Benas croft is a wonderful 2 BEDROOM DETACHED COTTAGE of stone construction set in idyllic and picturesque grounds on the East side of the Kintyre Peninsula. Accommodation comprises of entrance hall with doors to the front and rear gardens (stable door to the front), a large, well-lit south facing lounge with oil burning stove and patio doors to the garden, spacious country kitchen with a very useful and ample utility room adjacent, family bathroom with separate bath and shower, 2 double bedrooms with stunning views to the valley and river below. Both bedrooms have patio door access to the rear garden and upstairs (Via a loft ladder) is a well-proportioned useable floored space with velux windows and heating. The upstairs area is currently used as an arts and creative space and has great potential to be converted for permanent use, perhaps even as a third, larger bedroom (all subject to the usual consents and authority). The property is in truly walk-in condition and has been maintained and improved by the current owners. They have spent a lot of time expanding the delightful grounds outside whilst developing the interior into a beautiful family home. Heating is supplied via an oil fired boiler system and steel radiators and the property benefits from double glazing throughout.
There is a large gravel driveway with ample parking for several cars comfortably. To the side of the drive/parking area is a small garden shed and ther main oil storage tank for the heating. There is a second, smaller tank nearer the property which supplies the oil burning stove in the lounge. This property offers a level of accommodation, comfort and condition which would attract high levels of interest no matter where it was located. But when you combine the amazing garden grounds that surround it and the incredible views down the glen to the Kilbrannan Sound and Arran beyond and it all adds up to the perfect West Coast retreat. Give our estate agent, Gavin Brown, a call in the Lochgilphead office to discuss the croft in more detail or to arrange a suitable time to visit and have a look around.
Less than half a mile away is the Claonaig ferry terminal with daily crossings to the beautiful Island of Arran. Approximately 2 miles away is the historical village of Skipness which is located on the eastern shore of the Kintyre peninsula. There are magnificent views to Cowalside, Bute and the Ayrshire coast. It is a quiet haven within an area of surrounding natural beauty where the main activities are farming, forestry, tourism, fishing and conservation. The village shop/post office sits in the centre of the village selling everyday essentials and proudly showcasing local crafts. During the summer months the shop doubles as a tea room serving tea and freshly made sandwiches, which can be enjoyed on the picnic benches on the beach opposite. The village hall holds regular events, including Ceilidhs and dances during the year for locals and holiday-makers alike. You can also visit St. Brendan’s chapel which holds regular services and is thought to date from the 13th Century. There are several sites of historic interest including the magnificent 13th century Skipness Castle and the Kilbrannan Chapel dedicated to Irish Missionary St Brendan. It is maintained by Historic Scotland and is open all year round. Located close to the castle is the famous Skipness Seafood Cabin, a family run venue that prepares and sells locally sourced, delicious fresh seafood dishes. Tarbert, 9 miles North, has a wide range of amenities including Primary and Secondary education, medical centre, dentist, locally renowned butcher and fishmonger, chemist, hardware store, local supermarket, pubs and restaurants. The surrounding area is a haven for the outdoor enthusiast. There are walks available within the village of Tarbert and beyond with opportunities for cycling, sailing, golf, fishing, bird watching, shooting and diving to name but a few. Within a 45 minute drive or less of Tarbert, there are ferry terminals to Islay, Jura, Gigha, Arran, Portavadie, and Ardrossan The town has a number of festivals throughout the year covering yachting, music, seafood and books being just some of the subjects covered. .Campbeltown Airport is around 45 minutes and Glasgow International Airport approximately two hours drive. Tarbert is served four times daily (five times at weekends) by the City Link bus route to/from Glasgow/Campbeltown, as well as other local bus routes to surrounding areas.
Garden Grounds: The garden grounds at Benas Croft are what make it such an idyllic cottage. Encompassing 360 degree views, there are several different defined areas to the grounds with numerous different uses and potential. The gardens directly surrounding the croft are more manicured and landscaped. The further away from the dwelling you get, the more interesting the surrounds are. To the North there is a raised area of orchard which had been earmarked by the current owners for a summer house with stunning south facing views across to Arran. Further to the south there is a managed area of shrubs and small trees with a private grassed area, accessed by a garden bridge over a small stream, with space for a table, loungers and chairs to while away a summer’s day. To the South of the property the land falls towards the floor of the glen and the land has been left to wild flower. The boundaries are well defined. There is a large patio area adjacent to the croft which allows ample room for garden furniture and a comfortable dining area to enjoy meals from the BBQ.
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