Located a short distance from Oban town centre, Glencruitten House commands an imposing position in a sought after area close to the golf course. The B listed property is situated away from the main road in a secluded location surrounded …
Located a short distance from Oban town centre, Glencruitten House commands an imposing position in a sought after area close to the golf course. The B listed property is situated away from the main road in a secluded location surrounded by extensive and very attractive garden grounds affording a high level of privacy. Glencruitten House enjoys stunning, panoramic views from its elevated position across open countryside and the sea to Mull. Access is currently via a shared track but planning permission has been granted for private access from the main road, to be installed by the current owner. The property benefits from being close to the popular coastal town of Oban with its wide range of shops, choice of schools, professional services and leisure facilities. From the town are regular ferry services to the Inner and Outer Isles and trains to Glasgow and beyond. The property provides a superb development opportunity with scope for use in a variety of ways including as a hotel, guest house or retreat subject to the usual planning consents and has previously been granted permission for conversion for multiple occupancy use (since lapsed).
Glencruitten House is a baronial country property of significant historical interest. The house which dates from 1897 was remodelled with the addition of two extensions in 1905 and 1926. These include a stunning first floor library designed by the famous Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer complete with woodwork and panelling believed to be by Clow Bros and Louis Davis stained glass windows. Also within the library is an original grade A listed Ingram organ with Welte Philharmonic roleplay mechanism (not fully operational) which will be included with the sale. Lorimer’s work is also evident in the impressive dining room, morning room and estate office with tower, complete with spiral stone steps leading to the library. Many of the house’s original features have been retained and the substantial remedial work recently undertaken by the current owner including roof repairs, re-wiring, installation of a fire alarm, secondary glazing and treatment for dry rot has not compromised the character of the property.
The current layout of Glencruitten House, which was until recently occupied by a religious community, comprises 11 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and 3 dining kitchens informally divided to create separate living areas. Many of the rooms feature the original wooden flooring, doors, cornicing and fireplaces and attractive bay windows provide stunning views of the garden grounds. These can also be enjoyed from the lovely ground floor garden room and large first floor balcony.
Glencruitten House is surrounded by stunning garden grounds much of which has been renovated and developed by the current owner. The extensive acreage provides a delightful and very tranquil oasis rarely found close to Oban. The property is encircled by a large, gravel path providing a superb seating area to the rear with far reaching views to Mull.
Adjoining the path is an extensive rockery dating from the 1920s which slopes down to pretty borders and croquet lawn below. Gravel paths provide access to the different areas of the garden and to the large, well-stocked trout pond. The boundary of the garden is partly marked by a fence. The land included with the sale extends to a little under 17 acres in all. The front of the house enjoys views of policy woodland with the road beyond. Parking is to the front and side of the property with space for several cars.