Largs House sits elevated in rolling countryside less than a mile from the village of Twynholm. Twynholm has a pub, a mechanics garage and a primary school. A good range of shops, supermarkets schools and services are available in …
Largs House sits elevated in rolling countryside less than a mile from the village of Twynholm. Twynholm has a pub, a mechanic’s garage and a primary school. A good range of shops, supermarkets schools and services are available in both Kirkcudbright and Castle Douglas, 3.5 and 8 miles distant respectively. Kirkcudbright is known as the Artists’ Town which has a range of festivities and events throughout the year including an annual Arts and Crafts Trail, Jazz festival, and a popular farmers market. Services include two small supermarkets, independent shops, art gallery, doctors, vets and swimming pool, as well as a primary and secondary school complex. The nearby market town of Castle Douglas also has a good range of shops, and other services, and is designated Dumfries and Galloway’s Food Town. The regional capital of Dumfries, about 26 miles distant, offers a wider range of shops, retail outlets and services including the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, cinema, and the Crichton Campus providing further education courses, and railway station.
Communications to the area are very good, with a regular daily bus service from the town, and railway stations in both Dumfries and Lockerbie providing direct services to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle and London (via Carlisle). The M74 motorway is about 50 miles distant allowing easy access north and south. Regular flights to parts of the UK and Ireland as well as continental Europe depart from Prestwick Airport, which is 65 miles to the north. Both Glasgow and Edinburgh with their international airports are 95 and 107 miles respectively. A frequent ferry service to Northern Ireland operates with Stena Line from Cairnryan, around 50 miles to the west, close to Stranraer
Largs House is an elegant country house, most likely built as a dower house for Queenshill estate, and is mentioned in Maxwell’s Guide Book to the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, 1878, as ‘the mansion of Largs’. Today, it sits in large mature gardens which include a wonderful walled garden with planning permission in principle for a separate dwellinghouse. The current owners have preserved many of the original period features including working shutters, the most impressive of which are the full height set encasing the floor to ceiling windows of the sitting room. There are ornate cornices, a glass domed staircase, and numerous wonderful period fireplaces. Wood burning stoves have been installed in the reception rooms. The spacious and tasteful reception rooms are supported by excellent ancillary accommodation including a bright and airy breakfast room, kitchen and large utility room leading down to a useful cellar. A fabulous master suite on the first floor is joined by four additional bedrooms. A useful attic floor, in need of some refurbishment, provides two additional bedrooms, a bathroom, and two further attic rooms.
A most unusual and fantastically versatile feature of the house is the large ‘Organ Room’ annexed to the rear. Originally built to accommodate a previous owner’s full size pipe organ, the room’s potential uses are myriad: party room, dance studio, artist’s studio, yoga studio, apartment, theatre, gallery. The list is endless and subject only to the limits of the imagination, and of course all necessary planning consents.
Ground Floor: Entrance Hall. Morning Room. Sitting Room. Dining Room. Breakfast Room. Kitchen. WC. Pantry. Shower Room. Utility Room. Organ Room. Cellar. Coal House. Tractor Store.
First Floor: Master Suite of Bedroom, Dressing Room and Shower Room. Four further Bedrooms. Bathroom. Office
Attic Floor: Two Attic Bedrooms. Two Further Attic Rooms. Bathroom
GARDEN AND GROUNDS
From the farm road, stone gate piers open into a wooded driveway leading along the side of the house which opens up to a large gravel sweep in front. A large lawn leads down towards wooded areas. A walled garden sits off to the south side beyond the trees, within which a ruined glass house sits against one wall. Planning permission in principle has been obtained for the erection of a separate dwelling house within the walled garden, or equally a keen gardener could restore it to a productive and colourful oasis.
The gravel sweep leads on around the far side of the house to further parking behind, and on out to a second entrance. Across the farm lane sits a separate area of ancient woodland.