EIGHT miles from Oban, the village of Benderloch is an active community with a highly regarded primary school and access to nearby Tralee beach. The owners of Dun-Na-Mara, however, have their own private beach and mooring beyond, as well as 20 acres of garden grounds and superb views over Ardmucknish Bay to the Isle of Mull.
Built in 1911 as a holiday home for shipping magnate Andrew Weir – who went on to become Lord Inverforth and served as a cabinet minister in the 1920s – the house was extended a few years later giving it an extremely attractive façade with three distinctive front-facing gables evenly separated by curved first floor dormers and an attractive loggia. The property also includes a detached one-bedroomed cottage and triple garage – and a stand-alone leisure suite.
Substantially upgraded by the present owner, Dun-Na-Mara’s interior is impressive, cleverly combining old and new in a minimalist style that is clean and contemporary and adheres to the original design principle of maximizing the outstanding coastal views. The accommodation comprises five reception rooms – formal lounge, dining room, study and family room are all south facing – plus dining kitchen with pantry, office, shower room and utility. There is also an unused cellar that could be converted to a wine cellar.
Upstairs are five bedrooms, most with period fireplaces and all with contemporary en-suite facilities.
Attached to the triple garage, the one-bedroomed cottage has an open-plan kitchen/living/dining room, bathroom and private garden. But the real surprise is the nearby detached leisure addition housing a fully tiled Jacuzzi room and adjoining wet room.
In front of the main house is an enclosed paved terrace and there are sloping lawns with an abundance of rhododendrons, flowers and heathers. Paved steps and paths lead down to the private shingle beach, while a walled garden on the east side incorporates a pond.
And of historic significance, to the west of the house is a rocky ridge called Dun Mac Sniachan Craigs, the site of an Iron Age vitrified fort.
This exceptional one-off property is newly on the market at offers over £1.34 million with McEwan Fraser Legal.