From about 1890, a significant period home of the district in woodland grounds and with wonderful views to mountains and glens.
The house dates from about 1890 and it is a significant period home of the district which provides excellent family and guest accommodation laid out over ground, first and second floor levels. Front elevation rooms feature wonderful views out across the top of the Holy loch towards the mountains and glens beyond.
The house is of substantial stone dressed construction with smooth ashlar at window mullions and doors. The house features distinctive fenestration, (teak to the front elevation), and distinctive over hung eves and all under a slated roof which was re-slated in 1996. Internally there has been the careful and sensitive preservation of many period features including detailed plaster work, timber ceiling relief, picture and ado rails, pitch pine flooring, stained glass and feature fireplaces.
The property is set in good sized and mature woodland gardens which extend to about 0.761 acres. The gardens are bounded by a substantial stone wall and within are wide ranging mature and specimen trees which when in leaf provide much in the way of privacy, seclusion and shelter.
Double outer storm doors to entrance vestibule with recessed mat well, glazed outer door to broad, welcoming entrance, reception, hallway and under stairs stores. Fine drawing room with deep oriel window formation, formal dining room with oriel window formation, TV den or snug with gas stove and door to rear gardens, bathroom with traditional sanitary ware and high flush wc, home office/study, breakfasting dining kitchen with, white enamel, 2 oven Aga range cooker, ceiling pulley, old wash house or scullery with Belfast sink, larder off, door to rear gardens and access to coal cellar.
Broad period staircase to three quarter landing leading to bedroom 1 with decorative fireplace, bedroom 2 with decorative fireplace, well fitted bathroom with domestic hot water tank, separate wc. Broad main landing with picture French style windows with fine views to Holy Loch and surrounding glens, access to narrow leaded veranda. Bedroom 3 with oriel window formation, bedroom 4 (Master) with oriel window formation, bedroom 5, and bedroom 6.
Staircase to second floor upper hallway, leading to former billiards room, general purpose stores, attic bedroom. The Cromlech could have a potential as a Guest house.
The Cromlech is situated just off the A815 in the suburban town of Sandbank which is the settlement on the edge of the Holy loch just to the northern side of the Cowal peninsula town of Dunoon.
The centre of the bustling town of Dunoon is only about 10 minutes drive to the south. Dunoon is the main town of the Cowal Peninsula and has a complete range of shopping, leisure and professional services. The town has a good range of welcoming pubs and restaurants, a library, hospital, secondary school, theatre, cinema, swimming pool and leisure centre. There is a primary school in Sandbank. Some children in the area attend the independent school of St Columbas in Kilmacolm and a private bus service is in operation from Gourock.
Located on the scenic Cowal Peninsula in Argyll, The Cromlech is only a short drive from both the Caledonian McBrayne and Western Ferries terminals from where there are frequent passenger and vehicular sailings across to Gourock. From here, the road and public transport links make it possible to commute on a daily basis to Glasgow and the central belt.
It is equally possible to drive to Glasgow via Loch Lomond which takes a little longer but is via some of the most famous and breathtaking countryside in western Scotland.
Dunoon is the gateway to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and can easily be described as having some of the most dramatic and picturesque scenery in the west of Scotland, it is indeed an outdoor enthusiasts playground.
As with most parts of Scotland, one is never too far from a golf course and Dunoon is no exception – the district having three challenging courses.
The expanding Holy Loch Marina is nearby with its berthing and associated chandlery services, an excellent base from which to sail and explore the world famous lower Clyde and Kyles of Bute inland sea lochs and waterways.
Sea fishing is available on the Firth of Clyde and it is possible to fish for salmon and sea trout by permit on some of the rivers and lochs of the district, with the River Eachaig, the freshwater Loch Eck only a few minutes drive to the north.
Some of the local estates can, by arrangement, offer rough and commercial shooting as well as opportunities to stalk for roe, sika and red deer.
The area is renowned for its spectacular scenery. Benmore Botanic Garden is only five miles away and there are near endless walks, hill climbs and quiet country roads offering wonderful rambling and cycling country.
Bounded by a substantial stone built wall, stone pillars to gravel driveway leading up through woodland gardens to vehicle turning and hard standing area fronted by arched rhododendron hedge. The gardens feature an excellent range of rare specimen trees under planted with colourful rhododendrons and other bushes including birch, Scots Pine, Redwoods, ancient Oaks, Acer canopies, Flowering Cherry. A sheltered sun trap courtyard is at the rear with gate to The Cromlech Road, Chusan Palm and Bamboo stand. About 0.761 acres.
From Glasgow city centre leave in a westerly direction on the M8 motorway. Continue for 21 miles to arrive at Port Glasgow. Follow signs Greenock and Gourock on the A770 for 8 miles to the Western Ferries terminal at McInroys Point. Take the ferry to Hunters Quay turn right on the A815 and proceed in a northerly direction. Continue along the coastal road for approximately 1.6 miles. Turn left onto Fir Brae, after about 100 yards the entrance to The Cromlech is on the right hand side.