Balmaghie Cottages (Lot 1)
**OFFER UNDER CONSIDERATION **
A pair of traditional one and a half storey semi-detached cottages. They are situated in the traditional courtyard of the former Balmaghie Estate and in the past the cottages were utilised by estate staff. The accommodation over two floors is mirror image, as shown in the floor plan, which includes in both a hall, with stair case off with storage below. Sitting room with fireplace and window to steading courtyard. At the rear of the cottages is a dining room / bedroom 4 which overlooks the garden. A kitchen / breakfast room with fitted kitchen. The first floor accommodation comprises of three bedrooms, family bathroom with WC, wash hand basin, bath with electric shower over.
THE TRADITIONAL COURTYARD STEADING
Laid out in a classic courtyard is a range of traditional barns & out houses, mainly of sandstone construction, which have been utilised in the past for both agricultural and general storage. Behind the courtyard is a former walled garden and both the steading and walled garden would lend themselves to any agricultural or equestrian development. We are of the view that these steading buildings could well have residential development potential given that the conversion of traditional farm buildings to residential dwellings (change of use), is consistent with Dumfries & Galloway Councils present structure and local plans. Prospective purchasers are advised to make their own enquiries in this respect.
The land is classified as LFASS and is suitable for agricultural / equestrian and sporting purposes. It is noted that the agricultural land is registered with the Agricultural Food & Rural Communities - Rural Payments & Inspections Division, with a main location code of 502/0087.
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 routes as well as the Seven Stanes mountain bike trail, including Dalbeattie Forest and the Galloway Forest Park. For walking enthusiasts there are many routes in the area for all abilities including from Kippford to the village of Rockcliffe along the Jubilee Path, and coastal walks along the cliffs at Portling to Sandyhills beach. There are other sporting opportunities such as shooting and stalking, as well as trout and salmon fishing on the region's numerous lochs and rivers. For golf enthusiasts there is the nearby championship course at Southerness, and there are several other courses in the area. The Solway coast is popular with sailors and Kippford and Kirkcudbright have safe moorings. Kirkcudbright is known as the '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 links to both the north and south. The M74 motorway network at Lockerbie is 35 miles distant, and there are regular flights to other parts of the UK, Ireland and Continental Europe from Prestwick Airport 52 miles north, Glasgow 100 miles and Edinburgh 110 miles.