Orchardknowes sits facing south west in a commanding position overlooking the Urr Estuary and the open countryside towards Kippford and across to Palnackie. Kippford is perennially popular, featuring beautiful coastal walks, as well as being on the edge of …
Orchardknowes sits facing south west in a commanding position overlooking the Urr Estuary and the open countryside towards Kippford and across to Palnackie. Kippford is perennially popular, featuring beautiful coastal walks, as well as being on the edge of the Dalbeattie Woods, which is great for cycling and walking. There are two inns (serving meals and local ales), the RYA award-winning Solway Sailing Club, a cafe/gift shop, village hall, an RNLI station, 9 hole golf course with tea room, and a pottery. The small village of Colvend, just 2.5 miles along the A710, is home to an excellent village store, cafe, an 18-hole golf course, and the highest-rated primary school along the Solway Coast. The nearby town of Dalbeattie has a useful range of shops, cafes, hotels, restaurants, veterinary services, primary and secondary schools, health centre, solicitors, and a park. Castle Douglas, a market town known as Dumfries and Galloway’s Food Town, has in addition, many independent retailers, a thriving livestock market, and a 9-hole golf course. The regional capital, Dumfries, (around 18 miles east) provides a wider range of services including a major hospital, the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. The town, once the home of the National Bard and Ploughman Poet Rabbie Burns, is now home to the Crichton campuses of Glasgow University and the University of the West of Scotland.
Orchardknowes is an impressive dwellinghouse set in almost 3 acres of formal gardens, tucked away at the end of a lane just outside Kippford. Of elegant proportions, the house makes an ideal large family home, with plenty of space for entertaining. A welcoming open plan kitchen and informal dining room is the heart of family living, with patio doors leading out towards the separate cottage, outbuildings and swimming pool beyond. A living room provides somewhere to relax, whilst a spectacular main room combines a formal dining area and a drawing room featuring a wonderful rectangular bay window. A half landing provides a family bathroom and a separate shower room. Upstairs is a master suite with its own hallway comprising bedroom, shower room, separate WC, and a dressing room which occupies its own floor. A further four double bedrooms and a single bedroom complete the first floor.
Immediately behind the house is a versatile two bedroom cottage, plus adjoining stores and a garage. The former stables sit apart from this and houses the biomass boiler and wood pellet store. The biomass provides heat and hot water to the house and cottage. An LPG tank in the garden fuels fires and the cooker hob. There is also a small granite ‘gate house’ of around 5m x 3m halfway up the driveway, currently a useful store.
Ground Floor: Entrance Hall. Open plan Kitchen and Dining. Utility Room. Living Room. Large Drawing Room with open plan formal Dining Room.
Half Landing: Bathroom. Shower Room
First Floor: Four double bedrooms. Single Bedroom. Master Suite with Hallway, Bedroom, Shower Room, WC, stairs to Dressing Room
Second Floor: Dressing Room
A driveway leads from the lane and sweeps down through the grounds past the small ‘gate house’ and widens to a parking area, which in turn leads on to a courtyard in front of the cottage. Beyond the courtyard is the outdoor swimming pool. The extensive southwest facing garden is mainly laid to grass with mature shrubs and trees adding form and interest. A wooden deck overlooks a pond, and there is a patio area to the front of the house. The garden and pool are ideal for summer entertaining, and the views across the estuary and the surrounding countryside add a stunning backdrop.