Striking period house with sea views.
Dunninald Mains Farmhouse is a most attractive and fine house which was remodelled around 1800, based on plans by the architect Sir John Soane. It is part of the Dunninald Estate. Dunninald Castle was built, 1819 - 1823 as a gothic revival style mansion house. The farmhouse is the centrepiece of a group of buildings positioned across the minor public road from the castle, with the steading and stable buildings on either side, both of which have symmetrical south fronts. The farmhouse is of a similar symmetrical style and is harled with a slate roof, and has two single storey wings. The house, together with its principal rooms and bedrooms, faces south, making the most of its position and views to the sea. The property has recently been let, but prior to that was being used as a family house by the owners. It still retains much character and many of its period features, including panelled doors and cornicings, and has considerable potential with its good sized and well-proportioned reception rooms and bedrooms.
Stone gate piers open on to a driveway which leads up to a gravelled sweep at the front of the house. A covered entrance with wooden front door with fanlight over opens to an entrance vestibule with wooden flooring and an inner partially glazed door to the hallway which has an understair cupboard. The hallway is T-shaped. Either side are the dining room and sitting room, both of which are lovely rooms. The dining room has a picture rail, bay window with shutters, wooden floor and a shelved press, while the sitting room also has a bay window with shutters, together with a shelved alcove and an open fireplace with wooden mantel. Off the eastern side hallway are two shelved cupboards, a walk in shelved cupboard and an office with its own entrance lobby together with window shutters and an open tiled fireplace. In addition there is a laundry with sink, plumbing for washing machine and two clothes pulleys; a bathroom with bath with shower, pedestal washbasin and WC; and a separate cloakroom with washbasin. The hallway on the other side also has wooden flooring and leads to the living room, which is another fine room with picture rail, open tiled fireplace and a shelved alcove. It also gives access to a rear lobby with a back door to the courtyard and a utility room with two sinks, tiled floor, plumbing for a washing machine and built in hanging and shelved cupboards. Opposite is the kitchen with wall and floor units, two sinks, plumbing for a dishwasher, Miele four ring hob and double oven / grill, and a four oven AGA (cream). The kitchen also has a tiled floor, timber clad ceiling and a walk in larder with fitted units. Off the kitchen is a store room with stairs leading up to a former maid's room with original fireplace and two cupboards.
Stairs from the hallway lead up to the first floor landing. Bedroom one has a mantel, while bedroom two has good views, fitted wardrobes and a partially tiled en suite bathroom with bath, washbasin and WC. Bedroom three also has sea views, together with a mantel and washbasin. A side landing has fitted cupboards and leads to bedroom four and on to a further bathroom with bath with tiled surround, shower cubicle, washbasin, bidet and WC.
Off a courtyard to the rear are two stores, dog kennel with run and a garage housing a Worcester oil fired boiler and which has water, power and light.
The front garden is mainly down to lawn and enclosed by walls and hedges, and has a former summer house. The garden at the back is mainly down to grass.
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