Property SummaryREDUCED PRICE - WONDERFUL BED & BREAKFAST OR HOLIDAY LET BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY - A modern detached house in a situation of spectacular natural scenic beauty with breath-taking views of Jura, Islay and the north of Ireland.
Springbank is a modern detached house of painted render finish under a slated roof. The house is only some 5 years old and was design influenced and had work professionally carried out under the supervision of architects and the current owners.
The accommodation is well finished, light, bright and laid out over two easily managed levels. The house has been imaginatively conceived as a family home and its layout lends itself well to family living or a B&B enterprise with good separation from owners and guest bedrooms space.
Throughout the house is evidence of high quality finishes including dressed natural timber, skirtings, facings and doors, integrated kitchen appliances & fittings, quality bathroom ware and ceramics, together with fresh decor in a pleasant neutral palette.
Disabled ramp to main front door to entrance reception hallway with hardwood flooring, shower room, under stairs stores cupboard, fine sitting room with hard wood floor and multi fuel burner on a tiled hearth, patio doors and French door to gardens and terrace, open arch corridor connecting to breakfast and dining room also with hard wood flooring and French doors to terrace and gardens, open plan via breakfast bar to well-equipped and easily worked modern integrated kitchen, rear hallway with electrical switchgear and back door to gardens, utility room. Inner hallway leads to ground floor bedroom accommodation of bedrooms 1, 2 & 3, all with fitted wardrobes and en suite shower rooms.
The first floor is by an easily gained staircase to upper hallway illuminated by velux window, broad landing with double fronted eaves stores, bedroom 4 with 3 x velux windows, exposed stainless steel flue, access to eaves space, bedroom 5 with 3 x velux windows and first floor bathroom.
The property is also wired for a generator.
Double timber country style gates to gravel surfaced yard, vehicle turning and hard standing areas. The gardens are bounded by timber post and rail fencing, comprising a raised flower bed with stone retaining wall, disabled ramp to main front door, drying green at the side, kitchen vegetable produce garden, gravel pathway to raised flagstone patio and terrace wrapping around the side to the front of the house and extending along the front elevation, super viewpoint and south facing space for summer furniture and alfresco dining. The terrace is fringed by a lawn and a sloping bank which is planted up with spring bulbs.
Garage/Outbuildings: Large 4 car garage with 2 x up and over roller doors, concrete floor, light and power, personal door at rear, retractable ladder to floored attic with good long term stores. Well vented log stores.
Ideal for seperate living accommodation.
Springbank is situated on the charming west coast of Scotland's Island of Gigha.
Gigha is 2.8 miles west of the Kintyre peninsula with a regular ferry service. The property is situated on a handpicked site with a dramatic south westerly exposure from which there are remarkable sunsets and spectacular views to the immediate seascape, nearby skerries and the neighbouring islands of Islay, Jura and the north of Ireland.
Gigha has a primary school, shop, hotel with bar, Michelin Star recommended restaurant and a church with regular services. On the mainland, the town of Campbeltown is 22 miles to the south and has two major supermarkets, garages, a full range of shops and professional services, a secondary school, an A&E hospital with an emergency air-ambulance service to Glasgow, leisure facilities (including a modern swimming pool), library and a cinema. Tarbert is 23 miles north and has good local shops and services.
From Tarbert, there are ferry links to Islay and Portavadie, which gives access to an alternative route to Glasgow via Dunoon and Gourock for commuters. There is also a runway strip for light aircraft on the island.
For sporting/outdoor enthusiasts, Gigha has its own 9 hole golf course, and the coastline offers wonderful opportunities to fish, surf, canoe, snorkel and walk. Kit can be hired on the island. There is a recently upgraded pontoon and mooring.
The west of Scotland is world famous for its scenic sailing waters, and around the Mull of Kintyre area leads to the protected waters around Loch Fyne and the Firth of Clyde as well as the scenic Kyles of Bute. North of Gigha leads to the north west coast and the Hebrides.
Productive sea fishing from shore and boat is available locally and there are trout and salmon opportunities by permit in surrounding islands, mainland rivers and hill lochs.
Gigha has its own grass airstrip which is near the south end of the island lying in an east/west direction. The airfield can be used by private planes and microlights.
Gigha is the most southerly and one of the most beautiful of the Hebridean Islands. Seven miles long by a mile and a half wide, Gigha is situated three miles west of the Kintyre peninsular, approximately four hours' drive from the City of Glasgow, with a 20 minute roll on and off ferry every hour. Gigha is easily described as breathtaking - sandy beaches, clear blue green seas and a host of wildlife. The climate is pleasantly mild as a result of the Gulfstream.
The History of Gigha
Step ashore on the Isle of Gigha and you are following in the tracks of the Scots who settled on Kintyre and the Hebrides from Ireland. Of the Vikings who plundered those settlements from distant Scandinavia and of the Norse King Hakon, who also gave the isle its name, Gudey, the Good Isle. The Gaels adjusted the name to Gigha (Pronounced Geea) as time passed.
Throughout history, the isle has been noted for its fertile soil; from 1700 until 1850 it was completely without trees, until the owner planted the woods around Achamore House. Its value in terms of agriculture is reflected throughout its history - good land provided men and women who could carry arms and take part in the islands battles, with the means to survive and prosper. About the time of the fall of the Lord of the Isles, in 1493, Gigha came into the possession of the family of MacNeill of Taynish. The family fought many bitter disputes with the Macdonald Clan to hold onto the island until finally selling it in 1790 to another branch of the Clan Neill, the MacNeills of Colonsay. Thereafter the island has had many owners, the Scarletts, Allens, Hamers - until in 1944 it was sold to Sir James Horlick, when the story of the creation of the great gardens of Achamore began.
The Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust now own the Isle of Gigha, including Achamore Gardens.
The small island of Cara, to the south had remained the property of the MacDonalds of Largie, the last link with the Lord of the Isles. There are McNeills still in Gigha, amongst the 160 inhabitants.
Springbank is serviced by a mains water supply, private drainage by septic tank, oil fired central heating supported by multi fuel burner, double glazing
From Glasgow take the A82 and A83 to reach the west coast town/port of Tarbert. Take the A83 out of Tarbert following signs for Campbeltown. After about 18.5 miles arrive at the ferry port Tayinloan. The roll on roll off ferry is a short crossing to Gigha. Once on the island, turn left at the village shop/post office and head in a southerly direction for 0.6 miles before turning right at the sign for Achamore Gardens. Proceed along this road and onto the track. Continue for 0.3 miles to find Springbank located on the left hand side.