My property of the week is on the very beautiful Isle of Arran, writes Beverley Brown.
It's a traditional stone-built character cottage that makes me smile every time I look at it – and I swear it is smiling back. Reminiscent of John Wayne’s cottage in the film, The Quiet Man, Cairndhu Cottage is a rare gem – one that also has historic significance as its current jaunty red corrugated roof preserves the last thatched roof property on the island, in addition to other original features.
Occupying an elevated third-of-an-acre rural setting with garden grounds that include a stone-built hexagonal summerhouse for 360-degree views and a static caravan workshop, Cairndhu is larger than it looks and its accommodation displays an intriguing mix of old and new features. Inside is a living room with inglenook fireplace, open-beamed ceiling and exposed stone walls; three sizeable bedrooms, all with period ingle windows and open beams; modern bathroom housing bath and separate double shower; and an unexpectedly spacious and well-equipped dining kitchen, with Shaker-style units and appliances.
Located on the outer edge of Whiting Bay, just 10 minute’s drive from the island’s main town, Brodick, and the ferry terminal to the mainland, Cairndhu’s cheeky personality and location make it irresistible. Contact Reid Blair solicitors and estate agents on Arran for more details – offers over £195,000 are invited.