, as well as building the local lifeboat house, village tennis courts and bowling green! (see www.Auchencairnvillage.org.uk re: Hugh Paton's History). Torr House is situated in a prime position, with magnificent south easterly views over open countryside and the Solway Firth. While the accommodation would benefit from some modernisation, the house is both charming and elegant with superbly proportioned rooms, an attractive hallway and fine ornate cast iron staircase with landing.
On the ground floor, there is a porch leading into the entrance hall, off which in the first instance, are the two principal reception rooms: the drawing room and the dining room. Both of these rooms benefit from the wonderful and extensive views mentioned above. The drawing room has decorative cornices, and a stunning white marble mantelpiece with hardwood French windows leading to a patio at the side. The dining room, also with decorative cornices, has an open fireplace, with a carved timber mantelpiece, and a second door to the kitchen. The kitchen (a former traditional 'morning room' with the most decorative cornices of all!) has a range of traditional wall and floor units incorporating a stainless steel sink, a two-oven Aga (blue) and plenty of room for a dining table. The informal sitting room has a log-burning stove and a window seat. The house benefits from good ancillary space including a rear hall, cloakroom, utility room, a walk-in larder and a cloakroom. The cellar space is extensive and split into four principal areas/rooms, providing excellent storage space, including the original wine bins.
On the half landing, there is a room with a large fitted wall cupboard. This room is currently used as a home office area, but could easily provide a fifth bedroom.
On the first floor, there is a large landing, which gives access to the roof space and bedrooms. Both front bedroom suites have panoramic views over the garden, the Solway Firth and beyond. Both are en suite, the 'master bedroom' has a fitted wardrobe, and an adjoining dressing room (with an additional fitted wardrobe) and an en suite (family) bathroom with a bath, separate (power) shower cubicle, WC and a basin, set within a former writing desk. There are two further well-proportioned double bedrooms, each with a large fitted wardrobe and wash hand basin facilities
Torr House Cottage and Byre
Situated behind the house is Torr House Cottage which forms the upper part of what was a stable block and coach house. It shares a drive with Torr House, but does have a separate driveway from the road, which is in need of upgrading. The Cottage is traditionally built into a natural escarpment, and is located on a single level upper floor with a sitting room (with log burner stove), kitchen, bathroom, study and two bedrooms, with oil fired central heating throughout. The lower ground floor is comprised of former stables and a coach house, both with potential to provide further residential/holiday-let space, subject to the necessary planning consent. The Byre adjoins the cottage/stable/coach house block in an 'L' shape around a cobbled yard. It is a traditional stone built former granary/mill, has a newly restored slate roof and excellent potential for development, subject to the necessary planning consent.
Gardens and Grounds
Torr House is approached from the main road by a private driveway, through a lockable metal gateway. The more formal garden lies principally to the front and side of the house. To the front is a large lawn, surrounded by mature specimen trees and shrubs including birch, chestnut, ash, cedar, oak, scots pine, a handkerchief tree, ginko, conifers and a monkey puzzle tree. A raft of rhododendrons provide an array of sequential colours throughout the spring and summer.
To the side of the house is a small, enclosed garden (a former vegetable growing area) which is accessed through a traditional wrought iron garden gate. It has a small greenhouse, some mature palm trees and a 'permanent' barbecue, set within a stone clad former kitchen wood burning oven. During the summer months this area of garden is an almost enclosed "suntrap" - generously surrounded by trees, bushes and rhododendrons.
Almost immediately to the rear of the house is entry to the picturesque 2 acre paddock, via a recently added garden gate (to compliment the main farm gate access on the most northerly boundary adjacent to the Cottage lawn). The paddock is well fenced for retaining livestock or horses, and has a stable with two substantial looseboxes (currently utilised as one, with solar panel lighting), and a useful small enclosed run. Behind the stable are the remains of an old stone built dwelling, formally known as "Bessie's Cottage". Although derelict for some time, there is potential for development of this site into residential or holiday-let accommodation, subject to the necessary planning consent.
On the south side of the paddock is a small acreage of unspoilt mixed woodland known as "Little Forest" sloping south easterly down to the road (A711). This small, elevated woodland area could be an excellent location for a development of high-end discreet log cabins, subject to the necessary planning consents. Little Forest provides shelter from the southerly and westerly wind and in the spring and early summer the forest floor is carpeted in gorgeous and vibrant bluebells, a sight to behold!
Behind the house is a double garage with 13 amp power, lighting, side access and sliding doors. To the rear of the garage is a stone built outhouse, comprising a tool/garden equipment storage area and a coal store both with lighting.
Torr House is about a mile from Auchencairn Village set in a beautiful rural landscape, about a mile from the coast, at the head of Auchencairn bay with breath-taking views over Heston Island, the Solway Firth, and the hills and mountains of the Lake District beyond. The village has a thriving community with a primary school, a shop with a Post Office, local garage, and a pub with a restaurant. Buses run from the village to the local towns and school buses travel to the High Schools at Kirkcudbright and Dalbeattie. Balcary Bay Hotel, just 2 miles from the village, provides both dining and accommodation in a stunning location. There are excellent local facilities in the local food town of Castle Douglas and in Dalbeattie, while the university town of Dumfries, some 19 miles distant, has a wider range of facilities, professional services, and a main line railway station
The surrounding area offers a wide range of country pursuits in outstanding surroundings, including a plethora of championship parkland and links golf courses. Southerness is a fine championship links and other local golf courses include Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright and Colvend. The area is a popular holiday destination, especially for hiking, bird watching, angling and horse riding. For those who enjoy water sports (yachting, sailing, water skiing etc.), Loch Ken, Kippford and Kirkcudbright offer excellent facilities, including mooring. The Solway coastline, the surrounding forest, and indeed the garden and grounds of Torr House, are havens for wildlife. Migratory wildfowl winter in the fields in front of the house and along the Solway coastline, with its sandy beaches, and the surrounding woods are inhabited by deer, badgers, red squirrels and magnificent birdlife, very often visible from the house.
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