We are delighted to offer for sale this former village school and schoolhouse (3/4 bedrooms) and Annexe (2 bedrooms), which are currently being used as multi generation living, with an additional purpose built gymnasium/outbuilding, located approximately ½ mile from the village of Castle Kennedy and approximately 4 miles from the town of Stranraer. The superbly presented properties are of traditional stone construction and have been fully refurbished over the last twenty-three years, with the most recent conversion of the Annexe around fifteen years ago. This unique residence is offered to the market in immaculate condition throughout, providing tasteful and comfortable accommodation, with double glazing and oil fired central heating and could easily be used as one large family home if required.
The property has a quite unique setting. It not only offers potential purchasers a wonderful semi-rural family home/s, it also provides an unparalleled opportunity to create a home-based lifestyle business as the current owners run a successful and well regarded sports therapy and personal fitness business, within the purpose built adjacent property. There is the opportunity to negotiate the inclusion of the equipment and existing clients if an incoming purchaser wishes to continue the business. The adjacent gymnasium/outbuilding is very adaptable and alternatively would lend itself perfectly to be used as a bed & breakfast, artist’s studio, antiques showroom or tea-room (subject to change of use).
Nestling within a perfect countryside setting, ‘The Old Schoolhouse’, is the larger of the two properties, which has been sympathetically upgraded and imaginatively designed to offer spacious family accommodation. The house has been designed to make the most of its unspoiled rural location with views across the gardens. As part of the design of this property, great emphasis has been placed on the creation of easily managed and free flowing space and the main living accommodation has been designed to make best use of the fine open countryside views surrounding the property. A design feature that emphasizes this is the upholstered window seats which can be found at most of the windows.
Internally this unique home comprises: Welcoming entrance vestibule opening into a reception hallway. Immediately impressive lounge, which benefits from a feature picture window, flooding the room with natural light and offering tremendous views of the gardens. The feature fireplace is the other key focal point of this room. Access can be gained from here to the fantastic conservatory, which is a great room to just relax and chill, and is a great spot to read the Sunday papers! French doors open from here onto the rear garden - which is a stunning spot to spend a summer’s evening entertaining and has been used for this purpose on many occasions! A separate and formal dining room is located at the front of the property and this opens into a family room/study, which is bound to be popular with younger members of the family. This room has a number of uses and could easily be used as a comfortable fourth bedroom. A contemporary kitchen is also located off the hallway and benefits from a modern range of ‘Shaker’ base and wall units, with the added benefit of a fitted extractor hood and a central island. There is space for a freestanding cooker and an upright fridge/freezer. A picture window overlooks the magnificent gardens and floods the room with natural light. A utility room is located off the kitchen and is plumbed for a washing machine, dishwasher and tumble dryer.
There are three, well-proportioned double bedrooms, all with fitted wardrobes and with ample space for additional free standing furniture if required. An attic room is accessed by way of a pull down ladder in the second bedroom and could easily be adapted into further living accommodation (STPP) and might suit those requiring live/work arrangements or would be a perfect hobby room. A family bathroom suite and separate shower-room completes the impressive accommodation.
NB - There is a internal door opening from the family room/study into the Annexe. This door could remain permanently open to create one large family home if desired.
The Annexe has its own private vestibule, but could easily be amalgamated into the main residence, if desired. Room dimensions are generous and the accommodation has been arranged to offer a high level of flexibility and complete independence.
In more detail the accommodation comprises; A welcoming reception vestibule, with a handy storage cupboard. The lounge and dining room are well proportioned and are bright and airy, with a picture window, flooding the rooms with natural light. A feature fireplace and the open-plan staircase to the first floor are the key focal points of this room. Access is gained from here into the separate dining room, which has ample space for a table and chairs for more formal dining with friends and family. The inner hallway allows access to the shower-room and the kitchen. The kitchen has been professionally fitted to include a good range of floor and wall mounted units with a striking worktop, which provides a fashionable and efficient workspace and extends into an ingenious breakfast bar. It further benefits from an integrated oven, hob and extractor hood. A delightful conservatory is located off the kitchen and offers tremendous views of the gardens.
The first floor benefits from two, good-sized, double bedrooms, with ample floor space for additional freestanding furniture if required and velux windows offering views into the distance. The master has its own en-suite bathroom and the second bedroom could be used as anything you want it to be – a hot office space, studio or a permanent bedroom!
Externally, the property benefits from an integral garage, with an internal door opening into the lounge and a mezzanine level for additional storage. A boiler room at the rear of the garage houses the central heating system, which services both units independently.
The Gymnasium is of block construction under a tiled roof and was constructed around 2005. It benefits from a fitness suite with oak flooring and sliding patio doors opening onto the garden. There is also a separate store room and a WC. The block also includes an integral garage (with power, light and an internal door into the fitness suite).
The properties are set within their own area of well maintained and fully landscaped garden grounds. They benefit from a south facing garden, comprising of a lawn, paved patio, gravel border, mature shrubs and trees. There is a further gravel patio adjacent to the conservatories, set behind a screen wall. There is ample parking for both properties by way of a gravel driveway/s.
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