Lovely coastal and village setting.
1 West Street is a delightful and most attractive house which dates from about 1830. Situated at the junction of West Street and South Street, its garden runs down to the sea front, and as such it has dramatic views out to sea. It is a pretty three storey house, which is stone built with a slate roof. From the street, steps with cast iron railings lead to the middle floor, while an entrance door from the garden, opens on to the ground floor. It is thought that at one point the house was divided into four properties, with a further three in the garden and that the outbuildings were once a shop. There is still the ruins of one of the cottages, which is believed to have been last occupied in the mid 20th century. The frontage from the street is most attractive and the house is Listed Category C. The listing describes how this elevation with its central glass and timber door and flanking windows is a particular feature and the oversailing steps are an elegant detail. The ruinous cottage in the garden adds to the interest
and is likely to predate the house. The house has been owned by the sellers since the mid 1990s and was primarily used as a lovely family home, although for the last few years was very successfully used as a holiday letting cottage.
Since acquiring the house the owners have undertaken substantive renovations, while very much preserving its character and charm. It was re-roofed in 2001, while the middle floor was fully refurbished in 2004. In 2010 double glazed windows were installed and in 2012 the ground floor was fully refurbished including a new shower room and kitchen, with the latter opening up into an open plan living room and dining room. In 2017 the central heating was renewed, and the first floor bathroom and top floor bedrooms were refurbished. The roof over the outbuilding and garage was also renewed in recent years. The house is now extremely well presented. With the open plan accommodation on the lower level, three bedrooms and an office on the middle floor, together with two further bedrooms on the top, serviced by both a bathroom and shower room, it is well laid out for family living, or given its location, for use as a holiday property.
Covered steps from the garden lead up to a partially glazed door to an entrance vestibule with a tiled floor and an inner glazed door to the hallway. This has stairs to the first floor and an understair storage cupboard housing a Samsung washing machine. A glazed door opens to the open plan living room and dining room. The living area has a wall mounted LG TV, and an alcove with display shelves and cupboards below. The dining area has a period cast iron fireplace with a wooden mantel. An opening leads through to the fully fitted kitchen which as well as sea views has wooden wall and floor units with soft closing drawers, granite worktops, tiled splashbacks and a sink. Appliances include a De Longhi dual fuel range cooker with two ovens and five gas burners and extractor, Bosch dishwasher and an LG American style fridge freezer with ice and water dispenser. There is a movable island unit with a wooden worktop. Also off the hallway is a partially tiled shower room with corner shower cubicle, double washbasin with vanity unit, WC and Karndean flooring.
The wooden staircase leads up to the middle floor with double opening entrance doors. Bedroom one has views to the sea, fitted hanging and shelved wardrobes, under window shelves and an understair recess. The bathroom has partial wet walling, a bath with shower, washbasin with vanity unit, bidet and WC. The office is currently used as an additional bedroom. Bedroom two has fitted shelves, while bedroom three has built in hanging and shelved cupboards and under window shelves. Wooden stairs continue up to the top floor which has two further bedrooms with undereaves storage and Velux windows.
Attached to the side of the house is a stone built outbuilding with a box profile roof. This incorporates a garage with a Zanussi dryer, and a workshop / store with a part stone flag floor and which houses a Worcester boiler. The garden is enclosed and is mainly down to lawn with some shrubs. The former stone built cottage (4 m x 8.4 m approx) used to have a pantile roof.
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This is a delightful period house right by the sea - immaculately presented for family living or as a wonderful weekend retreat. The multiple bedrooms and coastal location also make this a most desirable holiday rental property, which indeed it has been, most successfully, in recent years.Ruaraidh Ogilvie