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Arkland Cottage is a delightful, eye catching country dwelling designed by Architect William Blore whose commissions also included buildings such as Durham Cathedral and Buckingham Palace. It has a number of attractive architectural features such as, saw tooth skew stones ...
Arkland Cottage is a delightful, eye catching country dwelling designed by Architect William Blore whose commissions also included buildings such as Durham Cathedral and Buckingham Palace. It has a number of attractive architectural features such as, saw tooth skew stones, central apex chimney stack and depressed door archways. The property sits in a wonderful, elevated yet sheltered position beside Scaur River and has been tastefully extended in recent years and is very well appointed throughout.
The property benefits from oil fired central heating and hot water supply. A Morso Squirrel multi-fuel stove in the living room which is fitted with a back boiler, supplying the property with domestic hot water. Background heat is provided in the Kitchen by an Everhot range cooker. The property benefits from secondary glazing in the South and double glazing on the East elevation.
Arkland Cottage sits high above the banks of Scaur Water in an idyllic, peaceful rural location. The nearest village Penpont, about 4.3 miles distant, is a quiet rural village with a small tearoom, post office, primary school and other minor services. Thornhill is an attractive and bustling village, well known for its individual shops and boutiques. Surrounded by beautiful countryside the village provides a wide range of amenities including hotels, tea-rooms, bank, library, community centre, tennis and squash courts, health centre, pharmacy and a variety of shops. Thornhill is also home to Wallace Hall Academy recognised nationally as a secondary school of ambition, and a well regarded primary school. Further south, the regional capital of Dumfries provides a wider range of schools, shops, retail outlets, and other services including a major hospital with A&E and various outpatient departments. The Crichton Campus houses the southern campuses of both the University of Glasgow and the University of the West of Scotland, offering a variety of undergraduate degree courses.
The area offers boundless sporting and outdoor activities including excellent salmon and trout fishing on many of the local rivers and lochs. Drumlanrig Castle which dates from the 17th century is located close by. The castle and grounds are open to the public and a host of events are held throughout the year. It has a well-known mountain biking centre, an adventure playground and walks for all abilities. For golfing enthusiasts there are 18 hole golf course in Thornhill, Dumfries, Southerness and the championship courses of the West Coast such as Troon and Turnberry are within driving distance on the Ayrshire coast. Equestrian pursuits are popular in the region, with several riding schools, and livery facilities throughout. For nature lovers, there is the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Caerlaverock near Dumfries, as well as an abundance of countryside and walks where many native species can be seen. Loch Ken and Kippford are well known centres for sailing and other water sports. The Galloway Forest Park is known for its beauty and tranquillity and is also recognised as Britains first Dark Sky Park, which provides astronomers with phenomenal views of the stars. In the locale there are a number of significant attractions for art lovers including, several works by world renowned Landscape Artist Andy Goldsworthy and others by Charles Jencks (Crawick Multiverse, the Garden of Cosmic Speculation). There are also many artists with open studios working locally. To the south-west, Kirkcudbright, known as the Artist Town draws large numbers of visitors to the area throughout the year and has a wide range of galleries and exhibitions.
Communications are good with the A75 giving good access to Carlisle in the east and to Stranraer in the west. There is a main line railway station with connections to Carlisle, Newcastle and Glasgow. The M74 motorway north or south can be accessed easily by following the A702 Dalveen Pass to junction 13 at Abington about 24 miles distant. International and domestic flights are available from Prestwick Airport 47 miles, Glasgow Airport 67 miles and Edinburgh airport 73 miles distant.