A rare opportunity to design and built a bespoke loch-side family home.
Couligartan occupies one of the most desirable loch side settings to have come to market in recent times. Not just benefitting from the stunning views, the site has direct access to the shore frontage and offers a truly unique opportunity to create a magnificent family home within Scotland's most famous national park. Surrounded by mature woodland and stunning scenery, the site is very private and yet there is no need to travel far for local amenities or indeed for further seclusion.
There is an existing house on the site, however the condition is now such that Planning Permission in Principle has been granted for demolition and rebuild due to the impossibility of repair works to be done in a manner that can "economically be brought to modern living standards". While there are matters to be approved prior to the granting of full consent, the flexibility of tailoring the design of the house to suit an individual's requirements is a rare and highly prized opportunity. The current owner has had preliminary sketches completed for a striking 10,000 sq ft Scots Baronial style house that would certainly not look out of place in such a setting and would echo the architectural traditions of the area.
To the east of the existing house a large terrace leads to extensive lawns, flanked by rhododendrons with a number of mature specimen trees including cherry, spruce, oak, Japanese maples, magnolia and Scots pine. The gardens to the south include a path flanked by azaleas leading to a pond bordered by bamboo and acer trees. Adjoining the conservatory is a courtyard garden featuring a large decked area leading to a bridge over a pond and onto a secondary pond. The courtyard is enclosed by dwarf stone walls planted with a variety of shrubs providing a perfect place to entertain.
Couligartan is ring-fenced by approximately 56 acres in total which comprises grass fields, semi-ancient oak woodland and an orchard. The elevated setting provides stunning views to the east over fields which lead down to the shore of Loch Ard where there are a number of bays and a substantial boat house. Many of the fields are unfenced and are interspersed with naturally regenerated oak and birch trees.
To the south-east of the house there is a range of useful outbuildings including a stone built, two storey bothy which is used by the current owner for storing garden equipment. The bothy has electricity throughout and a W/C and wash hand basin with plumbing for a bathroom and stairs leading to an open-plan first floor that has been used as a games room. Subject to the necessary consents, the bothy could be converted to provide ancillary accommodation to the main house. Next to the bothy there is a large open sided pole barn with an adjacent Dutch barn which are both currently used for storing logs and garden machinery.
On the eastern edge of the drive, as you approach the house, there is a 50ft x 50ft timber and corrugated-iron clad former piggery which has not been used for its original purpose for some time and is in a state of disrepair but could be reinstated to provide miscellaneous storage or a conversion project subject to the necessary consents.
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One of the very best settings for a loch side house I have ever seen. Simply stunning!Cameron Ewer