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Waterhead On Minnoch

Bargrennan, By Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, DG8 6TB


  • A secluded cottage and bothy deep in the Galloway Forest Park.

  • About 2.88 acres.

  • 2 Reception Rooms, Sun Room, 2 Bedrooms.

  • Private and peaceful location with expansive views.

  • Off-grid with renewable electricity generation system using solar power and wind.

  • 1.5 acres land.

  • Large workshop.

Waterhead on Minnoch enjoys a quiet and secluded location in the heart of the Galloway Forest Park with stunning views over the surrounding woodland and countryside. It is situated about 11 miles south of the pretty conservation village of Straiton. …

Waterhead on Minnoch enjoys a quiet and secluded location in the heart of the Galloway Forest Park with stunning views over the surrounding woodland and countryside. It is situated about 11 miles south of the pretty conservation village of Straiton. The county town of Ayr (23 miles) is also within easy reach (about 40 minutes). Straiton has local village amenities and a well regarded primary school, and Kirkmichael (14 miles) has a new primary school and nursery, community shop and café and a popular pub. The town of Ayr offers a comprehensive range of excellent services including restaurants, shopping, supermarkets and a private co-educational school. The town benefits from a wealth of public parks, good path networks and wide sandy beaches on the Firth of Clyde coast. Newton Stewart in Wigtownshire (20 miles) is a picturesque market town on the River Cree with a variety of shops and services.

The Galloway Forest Park has 300 square miles of forest, moorland, lochs and peaks. There are many interesting country walks and excellent cycling paths. Glentrool Visitor Centre (about 10 miles), has the popular 7stanes mountain bike course with it’s 36 miles off-road cycling and there are some superb walking trails and a café. The Merrick, which is the highest hill in Southern Scotland, starts at the foot of Loch Trool, where Robert the Bruce defeated a 1500 strong English army. Bruce’s Stone is a large granite boulder sits on a commanding view point overlooking the loch and the famous battle site. Shalloch on Minnoch (2542 ft) is Ayrshire’s highest hill, known as the Range of the Awful Hand, and the route starts just a short distance south of the Stinchar Bridge. The Stinchar waterfalls walk which runs along the river banks of the River Stinchar is a pleasant 5 mile walk accessed from the Stinchar Bridge car park (4 miles north) with numerous other Stinchar Valley trails available too. Brown Trout is available at many lochs within the Galloway Forest Park.

There are regular train services to Glasgow and beyond from Ayr and there is also a railway station in Maybole (16 miles). Prestwick Airport, with a comprehensive schedule of international flights, is about 30 miles. Glasgow itself is easily accessible via the A/M77 in a journey time of just under an hour and a half (57 miles).

Waterhead On Minnoch offers complete seclusion and privacy in a picturesque location in the Galloway Forest with about 2.8 acres in all.

Approached by a private tarmacadam drive, Waterhead On Minnoch was built in 1959 of brick with slate roof on a single storey with a cream painted rendered finish. The property briefly comprises sitting room, living room, sun room, kitchen, bathroom, 2 bedrooms (one en suite) and utility room.

In a private location, Waterhead on Minnoch is off-grid with a private water supply and reverse osmosis water filter system to provide fresh drinking water. With no mains electricity, Waterhead on Minnoch offers an electricity generation system using wind and solar power (with two sets of photovoltaic panels and a windmill) with two diesel generators which are on automatic back-up programme for times of unfavourable weather and to meet peak load requirements. The cottage has propane gas central heating with Worcester boiler and two wood burning stoves. A telephone line is connected to the property with mobile broadband.

A small water turbine system was previously installed which is no longer in use.

2 Reception Rooms, Sun Room, Kitchen, 2 Bedrooms, Bathroom, Utility Room.

Waterhead of Minnoch provides accommodation all on one level to include living room with Charnwood wood burning stove which leads to a sun room overlooking the gardens and superb views over the Galloway Forest. The kitchen is fitted with floor and wall units with gas oven, hob, fridge freezer and a shelved pantry. The sitting room has French doors leading to the gardens with a Dowling (hand built in Galloway) multi fuel stove. There is a useful utility room with washing machine. The bathroom has bath with shower taps, sink and w.c. The current owner has added an extension to create a spacious bedroom with en suite shower room and a second bedroom completes the accommodation.

Outside, there is a gravelled parking area for several cars and the gardens are mainly down to lawn with a colourful range of mature shrubs providing colour throughout spring and summer. There is a small wooden bridge over the burn at the bottom of the garden with iris and mimulus and a garden path leads to the front door. The gardens also have an attractive monkey puzzle tree.

The gardens and grounds at Waterhead on Minnoch are full of nature with chaffinches, siskins, blue tits, great tits, goldfinch, black grouse, buzzards and even the odd eagle.

The Bothy:
Built of stone and slate roof on a single storey.

The accommodation comprises two rooms, loft, bathroom and shower room. There is a large timber decked area to the rear of the property overlooking the Pilnyark Burn, which is in need of repair.

Neither planning consent nor building warrant has been obtained for The Bothy. Interested parties are advised to seek their own professional advice.

Large Workshop: About 44’4” x 18’6”
Housing generator and workshop area. Block built with corrugated roof, concrete floor and sliding door entrance. Adjoining timber framed lean-to (about 11’8” x 8’2”). Power.

Adjoining Waterhead on Minnoch cottage:
Wood Store: corrugated frame.

Battery Shed: About 9’4” x 7’10”
Timber framed with lean-to (about 10’8” x 10’4”).
Housing generator, water filter and chest freezer.

Adjoining The Bothy:
Pig Sty: About 6’ x 6’ (x 2).
Brick built.

Hay Shed: About 16’ x 11’
Timber framed.

Store: About 9’6” x 6’6”
Timber framed with felt roof.

Polytunnel (frame only).

There is about 1.5 acres of land which is divided into 3 paddocks with water supplied to 3 troughs, there is also a field shelter (about 11’6” x 7’4”).

Waterhead on Minnoch is registered as a farm holding.