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3 bedroom detached house for sale

Shellbrook, Portling, Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway, DG5

Guide Price £375,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Coastal Victorian property with breath-taking views across the Solway Estuary to the Cumbrian coastline and Lake District mountains.
  • Dating from the 1800's retaining its original character providing comfortable accommodation
  • Sun Room. Living Room. Kitchen. Garden. 3 Bedrooms. Office/Bedroom 4. Shower Room. Bathroom.
  • Primary School, Church, Village Hall and Shop in closeby Colvend. Local Bus Route.

Full description

Shellbrook was built in the late 1800's for Alan Burgess Crombie, the architect who designed the Ewart Library in Dumfries amongst other civic buildings, and he lived there for a number of years, presumably commuting to Dumfries each day. Unlike many of the other dwellings at Portling, this was not a holiday house but a permanent residence, and this is what it remains today. The house sits in a lovely group of individual houses, within spacious private grounds, and has simply stunning views across the Solway towards the Cumbrian coastline.

Much of the original feel and character of the Victorian house remains at Shellbrook, but there have been a number of improvements over the years to create modern comforts. The house has a mixture of UPVC glazed and timber sash and case windows. The Sun Room was completely replaced in 2009 by the current owners and a wood burning stove, 250mm insulation and a new gas boiler fitted. In addition, the flat roof which was over the Living Room bay was replaced in 2013.

Colvend village has a well stocked village shop, tea room, a primary school, church and a public hall which hosts a variety of events such as local produce markets, badminton and keep fit classes etc, plus a post van calls there 3 times a week. Colvend is on a regular bus route, and buses to Dalbeattie and Dumfries can be caught at the top of the Portling road. There is a fantastic 18 hole Golf Course at Colvend and a 9 hole, par 3 course at Craigieknowes Golf Club at Kippford. The popular villages of Rockcliffe and Kippford are in close proximity, Kippford has 2 small hotels, craft shop/small delicatessen & coffee shop, RNLI station, and the Solway sailing club. A small hotel is situated between Colvend and the turnoff for Rockcliffe which can cater for small functions.


The nearby town of Dalbeattie has a good range of shops, cafes, hotels, restaurants, primary and secondary schools, doctors' surgery, solicitors, and a park with a boating lake and bandstand. The market town of Castle Douglas is known as Dumfries & Galloway's Food Town and has local individual shops, schools, supermarkets, health services, veterinary services and a thriving livestock market. Dumfries is the principal town in the area, and provides a wider range of schools, shops, retail outlets, and other services including a major hospital, the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. Dumfries is home to the Crichton campuses of Glasgow University and the University of the West of Scotland.

The South West of Scotland is well known for its mild climate, attractive unspoilt countryside and beaches, and the diversity of sporting, fishing, and recreational pursuits. Visible from the house is the RSPB Mersehead, just 5 miles away. There is good hill walking in the nearby Galloway Hills and cycling along some of the designated cycle routes as well the Seven Stanes mountain bike routes, including Dalbeattie Forest and the Galloway Forest Park. The Galloway Forest Park, well known for its beauty and tranquillity, is also recognised as Britain's First Dark Sky Park, and a unique Observatory affords astronomers phenomenal views of the stars. For walking enthusiasts there are many lovely walks in the area for all abilities including from Kippford to the village of Rockcliffe along the Jubilee Path, and coastal walks along the cliffs at Portling to Rockcliffe and Sandyhills, where there are pretty beaches. (Please note the tides on this stretch of the Solway Coast come in very quickly owing to the flat sands). For golf enthusiasts there is the nearby 18-hole championship course at Southerness 9 miles away, and there are several other courses nearby including Kippford, Dalbeattie, and Castle Douglas. The Solway coast is popular with sailors, and both Kippford and Kirkcudbright have yachting clubs and safe moorings, in addition Kirkcudbright has an award winning "blue-flag" marina. Kirkcudbright is known as Scotland's Artists town with a number of galleries offering a range of exhibitions throughout the year.

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06 October 2016

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