The Auld Schoolhouse forms part of the small settlement of Skyreburn, just a short distance to the West of Gatehouse of Fleet. The main house originally dates from 1791 when it served as a Linen Mill powered by the water …
The Auld Schoolhouse forms part of the small settlement of Skyreburn, just a short distance to the West of Gatehouse of Fleet. The main house originally dates from 1791 when it served as a Linen Mill powered by the water of Skyre Burn, it was converted in 1876 to accommodate the local schoolmaster. The first floor outshoot is a later addition and probably dates from the 1930's. Standing under a pitched and slated roof the property offers generous accommodation space (GIA of 119sq m) offering: two reception rooms and three generous bedrooms with an attractive garden running alongside Skyre Burn. The property would lend itself to a number of uses and could represent a chance for a complete lifestyle change to a peaceful rural location or a fabulous holiday retreat or as currently utilised, a holiday let.
Gatehouse provides a primary school, community centre, hotels, post office, bank, chemist, doctor’s surgery, coffee shops, and two small supermarkets. A popular tourist spot, there is a keen sense of community within the town, with the annual Gatehouse Gala and Midsummer Music festival being particular highlights of the year. A wider range of shops, supermarkets and services can be found in the surrounding towns of Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas and Newton Stewart, with the regional capital of Dumfries offering university campuses, a major hospital, leisure complex, a range of high street shops, retail parks and large supermarkets.
The South West of Scotland is well known for its mild climate, attractive unspoilt countryside and for the diversity of the sporting and recreational pursuits. It is because of this mild climate that the area is so attractive to gardeners and there are several gardens open to the public nearby, such as Logan Botanic Gardens, Threave Gardens and Castle Kennedy Gardens. The house is conveniently situated for walking in the nearby Galloway Hills and cycling along some of the numerous designated cycle routes in the area as well as the cycle routes of the Seven Stanes mountain bike tracks including the well known centre at Kirroughtree. In addition there are several sporting opportunities such as shooting and stalking as well as trout and salmon fishing in the region’s numerous rivers and lochs. Water sports are available on the Solway coast and for golf enthusiasts there are several courses within a short drive of Skyreburn. The area is also well known to artists and offers scope for work in all mediums. The artists’ town of Kirkcudbright attracts a large number of visitors throughout the year to its numerous galleries and shops.
Auld Schoolhouse is approximately one and a half hours from the M74 motorway network by road and there are railway stations in both Dumfries (33 miles) and Lockerbie (45 miles). Prestwick Airport with its regular flights to other parts of the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe is about 70 miles distant.