A beautiful detached cottage in an idyllic rural setting with views over countryside to Loch Fyne.
The Old Smiddy is a delightful former Blacksmiths Smiddy of stone construction under slated roof.
The house has been sensitively upgraded and is tastefully decorated and a sympathetic extension on the western elevation significantly enlarges the living accommodation and takes maximum advantage of the views over the gardens, countryside and on to Loch Fyne beyond.
The Old Smiddy is one of a collection of only 3 cottages situated at the end of a leafy lane off the single track B8000.
The house is perfect and well set up for principal family living; Kilfinan is also a well-known west of Scotland holiday and short break destinations and so the property offers considerable scope, as a second, or income producing self-catering holiday letting home.
Via outer front door to welcoming entrance hallway, linen cupboard, family bathroom with overhead shower, bedroom 1 & 2 both with fitted wardrobes and windows to front gardens, open plan kitchen cum dining, pantry and cupboard housing the boiler, window to gardens, exposed stone feature wall, cloaks/wc, formal sitting room with fitted enclosed book case, feature floor to ceiling window overlooking rolling countryside and water views, original fireplace, door to gardens and access to bedroom 3.
The garden level of the house provides a 3rd bedroom with en suite shower room.
Private access track from public road leading to a total of 3 homes, the old Smiddy is the first property located on the right hand side. Gravel surfaced vehicular hard standing to side of house, via a close board timber fence to front gardens. Front and side gardens are mainly to lawn with some shrubs and are bounded by a post and wire fence to the front gardens. There is a raised concrete terrace area which is ideal for alfresco sitting and dining and enjoys uninterrupted countryside and water views.
Timber open fronted log store.
The Old Smiddy is situated just off the single track B8000 about 400 yards to the northern side of the pretty Argyllshire hamlet of Kilfinan. A track leads off the B8000 down to only three cottages, of which The Old Smiddy is the first.
From its delightful rural situation there are views which extend out across adjacent farmland to Loch Fyne.
Kilfinan is situated in the area known as Argyll's Secret Coast, which offers outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities with regular sightings of Red Squirrels, Otters, Pine Marten, and Black Grouse. Harbour Seal, Grey Seal and Porpoise are regularly seen in the Loch. Both the iconic Golden Eagle, and Sea Eagle have been recorded in the area and many species of seabirds nest on the islands in Loch Fyne.
Kames & Tighnabruaich are about 9 miles and offer shopping facilities that easily cater for everyday requirements. The Kilfinan Hotel is a short walk from the cottage and the Oystercatcher Restaurant at Otter Ferry is just under 4 miles away at Otter Ferry on the shore of the Loch. Portavadie Marina is approximately 8 miles away offering fine dining and leisure facilities including an outdoor heated pool with stunning views over the loch. The Ferry at Portavadie (5 miles) has regular sailings to Tarbert where there are more village stores and amenities. A main weekly shop would be more likely in Dunoon (25 miles) where there are supermarkets and further stores and services.
Glasgow is 56 miles and has 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 is available at Dunoon where it is possible for senior students to board weekly.
The area is famous for its dramatic natural scenic beauty, yachtsmen and women of the world sail in the area and through Loch Fyne to the Crinan canal to the Hebridean islands.
The area offers much in the way of relaxing outdoor pursuits, there are near endless cycle runs, walks and challenging hill climbs. The recently established Cowal Way stretches from Portavadie in the west and travels eastwards for some 31 miles through some of the most dramatic and picturesque sea and landscapes in the west coast.
There is a scenic 9-hole golf course at Kames, as well as a tennis and a bowling club and a sailing club.
Sea, river and loch fishing is also available in the area as are a number of commercially run shoots. Some of the local estates allow stalking by arrangement.
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 A8003. Travel for 7 miles to reach Tighnabruaich. Proceed south through Tighnabruaich through Kames and continue in a westerly direction on the B8000. After a further 1.3 miles to reach Millhouse. At Millhouse turn right and continue on the B8000 continuing for a further 6 miles, passing through Kilfinan Village. After 400 yards, the driveway to the property is on your left.
As an alternative follow the directions above until reaching the A886. Turn right here and travel for 1.5 miles before turning right on the A8003 travelling for 7.7 miles to reach Tighnabruaich. Continue through Tighnabruaich to Kames and then turn right onto the B8000 following signs for Portavadie. Continue on the B8000 for about 11 miles following signs for Kilfinan, pass through Kilfinan and after about 400 yards turn left on the track to find The Old Smiddy.
Alternatively, by road (and the quicker route past Loch Lomond). Take the M8 through Glasgow and turn off for Erskine Bridge, continue along dual carriageway passing Dumbarton & Loch Lomond turning left onto the A83 at Tarbet. Proceed through Arrochar and Rest & Be Thankful, turning left onto the A815 to Strachur. Turn right at Strachur onto A886, then after 3 miles turn right onto the B8000. This road runs alongside the Loch to Otter Ferry. Follow road left for approx 3.5 miles after Otter Ferry and the driveway to The Old Smiddy is on the right.
Argyll & Bute Council
Mains electricity. Water is by private supply. Drainage is by private septic tank. Liquid Propane Gas central heating. Double Glazing.
Note: The services have not been checked by the selling agents.
Council Tax Band
The Old Smiddy is a Band E, and the amount of council tax payable for 2020/2021 is £1797.05.
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, 150 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5NE. A closing date for offers will probably 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.