A stunning baronial style villa on the shores of Loch Fyne
Ground Floor: Outer canopy porch, storm doors to entrance vestibule, broad and welcoming entrance reception hallway, lounge, formal dining room with pretty turret, cloak room and wc, family/TV/sitting room, shallow press, home office or study, under stairs stores, double fronted louvre stores, integrated kitchen open plan to breakfasting and informal dining area, split stable door at rear to rear gardens, boiler and domestic hot tank room, dry stores room, utility with door to rear gardens and garage.
First Floor: Period staircase to half landing with stained glass window, full landing to bathroom, bedroom 1 (Robin Jenkins) with en suite shower room, bedroom 2 (Neil Munro), master, with en suite shower in turret, bedroom 3 (George Houston) with concealed wash hand basin, bedroom 4 with bay window formation, bedroom 5 with fitted stores and en suite bathroom.
Glendale House is situated in the Loch Fyne side coastal village of Strachur, a delightful and very pretty loch side Argyllshire coastal village in southern Argyll at the sheltered confluence of highland glens and Loch Fyne. Strachur is mainly a ribbon development that runs along the coast. Glendale House is a part, of the village that borders the loch shore and faces due south, enjoying spectacular waterscape views and colourful sunsets. Strachur and Loch Fyne are well known for their natural scenic beauty which has always drawn people to the area to live, holiday and enjoy weekend breaks.
The village has a post office and café, a retail service station, an excellent Medical Centre with in-house pharmacy, and a vibrant Community Hall, all of which cater for most everyday needs and requirements. Glasgow is about 58 miles distant and offers a full range of higher and further educational services as well as all the cultural and professional services normally connected with a major city.
There are a number of restaurants, all with menus that encompass the term "Scotland's Natural Larder"; these include Loch Fyne Oysters, The Creggans Inn (only a few yards away) the Whistlefield Inn and Invercottage Restaurant. Dunoon is approximately 18 miles away with Glasgow Airport at approximately 53 miles distant via Loch Lomondside. Primary schooling is available in Strachur and secondary schooling is available at Dunoon. The nearest independent school is Helensburgh at 35 miles.
The A83 and A82 provide access to central Scotland. Arrochar has a main line rail station with a service to and from Glasgow city centre and a sleeper to London. The frequent western ferry service between McInroy's Point and Hunters Quay provides alternative travel to Glasgow and the west of mainland Scotland. The area offers much in the way of outdoor pursuits. Loch Lomond, the Arrochar Alps that include the Cobbler, and the picturesque Rest & Be Thankful pass. Benmore Gardens and the enchanting Pucks Glen are also nearby with cycle routes in all directions.
Nearby Inveraray with its castle and famous Games lays the way to Oban and Campbeltown. The Cowal Games, in nearby Dunoon and the recently established Cowal Way stretches from Portavadie in the West and travels eastwards for 31 miles through some of the most dramatic and picturesque sea and landscapes in the west coast. Sea, river and loch fishing are also available in the area and some of the local estates allow stalking by arrangement.
For sailors, the sea lochs of the west of Scotland offer safe anchorages as well as spectacular coastal sailing; there are marina and chandlery services at Rhu, Inverkip, Portavadie and Dunoon.
Glendale House is an important character and well known property of Strachur. The house dates from 1880 when the Oban & Argyllshire Advertiser reported: New villa - Near Creggans Pier, a site has been staked off for Dr Gray who proposes to begin building next spring. The doctor being a gentleman of taste, something more than has yet been erected in the locality, is expected of him. The villa was originally called Dalnacraig which translates to field of rocks.
In 1915 Archibald McNicol purchased Dalnacraig from Trustees of the late Thomas Garland Gray, Surgeon, in turn selling on to Archibald McAllister in 1926. In time the house became the Glendale Hotel and later a public house with a lounge bar and by now the doctor's surgery had moved next door taking with it the name Dalnacraig. More recently it has been a B&B residence up until the recent owners bought the property in 2010.
The house is of hewn stone construction with smooth ashlar at quoins, window mullions and doors. Architecturally the house has striking features with crests and finials at roofline, bay and dormer window formations as well as the fairy tale turret at the southern side. Internally has seen the careful and sensitive preservation over the years of period features including ornate plaster work and cornices, and exposed pitch pine floor timbers.
The house is set in mature gardens well back from the A815 and has a near due south exposure with dramatic views over Loch Fyne to the surrounding hills and glens.
The accommodation is freshly presented and laid out over two light and bright and easily managed levels, the house lends itself perfect for either a principal or secondary family home as well as the potential that might exist for those who may wish to generate some income from home as a Wolsey Lodge type B&B concern. The property is decorated with a range of Farrow and Ball and Fired Earth paints in mainly neutral tones.
The property is entered through an outer canopy porch, double outer storm doors to entrance vestibule with tiled floor, glass panel door with etched side screens. This leads to a broad and welcoming entrance reception hallway. From the hallway there is access to a three downstairs reception rooms plus a study and WC. The lounge has a bay window formation with fine views over the loch, a log burner in a dressed stone fireplace. Across the hall is, a formal dining room again with large windows giving fine views with shelved press and pretty turret, next to this can be found a cloak room and WC. Opposite this is a family/TV/sitting room with a Victoriana grate fire in timber mantle, shallow press, the final room is a home office or study with quality fitted dressed oak furniture and a log burner in engineered brick fireplace.
The hall then leads down to the kitchen passing an under stairs stores, double fronted louvre stores, used as a linen cupboard and then on to a well equipped and integrated open plan kitchen with a fine breakfasting and informal dining area, split stable door at rear to rear gardens.
From the kitchen there are doors leading to a, boiler and domestic hot tank room with terra cotta tile floor, a dry stores room with log burner, and utility with door to rear gardens and garage.
A period staircase leads to a half landing with a large stained glass window. The full landing leading to a series of upstairs rooms: a family bathroom, bedroom 1 (Robin Jenkins), with en suite shower room, bedroom 2, master, (Neil Munro), with delightful en suite shower in the round turret, bedroom 3 (George Houston), with concealed wash hand basin and painted cream floor boards, bedroom 4 (former drawing room) with bay window formation, bedroom 5 with fitted louvre stores and en suite bathroom.
Recently constructed Dura fitted garage (in keeping with main house architecture featuring Elgin sandstone), stairs to flexible room currently set up as fitness and conditioning studio, and there are various garden equipment stores.
A bell mouth type entry with twin leaf steel gates leads to a macadam surfaced driveway, and vehicle turning and hard standing apron. Overflow vehicle hard standing to gravel. The front gardens are mainly to lawn and set behind a dwarf stone wall and mixed hedge, the front gardens are dominated by a fine specimen Chilean Pine the canopy of which is above the view line. A raised deck and pond are at the eastern side and provide alfresco dining and outside sitting space. The rear gardens feature a further sloping lawn bounded by a stone wall and fringed with trees and bushes as well as a well-stocked alpine and herbaceous bed. In all the grounds extend to about 0.648 acres.
Glendale House has a highly sought after mooring close by at the Strachur boating pontoon.