CLOSING DATE SET FOR TUESDAY, 20TH MARCH 2018 AT NOON
Avongail House is of whinstone construction with sandstone quoins lintels and sills and forms a very gracious townhouse. It is a uniquely stylish property with an abundance of period features and an unusual square tower to the rear, added in the early 19th Century to house the staircase. The Sitting Room and Living Room have windows with wood panelling and working shutters, high ceilings, cornicing and wooden floors. The original building dates back to 1730, with a date stone visable above the entrance to the Pend from the garden, as well as a carving of a wheatsheaf on an exterior wall. The wheatsheaf is an old symbol used by stonemasons to denote prosperity. This is a property steeped in history, which has developed in to a stunning book town residence with Farrow and Ball colours having been used throughout Avongail House adding to its style and charm. An Esse multi fuel stove burns in the Sitting Room within a fireplace with a highly decorative surround and slate hearth, and an open fire set within a Georgian style hob grate keeps the Living Room cosy on cold wintry days. The property overlooks the town square, which resembles a landscaped garden and is in full bloom in the summer months. Avongail House would be ideal for for a couple or a small family, but it would also lend itself to holiday accommodation, which would be in high demand around Book Festival time.
Wigtown is well known as 'Scotland's Book Town' and hosts an annual internationally renowned ten day Book Festival each September. The town is a hub of activity for the duration of this literary event, with guest speakers from all over Britain invited to host talks, and many of the events are sold out weeks in advance. Wigtown has many bookshops, shops and cafés and retains a vital community spirit.
Newton Stewart offers a wider range of shops and facilities, including a leisure centre, secondary school and two supermarkets. The nearby Galloway Forest Park is known for its beauty and tranquillity, being the centre of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere, and designated Britain's First Dark Sky Park, which affords astronomers phenomenal views of the stars. There are numerous sporting opportunities such as shooting and stalking, as well as trout and salmon fishing on the region's numerous lochs and rivers.
Wigtown is located about 78 miles from the M74 motorway network by road and 88 miles from Glasgow, 91 miles from Carlisle and 132 miles from Edinburgh. There are railway stations at Barrhill, Stranraer, Dumfries and Lockerbie and the nearest airport is Prestwick. Regular bus services stop in Newton Stewart including coaches to Ireland and London. Ferry services to Northern Ireland can be found at the port of Cairnryan, 30 miles away.