Focus: Empty nesters

Focus: Empty nesters
Scandinavian-style eco house in Ardfern near Lochgilphead

SCHOOLS re-start this week bringing a welcome resumption of normal daily routine. But this week’s focus is for those parents across the country whose children said goodbye to school forever in June and who are now relishing the new-found freedom to live where they choose without the constraints of catchment areas. Here are three options from Beverley Brown …

Lochgilphead

AARHUS is a Scandinavian-style eco house in the pretty west highland village of Ardfern on Loch Craignish, 15 miles from Lochgilphead – a village popular with west coast sailors owing to its marina and close proximity to Craobh Haven.

The 2003 property’s Scandinavian influences include natural wood finishes such as the cedar shingle roof with photovoltaic (PV) panels. The upside-down layout places four bedrooms and a split-level lower hall and studio space (with garden access and mezzanine area) on the ground floor. On the first floor is a spacious open-plan living/dining and well-equipped kitchen, and master suite.

It has attractive sheltered gardens with fruit trees, vegetable beds, decking and lawns. Aarhus is for sale with Robb Residential in Glasgow at offers
over £335,000.

Dunfermline

RURAL yet conveniently situated for easy access to Edinburgh (17 miles) and all major routes across the central belt, Mid Mill is a charming circa 1800s converted former water mill with a detached two bedroomed cottage, occupying a one-acre setting at Pitliver, four miles from Dunfermline.

The main mill house has two staircases and accommodation spread over three floors. Downstairs is a hall (utility and cloakroom off) and annex with en-suite double bedroom, sitting room, kitchen, cloakroom and stairs to a further double bedroom on the floor above – a charming home in its own right, ideal for guests or older children.

The kitchen is partially open-plan to a 26ft family/dining room with a back door opening onto a patio bounded by a stream. Upstairs are a dining room and drawing room, three double bedrooms, a bathroom and separate WC. On the top floor is a study and master suite. Complementing the main house is the two-bedroom Mid Mill Cottage.

The mill and cottage share a mature garden with outbuildings/garages, fruit trees, shrubs and a walkway marking the line of the old lade. Offers over £675,000 are invited by Rettie’s Edinburgh office.

Arochar

SITUATED on the banks of Loch Long in Argyll, the village of Arrochar is exceptional in offering a highland lifestyle surrounded by dramatic peaks – the Cobbler being only one of the locally known Arrochar Alps – while the local railway station and road links make light of the commute to Glasgow and Helensburgh.

Formerly a guesthouse and perfectly positioned to make the most of its spectacular waterside setting and views of the hills, Rossmay House occupies half-an-acre of garden.

Internally two 24ft reception rooms front the loch; one a traditional lounge with bay window and feature fireplace, the other a conservatory-style sitting/dining room with a stove. The ground floor also includes a dining kitchen, utility, shower room, and double bedroom. Upstairs are four further double bedrooms – three en-suite, with the fourth adjacent to a bathroom. Breathtaking views dominate but Rossmay has a few unexpected extras – a six-berth caravan for overspill accommodation or a holiday let, and an outbuilding and boathouse which, although in need of some restoration, has potential as a waterside studio/office. Slater Hogg’s Helensburgh office is asking for offers over £355,000.

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