By Newton Stewart, Challoch, The Old Schoolhouse, DG8 6RB

Fixed Price £465,000
For Sale, New To Market
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Property Summary

* NEW to Market  -  Available to View by Appointment Only *   The Old Schoolhouse is a charming, circa 180 year old Granite/Whinstone Detached House on the edge of Galloway’s “Dark Sky Park”, daytime it is the picturesque countryside which catches one’s attention, inviting cyclists/walkers etc to explore outdoor pursuits …however, the night sky is a hidden treasure with the starscape on clear black nights being simply mesmerising. Historically The Old Schoolhouse dates to circa 1840’s when early maps show the School and nearby Toll House, in the late 1960’s it closed to pupils and became the “Old” Schoolhouse. Challoch is approx’ 3 miles from the bustling “market” style town of Newton Stewart which is a focal point for Wigtownshire.

Set amidst charming mature private gardens enjoying delightful views (both daytime & on clear nights) this Charming Home has been extensively upgraded by the current owners over their 15 years, featuring 6 Main Apartments over 2 levels. The original Detached Stable/Coach House sits on the edge of the circa quarter acre gardens and offers excellent potential in addition to its current use as an external store/workshop.

The comfortable accommodation comprises 3 public rooms & 3 bedrooms whilst the undeveloped attic above the Old Schoolroom (which is now the very substantial near 28’ lounge/dining room) perhaps provides further development potential if required (subject to required planning permission etc). Access is via either the original main door entrance vestibule to the front or the practical side/rear entrance where the school children used to hang their coats. The original Schoolhouse is formed on an L-shape with its thick granite walls & deep windows being an attractive feature whilst a simple single storey extension houses the dining kitchen & bathroom.

In particular, the accommodation comprises a fabulous open-plan bay windowed  lounge/dining room which stretches almost 28 feet from front to rear, the original school classroom once home to inquisitive children it now serves as a wonderful space in which to relax with its high ceilings and extensive deep windowing drawing in both light and views of the surrounding tree lined gardens – a bespoke multi-fuel fire easily heats this wonderful space, set on a bespoke Caithness slate one piece hearth (noting the fire surround is not included in the sale), the dining/kitchen is formed within the rear extension featuring a solid oak fronted array of kitchen units/contrasting worktops & an integrated extra wide Neff 5 ring “induction” hob with hood over & Neff eye-level double oven/grill (washing machine, plumbing for dishwasher, underworktop fridge whilst a deep freezer is within the stable), the dining area is on open-plan adjacent with windows in both areas overlooking the rear gardens/playground. A comfortable family/tv room sits at the gable end of the house - again featuring a bespoke multi-fuel fire set on a bespoke Caithness slate one piece hearth with period style surround. 3 bedrooms are provided – 2 on the upper level which are currently used as “dressing rooms” whilst the 3rd is on the ground floor, a stylish 4 piece bathroom (Villeroy & Boch semi-pedestal wash-hand basin & wc) is also located on the ground floor with larger shower cubicle & bath.

The specification includes both gas (lpg tank) central heating with a modern Worcester Bosch boiler & double glazed windows throughout. Additional heating is available if required from the bespoke multi-fuel fires in the lounge/dining & family/tv rooms. EPC – E. A security alarm system is featured. Services are mains water & electricity with a private septic tank located within the gardens of the property.

The former stable & adjoining coach house are used as storage/workshop areas – the current owners had looked at re-locating these (subject to planning etc) therefore they had delayed maintenance so attention will be required to these. Extensive parking is available with the tarmacadam playground (currently 4 vehicles plus trailer) whilst the outbuildings provide further secure storage. The single entrance driveway provides access around the front of the property or along the right hand side leading to the rear, one can circle the house dependent upon the size of the vehicle.

The gardens are kept tidy however they are maintained to encourage wildlife/bees/insects (rather than manicured for display), feeders attract a broad array of birdlife (Nuthatches, Blue/Great/Coal Tits, Goldfinches, Siskins, Wrens, Dunnocks, Wagtails, Reed Warblers & of course Robins, Blackbirds & Sparrows/Finches whilst Swallows/Swifts visit/nest each year, Woodpeckers/Jays/Fieldfares/Waxwings ….whilst other visiting wildlife includes a resident Red Squirrel, Hares, Stoats, Weasels, Frogs, Toads, Bats & a recent addition of a Red Kite …all are welcome & actively encouraged with feeding (some very occasionally hopping inside the house to be fed). The original playground encircles the property allowing one to drive around the house – that extended parking space will perhaps be of attraction to those with multiple cars/a boat/motorhome etc …all having been accommodated in the past. A private driveway with granite gateposts provides access.

To view, please telephone BLACK HAY ESTATE AGENTS direct on 01292 283606. The Home Report can be requested from BLACK HAY ESTATE AGENTS. If you wish to discuss your interest in this particular property - please get in touch with our Estate Agency Director/Valuer Graeme Lumsden on 01292 283606.

 

 

Property Features

ENTRANCE VESTIBULE
4’ 6” x 4’ 10”
(sizes at widest points)

REAR HALL
3’ 10” x 14’

INNER HALL
3’ 2” x 25’ 10”

LOUNGE/DINING
27’ 11” x 12’ 10”

LOUNGE
19’ 6” x 12’ 10”

DINING
8’ 5” x 12’ 10”

DINING/KITCHEN
10’ 5” x 19’ 5”
(sizes at widest points)

TV/FAMILY ROOM
15’ 2” x 10’ 4”
(sizes at widest points)

BEDROOM 1
15’ 2” x 8’ 9”
(sizes incl’ corner cupboards)

BEDROOM 2
13’ 3” x 10’ 5”
(partially coombed ceiling)

BEDROOM 3
13’ 4” x 8’ 11”
(partially coombed ceiling)

BATHROOM
10’ 5” x 5’ 9”
(sizes excl’ shower)

 

OUTBUILDINGS

 

OLD STABLE

 

OLD COACH HOUSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Type: House
  • Availability: For Sale
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Reception Rooms: 3
  • Parking: Off Road Parking, Private
  • Outside Space: Landscaped Gardens