According to Historic Environment Scotland, the estate of Barmagachan belonged to the Keiths, passing to the Muirs through marriage in 1459, with whom it remained until 1511, when it was sold to Thomas MacLellan. The estate was sold by the last of the MacLellans in 1737.
Carrick Bay is around a mile from the property where a sandy beach with safe swimming can be found, also suitable for sailing, windsurfing and canoeing.
The property, with four reception rooms and five bedrooms, is arranged around a central courtyard and sits in six acres of garden, paddock and woodland. Uninterrupted views over the garden, paddock and over Carrick Bay can be enjoyed from the stunning garden terrace with glass balustrading.
Marion Currie, handling the sale for Galbraith in Castle Douglas, said: “Barmagachan House offers flexible accommodation that works beautifully as a large family home, suitable for multi-generational living. Alternatively, the three bedroom wing can be annexed off for holiday letting, having its own spacious kitchen and living area plus separate entrance.
“The property retains a nod to its past including original size windows and wooden shuttering, whilst also incorporating modern living with an open-plan dining kitchen and the sitting room with floor to ceiling glazing and direct access to the outdoor terraced area. A property of this nature and in such a beautiful coastal location doesn’t come on the market too often so we expect a lot of interest be it for family living or perhaps a business opportunity.”
The formal garden grounds have been carefully planned to reflect the family’s travels with a wide variety of plants and shrubs, many with Australian and Chinese origins. The garden has featured in Scotland’s Garden Scheme, an initiative that opens gardens across the country to raise money for charities.
The historic courtyard has been laid to box-edged parterre and to the side of the property is a useful paddock, which also contains a motte which is designated an Ancient Monument. A fruit cage housing blackcurrants, gooseberry and redcurrants, and an asparagus bed sit alongside a small drying green. There is a separate well-stocked fruit orchard and a beautifully laid out vegetable garden.
A wooden bridge crosses the small burn and leads into the woodland where meandering paths lead through the mix of mature coniferous and deciduous trees, among which various nesting boxes are placed. The current owner has added hazel, oak, alder, wild cherry, rowan and willow, creating a real haven for wildlife.
Barmagachan House, Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway is now sold after 72 hours on the market with Galbraith.