Retreat Cottage is a lovely detached cottage which has been renovated by the owners to create an attractive cottage occupying a highly accessible and sought after location in the popular village of Fenwick. Set in a quiet position and enjoying …
Retreat Cottage is a lovely detached cottage which has been renovated by the owners to create an attractive cottage occupying a highly accessible and sought after location in the popular village of Fenwick. Set in a quiet position and enjoying superb views from the rear of the property over the surrounding countryside, the house sits in large attractive grounds. Fenwick offers a full range of local services including shops, public houses, primary school, pre-school nursery (Fenwick Pre-5’s), doctors’ surgery, post office and a popular deli/cafe. Glasgow, which is fast becoming one of Europe's premier shopping destinations and offers an excellent range of restaurants, theatres, galleries and clubs, can be reached in about a 20 minute drive via the newly improved M77. The county town of Ayr is approximately 20 miles away.
Ayrshire is renowned for its many golf courses, including the world famous courses at Royal Troon and Turnberry, both of which have hosted the Open Championship, the world class “19” hole golf course designed by Colin Montgomerie at Rowallan Castle, which includes a first class Hotel and events venue and Restaurant (The Glasshouse) is 4 miles. There is a popular racecourse in Ayr which is host to the Scottish Grand National and there are excellent yachting facilities at the Marinas in Troon, Largs and Inverkip. There are many opportunities for game sports in the region with some of Southwest Scotland's best salmon and trout fishing available in the area's lochs and rivers. The nearby Craufurdland Estate has opportunities for walking and cycling along with a fishery for trout and rainbow.
Private schooling and a further range of shops, including Silverburn Shopping Centre, is available in the south side of Glasgow, about 20 minutes drive. Glasgow and Prestwick Airports have daily flights to London and are 13 and 23 miles away respectively.
Retreat Cottage was constructed in the mid nineteenth century and was the retirement home for Captain Michael Nelson, a veteran of the Scots Dragoon Guards who fought at the Battle of Waterloo, Nelson died on 6 September 1872 at the age of 81 and is buried in the graveyard in Fenwick. Two crossed sabres still appear prominently at the top of the monument.
Retreat Cottage was then owned by homeopathic surgeon Dr John Cockburn and he used the property as his holiday home from his townhouse in Glasgow. The cottage was then owned by 3 generations of Cockburns.
Retreat Cottage is set back from the road, built of stone with a slate roof with a warm cream painted finish to the front of the property. The house enjoys period features such as Georgian arched windows and an attractive plastered archway in the Entrance Hall.
The property offers fine family accommodation over one and a half storeys, comprising living room, dining room, bedroom, shower room and kitchen on the ground floor and two bedrooms, en suite shower room on the first floor.
Retreat Cottage benefits from oil fired central heating and secondary glazing. Particular features of the property are the high ceilings and skirtings and the stunning views from the gardens. There is a useful garage.
Steps lead up to the entrance with a set of timber doors with an inner glazed door. In the hall, there is an attractive plaster archway with detailed moulding, and this leads to the living room with the focus being a handsome open fireplace with cast iron fireplace, bedroom with shelved cupboard and window to the rear. There is a pleasant dining room with cast iron fireplace.
The modern kitchen has a range of cream fitted floor and wall units with chrome handles and beech worktop, cream oil Rayburn with tiled splashback, single sink and space for fridge freezer and washing machine. The shower room is a fully tiled waterproof wet room with a walk in shower, sink, w.c., heated towel rail and fitted cabinet. An oak door leads to the rear garden area.
On the first floor, there are two bedrooms with en suite shower room with curved shower, heated towel rail, w.c. and sink with fitted furniture.
Retreat Cottage benefits from delightful landscaped garden grounds to the front and side elevations, with a gravelled drive with parking for several vehicles and a sheltered patio to the rear. The front gardens are down to lawn, with flower beds conifer trees and colourful shrubs and bushes including roses and daffodils. There is a pond and the gardens are bounded by a stone wall and beech hedging.
There is an outside tap and external lighting and a drying area sheltered by trees which could be used as a vegetable plot.
The side and rear gardens both enjoy a degree of privacy and have been beautifully landscaped to feature gravel pathways and lawns.
Detached garage, stone and slate with sink, power and light.
Timber framed garden shed.
Retreat Cottage is scheduled by Historic Scotland as a Listed Building, Category B(s).
From Glasgow enter Fenwick from the M77 via Junction 8. Proceed down Fenwick High Street turning left on to Maunsheugh Road. Retreat Cottage is then on the right hand side.
Retreat Cottage, 2 Maunsheugh Road, Fenwick, East Ayrshire, KA3 6AN