Horatio Square is a double fronted Georgian, Category B Listed property situated in the heart of Gatehouse of Fleet and was originally the Post Masters House with stables. It is thought to be one of the oldest properties in …
Horatio Square is a double fronted Georgian, Category B Listed property situated in the heart of Gatehouse of Fleet and was originally the Post Masters House with stables. It is thought to be one of the oldest properties in the town.
The property boasts many period features throughout including working wooden shutters, a beautifully mature garden with flowering shrubs, perennials, lawed area, vegetable garden and small pond. To the edge of the property boundary is the mill lade which runs on to the former bobbin mill now known as the Mill on the Fleet.
In addition to the main house there is a bothy which is situated within the garden which can be accessed directly via a door from Church Street. The bothy is a long standing family conversion which provides an additional bedroom and bathroom. However our understanding is that the bothy now requires complete refurbishment and formalisation of use subject to the necessary consents. Adjoining the bothy is a potting shed and garden store. While the property retains many of its original features it would now benefit from modernisation throughout. A lift has been installed within the drawing room providing access to the master bedroom located directly above. Listed building consent for the benefit of the current owner has been received for this. However, this will expire on the sale and transfer of the property and should the lift not be required by the future purchaser the vendor will have the lift removed and the building returned in accordance to the listing.
Gatehouse of Fleet lies within the Fleet Valley National Scenic Area and is surrounded by ancient woods and hills. The northern coastline of the Solway Firth is renowned for its mild climate beneficial to the many botanic gardens in the area and picturesque beaches within close proximity to Gatehouse at Sandgreen and Mossyard.
Gatehouse is seen as a popular tourist destination but there is a keen sense of community within the town with a cricket club, football club, bowling club, tennis club and nine hole golf course not for the faint hearted. There is sailing and sea angling on the Solway as well as other water sports, the area’s rivers and lochs provide good opportunities for salmon, sea trout and trout fishing. The town also hosts an annual Summer Gala and Midsummer Music festival. Locally Wigtown book festival has been running for over 15 years and won numerous awards.
Gatehouse provides a primary school, doctor’s surgery, community centre, hotels and pubs as well as local amenities with a post office, chemist, coffee shops and two small supermarkets. A wider range of services can be found in the surrounding towns of Kirkcudbright also known as Scotland’s Artist Town, with its blue flag marina, Castle Douglas and Newton Stewart. The regional capital of Dumfries offers a major hospital, leisure complex, a range of high street shops, retail parks and large supermarkets.
There are good communications to the area with regular flights to London and mainland Europe from Prestwick Airport 65 miles north, and Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports, around 115 miles respectively. The M74 Motorway network is 55 miles to the east.