Kindar Lodge is a former estate factors house for the Shambellie Estate. It sits in a wonderfully secluded spot up behind the village church in the quaint and historic village of New Abbey. Famous for Sweetheart Abbey, whose ruins …
Kindar Lodge is a former estate factor’s house for the Shambellie Estate. It sits in a wonderfully secluded spot up behind the village church in the quaint and historic village of New Abbey. Famous for Sweetheart Abbey, whose ruins are a landmark in the area, New Abbey also boasts a primary school, village hall, church, a popular village tearoom, village shop, small hotel, and a working water powered corn mill. Dumfries which is approximately 6 miles away is the principal town in the area, and provides a wide range of schools, shops, retail outlets, and other services including a major hospital, the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. Dumfries is also home to the Crichton campuses of both Glasgow University and the University of the West of Scotland.
Communications are good with the A75 giving good access to Carlisle in the east and to Stranraer in the west. There is a main line railway station in Dumfries with connections to Carlisle, Newcastle and Glasgow, and in Lockerbie with connections to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester. The M74 motorway link north and south, can be accessed easily by following the A75 to Gretna or Lockerbie. International and domestic flights are available from Prestwick 69 miles, Glasgow 91 miles Newcastle 94 miles.
Kindar Lodge is a striking blend of original elegant Georgian house and the Victorian addition of a Walter Newall designed wing, which effectively doubled the accommodation. The current owners have lovingly created a warm and welcoming 3 bedroom home in the Georgian side, with a further four bedrooms and two public rooms in the Victorian side. The Victorian wing still needs a degree of renovation, but has huge potential as a separate dwelling for use with multi-generational living, long term or holiday letting. The whole property abounds with original features such as the many beautiful and varied tiled fireplaces, and wrought iron balustrades. The kitchen has been created as an elegant hub central to life in the house, and a glass paned door opens directly from here into the garden allowing the flow from inside to out on sunny mornings. A useful ‘Flower Room’ or scullery supports the main kitchen accommodation and has a fabulous original larder complete with stone shelves and game hooks. The seventh bedroom is on the ground floor, convenient for less able visitors, but this lovely room could equally lend itself to being a fabulous study or snug. Soft muted calming colours abound throughout the living spaces and bedrooms, perfectly showcasing the period features of this most desirable of small country houses.
The garden is a peaceful space, a haven for wildlife such as red squirrels and garden birds, and is a gardener’s oasis. Mature shrubs and flowering plants are the perfect foil to the many fruit trees and specimen trees throughout. The orchard area could lend itself to development as a residential plot, subject to obtaining all necessary permissions, with access taken off the driveway before reaching the house.
Ground Floor: (Victorian wing) Entrance Vestibule. Hallway. Kitchenette. Dining Room. Drawing Room.
(Georgian wing) Bedroom. Utility Room. Kitchen. Dining Room. Flower Room/Scullery. Larder.
First Floor: (Victorian wing) Four Bedrooms. Bathroom
(Georgian wing) Bathroom. Drawing Room. Master Bedroom. En suite Bathroom. Boxroom. Bedroom 6
GARDEN & GROUNDS
The driveway sweeps up from the fork in the access lane, through the garden and ends in a generous parking area adjacent to the front entrance, which in turn leads through to the courtyard behind the house, from where the garage and outbuildings are accessed. The old laundry is a useful space which has potential for conversion to a studio apartment for AirBnB letting or standard holiday letting, subject to obtaining all necessary consents. There are further stone stores providing useful garden storage.
The garden at Kindar Lodge is a wonderful mature garden, laid to lawns and beds, along with a number of specimen trees including yew, magnolias, toffee tree and fig, and shrubs including laurel and rhododendrons. There is an orchard to one end, as well as a lovely pear tree just outside the kitchen. It has a sheltered, almost walled garden feel to it thanks to the high wall on the western side, which gives huge scope to grow a wide variety of plants. There is huge scope for keen gardeners to maintain and develop this lovely horticultural haven.