Contemporary villa with stunning loch views.
Achnashie dates from 2004, when it was built by local house builder Macfarlane Homes. It offers flexible family accommodation over three levels under a slate roof and is finished to a high level of specification. Cleverly designed to take full advantage of its private gardens and the views over the Gareloch beyond, one of its notable features is its substantial terrace off the first floor level. The front door leads to a double height reception hallway with polished limestone floor and sitting area. Double doors lead to the drawing room off of which is the library and dining room. There is a large cloakroom/WC and a walk in store.
A few steps ascend from the reception hallway to a half landing off which are the kitchen, sitting room and access to the garage.
The sitting room is on two levels with a corner window, incorporating French doors and looking directly down the Gareloch. The kitchen is most impressive, benefitting from modern gloss units under a cream stone worktop. An integral induction hob, integral dishwasher and full length fridge and freezer as well twin oven and combination microwave. There is a central island unit with breakfast bar, a seating area, back door and double doors opening to the dining room.
The dining room has French doors onto the rear gardens and steps descending into the drawing room. The drawing room is remarkable. It has a spectacular open vaulted ceiling and a magnificent window dominating one wall with French doors and a semi-circular fanlight. There are two other sets of French doors, one leading back into the main reception hallway, the other to the gardens. Of particular note is the Barbas wood burning stove which is recessed into the focal wall and flanked by symmetrical recessed log stores. Off the drawing room is the library.
The main bedrooms are on the first floor. There are four double bedrooms, a substantial contemporary family bathroom and two linen stores. The generous landing includes a seating area and a wrought iron balcony overlooks the drawing room.
The principal suite has direct access onto a large terrace with splendid views of the Gareloch, and benefits from a walk in dressing room and a large en suite shower room with double shower, twin basins and WC. The second floor is accessed via a spiral staircase from the first floor landing.
It is presently presented as a large additional bedroom with en suite bathroom, but it could be put to a variety of uses. It also has fitted wardrobes and four velux windows.
The double garage is integral to the house with electronically operated doors. The garage houses the two central heating boilers, water tank, sink with drainer and is plumbed for a washing machine. It also incorporates storage cupboards.
Achnashie's gardens are magnificent. Electronically operated gates lead up the main drive to a large sweep with plenty of space for a number of cars. To the front the lawn is extensive with a variety of rare rhododendrons, providing seasonal colour. A number of substantial mature trees provide shelter and privacy. To the rear is a sheltered patio area, drying area and a small stream running from the hill down into the Gareloch. The hill is seasonally awash with colour. Achnashie enjoys access to a stretch of beach fronting the Gareloch.
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Achnashie has some of the most incredible design features of any house in the area and would be a great entertaining house as well as having one of the best balconies I can think of.Cameron Ewer