8 bedroom detached house for sale

Barlay House and Cottage DG7 3QW

Guide Price £575,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Edwardian Detached Property
  • Additional Cottage
  • 20 Acres
  • Steading / Garages / Pavillion
  • Tennis Courts

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Barlay House (& Cottage) is a fine example of a rural Scottish ‘small estate’
which affords the perfect balance of living in a sizeable family home while
surrounded by manageable, private grounds. This beautiful Edwardian
country home, with later additions, retains many of its original features and
offers generously proportioned living accommodation over two floors. The large and welcoming reception hallway, easily accessible from both drawing room and kitchen, also opens up to a formal dining room which allows a degree of versatility and is ideal for entertaining. Barlay has other spacious rooms, including a study, kitchen, six bedrooms, three bathrooms and a sitting
room. The property offers a range of opportunities for any purchaser – whilst comfortably a rural family home, Barlay would also lend itself to a home business such as a B & B or even a wedding venue destination. The rear portion of the property is capable of being self-contained to facilitate owner’s accommodation at the rear and guest accommodation at the front, for example,
or as a “granny” annexe.

Barlay is set in its own immediate maintainable gardens, with lawn and terraces descending to a small burn. Now rather overgrown, it once had a large vegetable garden and a water garden and could easily be restored. The property also extends to some 20 acres of mixed country woodland (perfect for children and adults who like to explore), ponds and grazing pasture. There is also a games pavilion (with table tennis) and tennis court, now in need of renovation.

Barlay Cottage is a detached single storey two-bedroomed stone cottage within the grounds of Barlay House and located towards the rear of the property. In addition there are numerous outbuildings and a steading stable block with a central tower feature and courtyard. Presently used for garaging and storage, these substantial granite buildings offer an ideal opportunity for conversion to residential accommodation (subject to the relevant planning approval). There is
a separate back access from the road which runs behind Barlay House, serving both the cottage and steading.

Barlay is ideally located to take advantage of local outdoor pursuits and leisure activities, including hill walking and mountain biking on the nearby Southern Upland Way or in Galloway Forest Park (now a designated “dark sky” area), as well as birdwatching. Loch Ken is a freshwater loch nearby, ideally located for those wishing to take part in watersports, sailing and fishing, and the Solway Coast is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. For golfers, there are 9 hole golf courses in nearby New Galloway or Castle Douglas, and an 18 hole golf course
in Kirkcudbright. The thriving Community Arts Trust at the Catstrand in New Galloway offers many cultural and family events.

Balmaclellan itself has an excellent village shop, whilst nearby St John’s Town of Dalry and New Galloway offer both primary and secondary schooling, doctors surgery, post office, petrol station and garage, restaurants, pubs and more shops.

The vibrant market “food” town of Castle Douglas is within close proximity, offering a wider variety of shops and other facilities, as is the “Artists” town of Kirkcudbright. There are also links to Dumfries (22 miles), to the A74 (M) (45 miles), to Ayr and Prestwick Airport (37 miles) and to Glasgow Airport (approximately 90 minutes by car). Trains to London and Glasgow leave from
Carlisle (60 miles), with a branch line via Dumfries.


PORCH 5.56m x 3.01m (18’02” x 9’10”) (at longest and widest)
Semi-circle entrance porch with glass surround. Concrete floor. Access to main house.

HALL 7.51m x 7.42m (24’07” x 24’04”)
(at axis and over stair)
This open, spacious hallway gives the welcoming entrance that any country home should offer, and is perfect for open plan entertaining with double doors that lead to the dining room; it could also be a further hall-cum-sitting room or study with the large wood burner at its centre. Natural light is also given from the orangery-style skylight at first floor level. Under stair cupboard (with
power laid on). Utility cupboard. Wooden oak floor. Wooden wall panelling to picture rail height. Decorative cornicing with central ornate ceiling rose pendant light fitment. Radiator. Three wall press cupboards. Carpeted stairwell with traditional cast iron decorative spindle bannister leads to first floor accommodation. Stair lift fitted. Access to dining room, kitchen, drawing room, cloak/W.C., study and first floor accommodation.

