A handsome and substantial stone house over 2 levels in a delightful coastal situation with scenic views to the sheltered anchorage and Tarbert Marina
Queensgate is a delightful stone built C listed house under a slated roof. The architecture of the house is in typical traditional west coast highland style and externally features intricately carved soffits and facia boards. Internally, the house has been nicely preserved with the clever retention of ornate cornice work, ceiling roses, picture rails and restored timbers.
Queensgate occupies beautifully stocked and tended gardens. The accommodation, which has been significantly improved, is laid out over two easily managed levels and is currently split into separate upper and lower apartments. Reintegration to a single home would be straightforward and with ease.
Outer canopy porch to main outer doorway leading to entrance vestibule, main reception hallway, sitting room with fitted fireplace, well preserved ornate cornice work and ceiling rose. Bedroom 1 with window due north, fitted fireplace, bedroom 2 with window overlooking rear gardens. Family bathroom, bath with over head shower, equipped and easily worked kitchen with space for breakfasting table and chairs, 4-door Rayburn cooker, window to rear gardens, small rear inner hall providing access to first floor and rear gardens.
Via a carpeted stone staircase, inner front door to first floor landing, additional storage cupboard, family bathroom with bath and overhead shower, Velux window. Bedroom 3 with window formation providing uninterrupted views due north, fitted cupboard, fitted fireplace (capped). Bedroom 4 with fitted fireplace (capped), bedroom 5 with Velux window, fitted cupboard, access to attic (not inspected). Sitting room with multi fuel burner and uninterrupted views over Tarbert Harbour, equipped and easily worked kitchen with space for breakfasting table and chairs, window to rear gardens.
Via a steel gate, a gravel pathway leads to the front gardens which are gently sloping to grass with natural exposed rocky outcrops and where there are further trees and bushes. The gravel pathway leads around to the rear gardens where there is a pretty sunspot ideal for alfresco dining and access to the upper apartment. The gardens are laid mainly to grass with random trees and bushes which include Laburnum Cotoneaster, Hazels, numerous fruit bearing trees, copper and green beeches, evergreens, fuscias are bounded by a substantial stone wall and hedging. The grounds extend to circa 0.35 acres.
Tarbert is a picturesque West of Scotland fishing harbour town situated on the sheltered eastern side of the Kintyre peninsula, about 14 miles to the south of Lochgilphead and about 36 miles to the north of Campbeltown.
The house is situated on Pier Road and as the name suggests is close to the pier and associated waterscape views over the sheltered anchorage of the harbour and Tarbert marina. The harbour entrance is always lively with the coming and going of commercial and pleasure boating craft.
Tarbert has a number of friendly harbour side pubs and restaurants. It is renowned for hosting the annual Scottish Series Yachting Event, its seafood and folk festivals. Tarbert has primary and secondary schooling as well as a range of specialist shops and a small supermarket which combine to provide for most daily needs and requirements.
From Tarbert there is a ferry link to Portavadie, which gives access to an alternative route to Glasgow via Dunoon and Gourock.
11 miles away to the south is the picturesque little ferry port of Claonaig, by Skipness, which connects Lochranza on the island of Arran to the Kintyre peninsula, whilst the Kennacraig ferry is 6 miles south (just off the A83) and connects the Kintyre mainland with Islay, Jura and Colonsay.
The A83 leads to Lochgilphead and Campbeltown (14 and 36 respectively) both offering fuller shopping and professional services. The latter is the main shopping town for the peninsula and provides a further range of facilities including supermarkets, garages, the award winning Aqualibrium leisure centre and library, a hospital and a cinema. The hospital has an air-ambulance service to the Southern General hospital in Glasgow for emergencies.
Campbeltown holds an annual regatta, a week-long music festival and the Mull of Kintyre half marathon.
For sporting/outdoor enthusiasts, the links course of Machrihanish is of international acclaim and attracts many visitors. A new 18-hole golf course known as the Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club has also recently opened. Tarbert has a challenging 18-hole course and there are 9-hole courses in Carradale and on the island of Gigha. The beach of Machrihanish Bay is well known for windsurfing and surf canoeing.
Some of the most scenic sailing in the world is available with access to either Loch Fyne at Tarbert or the west coast and the Inner Hebrides from West Loch Tarbert. The Crinan Canal also connects Loch Fyne at Ardrishaig with Loch Crinan and on to Mull and the Hebrides. Tarbert has its own sheltered marina and moorings and across the Fyne at Portavadie is a recently opened marina; both have associated marina and chandlery services.
Productive sea fishing from shore and boat is available locally and there are trout and salmon opportunities by permit in surrounding rivers and hill lochs.
The countryside is a delight in which to walk or cycle and there is no shortage of scenic routes and places of archaeological and historical interest to visit.
The islands of Davaar and Gigha are nearby and are steeped in history, with stunning scenery and landscapes which attract an abundance of wildlife.
A long distance footpath called the Kintyre Way was completed in 2006 and stretches from Tarbert at the north end of the peninsula, to Southend in the south and criss-crosses the peninsula, connecting communities and landscape, people and produce. The Kintyre Way is 89 miles long in total and provides 4 to 7 days worth of walking. There is serious hiking and gentle rambles.
From Glasgow take the A82 and A83 to reach the west coast town/port of Tarbert. On arrival in Tarbert proceed to the centre of the village with the harbour on the left and the A83 bearing right. At this point turn left and proceed along the front (Pier Road) for about 400 yards, passing the fishing boat catch landing quay, continue along Pier Road to find Queensgate on the right hand side.