Property SummaryA well-priced detached bungalow with secondary 'A' frame chalet in a secret location with wonderful southerly views to Loch Striven.
Hillhouse is situated in a wonderful secret sylvan location more or less at the head of the loch sea loch of Loch Striven. From its raised vantage point there are wonderful southerly views over the sea loch of Loch Striven and the surrounding mountains and glens.
Colintraive (8 miles to the south) has a hotel with a friendly bar and an enviable reputation for pub and restaurant cuisine, an everyday provisions shop, post office, heritage centre, community garden and an all-weather bowling green. From Colintraive there is a short and regular 5-minute Calmac ferry crossing to the neighbouring Island of Bute. The main town on Bute is Rothesay where there are local shops, a supermarket and a further ferry to the Clyde coast. The other main centre in the area is Dunoon which provides further shops, supermarket and services, in addition to two competing ferry services across the Clyde. Excellent local medical services are delivered from Tighnabruaich.
There is a local primary school at Glendaruel and secondary schooling is available at Dunoon Grammar, which has an excellent reputation. A school bus runs from Colintraive to Dunoon Grammar in the morning and afternoon to transport students to and from school. It is possible for some of the students to board at the school.
The area offers much in the way of relaxing outdoor pursuits, including yachting and boating, golf, fishing, hill walking and country walks in an area rich in history. The Cowal Way stretches from Portavadie on Loch Fyne and travels for some 31 miles to Arrochar through some of the most dramatic and picturesque sea and landscapes on the west coast.
A scenic 9-hole golf course is at Kames, with further courses on the Island of Bute and at Dunoon. Sea, river and loch fishing are also available in the area as are a number of shoots run either commercially or by syndicates. Some of the local estates allow stalking by arrangement.
Local bus services run to Tighnabruaich, Rothesay and Dunoon.
The Braehead retail village to the west of Glasgow is only 40 miles (albeit including a short ferry crossing over the Clyde) and has Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury's anchor stores, a range of High Street multiples, plus an IKEA superstore. Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Morrisons each have large outlets in Greenock, circa 10 minutes (in normal driving conditions) from the ferry terminals.
The city of Glasgow is 43 miles by ferry and provides extensive retail, commercial, cultural, higher educational and leisure services.
Hillhouse is a Doran constructed detached bungalow with a single storey studio addition and excellent sub floor garaging and cellarage.
The house is well appointed and well-presented and it is situated amid private sheltered woodland gardens which extend to some 2.5 acres or thereby.
In addition to the house is an 'A' frame chalet and box profile steel machinery shed.
Outer canopy porch to entrance reception hallway, bright conservatory, sitting room with picture window formation and French doors to veranda, breakfasting fitted kitchen with tiled floor, patio doors lead to the conservatory, reception hallway with 2 x general purpose stores, bath and shower room Jack & Jill to bedroom 1, bedroom 2 (master) with fitted wardrobes, en suite dressing room and en suite bath and shower rooms, bedroom 3.
Stairs lead down to extension and former studio room with door leading to workshop and general purpose store with door leading to front gardens.
Integral sub floor double garage and extensive cellarage and stores, boiler house area.
Detached cedar clad 'A' frame chalet/bunkhouse with steel tram spiral stair to mezzanine level.
Detached box profile steel tractor and implements shed with log store at side,
Gravel tree lined driveway opening to broad gravel sweep, vehicle turning and hard standing area. A beech hedge fringes the front driveway. Steps lead up to the house fringed with well stocked beds and borders and gravel pathway to rock pool garden pond before leading to mature and gently sloping gardens mainly to grass with numerous specimen trees and bushes. The gardens are bounded by a mixture of tall soft and hardwood trees which provide shelter, privacy and amenity.
Private water supply, drainage is by private septic tank, oil fired central heating combined with wood burning boiler, solar panels, double glazing.
From Glasgow city centre leave in a westerly direction on the M8 motorway. Continue for 21 miles to arrive at Port Glasgow. Keep going straight (parallel to the shoreline) through the adjoining towns of Greenock and Gourock on the A770 for 8 miles to reach the Western Ferry terminal at McInroys Point (this is the second of the two ferry terminals and provides a more frequent service). Take the ferry to Hunters Quay, Dunoon. Leaving the terminal turn right onto the A815. At the 'T' junction adjacent to the marina in Sandbank turn right. After approx 1.5 miles turn left on to the B836. Travel for about 8.4 miles and when heading up the hill from Loch Striven Lochside the entrance to Hillhouse is on the right hand side.