DINING ROOM 6.38m x 4.55m (20’11” x 14’11”)
Double French style doors with glass panelling open from entrance hallway. Traditional dining room with open fireplace, cast iron grate and decorative mantel surround. Two large secondary-glazed windows giving ample natural lighting outlook to front of property. Two radiators. Wall wood panels to dado rail height. Traditional ceiling cornice. Pendant light and wall lights. Wooden
oak floor. Access to kitchen. Two port windows to side.

DRAWING ROOM 5.83m x 4.54m (19’01” x 14’10”)
Spacious family drawing room which mirrors the layout of the dining room, with two secondary-glazed windows to front and an open fireplace with cast iron grate and decorative surround. Patio door access to covered outdoor seating area. T.V. point. Telephone point. Wood panelling to dado rail height. Radiator. Wooden floor and carpeting. Pendant light and wall lights.

CLOAKROOM/WC 3.92m x 1.76m (12’10” x 5’09”)
Cloakroom with white wash hand basin and matching W.C. pedestal. Radiator. Space plumbed for washing machine. Window to side. Usual bathroom fitments. Cloak hanging provided. Pendant light.

STUDY 5.39m x 2.09m (17’08” x 9’06”)
Currently used as a study this room gives patio door access to the garden but could be used as a further sitting room or downstairs bedroom if preferred. Radiator. Two wall press cupboards and two wall corner cupboards. Wood panelled ceiling. Fitted carpet. Wall panels to dado rail height.

KITCHEN 7.56m x 3.54m (24’09” x 11’07”) (at longest and widest)
Large kitchen with ample space for dining and giving access to sun porch beyond. Wooden cupboards, topped with work surface, are laid out predominantly to one side with further cupboard space and breakfast bar on the opposite wall. Stainless steel sink with right hand drainer, food preparation area and mixer tap. Four ring gas New World hob. Integral electric double oven and grill. Plumbed for dishwasher. Ample power points. Panoramic window to
side and further window to rear. Felt carpet tiles. Strip lighting. Wall mounted radiator. Access to back door and further accommodation beyond.

SUN PORCH 3.58m x 2.41m (11’08” x 7’10”)
Flat roof sun porch in need of repair. Glass panelling to two sides with slide door access to kitchen and port window looking in on dining room.

Recently-fitted oil fired boiler. Space for clothes drying. Currently contains tumble dryer.

BACK DOOR ENTRANCE HALL 1.30m x 1.08m (4’03” x 3’06”)
Back door entrance giving access to the kitchen and rear sitting room.

BACK HALL 1.36m x 1.30m (4’05” x 4’03”)
Access to large walk-in store/utility and sitting room. Pendant light.

STORE 4.33m x 1.40m (14’02” x 4’07”)
Currently used as a storeroom with fitted shelving and cupboard, this space would be ideal for a utility if preferred. Stone floor. Pendant light.

SITTING ROOM 5.51m x 3.89m (18’01 x 12’09”) (at longest and widest)
Good sized room with feature open fire with brick surround, concrete hearth and decorative wooden mantel. Fitted carpet. Curtains. Telephone point. T.V. point. Ample power points. Two large secondary-glazed windows giving ample natural light. Pendant light. Wall mounted radiator. Gives access to first floor accommodation by a carpeted stairwell, and to utility. Under stair storage cupboard.

UTILITY 3.48m x 2.36m (11’05” x 7’08”)
Well-proportioned with white wooden cupboards and neutral work surface. Stainless steel sink with left and right hand drainer. Plumbed for washing machine. Strip light. Linoleum floor covering. Window to rear. UV water filter and water supply filters under sink.

