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Kenmuir Cottage

Ardwell, Wigtownshire  DG9 9PG

Kenmuir Cottage
Offers over £145,000


The cottage sits in a large, grassed garden with a few trees and is enclosed by a farm fence on 3 sides and a hedge at the front, the whole amounting to approx 0.22 acre. Along the front of the cottage is a white picket fence with a double gate leading to the garage and a small gate leading to the front door.

Kenmuir Cottage was built around the 1860s as a farm worker’s cottage and was extended in the 1960s. The property was completely renovated by the owners in 2010, and since 2011 has been a very successful self-catering business with many repeat guests. It is situated in a remote and beautiful farming landscape, facing out to the North Channel and the coast of Ireland can be seen on a clear day. It is detached and sits in its own large and secure garden with wonderful sea views and great sunsets. The road to the cottage is asphalted and maintained by the council up to a junction approximately 80 yards from the cottage and from that point a shared farm track runs past the cottage to Kenmuir Farm. The track is a dead end and there is minimal passing traffic.

The front door leads to a small porch and then into an L-shaped hallway, with kitchen, store cupboard, bathroom and toilet leading off the hallway. A small step leads up into the original part of the cottage, where a large double bedroom, a spacious sitting room and a small bunk bedroom can be found. There are lovely views from all of the windows over farmland and hills and from the kitchen and living room there are views towards the sea and Ireland. The kitchen is well-equipped, with blinds on both windows, pantry, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, cooker, oven and hob, and an extractor fan with extractor hood. There is a pine corner seating unit and a table by the window facing the sea view, and a wooden floor and cottage-style doors.
The L-shaped double bedroom is very roomy and has a pretty feature alcove where the original window would have been before the extension was added. Two windows add light and have lovely views facing to the back and the side of the house. The bedroom has a black chandelier which goes well with the rustic look of the room. The second bedroom is off the living room, and although small and cosy, it would be ideal as a children’s room. It has adult-sized bunk beds, so would also be good as a guest room.

The living room is large and roomy, with an old-fashioned Dowling wood/coal burning stove. It has a stone surround with a space for logs. This room has a TV mounted in the wall where the original window would have been before the extension was added. Two windows give this room light and brightness. One has a view to the front of the cottage and to the sea, whilst the other window looks out onto the grassed garden area and the trees.

The bathroom has a bath and an electric shower, a large mirror and glass shelf and a large wash basin. The separate toilet has a large wash basin and WC and again there is a large wall mirror with a glass shelf. Both bathroom and toilet have slate tiles and gray vinyl flooring.

The attic area is accessed from the small hallway and holds the cold and hot water tanks. The whole attic has been completely fitted with good quality aluminium double layer bubble wrap foil insulation and space blankets. The attic would make a good storage space.

The large garage has both lighting and power and is currently used to store various items linked to the business. A grass driveway leads to the garage and a granite chip path leads round the front of the house to the front door. Security lighting is located at three points around the house and garage.

The cottage can be bought as a complete self-catering business, a second holiday home, or a permanent home, and all furniture, fittings and bed linen etc can be purchased at additional cost, along with the website ( and customer base.

Since the owner wishes to honour self-catering bookings until the end of 2018, contracts will not be exchanged before January 2019.

As a business it has proved very popular with guests, with many returning time and time again. TripAdvisor awarded it a Certificate of Excellence in 2017 and has graded it “Excellent” with 27 five-star reviews. Dumfries and Galloway is a very popular tourist destination for those seeking peace and solitude. There is a great variety of beautiful countryside, with several famous gardens including Logan Botanic Garden and Castle Kennedy Gardens. The quiet and very clean beaches, the golf courses, and the rugged coastline (ideal for fishing and boating), are just a few of the attractions in the area. Not far away is Galloway Forest with lots of scope for walking, various 7stanes cycling routes ranging from easy to hard, horse riding, and other outdoor pursuits. The Galloway Forest is the first dark sky park in Europe, and is also a designated biosphere area.

The cottage has a mains water supply from nearby Kenmuir Farm and is metered. There is a septic tank in the garden (emptied and water-jetted in Aug 2017). The cottage has both mains electricity and a BT landline with broadband, and most of the electrics were rewired in 2010. TV reception is by a new Freesat dish. Heating inside the house is by programmable Dimplex electric panel heaters in every room (including the bathroom and toilet) and there is a multi-fuel Dowling stove in the living room. Hot water is provided by an immersion heater in the attic. The council Tax is Band B, whilst the Rateable Value is currently £1050, with a 100% rates relief under the Small Business Bonus Scheme.

Energy Performance Certificate Rating: Band E (44)


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