The impressive Former Free Church, which was built by the villagers of Minard, dates from the 1840s. The imposing stone built structure is set back from the road in an elevated position and enjoys far reaching views over the …
The impressive Former Free Church, which was built by the villagers of Minard, dates from the 1840s. The imposing stone built structure is set back from the road in an elevated position and enjoys far reaching views over the famous Loch Fyne. The property is conveniently located between the historic and popular town of Inveraray, famous for its castle and visitor attractions, and Lochgilphead to the south, with its choice of artisan shops, cafés, leisure centre with pool, hospital, schools and golf course. Closer by at Furnace is a well-stocked shop, post office and health centre. There is also a primary school. To the north west is the coastal town of Oban providing a further range of services. The town is also an important link to the Inner and Outer Isles with regular sailings from the ferry terminal. The property is conveniently located for access to Glasgow Airport from where regular flights operate to domestic and international destinations.
Argyll’s West Coast boasts some of the most stunning scenery and attractive coastline. The area is known for its choice of outdoor activities including sailing, boating, diving and fishing. It is also a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, climbers and walkers.
The former church has retained a number of original features, including the impressive wood lined roof and a number of stained glass windows. The original pews are also in place and the pulpit, all of which are included with the sale. Adjoining the south side of the church is a vestibule opening into a kitchenette, cloakroom and vestry leading into the church. To the north is also a vestibule giving direct access.
The property offers superb potential for development as a stunning residential home whilst retaining many attractive features. Any development will be subject to planning consent. Some water ingress is evident both through the main roof and in the vestry area and would require remedial work as part of a more extensive renovation. There is also damage to some of the panes within the stained glass windows.
The former church is surrounded by a large garden laid mainly to grass. To the south side, the garden drops down to a further area of ground that extends to within about 3 metres of a burn. The remains of an old stone wall marks the boundary. This area is undeveloped and could be used to create a very attractive, more protected garden. Access to the property is via double gates to the front with parking for several cars. Further parking is available along a verge to the front of the property beyond the boundary. The verge is not included in the title. The boundary of the church is marked by a mix of dry stone walls and stob and wire fencing.
The loch can be accessed opposite the church on the far side of the road for swimming and fishing. There is also a small slipway, ideal for a kayak or small boat. A little further south is a larger slipway, suitable for a trailer. The option may also exist for a mooring.