With a wonderful southwest facing aspect, a detached house within in the pretty coastal ribbon strip settlement of Colintraive.
Southall School House is a detached property of traditional brick and block construction, it is of white painted harled finish under a slated roof, the accommodation is laid out over two easily managed levels with ground floor front rooms benefitting from the wonderful and highly scenic views out and across the narrows of the east Kyle's of Bute towards the island of Bute itself.
Southall School House requires a degree of modernisation, upgrading and improvement and when completed this is a property and accommodation type that will suit many, it is perfect for principal private residence, second or holiday home or as a secure income generating self-catering holiday letting investment property.
Twin leaf outer storm doors to entrance vestibule, glass panel door to entrance reception hallway with cloaks cupboard with electrical gear as well as second store with slatted shelving. The sitting room is comfortable with a warming cast iron multi fuel stove on a slab hearth, the kitchen is to the rear and has a shelved larder and door to covered port at the rear, the dining room (or 5th bedroom) is at the front and has a tiled working open fire, an under stairs store this room could easily be a fifth bedroom if required, ground floor bedroom 1, bedroom 2, bathroom with pine clad ceiling.
Staircase to upper hallway with velux window and deep walk-in linen store, bedrooms 3 & 4 both with velux windows and 2 x built in wardrobes, family first floor shower room. Door access from bedroom 4 to eves space and long-term stores.
2 x general purpose stores and out houses, the second housing the hot water tank and oil-fired central heating boiler. Car port running most of the rear of the house.
Double steel gates to concrete driveway and vehicle hard standing the driveway is screened on its southern side by mixed shrubs and bushes. Personal gate to front door, 2 x lawns fronted by escallonia hedge, lawn continues to side with further hedging, flowering cherry trees and custom-built BBQ pit, oil tank and coal store, lawns at the rear with drying green.
A small craft mooring is registered with the crown estates office directly offshore in front of the house. A local community concrete slipway is just to the south of Southall School House.
Fixtures and fittings
All items normally known as tenant's fixtures and fittings, including garden ornaments and statuary, are specifically excluded from the sale. However, certain items, including some items of furniture, the boat and boating gear may be available to a purchaser in addition, by separate negotiation.
Southall School House has a stunning coastal situation on the edge of the Cowal Peninsula. The property is situated overlooking the North end of the Island of Bute with spectacular unobscured views over the Kyles of Bute. Indeed, the village takes its name from the original Gaelic name for the area 'Caol an t'snaimh' meaning the driving straits where cattle were swum over the 'Caoles' being 'Narrows' or 'Straits' now known as 'Kyles of Bute' to the Island of Bute itself.
The area is famous for its stunning natural scenic beauty with deep and narrow sea lochs and high-sided glens which provide a scenic boating route through from the Clyde estuary to Colintraive, Tighnabruaich, Portavadie and the fishing village of Tarbert at Loch Fyne. From Ardrishaig near the head of Loch Fyne it is on through the Crinan Canal to the Western Isles.
Colintraive has a hotel with a friendly bar and an enviable reputation for gastro pub and restaurant cuisine, a shop, post office, heritage centre, community garden and an all-weather bowling green. From Colintraive there is a short and regular (every 30 minutes) Calmac ferry crossing to the neighbouring Island of Bute which takes 5 minutes journey time. 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 47 miles (including a short ferry crossing over the Clyde) and has Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's, 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 Gourock ferry terminal.
The city of Glasgow is 52 miles by ferry and provides extensive retail, commercial, cultural, higher educational and leisure services.
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 11 miles before turning left on to the A886. Follow signs for Colintraive and travel for 4.5 miles. On arrival in Colintraive proceed past the Calmac ferry terminal and past the hotel, proceed over the small bridge and continue for a further 0.9 miles to find Southall School House on the left hand side.
An alternative route is to travel west on the M8 from Glasgow, take the exit marked 'Erskine Bridge' and cross over the bridge following the sign for Dumbarton/Crianlarich which leads on to the A82. Follow the A82 through Dumbarton and up the west shore of Loch Lomond. Two thirds the way up Loch Lomond at Tarbet follow the road round to the left on to the A83. Pass through Arrochar. Just before Cairndow turn left on to the A815. At Strachur turn right on to the A886 which takes you to Colintraive. On arrival in Colintraive follow directions as above.
Argyll & Bute Council
Tel: 01546 602 127
The house is serviced by a mains water supply, mains drainage, oil fired central heating, double glazing.
Note: The services have not been checked by the selling agents.
Southall School House is in Band E and the amount of council tax payable for 2023/2024 is £2557.41 including water charges and drainage.
Viewings 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 St, 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.