First Floor Accommodation

LANDING/HALL 6.27m x 5.29m (20’06” x 17’02”)
(at longest and widest and axis)
Gives access to double bedrooms 1, 2, 3 and 4 and bathrooms 1 and 2. Access could be given to back landing and bedrooms 5 and 6 but is currently partitioned. Shelved in-built storage cupboard. Two pendant lights. Carpet. Balcony view over entrance hall below. Orangery-style skylight above.

AIRING/LINEN ROOM 2.61m x 2.13m (8’06” x 6’11”)
Houses hot water storage tank. Shelving laid on. Skylight above. Wooden flooring. Pendant light.

BATHROOM 1 3.25m x 3.06m (10’07” x 10’00”)
Good sized family bathroom with window outlook to side. White wash hand basin encased in storage unit. Armitage Shanks W.C. pedestal. Bath with tap and shower fitment and tiled surround. Usual bathroom fitments. Ceiling light with integral heater. Radiator. Fitted carpet.

BEDROOM 1 (Front Left) 6.08m x 4.85m (19’11” x 15’10”)
Spacious bedroom with window outlook to front of property and to side. Fitted wardrobes laid out in “L” shape arrangement with ample space for hanging and shelving. Two radiators. Fitted carpet.

BEDROOM 2 (Front Middle) 4.10m x 3.69m (13’05” x 12’00”)
Spacious double bedroom with window outlook to front of property over porch. Corner wash hand basin with under basin storage. One wall is fitted to built-in storage with ample space for hanging and shelving. Pendant light. Radiator. Fitted carpet.

BEDROOM 3 (Front Right) 5.89m x 4.86m (19’03” x 15’11”)
Large bedroom giving window outlook to front and side. Fitted wash hand basin with under basin storage. Fitted double wardrobe. Ample power points. Radiator. Fitted carpet. Fireplace with decorative surround currently not in use. Telephone point. T.V. point.

BATHROOM 2 3.81m x 1.57m (12’06” x 5’01”)
Good sized bathroom with window outlook to garden. White wash hand basin with matching W.C. pedestal and bath with both tap and shower fitment. Wood wall panelling to dado rail height. Hatch access to loft. Pendant light. Wall mounted radiator. Usual bathroom fitments.

BEDROOM 4 (Side/Middle) 5.97m x 3.52m (19’02” x 11’06”)
(at longest and widest and into bay)
Spacious double bedroom currently housing double bed and single bed. Panoramic outlook to the garden through bay window traditional style windows. Radiator. Fireplace sealed (no working chimney). Wash hand basin. Pendant light. Ample power points. In-built cupboard and separate in-built storage unit. Fitted carpet.

BACK LANDING 3.01m x 2.75m (9’10” x 9’0”) (at axis)
Accessed by carpeted stairwell from sitting room. Access to bedrooms 5 and 6 and bathroom 3. Skylight above. Pendant light. Picture window to side.

BEDROOM 5 (Back) 5.82m x 3.52m (19’01” x 11’06”) (into bay)
Spacious double bedroom with bay window outlook to an area of woodland and further window outlook to lawned gardens. Telephone point. T.V. point. Radiator. Built-in storage cupboard. Hatch access to loft. Pendant light. Curtains. Fitted carpet.

BEDROOM 6 (Back) 3.29m x 2.57m (10’09” x 8’05”) (at longest and widest)
Window outlook to rear. Could be used as a study. Pendant light. Built-in wardrobes, one housing hot water tank. Fitted carpet.

Good sized bathroom with white wash hand basin, W.C. pedestal and matching bath. Window outlook to side. Hatch access to loft. Usual bathroom fitments. Central light fitment with integral heater. Fitted carpet.


Detached single storey two bedroom cottage. Oil fired central heating. Single glazed windows throughout.

KITCHEN 3.49m x 3.30m (11’05” x 10’09”) (at longest and widest)
Accessed via back door from steading. Tile effect floor covering. Windows to garden and to steading. Space plumbed for washing machine. Storage cupboards, including hot water cylinder. Work surface. Stainless steel sink with right hand drainer. Access to living room. UV water filter and water supply filters.

