Auchenbrae was built in 1934, and the current owners are only the fourth owners in the houses history. It was built by a sea captain and his love of the sea is evident from the spectacular views of the Urr …
Auchenbrae was built in 1934, and the current owners are only the fourth owners in the house’s history. It was built by a sea captain and his love of the sea is evident from the spectacular views of the Urr estuary afforded from every front facing room and from the garden. Set high up behind the Victorian village houses, Auchenbrae has a large mature garden full of colour and shape. Behind the garden sits a paddock which adds to the privacy of the property and could be used in a variety of ways.
The rooms are generous, with two large reception rooms and four bedrooms. Ideal for family life and entertaining, Auchenbrae could, and has been, used for holiday letting if desired. The kitchen opens to a good sized utility room which in turn opens to a boot room, giving excellent ancillary accommodation together with the double garage. With double glazing throughout the main accommodation including the large glazed bay in the sitting room and the sun lounge off the dining room, the house is efficient and modern whilst still retaining its 1930’s charm.
The beautiful garden has a wide variety of mature shrubs and trees, and a driveway sweeps up from the private road leading around to either side of the house, with ample parking and turning space. The paddock has a number of small trees and wild shrubs such as gorse and broom.
Auchenbrae sits in an elevated position in the popular and quaint Victorian seaside village of Rockcliffe. Rockcliffe boasts a tearoom/gallery, as well as a sheltered beach, with beautiful views over the Solway Coast to Cumbria. From the beach Rough Island bird sanctuary can be reached on foot at low tide via a causeway. Nearby Kippford (only a few miles by road and can also be reached from Rockcliffe by a coastal walk) has a marina, safe moorings, and a sailing club. Colvend village has a good village shop, post office and primary school, whilst there is a broader range of shops, schools and services in both Dalbeattie and Castle Douglas.
The area offers wonderful sporting and recreational opportunities and is well known for its mild climate and long growing season. There are numerous lochs and rivers locally providing entertaining fishing as well as salmon and sea trout fishing on some of Dumfriesshire’s larger rivers such as the Nith and Annan. Colvend golf course is situated nearby whilst the championship course of Southerness is only eight miles to the east. There is also a local 9 hole par 3 golf course at Craigieknowes, useful for improving the short game, or just starting out. The area is also perfect for cycling along the quiet country roads as well as mountain biking in the nearby forest parks forming part of the nationally renowned Seven Stanes routes. It is also an idyllic location for walkers with numerous coastal walks, and hill walking in the nearby Galloway Hills and Forest.
Communications to the area are very good. There are railway stations in Dumfries and Lockerbie and the M74 motorway network can be reached in about 45 minutes by road. There are regular flights to other parts of the UK, Ireland and continental Europe from Prestwick Airport, which is about 1.5 hours’ drive north, and both Edinburgh and Glasgow can be reached in around 2 hours.