CLOSING DATE SET FOR OFFERS TUESDAY 30TH MARCH AT 12 NOON. Three historic cottages in need of total redevelopment in a wonderful coastal location of great natural scenic beauty at the southern end of the Ardlamont Peninsula.
The Ferry Cottages comprise two separate structures: South Cottage, a detached single storey cottage of rough cast pebble dash exterior under a slated roof; and the North & Mid Cottages, which are semi-detached properties on 2 levels. North & Mid Cottages are of painted stone exterior and under slated roofs.
Outer door to entrance garden room/conservatory, opaque glazed door to entrance reception hallway with coat hooks to the side, opaque glazed door to sitting room with dual aspect and fireplace. Access door to kitchen at rear, door to rear porch with concrete floor and door to rear gardens. Shower room & wc, bedroom 1, bedroom 2 with fitted furniture. Retractable ladder from hallway to partially floored and insulated attic space with long term storage cupboard.
Mains water supply, mains electricity, electric night store and thermostatic panel heating, BT phone line, drainage by shared septic tank (with Mid Cottage).
Driveway and hard standing area at the end of the access road, pathway and gravel terrace at the front. Hedging and trees at the front as well as a grass terrace sloping down to meet the rocky foreshore. Pathway at the rear, dwarf retaining wall supporting raised gravel bed stocked with colourful shrubs and bushes including Pieris, Camelia and a mature Yucca palm, numerous spring bulbs and a drying green.
Outer door to entrance porch, door to reception hallway, sitting room with multi fuel stove in brick fireplace, small Edinburgh Press, kitchen, bedroom 1, bedroom 2, bathroom.
Steps from rear of kitchen to upper floor bedroom with front and rear Velux windows, cupboard with long term storage and hot tank. Door to floored long term storage attic room.
Mains water supply, mains electricity, drainage by direct outflow, multi fuel stove.
Outer canopy porch, split stable door to bedroom 1, dressing room, shower and wc, sitting room with open fireplace, kitchen.
Stairs at rear of sitting room to bedroom 2.
Drainage by shared septic tank (with South Cottage), mains electric, mains water.
Note: The services have not been checked by the selling agents.
Garden & Grounds
Rear access lanes to Mid and North Cottages, tree lined and opening to grass area fringed with shrubs and whin bushes. Grounds extend to rocky foreshore with rocky outcrops around a sheltered bay.
Argyll & Bute Council
South Cottage is in council tax band C and the amount payable for 2020/2021 is £1377.23 to include mains water and excluding drainage.
North Cottage is in council tax band C and the amount payable for 2020/2021 is £1377.23 to include mains water and excluding drainage.
Mid Cottage is in council tax band A and the amount payable for 2020/2021 is £1053.48 to include mains water and excluding drainage.
The Ferry Cottages sit in an area of great natural scenic beauty at the southern end of the Ardlamont peninsula. The cottages are situated at the end of an adopted road that serves only The Ferry Cottages, some 0.2 miles from the minor single track public road that runs around the peninsula.
The Ferry Cottages are located immediately on the foreshore and enjoy uninterrupted views across the seascape of the mouth of the West Kyle to Ettrick Bay on the adjacent island of Bute.
The cottages are surrounded by open countryside and farmland and are about 3.5 miles to the south of the coastal ribbon settlement of Kames on the very pretty and famous Kyles of Bute.
The village of Kames sits just to the south of Tighnabruaich, perhaps its rather better known neighbour. Kames has its own hotel, post office and shop which easily cater for everyday needs and requirements.
Tighnabruaich, previously voted the prettiest village in Argyll, Lomond and Stirlingshire, is about 1.5 miles further to the north, and is a well-known sheltered anchorage with moorings that are always lively with the comings and goings of boating and yachting craft, all under the protection of the local lifeboat station.
The village centre offers further shops, a post office, garage, gallery, and hotel or self-catering accommodation. A bus service runs from Kames via Tighnabruaich to both Rothesay and Dunoon.
During the summer months, the internationally-renowned sailing school is very popular, as is the PS Waverley, the last seagoing passenger-carrying paddle steamer in the world, which calls at Tighnabruaich Pier on her way to and from Arran.
Portavadie Marina is 6.5 miles away and has in recent years seen significant investment in creating a modern state of the art marina infrastructure, with associated chandlery, restaurant, accommodation, and spa facilities. The marina is fast gaining a reputation among the sailing communities as a must-go-to destination and many drive to the marina for culinary days and evenings out.
Tarbert is 11 miles (by boat) to the west and accessible by a direct ferry service from Portavadie.
The city of Glasgow is 60 miles away via the frequent Western Ferries crossing to Gourock, or via the scenic 90 mile route via Loch Lomond. Glasgow offers numerous retail districts, and all the higher educational, cultural and leisure services normally associated with a major international centre.
Tighnabruaich has a reputable and award-winning primary school, and secondary schooling is available at Dunoon Grammar or Tarbert via the short crossing from Portavadie.
The area is famous for its dramatic natural beauty; yachtsmen and women around the world sail through the scenic Kyles from the Clyde marinas and on up through Loch Fyne to Ardrishaig through the Crinan canal and out to the Hebridean islands.
The area offers much in the way of relaxing outdoor pursuits beyond the famous sailing school. There is tennis, and Tighnabruaich Golf Club has a scenic and challenging 9-hole golf course.
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.
Tighnabruaich lies on Argylls Secret Coast, which stretches from Strachur at the top of Loch Fyne round the coast to Colintraive. It is an area of stunning natural beauty with countless opportunities to discover peaceful locations. Nearby activities include walks in forests or along the coast, fishing, kayaking or sailing and enjoying the wildlife.
The cottages were originally part of the Ardlamont Estate and, when a working estate, the cottages provided housing for some of the estate workers. The old sail window, for storing sails during the winter, is still visible in the south gable of the North Ferry, though now inaccessible from outside with the later addition of the Mid Ferry.
Although the Bute crossing went from Blairs Ferry a few miles to the north, the bay by the cottages – called Blindmans Bay – provided enough shelter to allow passengers and post to be taken out to passing steamers.
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 reach the Western Ferry terminal at McInroys Point. Take the ferry to Hunters Quay Dunoon. Leave the terminal and turn right on the A815 through Sandbank. After 3.5 miles turn left on to the B836. Travel for 11 miles before turning right on to the A886. Travel for 1.5 miles then turn left onto the B8003. Travel for 7 miles to reach Tighnabruaich. At Tighnabruaich proceed south through Tighnabruaich to reach Kames. At the crossroads in Kames, turn left and continue on the minor road until it reaches the foreshore. Turn right at the foreshore and continue on the minor coastal road for about 3.5 miles. As the road makes a sharp turning to the right, turn left onto the access driveway and continue for about 0.2 miles to find the Ferry Cottages at the bottom.