LIVING ROOM 5.05m x 3.45m (16’06” x 11’03”)
Panoramic window to garden. Window to rear. T.V. point. Tiled hearth. Radiator. Fitted carpet. Access to hallway.

HALLWAY 5.60m x 1.40m (18’04” x 4’07”)
Fitted carpet. Two windows to front. Radiator. Smoke detector. Front door access. Gives access to two double bedrooms and one bathroom.

BATHROOM 2.25m x 1.59m (7’04” x 5’02”)
Frosted window to garden. Radiator. White bath. Wash hand basin and W.C. pedestal. Tile effect floor covering. Hatch to loft.

BEDROOM 1 4.15m x 2.40m (13’07” x 7’10”)
Double bedroom with large window to garden. Radiator. Pendant light. Built-in wardrobe. Telephone point. Fitted carpet.

BEDROOM 2 4.32m x 3.46m (14’01” x 11’04”)
Window to garden and two to steading. Fitted wardrobe. Pendant light. Radiator. Fitted carpet.

SHED 3.70m x 1.65m (12’01” x 5’04”)
Shed at gable end of cottage. Double door access. Concrete floor. Houses oil fired Worcester boiler and storage.


Horseshoe shaped stone and slated steading used by the current owners as a garage, with space for three vehicles, and for storage, but previously provided general store for farm use and estate accommodation for workers. The previous owners had planning permission for conversion to three dwellings but this has lapsed. Electricity laid on.

Concrete floor throughout. Inspection pit.

ROOM 1 4.96m x 3.85m (12’07” x 11’03”)
MIDDLE ROOM 10.65m x 5.87m (34’11” X 19’03”)
(at longest and widest)
ROOM 2 4.96m x 3.85m (12’07” x 11’03”)

ROOM 1 3.54m x 3.45m (11’07” x 11’03”)
ROOM 2 4.33m x 3.54m (14’02” x 11’07”)

ROOM 1 4.74m x 3.61m (15’06” x 12’00”)
ROOM 2 3.63m x 3.32m (11’10” x 10’10”)

Adjacent to tennis court. Oak floor. French windows. Electricity laid on. In need
of renovation. There was planning permission for conversion to a detached
dwelling with separate access, now lapsed.

GAMES HALL 8.48m x 5.52m (27’09” x 18’01”)

LADIES CHANGING 3.80m x 2.12m (12’05” x 6’11”)

GENTS CHANGING 3.80m x 2.12m (12’05” x 6’11”)

There is a range of useful outbuildings for storage; some in need of repair, and including the base of a large greenhouse with adjacent boiler room.

Barlay’s garden is laid to mature shrubbery trees, bushes (including azaleas and rhododendrons) and plantations. Much of the kept garden lies to the front and side of the property where there is a large flat area of lawn for convenient use, but it was once more extensive and open to the public, with terraces, a water garden and a vegetable garden, and could be restored.

There is a small burn which traces part of the boundary of Barlay (to the side and front of the property). The rear of the property is laid to woodland. There is driveway access both to front and rear. The rear access also provides access to the cottage and steading areas.

To compliment the amenity garden ground presently laid to lawn, Barlay’s charm is enahanced by attractive woodland (carpeted by snowdrops and bluebells in season) which leads through to the tennis pavilion and beyond, to open land partly laid to wood plantation and partly open to natural reed bed with ponds, as well as some grazing land. This area lies contiguous with Barlay House but there are also several areas of woodland which are discontiguous and are included in the sale. There is abundant bird and wild life.

Barlay is on an unclassified road which is accessed from the A712.

The Council Tax Band relating to this property is: House G.

Cottage C.

The Energy Efficiency Rating for this property is: House F.
Cottage E.

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  • Dumfries (18.1 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Williamson & Henry, Kirkcudbright

3 St. Cuthbert Street Kirkcudbright DG6 4DJ

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