Charming country cottage located in an idyllic setting on the edge of the Loch Lomond National Park. ‘Islay Cottage’ has truly stunning views from its quiet and private grounds but is still only a few minutes’ drive to the local amenities found in the nearby village. The property comprises two double bedrooms, homely sitting room with a wood-burning stove which is linked to the radiators, kitchen, modern bathroom and study area. Externally, the fully-enclosed gardens envelop the house and are mainly laid to lawn but have plentiful areas to sit and take in the surroundings, an attached stone outhouse and a detached timber outhouse with power and lighting. South-facing, eco-friendly, very well insulated and with reclaimed pine flooring this would make a delightful holiday home, full-time residence or a very profitable holiday let. Early viewing is highly recommended.
Surrounded by rolling countryside and hills, and on the shores of Loch Fyne, Strachur (Gaelic for “Valley of the Cur”, with the ‘Cur’ being the name of the river flowing from the hills east of the village) is situated perfectly for commuting to Dunoon, the bustling capital of Cowal, the Royal Burgh of Inveraray, or Loch Lomond but is still only little more than an hour away from Glasgow, as well as the international airport. In the immediate area there are local pubs, tea rooms, a golf course, post office, a petrol station with well stocked shop, doctors, schools and playparks. The area is a growing creative hub with annual film, book and jazz festivals in Dunoon, a local village theatre group and national and international standard restaurants close by. It is the perfect location from escaping the hustle and bustle of city life, but with everything you want on your doorstep.
Lower Floor – Sitting Room, Kitchen, Double Bedroom and Bathroom
Upper Floor – Double Bedroom and Study Area
Islay Cottage can be found approximately half a mile past the sports field in Strachur, on the left hand side of the lane.
A double gate, with side pedestrian gate, opens to the pebbled driveway and on to the cottage, which can be entered either at the front to the vestibule, or at the rear to the kitchen.
1.74m x 1.28m
5’9” x 4’3”
External wooden door opens to the entrance vestibule which has a window to the front garden, radiator and coat hooks for outdoor clothing. Double doors with vertical glass panels lead to the hallway.
The welcoming hallway has solid pine floorboards which flow to the sitting room, bedroom and bathroom. Radiator and ceiling light.
5.00m x 3.45m
16’5” x 11’4”
Cosy sitting room with solid wood flooring, wood-burning stove which heats the radiators in the cottage and country-style windows, with fully operational shutters, looking out to the front garden. Ceiling light, shelved alcove and leads to the kitchen and stairs to the upper floor.
3.95m x 1.70m
13’0” x 5’7”
Galley-style kitchen with contemporary cream units, with wooden worktops over, comprising integrated oven / grill, hob, dishwasher and fridge. Two Velux windows in the ceiling, two ceiling lights, tiled flooring, wall shelves and wooden door to the back garden.
4.50m x 3.45m
14’10” x 11’4”
Double bedroom on the ground floor with open fireplace, pine flooring, windows with shutters and cupboards with shelf, rail and storage areas, ceiling light and radiator. Please ensure that a qualified tradesperson tests the fireplace before use.
3.45m x 2.15m
11’4” x 7’1”
Modern bathroom consisting of white 3-piece suite of bath with shower over, WC and wash-hand basin. White wooden flooring, part-tiled walls, three wall lights, heated towel rail, extractor, wall heater and window to the rear.
A wooden staircase and handrail ascends from the sitting room to the study area on the upper floor.
2.35m x 2.35
7’9” x 7’9”
Handy space at the top of the staircase would make an ideal study area. Carpet, Velux window, radiator and good sized storage cupboard which also houses the water tank.
5.58m x 2.39m
18’4” x 7’10”
Long room on the upper floor with Velux windows on either side, offering glorious vistas of the rolling countryside. Carpet, radiator and storage cupboard to the eaves.
Gardens, Outhouses and Driveway
The property benefits by fully enclosed gardens which are laid mainly to lawn but with a sprinkling of trees, shrubs and plants and with ample space to follow the sunshine whilst enjoying the stunning surroundings. There are two outhouses – a stone one attached to the cottage and a detached timber outhouse which is fully insulated and boasts power and lighting. The pebbled driveway has ample space for several vehicles to park.
Council Tax Band - A
The Photovoltaic panels provide electricity and approximately £600 per annum, and is index linked with a 13 year contract remaining.
The cottage was centrally wired in 2017 with fire and CO2 detectors and fully meet current regulatory requirements for letting purposes.
Planning permission was previously granted for a byre conversion / extension. Although this has now lapsed there is no reason why it would not be granted again.
The main house is traditionally lime rendered and insulated with wool and hemp.
The property has a private septic tank, situated with access rights just outside the fence in the front garden.
A small section of land to the east of the cottage is on loan from the neighbouring estate.
EPC rating: D.