The C-listed Tower was built around 1860 by Colonel Johnstone, the Laird of Auchencairn House, probably for his French mistress, who was also a governess to the family.
Situated on a rock promontory at the entrance to Balcary Bay on the Solway Firth in Dumfries & Galloway, the property is as close as it comes to island living without having to leave the shore. Its setting at the end of a long private wooded drive ensures a high degree of privacy. The raised terraces above the shoreline provide an ideal location for entertaining, dining or to sit and enjoy the beautiful views.
Hestan Island was a centre for smugglers for much of the 18th century and was also used for fishing by the Cistercian order of monks who built Dundrennan Abbey near Kirkcudbright. The island is sometimes accessible on foot during certain periods of low tide. Today Balcary Bay is popular with kayakers.
David Corrie, a partner with Galbraith, said:
Balcary Tower has all the elements to create a wonderful lifestyle in a superb and secluded coastal setting. Refurbished with the attention to detail and sympathy a property such as this deserves, the Tower offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a unique property in impeccable condition.
The Tower was extended in the 1960s and again in the 1970s and mostly recently was entirely refurbished in 2012 to a very high standard.
The accommodation includes a formal dining room, cosy drawing room with wood burning stove and a wonderful open plan kitchen/sitting room with dining area. The kitchen has Gaggenau appliances and superb fixtures and fittings. The sitting room has a Contura wood burning stove and a large picture window overlooking the rock pool and to the sea beyond. There are four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a shower room. The master bedroom has a dressing room as well as its en suite bathroom with amazing sea views.
The roof of the Tower offers stunning 360° views of the estuary, Hestan Island, garden and surrounding countryside. The Tower has Optical Fibre BT Cable installed which means that it benefits from internet speeds in excess of 150 mbps.
The property has a rock-cut swimming pool which fills naturally with sea water at high tide and has a sluice gate so that water can be changed if required. The paddock would be ideal for grazing sheep or horses.
The Boathouse was constructed in 2013 and measures approximately 15m x 8m with two workshops on the ground floor, with a mezzanine storage floor above. There are other outbuildings including two greenhouses and two garden sheds.
The gardens are landscaped into the natural sloping topography of the land around and behind the house and are predominantly wooded with some open areas with flowering shrubs and perennials, including carpets of snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells throughout the spring. There is a raised bed vegetable garden and a separate fruit garden.
Balcary Tower is on the market through Galbraith for offers over £1,111,111.