Full of character and charm a prominent and handsome semi detached Victorian villa with near 270 degree waterscape panorama.
Silverknowe is situated just to the east of the main town of Rothesay in an area known locally as Craigmore on the west of Scotland Island of Bute. The house is in a mature location and on the promontory that overlooks the firth of Clyde, and from where there are panoramic, spectacular and often dramatic aspects out across the firth of Clyde, northwards to Toward, east to the mainland and southerly to Largs and the Cumbraes.
The house is set in landscaped, strategically stocked and well planned gardens which are well defined and stocked to ensure year round interest and colour.
Rothesay town is about 1.5 miles to the west and it has thriving shopping, leisure and educational facilities including a larger sized Co-op. Caledonian MacBrayne operates a frequent ferry service to Wemyss Bay, which has direct rail links to Glasgow. A second ferry service runs between Rhubodach on the north of Bute to Colintraive giving access to Argyll and the West Highlands.
The two nearest airports are Glasgow and Prestwick, which are a circa 40 and 50 minutes drive respectively in normal driving conditions from Wemyss Bay.
Rothesay has an 18 hole golf course from where there are outstanding views of the Firth of Clyde and Arran. Smaller courses are at Port Bannatyne and Kingarth. Bute is an area of significant natural beauty and enjoys a mild climate, with many opportunities for coastal and hill walking and mountain biking. Fresh water and sea fishing are available, and there are shooting and stalking opportunities. The island has its own grass airstrip for light aircraft and microlights.
The area is notable for its sailing on the famous Kyles of Bute, which is a National Scenic Area. Tighnabruaich and Colintraive to the north, and the Crinan Canal and Tarbert to the West, are centres of lively sailing activity throughout the season. There are marinas, sheltered moorings, chandlery and boating services in Rothesay and Port Bannatyne.
Silverknowe is a striking stone built semi-detached period home which provides spacious and well-presented accommodation laid out over three main levels.
The house is of hewn tooled stone construction with distinctive oriel window with upper plant guards and overhung eves with top finial.
Internally there has been the sensitive preservation of period features including detailed plaster work to cornices and ceiling roses, original picture rails and all is presented in a fresh neutral palette of décor.
Twin leaf outer storm doors to entrance vestibule, bevel glass door to broad welcoming entrance reception hallway with contrasting black and white tile floor, drawing room with deep feature oriel window formation with stained glass to upper quarters, multi fuel stove set on a slate hearth and Edinburgh press. Formal dining room with dual aspect and Edinburgh press, under stairs stores with further access to useful full height cellarage and basement, well equipped breakfasting kitchen with Belling range cooker and twin Belfast sinks, utility room with door to rear gardens central heating boiler and solar panel gear, refitted wc, staircase off kitchen leading to former maids room offering flexible use as bedroom or home office/study.
Period staircase with wood turned banister and cast iron spindles, to first floor landing leading to bedroom 1 with shallow press, tiled bathroom, bedroom 2, a dual aspect room with en suite shower room, It has exceptional detailed, Arts and Crafts coving and ceiling rose, dating from 1888, all in perfect condition,.
Secondary staircase to second floor upper hallway with stained glass rooflight, leading to bedroom 3, bedroom 4, second floor shower room, access via retractable ladder to attic space.
Garden shed, summer house, workshop and general-purpose store.
Gardens & Grounds
Twin stone gate piers with resting lions, steps and pathway leading to front door, gently sloping lawn with well stocked beds and borders, feature garden pond, gravel pathway and terrace with seating and view vantage points, stand of Gunnera and fuchsia bush. Gate to rear gardens laid to grass again with well stocked beds and borders, drying green, kitchen produce planters all bounded by well pruned privet hedge ensuring privacy and seclusion.