Detached whitewashed cottage with former coach house set in beautifully rolling countryside and about 4.6 acres of woodland
Listed by Historic Scotland. Detached 1.5 storey whitewashed cottage built circa 1809 or earlier, extended to W circa 1850, porches added circa 1940, extended to E 1980; internal alterations circa 1920. 7-bay, rectangular-plan cottage of early origin and incorporating elaborate logwork additions by Italian prisoners of war. Harled with evidence of boulder base course to rear and deep-set opening. SW entrance elevation with piend-roofed log-work porches incorporating decorative diamond-pattern detailing, that to left full-height, that to right single storey with dormer section behind. Rear (NE) elevation with small original openings, and SE gable (extension) with hollowed out stone. 4- and 9-pane glazing patterns in top-opening timber windows. Grey slates with modern rooflights to rear. Coped ashlar and shouldered stacks with thackstanes and cans. Ashlar-coped skews.
The heart of this home is the open plan sitting room/dining room with triple aspect windows and French style patio doors opening into the rear garden. A feature is the exposed stone wall and wood burning stove. Internal French style doors lead into the more informal family room again with a wood burning stove. The dining kitchen is fitted with base, drawer and wall cabinets and off here is the utility room with ample space for everyday domestic tasks. A ground floor bedroom with built in wardrobes along one wall has an adjacent bathroom with white Duravit sanitary ware, deep bath and separate shower enclosure. A contemporary style family bathroom completes the ground floor accommodation. At first level is a large living/study area with natural window light and three further bedrooms.
The house grounds extend to approximately 0.75 acres, bounded by a rabbit fence. There are two driveways, each with a pair of metal gates at their entrance. The majority of the grounds are mown lawns, within which are some shrub beds, flower beds and mature deciduous trees. The drives and pathways within the grounds are gravelled. At the rear of the house is a rectangular pond with concrete block sides and an internal waterproof membrane, and a 3m x 3m timber summerhouse with single glazed windows and a pitched felt roof. There is also a tin roofed wood store, supported by a timber frame, with open sides.
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Auchernach Cottage is surrounded by spectacular highland scenery and sporting estates, and would make a perfect weekend retreat.Fiona Gormley