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Ballianlay Cottage

Lower Straad, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Argyll and Bute, PA20 0QF
Offers Over
£90,000
Excellent development opportunity
With planning consent for a architect designed house
Pretty hamlet location
Sea views and close to the beach
Fully serviced site
Popular island with excellent ferry links
About 1.1 hectares (2.7 acres) in all.

Thought to date from the early to mid 1800s, this delightful, traditional stone cottage, until recently part of Bute Estate, offers a superb opportunity for development as a spacious, contemporary home ideally suited for permanent or holiday use. In 1869, the property was operating as a school for the local children of Straad and surrounding villages, with the first floor providing accommodation for the resident teacher. By 1897, the school had moved to new premises and the house became a private home.

The existing, now derelict property comprises 4 stone walls under a slate roof. Internally, a central staircase leads up to the first floor. The property has windows to the front and rear and the remains of fire places on both floors. Access to the property is via a door to the rear. To the front of the cottage, the boundary is marked by a dry stone wall and to the rear by the remains of wire fencing and stone wall. Within the rear garden is the remains of a hard standing. Planning consent for refurbishment of the cottage was granted on 6th January 2016 to create an architect designed two bedroom property.

The extensive garden grounds provide a delightful mix of wooded areas and grassland with the potential to create a most attractive garden. Some replanting work is also being undertaken by the Forestry commission on a small piece of land adjoining the site which was previously covered with old Spruce trees and which were cleared by Bute Estate.

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