£650,000 Guide Price
Realter Estate Agents are delighted to present to the market the baronial manor home, Rockhall, in Dumfriesshire. This magnificent and historically significant property provides the owner with 4 reception rooms, 7 bedrooms (each with its own facilities), and extensive outbuildings set out across its 10.65 acres of land.
Grade B-listed, the oldest parts of the house date back to the late 1400's. Rockhall was extended in the early 1700's to give its current 'L' layout, and subsequently re-modelled c.1880, and again c.1915. Rockhall retains many features from throughout the centuries, and cascades period charm at every turn. Recent work has seen the property re-wired and re-plastered, and the exterior painted, ensuring this 600 year old building remains in excellent condition for years to come.
With property of this standard on offer, viewing of Rockhall comes very highly recommended indeed.
Entering Rockhall's front door, we arrive in a bright vestibule which leads to the property's hall, currently used as a sitting room. Here, a wood burning stove is perfectly placed to deliver heat to all three floors, complimenting the extensive oil fired central heating system. Tall deadlight windows bellow light into both this space and the two gallery landings overhead throughout the day, whilst a truly captivating chandelier takes on the role at night. From the hall, we enter a grand dining room with open fireplace, ornate cornicing, and views across Dumfries to Criffel, some 10 miles away. Also from the hall, we access the utility/boiler room, and a downstairs cloakroom. Turning left upon entering, we approach the oldest part of the building, with its vaulted ceilings and other-worldly corridor from days long since passed. It is here where we find the cellar, with original loophole windows, and of course, the magnificent kitchen which has been meticulously adapted for modern living. Two large Corian topped islands - with twin sinks, five ring induction hob, and two ring gas stove - provide excellent amounts of workspace, whilst a matching breakfast bar makes it a glorious space in which to enjoy the morning. Three ovens are housed within the modern fitted units, and a period fireplace adds further character yet. An external door leads to a large terrace, which catches the light from late afternoon and onwards into the night, making it a fabulous place upon which to entertain, with its feature lighting built in to the ground.
The first floor gallery landing leads to the beautiful drawing room - with open fireplace and french windows to a first floor balcony/fire escape; the master suite - with large four piece en-suite bathroom and separate dressing room; a study; a second cloakroom, and a small kitchenette. On the second floor, we find a further six bedrooms. Each is served by its own modern en-suite facilities.
We arrive at Rockhall through B-listed sandstone gate piers at the foot of the driveway, which leads to a generous turning circle at the front of the property, and further parking space at the rear.
There are a range of outbuildings at Rockhall, including a garage and wood store at the rear of the property, a fully serviced log cabin, a large modern workshop and storage shed, and large greenhouse.
Amongst the 10.65 acres at Rockhall are sweeping lawns, mature woodland, walnut groves, kitchen gardens (with poly-tunnel and raised beds), a winding burn, pond, and well established walkways. Numerous hidden gems throughout the grounds include a centuries old stone seating area, and a grade B-listed monument, said to mark the grave of a once well-loved horse.*
*The vendor has indicated that if the purchaser should prefer not to inherit all of the 10.65 acres, the amount of land sold with Rockhall can be negotiated.
The lands of 'Rocail' in Dumfriesshire were at first attained by Gilbert Grierson of Lag upon his marital union to Isobel, daughter of and heiress to Sir Duncan Kirkpatrick of Torthorwald in 1412. Construction of the house began c.1500, and Rockhall has been the seat of the Grierson Clan ever since its completion in the early 16th century.
Sir Robert Grierson of Lag (1655/6 - 1733) was, as Steward of Kirkcudbright, one of the most vehement persecutors of the Covenanter movement throughout south west Scotland. It is said that the cellar at Rockhall served as a prison for those who refused to fall in line with the Episcopalian rule imposed by a succession of Stuart kings. His notoriety gave Sir Walter Scott cause to write the famous 'Redgauntlet'. A Tale of the Eighteenth Century', based on tales of Grierson's callousness, and subsequent adaptations for screen have been filmed here.
In 1526, King James V of Scotland passed a charter which elevated the lands of the Grierson family to the status of feudal barony. The territories have diminished somewhat since those medieval times, but Rockhall has always remained. A 2004 Act of the Scottish Parliament separated baronial titles from the lands they had previously been tethered to, however the current owners have made the Barony of Lag title available to the purchaser of Rockhall, subject to separate negotiations. The title will not be made available to anyone other than the purchaser of Rockhall.
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Rockhall sits proudly atop the Collin hills, overlooking the historical market town of Dumfries in south west Scotland. The owner of Rockhall can enjoy uninhibited views across the area, to the magnificent backdrop of Criffel, one of the region's highest peaks, rising some 569 metres from the Solway Coast.
Despite the rural setting of Rockhall, Dumfries is only 5 miles from the property, and provides plentiful amenities to its residents. The town has twice in the past 25 years been voted the best place to live in Britain, and is a gateway to the vast expanse of breathtaking countryside throughout Dumfries and Galloway, wherein the purchaser can enjoy a plethora of outdoor pursuits. The region is home to several first rate golf courses (including the challenging links course at Southerness - arguably the finest course south of Carnoustie), a multitude of sailing and fishing spots (both inland and at sea), various shoots, world class mountain biking, and mile after mile of equestrian trail.
The neighbouring villages of Collin and Mouswald both have excellent primary schools, and there are a number of secondary schools within Dumfries, including Dumfries Academy, where a certain J.M. Barrie studied prior to writing what is perhaps the most celebrated children's story of all time.
Access to the M74, linking Scotland and England, is a short 12 mile journey away from Rockhall, with Glasgow and Edinburgh 79 and 81 miles away respectively. Both Dumfries and nearby Lockerbie have railway stations, providing excellent links to London, which can be reached in around 4 hours.
From Dumfries, head easterly on the A75. The road expands to dual carriageway, and after two miles or so, becomes single lane again. At this point, look for the third road on the left, signposted Torthorwald. Follow for 300 yards or so, and the Driveway to Rockhall is directly ahead at the crossroads.
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