A substantial honey stone Victorian period home in an elevated position with spectacular views over Rothesay bay, Loch Striven and the eastern openings of the world famous Kyles of Bute.
Dowries is an exceptional and spacious semi-detached Victorian house which provides excellent family and guest accommodation over three light and bright and easily managed levels.
The property is a fine example of spacious semi detached Victorian elegance within which, over the years has seen the sensitive careful preservation of a host of period features including ornate plaster work, roses and cornices, picture rails and feature fireplaces.
The home offers a depth of accommodation which is very well suited to family and guest living as well as offering excellent and flexible home office space for those who are in a position to operate remotely.
The house is of substantial honey coloured sandstone construction under a slated roof and it is set in manicured and well stocked gardens which are both kitchen productive and provide year round colour and interest. Raised decks provide vantage points from which to enjoy the views as well as alfresco dining and sundowner areas.
Double leaf outer storm doors to entrance vestibule with mosaic tile floor, stained glass door with side screens to main reception hallway with hardwood herringbone oak flooring, fine period sitting room with deep bay window formation with hardwood herringbone oak flooring, formal dining room with hardwood herringbone oak flooring, shelved former butlers pantry with hatch to kitchen, cloaks/wc, family or TV room, under stairs cloak room, well equipped and integrated kitchen with range type cooker, fitted pantry/larder/refrigerator store, rear hallway with 2 x doors to east and west gardens, utility and boiler room with 2 ceiling mounted pulleys, wine cellar, workshop with Belfast sink, wc, flagged floor, old coal cellar.
Period staircase to upper hallway and galleried landing, general purpose store, main 5 piece bath and shower room with spa bath and shallow press, shelved linen cupboard and domestic hot water tank, bedroom 1, bedroom 2 (single), bedroom 3, master with deep bay window formation, 4 piece shower room which is Jack & Jill from hall to bedroom 4 with side bay window and fitted cupboard, first floor TV room or study with black cast iron range, shelved store and door to spiral stair return to ground floor.
Staircase to second floor upper hallway, loft access, shelved press, bedroom 5, with feature arched fenestration (currently set up as study), bedroom 6 with skylight window, bedroom 7 with double dormer fenestration, 2nd home office or study, archive storeroom, water tank room and general-purpose store.
Old stone coal house and general-purpose store, garden shed tomato houses.
Galvanised steel gate in gate piers and stone retaining wall supporting sloped alpine bed, split block paved pathway leading to the front door. Gravel apron and stocked beds. Mixed beech and escallonia hedge defining boundaries. Trellis gate and fence to rear gardens, sloping side lawn, higher pathway to rear stepped deck with gravel inserts, garden furniture and alfresco dining area. Trellis arch with climbers and pampas grasses to stocked herb garden. Mature lawn with well stocked alpine and bark mulched beds, mixture of hebes, bamboo stands, rhododendrons, fuchsias and buddleia to name a few. Sheltered gravel terrace and rear viewpoints, raised kitchen produce planters.
From Glasgow, travel west on the M8 to Greenock, and then continue on the A78 to Wemyss Bay. Take the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry to Rothesay (35 minutes). On leaving the ferry at Rothesay, follow the exit road to the traffic lights and turn left, proceed along the coastal road (A844) for about 1 mile. Turn right onto Grosvenor Road, proceed to the top to reach Crichton Road. Turn right onto Crichton Road and Dowries, number 39 is located on the left hand side.
Argyll and Bute Council
Tel: 01546 605522
Mains water supply, mains drainage, mains gas, gas fired central heating, double glazing.
Note: The services have not been checked by the selling agents.
Dowries is in Council Tax band E and the amount payable for the period 2022/2023 is £2,435.71 including water and drainage.
Dowries is situated in an area known locally as Craigmore on the eastern side of the Isle of Butes capital town of Rothesay. From its elevated vantage point on Crichton Road, the house commands uninterrupted views across Rothesay Bay, Loch Striven and the Eastern openings of the world famous Kyles of Bute. The waterscape aspect is always lively with the coming and going of the Caledonian Macbrayne Ferry service to and from Wemyss Bay as well as the movement of pleasure boats and sailing yachts as they venture through the famous and highly scenic Kyles of Bute.
Rothesay town 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 approximately 40 and 50 minutes drive respectively from Wemyss Bay.
Rothesay has an 18 hole golf course, from most of which 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 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 well known for its sailing on the 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, chandlery services and sheltered moorings in Rothesay and Port Bannatyne.
Strictly by appointment with Robb Residential, telephone 0141 225 3880.
Vacant possession will be given on completion.
Offers are to be submitted in Scottish legal terms to the selling agents Robb Residential, 176 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5SG. A closing date for offers may be fixed and prospective purchasers are advised to register their interest with the selling agents in order to be kept fully informed of any closing date that may be fixed.
Photographs from archived December 2021, particulars prepared December 2022.