Ashfield Old School House
Ashfield Old Schoolhouse occupies a delightful position protected by native oak and beech woods and overlooking Loch Sween. It lies just to the west of the small village of Achnamara some 11 miles from Lochgilphead.
Tayvallich and Crinan, 2 charming villages much loved by sailors and yachtsmen, are nearby and provide local shops and restaurants. There are primary schools at Achnamara and Tayvallich. The larger West Highland centre of Lochgilphead, that has a wide range of shopping and commercial facilities including an excellent hospital with accident and emergency department and a secondary school, is within easy reach by car. Glasgow Airport is a 2 - 2 ½ hour drive and offers regular flights to many UK, European and North American destinations. Argyll is one of Scotland's most beautiful counties. It is renowned for its superb sailing waters, spectacular landscapes and rich history. Outdoor leisure pursuits available locally include sailing, hill walking, sea angling and salmon fishing, deer stalking and golf. Moorings are available to rent on Loch Sween.
The area has an abundance of wildlife both on land and at sea. Popular local attractions include a fascinating beaver trail close to the property.
Ashfield Old Schoolhouse is a superb property ideal for use as a family home whilst offering great potential for letting. It is believed to have been built circa 1875 as the village school and was constructed of stone under a slate roof. In recent years it has been extended and renovated and now provides contemporary accommodation of a very high standard. The improvements have been carefully designed to retain the period charm of the original building whilst providing fully modernised and very comfortable living space. The sophisticated ground source heating system, which is partially underfloor, is a valuable recent improvement which is both economic and environmentally friendly. This low carbon method of heating is sourced from a bore hole located within the grounds.
The front door leads to the hallway off which lies the sitting room, the former class room that retains the original pitch pine vaulted ceiling, and a double bedroom.
The hall leads into the spacious open plan kitchen/dining room. The kitchen area is free standing but includes an electric 3 oven Aga stove, a gas and electric range and an old double Belfast sink and is furnished in a delightful rustic style. The south and west facing conservatory is situated beyond the dining room and the inner hall leads to the magnificent master bedroom with en-suite wet room and dressing room, a guest bedroom with adjacent garden room and the family bathroom. The utility room leading off the kitchen and hall completes the ground floor.
The sitting room, kitchen, the utility room, master bedroom and garden room all have outstanding views over Loch Sween.
2 bedroom suites are found on the first floor. Both have en-suite shower rooms and one has views over Loch Sween.
Detached from but close to the house on the south side is a recently constructed open fronted double garage built of an oak frame. The excellent office forms the first floor of this building.
Just to the north east of Ashfield Old Schoolhouse is Beech Cottage, a detached single storey building constructed of timber and rendered blockwork under a tiled and felt tiled roof. The recently upgraded accommodation includes an open plan sitting room/kitchen, a conservatory with lovely views over Loch Sween, a double bedroom and a shower room. Heating is by electric panel heater and fitted stove.
The combination of the very comfortable accommodation in the principal house and Beech Cottage provides an excellent opportunity to generate income from bed and breakfast and holiday lets. Alternatively the cottage is ideal for occupation by an extended family.
The gardens and grounds extend to just under one acre (0.40 ha) and provide privacy and protection to the house. Within these grounds there are 3 outbuildings - one houses the water supply plant, one is used for tool storage and the other is currently used as a gym. The gardens are simply laid out and include lawns, an oak pergola, a gravel terrace, flowering shrubs, a vegetable area with greenhouse and a polytunnel. One section of the garden is fully enclosed and accessible from the conservatory.
By appointment with CKD Galbraith or Argyll 4 Sale.
From the A816 Lochgilphead to Oban road turn left at Cairnbaan (3 miles north of Lochgilphead) on the B841 towards Crinan. Follow this road along the Crinan Canal and about 2 ½ miles from Cairnbaan turn left signposted Tayvallich at Bellanoch. After a short distance fork left sign posted Castle Sween. Follow this road through the village of Achnamara. About 1 mile beyond the village the road leaves the Loch shore and climbs up a hill. Ashfield Old Schoolhouse is the first house on the left hand side after leaving the Loch shore. It is accessed from the public road through automatic double gates.