Waterside Steading sits in a wonderful riverside location on Cluden Water, in the Irongray area of Dumfriesshire. Irongray is just northwest of Dumfries. Dumfries is the regional capital and has a wide range of amenities and services including retail parks …
Waterside Steading sits in a wonderful riverside location on Cluden Water, in the Irongray area of Dumfriesshire. Irongray is just northwest of Dumfries. Dumfries is the regional capital and has a wide range of amenities and services including retail parks, a major hospital, several large supermarkets, a number of varied sports clubs and facilities, primary and secondary schools and the Crichton Campus which is home to the southern campuses of Glasgow University and the University of the West of Scotland, as well as Dumfries & Galloway College. The nearby village of Shawhead, around 2 miles south of Waterside Steading, has a modern primary school. Castle Douglas is the regions Food Town and is home to a main street full of small individually owned shops and businesses including interiors, gifts, clothing, a tailor, haberdashery, a brewery, 3 butchers and 3 bakeries, as well as several cafes and restaurants.
The South West of Scotland is renowned for its mild climate and long growing season which attracts gardeners from all over the country to this part of Scotland. The area also offers boundless sporting and outdoor activities including excellent salmon and sea trout fishing on many of the local rivers as well as trout fishing on the numerous lochs in the area. Drumlanrig Castle and grounds offers a superb selection of cycling tracks and woodland walks. Equestrian pursuits are popular in the region, with several 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. Mountain biking is well catered for in the regions Seven Stanes forest ranges, and these forests also have designated walks for all abilities.
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 in Dumfries with connections to Carlisle, Newcastle and Glasgow. Lockerbie railway station connects to Edinburgh, Glasgow and south to Manchester. The M74 motorway can be accessed easily at Moffat, Lockerbie or Gretna. International and domestic flights are available from Prestwick, Glasgow and Edinburgh airports, all accessible within two hours by car.
Waterside Steading is a charming property ideal for a change of lifestyle. A 1996 built bungalow sits adjacent to a traditional steading and courtyard, with a large grazing paddock leading up to a wonderful amenity woodland. All of this in a wooded riverside setting, resulting in a tranquil rural idyll, yet Dumfries is minutes away with all its services and amenities.
With three double bedrooms and two large public rooms, the bungalow is already ideal for family life, however it may be possible to extend into the roof space, subject to obtaining all necessary planning consents, to create a larger home. The steading has endless possibilities: there are byres, including a large L-shaped one complete with stalls and the pipe work for water supplies to each (NB. There is currently no water supply to the byres), stores, a bull pen, a small detached byre currently used as a hen house, and a former grain store. In addition there is a small stable adjacent to the house. Beyond the main steading to the rear is a further grassed area which is home to a hay barn. The grazing paddock extends to around 3 acres of permanent pasture, with around 4 acres of woodland beyond. The river bank is shady and wooded all the way along, and has single bank fishing rights. All in all Waterside Steading would make a wonderful place for children to grow up or for grandchildren to visit. With the space to create a variety of configurations, Waterside Steading represents a flexible prospect for those wishing to either escape the rat race completely, run their own rural business or work remotely from home whilst enjoying all the benefits of a rural lifestyle.