When there’s snow on the Paps of Jura it usually means having to wrap up warmly, but for the owners of Springfield, a charming seaside cottage at Muasdale on the Kintyre Peninsula, between Tarbert and Campbeltown, seeing snow on the three iconic hills means there’s a visual treat in store.
The location of the cottage is idyllic. Muasdale Beach is just the other side of the road and a bracken clad hill rises behind the cottage. The front of the cottage faces west over the Sound of Gigha, with wonderful views of Gigha itself, and of Islay and Jura beyond.
It’s a beautiful view at any time of the year, in winter, when the Paps are covered in snow it becomes a showstopping, majestic view that will have you reaching for the camera in a bid to capture its beauty. Spectacular sunsets are also a regular occurrence here.
Built in 2003 and set in about an acre of exceptional gardens, Springfield is a well proportioned, modern, five-bedroom detached cottage. On the market at a fixed price of £295,000, the house connects well with its garden. It has a good sized sitting room with a dining area to the rear with a sliding door into the garden.
Off the sitting room is a large conservatory, again with a door into the garden. Off the fitted kitchen to the rear of the house is a utility room with WC off and a door to a back porch which has direct access into the integral double garage.
At the front of the house is a ground floor bedroom with an en-suite shower room. There are four double bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor. The larger of the two front bedrooms has an en-suite shower room. The smallest of the bedrooms is currently used as a study and a library.
Outside there are beautifully laid out gardens which include a vegetable garden with fruit cage, grassed areas, a woodland area, two rhododendron lawns, and a grassed area with specimen trees. There are several beds containing roses and other flowering plants and shrubs.
There is one timber shed, a greenhouse and a polytunnel which makes it ideal for those looking to become more self sufficient by growing their own fruit and veg.
Throughout the garden there are several strategically placed seating areas while the garden is enclosed to the front by an Escallonia hedge and to the north by a Griselinia hedge. Further hedges, composed of a mixture of Griselinia, blue Hebe and Rosa rugosa, define different areas of the garden. Towards the rear of the garden is a wild area containing some further rhododendrons, bamboo, Rosa rugosa, Pampas grass, heathers and Leylandii.
There is a large pond, with pond lilies and other aquatic plants, edged by several Gunnera manicata. The pond area is enclosed by hornbeam hedging and accessed by a wooden gate. Adjacent land may also be available by separate negotiation.
Local facilities at Muasdale include a store which caters for everyday needs and there is a doctor’s surgery in the village. Tayinloan, the ferry terminal for Gigha, has a shop and post office and both Campbeltown and Tarbert offer a good range of facilities. Glenbarr and Tayinloan have primary schools and secondary education is available at Campbeltown Grammar School.
Springfield would be equally suitable for those looking to find a peaceful home to retire to in which they can live the good life, or for a young family, as there is plenty of room for play and a choice of primary schools nearby. The ground floor bedroom with its en-suite shower room could suit the less agile, or be used for bed and breakfast accommodation, as with views like this, there would be no shortage of guests wanting to stay here.
Contact: Savills on 0141 222 5875.