This off-grid property is ideal for those looking for a quiet country retreat, with environmentally friendly features, set in stunning surroundings. Five sets of French doors open in to the property maximising the view and allow light to flood …
This off-grid property is ideal for those looking for a quiet country retreat, with environmentally friendly features, set in stunning surroundings. Five sets of French doors open in to the property maximising the view and allow light to flood in to this modern cedar clad building. As soon as you enter the open plan Sitting Room/Kitchen your eyes are drawn to the lagoons visible from both sets of French doors, where lapwings, golden plovers, marsh harriers, pink foot, egrets, ducks and swans, regular visitors to the Reserve, fly in to and off the water. French doors opening in to two of the three bedrooms ensure the sound of bird calls and the beauty of the surrounding area can be appreciated from dawn until dusk. Bedroom 2, a triple aspect room with views to the front, side and rear of Crook Cottage could be utilised as a Living Room, Study or Hobby Room, depending on requirements.
The design of Crook Cottage is simple and minimalistic, the bright open uncluttered space makes the property a very peaceful place to be.
The Shaker style Kitchen has an LPG gas oven and hob, plus an integrated fridge and freezer. The washing machine and Worcester Greenstar boiler are in the Utility Room, which also serves as a Boot Room. A ceiling light above the oak staircase brings natural light in to the hallway and first floor landing.
Crook Cottage power is supplied by photovoltaic systems, solar panels situated at the rear of the property with a peak output of 2.85kw, the outbuilding houses the solar inverter, eight S480 Rolls batteries and a SDMO Technic 6500E generator, which will automatically start up if the battery level falls below 45%. The new owner will receive a quarterly RHI payment from Ofgem, calculated at 16p per unit. Extra insulation, above government guidelines, was built in to the property to increase energy efficiency.
Crook Cottage is double glazed throughout and sits under a Cumbrian Slate pitched roof, with small areas of flat roof above the first floor French doors. Mains water is piped from the neighbouring farm, the meter, located by the fence in the front garden, is read and invoiced by the farmer.
The water level on the Reserve is controlled on the flat lagoons by sluices. If the water level rises the sluices are opened allowing the level to drop and eliminates the risk of flooding. A number of walks start and finish within a few yards of the Cottage, ideal for a leisurely stroll at any time of the year.
Crook Cottage is situated in a unique location, surrounded by open countryside, overlooking the RSPB Crook of Baldoon Nature Reserve. The Galloway Hills form the backdrop and on a clear day the Cumbrian Mountains can also be seen in the distance, adding to the natural beauty of the area. Wigtown, Scotland’s Book Town, approximately three miles from Crook Cottage, holds the annual Wigtown Book Festival, and is home to many bookshops and cafes, with the famous Bladnoch Distillery located just outside the town. Newton Stewart offers a wide range of shops and offices, including a leisure centre, primary schools, a secondary school plus two supermarkets
The garden is mainly laid to lawn, with a number of raised vegetable beds, flower borders, compost storage area, greenhouse and small orchard. The patio, at the front of the property, is accessed from both sets of French Doors providing the perfect place to dine al fresco on a summer’s evening. All birds are encouraged to visit and nest around Crook Cottage, numerous bird boxes in the garden provide accommodation and shelter for these very important guests.