Ardwell, Stranraer, DG9 9NA
An elegant Listed Mansion House on the shores of Luce Bay
Chapel Rossan is set in beautiful grounds extending to approximately 3.9 acres incorporating delightfully manicured gardens adjacent to the beach and Luce Bay. The position of Chapel Rossan is possibly the finest in the Rhins peninsula of Galloway. The area is famous for its favourable climate, with warm summers and mild winters due to the micro-climate created by the Gulf Stream. The gardens, once part of Logan Estates (as were the now independent and famous Logan Botanical Gardens), are stocked with a dazzling array of specimens. The nearby village of Ardwell has a church and a marine shop offering a variety of small sailing craft for sale and hire and also facilities for launching into the bay via a slipway located just beyond the property's boundary. The village of Sandhead is about 3 miles to the north and has a range of local amenities including a primary school, post office, doctors' surgery, general store, tea room and bar. Portpatrick and Stranraer provide a wide range of amenities including hospitals, secondary schools, supermarkets, hotels, shops and restaurants with leisure facilities such as private health and fitness clubs, indoor swimming pools and a curling rink. There is a newly built marina at Stranraer and further sailing opportunities at Wigbay, Portpatrick and numerous other locations throughout the region. Galloway Forest Park in nearby Newton Stewart has been awarded the status of being the first Dark Sky Park in the UK.
Communications to the area are good. Glasgow and Edinburgh, with their airports offering regular domestic and international flights, can generally be reached in about 2 to 2 ½ hours by car. Prestwick Airport has regular flights to London Stansted, and the two ferry ports at Cairnryan offer regular high speed and conventional sailings to Belfast and Larne.
Chapel Rossan is an elegant, Category B-listed villa (circa 1848) with pitch slated roof, cylindrical chimneys, pointed-arched Y-traceried windows and studded door to the front elevation. According to the New Statistical Account of 1839, it is believed that in the period 600-1100 AD a small chapel, possibly dedicated to St. Drostan - a monk under St. Columba and venerated as one of the apostles of Scotland - stood on the headland jutting eastwards in what is now known as Chapel Rossan Bay.
Internally, the property has been well maintained with spacious rooms throughout, many of which are dual aspect with original windows incorporating working shutters. The current owners have extensively renovated and improved the 'south wing' including the addition of a bespoke Mozolowski and Murray conservatory and the formation of a new kitchen. This has created an annexe to the main house, which could function as a self-contained three bedroom apartment for a relative or could be utilised for letting purposes.
The mature surrounding gardens are well stocked with a variety of colourful and scented garden shrubs and trees. A feature of the gardens is a natural burn which meanders into stone culverts which lead into a series of garden mill ponds. There is a secondary entrance to the grounds and the driveway opens up the possibility of creating a second dwelling house in the paddock area, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents.
Unusual for such a rural area, the property benefits from a high speed BT broadband connection, with download speeds often averaging 6 to 7.5 Mbps.
Dumfries and Galloway is world famous for its wide variety of wildlife; swans, seals, oyster catchers, shelducks and herons are frequent visitors to Luce Bay.
Enter through full height studded timber door. Mosaic tiled flooring.
Built in shelving with windows to front and rear.
Twin sash and case windows with shutters to rear overlooking garden and Luce Bay. Fireplace at focal point with open coal fire.
L-shaped drawing room with windows (two shuttered) to side and rear taking full advantage of the views over the gardens and Luce Bay. Stone fire surround at focal point with stone hearth. Internal arched Georgian window.
Formal dining room.
Base and wall mounted units incorporating built in oven and hob with extractor hood and tiled surround.
Leads to the garden room and the conservatory.
Magnificient Mozolowski & Murray solid oak conservatory taking full advantage of the stunning views to the garden and Luce Bay, with French doors to rear. Tiled floor.
Tiled floor and French door leading to garden.
Double bedroom with built in wardrobe and sash and case window to rear and door to:
En suite shower room
Three piece modern white suite comprising low level wc, pedestal wash hand basin and bath with electric shower over.
Well proportioned double bedroom with sash and case window to side and additional Velux windows. Door to:
En suite shower room
Three piece modern white suite comprising low level wc, pedestal wash hand basin and shower unit.
Modern base and wall mounted units with oven, four ring hob and extractor hood. Hardwood worktops.
Double bedroom with dual aspect windows - the larger window in particular offering outstanding framed panoramic views of the garden with Luce Bay as a backdrop.
Double bedroom with sash and case shuttered window to rear overlooking gardens and Luce Bay beyond. Door to:
En suite shower room
Beautiful shower room with arched window to front. Three piece modern white suite comprising low level wc, wash hand basin and shower unit.
Three piece modern white suite comprising low level wc, pedestal wash hand basin and roll top bath. Fully tiled. Ornate cornicing.
Well proportioned double bedroom with arched window to front and French doors to one side. Built in fitted wardrobes. Ornate cornicing.
Twin sash and case shuttered windows to rear with window seat taking full advantage of the exquisite open aspects to the gardens and beyond to Luce Bay. Built in fitted wardrobes. Door to:
En suite shower room
Two piece suite comprising pedestal wash hand basin and shower unit. Sash and case window.
Gardens and grounds
Chapel Rossan stands in grounds of approximately 3.9 acres bounded to the west by a high stone wall along the public road and to the east by a sand and shingle beach. The main entrance provides access to the walled courtyard in front of the house which provides parking for several vehicles. The partly walled and very sheltered gardens run parallel to the shore and are divided by a partly dammed burn feeding a series of ponds. A small capped well sits in an area of woodland which is carpeted with snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells in the spring.
There are a variety of beds and borders having mature shrubs such as rhododendrons, hydrangeas, fuchsias, honeysuckles, and phormiums, many mature specimen trees including palms such as cordyline, as well as eucalyptus, acer, eucryphia, camellia and a number of apple, pear and plum varieties.
A second entrance gate and driveway gives vehicular access to the rear of the property and beyond this is a paddock, which has potential for the erection of a second dwelling house. Outline planning permission for this was previously obtained but has now lapsed.
The large brick and stone and tiled garage can accommodate a number of vehicles and has an automatic door together with workshop and loft space. A ride on Countax tractor/mower with powered grass collector and a dump truck are included in the sale.
Three brick and stone stores in the grounds provide coal, wood and other storage facilities.
Property Reference Number: GBGLRSGLS120176
- Sold in June 2013
- 6 bedrooms
- 6 reception rooms
- 5 bathrooms
- Conservatory, Garden room
- Shore front