A delightful south facing coastal home overlooking Balvicar Bay in the very pretty ribbon settlement of Clachan Seil.
Ardtun is an excellent, relatively modern, detached and extended house which is set amid sheltered and well screened gardens. The house is of white painted harled exterior over a facing brick base course, and all under a tiled roof with UPVC rainwater goods, soffits and facia boards.
The house is set just off a quiet and privately owned access lane and its gardens extend southwards down to the foreshore and beach at Balvicar Bay, and northwards across the access lane at the rear to meet the B844. The house is well screened and privatised by mature trees and bushes and it has a near full southerly exposure with views out across Balvicar Bay to the sheltered anchorage by Eilean Tornal.
Outer door to glazed entrance porch, inner glazed door with side screens to entrance reception hallway, linen cupboard and domestic hot water tank store, double fronted cloaks cupboard, twin leaf glazed doors to well-proportioned dual aspect sitting room, the front picture window taking maximum advantage of the waterscape views. Facing brick fireplace with coal burning living flame effect fire on a raised tile hearth and cedar clad chimney breast. Open plan arch to formal dining room with gallery and steps down to sun/garden room with vaulted ceiling and patio doors leading to deck and gardens, neat home office or study area. Archway via fitted larder to good sized and easily worked fitted kitchen. Bedroom 1 with 2 sets triple fronted sliding doors wardrobes and en suite shower room. From main reception hallway, bedroom 2 and 3 both with 1 set double fronted mirrored wardrobes and 1 set double fronted wardrobes, bedroom 4 with double fronted mirrored wardrobes, shower room and wc, plus separate wc.
Detached garage with up and over door, concrete floor, light and power, utility room to the side with fitted units and plumbing for white goods.
Twin leaf timber gates to block paved driveway and vehicle hard standing to the front of the garage. Pathway to access door and around both sides of the house. Rear gardens (N) are to grass lawn bounded and screened by colourful rhododendrons, azaleas, hostas, iris, lovely silver birch canopy, camellias and ornamental lily pond at the northern side. A screen of mature evergreens is at either side of the house. Deck and concrete terrace at the front offering sheltered spaces for alfresco dining and sun downers. Lawn to the front with stocked beds, borders and inserts with wide ranging plants, shrubs, trees and bushes. Alpines, rowans, birches, azaleas, fuchsia and a rarer buddleja globosa. The gardens have a gate providing immediate access to beach and foreshore at the southern side.
Argyll & Bute Council
Tel: 01546 602127
Mains water supply, mains drainage, oil fired central heating, double glazing.
Note: The services have not been checked by the selling agents.
Ardtun is in council tax band G and the amount of council tax payable for 2021/22 is £3,443.77.
Strictly by appointment with Robb Residential, telephone 0141 225 3880.
Ardtun is located immediately on the beach and foreshore at Balvicar Bay and is part of the ribbon settlement of Clachan Seil on the Island of Seil. From its front gardens, the house enjoys a near full southerly exposure with views out across Balvicar Bay to the sheltered anchorage by Eilean Tornal which is the larger of the series of small islands and outcrops within this very pretty inland sea loch.
Isle of Seil is the closest of the Southern Inner Hebrides and the only one reachable by bridge, Seil retains all the characteristics of the island heritage of the West Highlands. Located 13 miles or so south of Oban, the diamond-shaped island measures an irregular 4.5 miles by 2 and nestles close into the mainland, separated only by a narrow sound, over which the famous Bridge over the Atlantic gives access. This bridge, built by General Wade in the late 18th century, opened the Inner Hebrides to the Redcoat garrison still occupying most of Argyll and Appin after the rebellion of 1745. The bridge, covered by fairy foxgloves in spring, remains the islands link to the outside world.
Close by the west end of the bridge stands the Tigh an Truish, the House of the Trousers, now an inn. After the rebellion of 1745, when the wearing of the kilt was banned, islanders would change here into trews (trousers) before wading to the mainland. The pub remains the centre of many island activities and serves excellent locally sourced seafood.
There are three centres of population on Seil. The first, to the north, is Clachan Seil (literally the village of Seil), which scatters itself across the foreshore for a mile or so. Balvicar, in the centre of the island, has an excellent local grocery store, post office, professional boatyard and the nine hole Isle of Seil Golf Course. To the south is the village of Ellenabeich, gateway to another small island, Easdale, reached by a passenger ferry. Both have pubs (The Oyster Bar and the Puffer respectively). North Cuan, a couple of miles to the south-east, is the terminal for the car ferry to Luing.
The island once had seven churches; most are now gone but an active congregation persists. There is an active Community Council and a community newsletter. The village halls at Ellenabeich and on Easdale are venues for social events, clubs and sports. There is a primary school at Ellenabeich and secondary schooling is at Oban High School. A school bus service operates.
The local wildlife includes seals, otters, roe deer, badgers, herons, buzzards, swans, seabirds, occasional eagles and many colourful smaller bird species as well as a naturalised pheasant population. Porpoises, dolphins, basking sharks and Minke whales are all seen regularly in the surrounding waters. Divers find some of the clearest waters in the UK off the shores of Seil and the Garvellachs.
Seil has excellent facilities for yachtsmen, both local and visiting, with anchorages providing shelter on passage from Crinan to the Sound of Mull. Inshore pleasure fishing is complemented by a variety of boat excursions, based at Seil Sound and Ellenabeich.
The local area is riven with slate beds and abounds with the resultant quarries, now disused. Most of Glasgow at one time had roofs of Easdale slate. Museums to the slate industry are located in Ellenabeich and on Easdale. A former quarry on Easdale hosts the Annual World Stone Skimming Championships each September.
Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the Inner Hebridean climate can often be several degrees warmer than the mainland and it seldom freezes or snows in winter.
From Oban proceed in a southerly direction on the A816 towards Lochgilphead for approximately 7.5 miles. Take the right signposted Easdale and Isle of Seil onto the B844 and continue for 6 miles, crossing the 'Bridge over the Atlantic'. Once across the bridge continue on the B844 for 1.7 miles before turning left onto the access lane. Continue along the access lane to find Ardtun which is the third property on the left-hand side.