Valenciennes is a single storey cottage, once a set of cottages and now merged into one spacious dwellinghouse arranged in a U-shape around a small courtyard, with established gardens to the side and rear. Approached by private lane, for which …
Valenciennes is a single storey cottage, once a set of cottages and now merged into one spacious dwellinghouse arranged in a U-shape around a small courtyard, with established gardens to the side and rear. Approached by private lane, for which there is shared maintenance responsibility with the other properties served, Valenciennes sits in mature gardens with lovely outlooks on all sides to rolling countryside. Although there a recent addition of a UPVC conservatory to one end, the house would benefit from some upgrading. There is huge scope for a lovely family home, or for a base for working from home. Access to the Central Belt and to Cumbria is extremely convenient, with the M74 motorway nearby.
Valenciennes sits in a rural position yet only 3 miles from Moffat. Moffat is a vibrant rural town with a good range of individual shops and services, restaurants, tea-rooms, supermarket, bank, post office, and several hotels. There is also a theatre, art galleries, tennis courts, a bowling green, park and boating lake, and an 18-hole golf course with panoramic views. Moffat Academy has both primary and secondary schooling on one site. A wider range of shops, retail outlets, and other services is available in Dumfries, including a new state of the art general hospital due to open in 2018 and campuses for Glasgow University and the University of the West of Scotland.
The region is renowned for its sporting and leisure opportunities with a wide range of pursuits catered for. The area abounds with excellent fishing on the numerous lochs and rivers, as well as sea fishing from the extensive coastline. Hill walkers are spoilt for choice amongst the region’s hills, and the surrounding Moffat hills present a haven for walkers of all abilities, with stunning scenery. In particular at the Grey Mare’s Tail 10 miles away, where there is a spectacular 200 foot waterfall and moorland, and at St Mary’s Loch along the A708 to Selkirk. There are other beautiful hill walks at Criffel near Dumfries, and the Galloway Forest Park. The Galloway Forest Park has been awarded Dark Skies Park status, and affords astronomers stunning views of the night skies. Mountain bike routes in the area include the Seven Stanes, part of which is at Ae Forest on the A701 between Moffat and Dumfries. Equestrian needs are fulfilled by the many riding schools, trekking centres and livery stables throughout the area.
Carlisle, Edinburgh and Glasgow are all within easy driving distance. The M74 motorway link at Junction 15 just outside the town offers easy access both north and south, whilst the A701 from Moffat to Edinburgh is one of Scotland’s most scenic routes. There is a regular train service from both Lockerbie and Carlisle to London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The international airports at Edinburgh and Glasgow offer a wide range of flights to UK, European and other routes and are located 65 miles and 67 miles respectively.