Impressive country house, close to the coast.
Craigview House is a most attractive, late Georgian country house, which is believed to date from the late 18th century, and is shown on a map from 1792. In 1843 it became a Free Church manse, at the time of the Disruption, when the Free Church broke away from the established Church of Scotland. It is a lovely symmetrical and bow fronted house, looking out over its own charming and enclosed gardens. A fine stone built and harled house, it was acquired by the seller's family in the mid 1970s, who set about creating a studio in a former dairy building, which is attached to the house by an arched entrance on to a courtyard. This studio was later extended in the 1980s to include an attached garage, and an indoor swimming pool was added later. The artist's studio is of considerable local interest as the house belonged to the late James Morrison, a celebrated landscape painter who exhibited regularly at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, and was renowned for his dramatic skies. His life and works have been made into a film, Eye of the Storm, by Anthony Baxter. As well as the studio, works were also undertaken within the house. A conservatory was added in the mid 1980s and the kitchen and bathroom were revamped in the 1990s. The shower room upstairs was refurbished about five years ago. Additional garden ground and the paddock were also acquired over the years, to extend and enhance the property. To further protect the house, a strip of ground was acquired to the west.
Internally much of the original character and features of the house remain, with moulded cornicings, including in all the reception rooms and bedrooms, together with some panelled doors, window shutters and some decorative arched doorways. Craigview benefits from three well proportioned reception rooms, along with a conservatory, which, like the dining room, links to the garden. The WC, kitchen, a useful boot room linking to the courtyard, and a utility complete the downstairs accommodation, while at first floor level are four spacious bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower room. As such the house is perfect for both entertaining and family living with lots of space both inside and out. The studio has considerable potential for home working or for other uses, subject to obtaining any necessary planning consents.
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The gardens are a delight and are made up of various sections and compartments. They are ideal for entertaining with paved seating areas linking to both the dining room and the swimming pool, together with a further area adjacent to the front door. Sheltered by a south facing wall is a lean to greenhouse (3.3 m x 3.1 m) and a further greenhouse (2.5 m x 1.9 m), both with staging, together with a garden store (2.7 m x 1.8 m). From here a gate leads out to the shared area which is grassed. The main area of garden is sheltered by hedges and includes flower and shrub borders, with massed spring bulbs and some fruit trees. Beyond is a further area which has double gates on to the road and is planted with trees. There are composting bins and a former store. Beyond this is an enclosed vegetable garden with fruit trees, which leads on to a further area planted with trees and the paddock, which again has gates to the road.
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"A fine country home enviably near the coast and with a fascinating artistic connection and versatile studio, Craigview House combines excellent entertaining space with plenty of flexibility for family living, and also boasts a delightful gardens and paddock".Ruaraidh Ogilvie