A pretty detached west highland cottage recently fully renovated, with aspects to loch Fyne and Inveraray hills, together with flexible outbuildings and additional planning consent*.
Shield Cottage enjoys a slightly elevated position from the coast and foreshore and from where there are excellent vantage points to enjoy the lochs, glens, sea and landscape scenery. In recent times, the house has undergone a complete programme of refurbishment, upgrading and improvement and is now presented in clean fresh decorative order.
Shield Cottage is of white painted rough cast finish under a slated roof. It provides accommodation laid out over two light and bright and easily managed levels.
Outer front porch with door leading to reception hallway, laminate flooring and new staircase, sitting room with window box seating and under stairs stores cupboard, refitted kitchen with click tile effect flooring, rear hallway with door to gardens and access to attic space, refitted shower room and wc, wet wall panelling to dado height and distressed timber effect linoleum floorcovering, bedroom 1 on the ground floor with box window seating, new timber staircase leading to;
Bedroom 2, triple aspect room with fitted wardrobe and new laminate flooring, bedroom 3 (master) with fitted wardrobes, new laminate flooring and newly created and well fitted en suite shower room.
Attached Stone lean to and wood store, stone detached outhouse with additional shed at rear of painted finish under box profile steel roof, two stores formed by former stables, painted stone finish under box profile steel roof.
The access driveway has been cleared and resurfaced with type one compacted gravel. The front gardens are neat and level and lay mainly to grass with a black gravel pathway leading to house and outbuildings. There are dry stone walls and borders stocked with shrubs and small bushes. A small paved terrace is at the front flanked by lap larch fencing. The rear gardens have been largely cleared of overgrown trees and bushes and are ready for planting with new shrubs and bushes.
A secondary and convenient means of accessing Shield Cottage is directly from the A815 where there is a layby, railings and steps leading down to the rear of the cottage.
Shield Cottage is situated in a small cluster of coastal homes close by the pretty loch Fyneside settlement of St Catherines.
The house can be easily accessed from the old coastal road and a new gravel resurfaced driveway, but it is also convenient to easily access at the rear from a lay bay on the A815 from where there are steps and railings which lead down to the cottage.
From its near coastal situation there are good south and west facing waterscape views over the head of Loch Fyne towards Inveraray as well as the imposing and often dramatic hills and glens that surround the loch.
St Catherines is on the eastern shore of Loch Fyne and is about 5 miles away from the pretty and popular Loch Fyneside village of Strachur where there are local shops and services that cater for most everyday needs and requirements.
Primary schooling is available at Strachur and secondary schooling which enjoys an excellent reputation is available at Dunoon Grammar (23 miles). There is a regular school bus run both to the primary and secondary schools. The
nearest independent school is in Helensburgh at 34 miles.
Inveraray is almost adjacent (15 miles around the loch) and also has good local shops and services. Inveraray is a former royal burgh, the traditional county town of Argyll and the ancestral home to the Duke of Argyll.
Glasgow is about 61 miles and offers a full range of higher and further educational services as well as all the cultural and professional services normally associated with a major city. Glasgow Airport is easily accessible and approximately one hours drive away.
The A83 & A82 offer swift access to central Scotland.
Arrochar (18 miles) has a main line rail station with a regular enough service to and from Glasgow city centre and a sleeper service to London. The frequent western ferry service between McInroys Point and Hunters Quay provides alternative travel to Glasgow and the west of mainland Scotland.
The area offers much in the way of outdoor pursuits including cycle routes, challenging hill climbs, walks and several golf courses. The recently established Cowal Way stretches from Portavadie in the West and travels eastwards for 31 miles through some of the most dramatic and picturesque sea and landscapes in the west coast.
Sea, river and loch fishing are also available in the area as are a number of commercially run shoots. Some of the local estates allow stalking by arrangement.
For sailors, the sea lochs of the west of Scotland offer safe anchorages as well as spectacular coastal sailing; there are marina and chandlery services at Rhu, Inverkip, Portavadie and Dunoon.
From Glasgow proceed in a westerly direction on the M8 motorway for about 15 miles taking junction 30 onto the Erskine Bridge. Turn left off the bridge on the A82 and continue for about 25 miles to reach Tarbet. Continue to the left at Tarbet onto the A83 and proceed through Arrochar for a further 13 miles. Turn left onto the A815 and travel for about 4.3 miles. Before reaching St Catherines look out for a layby on the right hand side at the rear of which there are black railings and steps which lead directly to Shield Cottage.
Planning permission to erect a single dwelling to the southern side of Shield Cottage has been approved. The question of waste water treatment remains unresolved and will be a matter entirely for an intending buyer to have approved, should they wish to activate the planning consent. (Planning Reference 16/02580/PP)
Argyll & Bute Council
Tel: 01546 602127
Shield Cottage is served by a mains water supply, drainage is by private septic tank, heating is by LPG heating (New Boiler).
Note: The services have not been checked by the selling agents.
Shield Cottage is in Band D and the amount of council tax payable for 2019/2020 is £1,461.27 including water and excluding sewerage.
EPC rating D
Strictly by appointment with Robb Residential, telephone 0141 225 3880.