Focus: Lochside locations

Focus: Lochside locations
The Old Post Office in Kilfinan is one of the oldest homes in the village

Summertime and the living is easy…and the three properties highlighted here prove that when it comes to lochside locations, the west coast of Scotland is hard to beat.

Loch Fyne

EIGHT miles from Tighnabruaich at Kilfinan, on the eastern side of Loch Fyne, The Old Post Office dates from 1707, making it one of the oldest houses in the village.

Originally the village inn, it later became the local post office – and more recently has been extended at the rear and undergone major refurbishment to create a unique and characterful family home.

A canopied porch opens into a reception hall, off which is a family room with double doors into a light-filled contemporary sitting/garden room with a stylish log burner, full height windows and French doors opening onto a sizeable rear deck. A recently refitted dining kitchen has Shaker-style units, tiled floor (underfloor heating), integrated appliances – and an historic and functional black cast iron range stove. Downstairs are two double bedrooms (both with fitted storage) and refitted shower room – while upstairs is a second bathroom along with two further double bedrooms.

Outside, the stream running through the rear gardens is crossed by an ornamental bridge and a second deck amidst ancient native trees and shrubs. There are also lawns, stone walls, gravel driveway with turning/parking area and a number of outbuildings. The Old Post Office is for sale with Robb Residential in Glasgow at offers over £250,000.

Loch Shieldaig

WHO exactly Tilda was no one knows but the traditional cottage named after her near Shieldaig in Strathcarron is a gem.

Tilda’s House sits in four acres overlooking Loch Shieldaig and includes the foreshore, a burn and naturally regenerating native woodland.

The two-bedroom cottage has been sensitively modernised. Instantly captivating is the sun porch, with a tiled floor and a window seat to the views. The sitting room has a wood burning stove and there is a double aspect dining kitchen. The grounds include grassy paths through the woodland to the water and in the spring, the ground is carpeted in flowers.

If this floats your boat, act quickly as offers over £245,000 are invited by CKD Galbraith’s Inverness office today.

Loch Fyne

SITUATED at the top of Loch Fyne, the town of Inveraray as we know it, was built on the site of an earlier fishing village by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, who built himself a fairytale-like castle and created a classic 18th century "planned village" with straight wide streets and elegant Georgian houses, many of which remain today.

The town has notable tourist attractions, including specialist shops and Inveraray Jail, situated in Church Square next door to an historic detached, two bedroomed house currently for sale with Savills.

Spanning an internal area of around 1,000 sq ft, the two-storey house – accessed by an external staircase and vestibule – has a hallway, spacious double aspect sitting room with a timber surround and wood-burning stove, galley-style fitted kitchen with a door to rear garden, and modern bathroom with over-bath shower. Upstairs off the first floor landing, the two bedrooms share a Jack and Jill-style en-suite shower room – the larger bedroom also has an adjoining storeroom.

The property is complemented by an easily maintained and enclosed garden with gravelled seating area. Offers over £195,000 are invited by Savills’ Glasgow office.

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