Walbutt House, built in 1881, with a later addition around 1953, is a substantial and gracious Victorian country house of whinstone, with granite lintels, quoins and margins. Set in a large formal garden, the elevated site has wonderful views across the surrounding farmland to the hills beyond. The rooms are generously proportioned and ideal for entertaining. Of special note are the large Reception Hallway and first floor Landing, which are expansive and versatile, adding to the feeling of light and space which abounds in this lovely home. Many charming original features remain in Walbutt House, including cornicing, working shutters, and fireplaces. The fireplace in the Reception Hallway is particularly striking, with its four tiered mantelpiece. The current owners have created a larger kitchen by the incorporation of the former Butler's Pantry into the space. Notably, the original floor to ceiling cupboards from the pantry have been retained and moved to line one wall of the room, echoing the history of the house and now providing attractive storage. With four main bedrooms, including a spacious Master Suite, a ground floor bedroom, and two attic bedrooms, as well as extensive ancillary accommodation, Walbutt House makes an ideal family home in an idyllic but highly accessible rural corner of the Stewartry.
Located about a mile and a half outside the quiet village of Crossmichael, which is around four miles from the popular market town of Castle Douglas. Amenities available in Castle Douglas include supermarkets, a broad range of individual shops and businesses, primary and secondary schools, doctors, dentists and solicitors. Dumfries, the regional capital, is home to a wide range of high street shops as well as further services, garden centres, large supermarkets, a large hospital with numerous out patients services and A&E, and the Crichton Campus, home to the southern campuses of Glasgow University and the University of the West of Scotland.
The South West of Scotland is well known for its mild climate, attractive unspoilt countryside and the diversity of sporting and recreational pursuits. There is good hill walking in the nearby Galloway Hills and cycling along designated cycle routes, as well the Seven Stanes mountain bike routes, including Dalbeattie Forest and the Galloway Forest Park. For the walking enthusiast there are many lovely walks in the area for all abilities. There are many other sporting opportunities such as shooting and stalking, as well as trout and salmon fishing on the regions numerous lochs and rivers. Equestrian pursuits are well catered for throughout the region with several riding schools and livery businesses. For golf enthusiasts there is the nearby championship course at Southerness, 11 miles away, and there are several other courses nearby including Kippford, Dalbeattie, and Castle Douglas. The Solway coast is popular with sailors and Kippford and Kirkcudbright have safe moorings. In addition, Kirkcudbright is the local Artists town with a number of galleries offering a range of exhibitions throughout the year.
Communications to the area are good. There are mainline railway stations in both Dumfries and Lockerbie, providing excellent links north and south. The M74 motorway network is available at Moffat (A74(M) Moffat about 39 miles), and the M6 at Gretna (M6 Gretna about 44 miles). There are regular flights to other parts of the UK, Ireland and Continental Europe from Prestwick Airport, around 54 miles north. Edinburgh and Glasgow, with their international airports, can be reached in around two hours.