Historic cottage in Buchlyvie

Historic cottage in Buchlyvie
Historic cottage in Buchlyvie

National Trust Little Homes Scheme gem for sale, writes Beverley Brown

I LOVE this time of year as it expands choice in the property market to the max and buyers are tempted with quirky, coastal or historic properties – the latter including Old Auchentroig near Buchlyvie in Stirlingshire.

The A-listed cottage makes you wish walls could talk as it was built as a small laird’s home in 1702 for John McLachlan, whose family had owned the lands of Auchentroig since 1394.

McLachlan is said to have caused offence to Rob Roy MacGregor, prompting him to retaliate by setting fire to the base of the front door and kidnapping McLachlan and his son.

The cottage, which retains the original layout with two rooms on each floor flanking a central staircase (living room, dining-size kitchen and bathroom and two upstairs bedrooms), was restored in 1998 under the National Trust Little Homes Scheme – and the original door set on fire by Rob Roy is now on display in the kitchen, studded with wrought-iron nail heads and with the original latch and hinges.

Auchentroig is a wee gem, for sale at offers over £195,000 with Baird Lumsden in Bridge of Allan.

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