Bridge House is a delightful and traditionally built semi-detached late Georgian/early Regency sandstone family dwelling house, affording pleasing views over open farmlands and hills. Located within the quiet rural hamlet of Throughgate, it lies just outside the village of Dunscore in Dumfriesshire, approximately 8 miles north of Dumfries and this spacious property should be viewed internally to be fully appreciated.
The house has been sympathetically restored, but retains many of its period features, including original period working window shutters and the sourcing of fittings such as door knobs and finger plates of an appropriate period design to replace modern fittings. The front of the house is listed category C (S) and all the original windows at the front of the house have the benefit of secondary glazing. The windows to the rear have been replaced with UPVC double glazing and the house has recently been re-insulated, all of which combines to reduce the running costs of the house. Upgrades of infrastructure have been carried out on the interior and exterior of the house, including the electrical wiring being overhauled and a new consumer unit being installed. There are mains-powered smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and the mains water system to the house has been updated. The house also benefits from a mains powered security system.
Accommodation comprises: Ground floor:- Entrance hall with cloakroom leading from it, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, pantry, downstairs toilet and rear porch/cloakroom. First floor: - Master bedroom, two double sized bedrooms, one nursery/dressing room and a bathroom. It also has an attached annex entered via the sitting room and its own front door at ground floor level, containing:- store room, an office and a utility/store room, these being the space previously used by the former doctor’s/vet’s surgeries. It has the potential to be changed into a self-contained living area, e.g. a granny annex or alternatively, used as space for a small home-based business. In addition to the above, there is a garden store room attached to the annex, this accessed via the rear garden which itself is bordered by a small burn (the Lagan Burn).
The property is located within a beautiful and historic region of Scotland. The Robert Burns connection is particularly strong here, with Ellisland Farm nearby and Burns House’ and The Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries, approximately eight miles away.
Dumfries is also home to a Camera Obscura built in 1836, which is housed in a former Victorian windmill near the town’s centre which adjoins the local museum. It gives fascinating panoramic views across the town and local countryside.
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust has a centre at Caerlaverock (18 miles/40 minutes away), where a wide range of wetlands birds can be seen, including Barnacle Geese. The area offers much for enthusiasts of outdoor pursuits, including forest and hill walking in the forests of Ae and Mabie and the imposing Criffel hill. For cyclists, there are many quiet country roads as well as mountain biking routes available, including the Seven Stanes centres and nearby Drumlanrig Castle. For golfers there is a superb choice of some 30 courses throughout Dumfries and Galloway, including Southerness, Dumfries, Dunskey and Creachmore. The Rivers Cairn and Nith are within easy reach, where anglers can enjoy bank or boat fishing at Ettrick and the region offers many superb rivers and lochs for all types of rod.
Accessibility is very good, as there are railway stations at Dumfries, Lockerbie and Carlisle, with connections to Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. Glasgow/Edinburgh and Prestwick Airports are within easy driving distance and provide flights to London mainland Europe and beyond. The M74 and M6 motorways are within relatively easy reach.
Dunscore has a primary school, a newly built doctor’s surgery, pub, coffee shop, church and village hall, whilst Dumfries provides a good range of shops, services, including a large hospital, schools and a large university.
Detailed Description of Accommodation
3.14m x 1.60m (10’3" x 5’ 2")
Original front door and parquet flooring. Coat hooks. Fitted shelved cupboard housing electric meters. Double electrical socket. Large walk in under stairs storage cupboard with light fitting.
Central ceiling light fitment in hall. The hall leads to the Sitting Room and Dining Room and there are Stairs up to the first floor landing (single socket in recess).
4.71m x 3.94m (15’5" x 12’9") and 3.99m x 2.84m (13’1" x 9’ 3")
Front windows include period windows with original shutters and secondary glazing and the window has shelving units below it. The rear windows comprise of two UPVC sealed units double glazed windows, which give spectacular uninterrupted views onto open countryside. There is an original deep fireplace with sandstone surround and wooden over mantel, at its base is slate hearth and a working cast iron multi fuel burner. Fitted carpet throughout, wall lights and original coving on ceiling. Telephone point and satellite/television points. Doors to kitchen hall and separate self-contained rooms (formally a veterinary consultation room and surgery). Double panel central heating radiator. Built in storage cupboard. 4 wall uplighters plus 2 down lighters.
2.84m x 2.67m (9’3" x8’8")
Step down from Sitting Room into Office. Fitted units and shelving it has a wood panelled ceiling with access hatch and under roof storage. Tiled. Single panel central heating unit. Two internet connections. Vinyl floor covering Vent Axia extractor fan. Four bar spotlight fitment and four power points. Doors to further store room and study/ground floor bedroom. Hatch to roof storage area above, partially boarded out.
2.67m x 1.87m (8’8" x 6’1")
Secondary glazed window to front with deep window sill. Wooden door with five lever locking system leading to front of and independent from the rest of the house. Wood panelled ceiling and vinyl floor covering. Central ceiling light fitment. Two power points.
2.67m x 1.87m (8’ 8" x 6’ 1")
Large room with views over the open countryside. UPVC sealed unit double glazed window. Fitted wall and floor units with a stainless steel sink, single drainer and mixer tap with Heatrae sadia express hot water heater. Eurostar oil fired central heating boiler. Fitted carpet. Seven power points and telephone point. Four bar spotlight fitment. Exterior door leading to back garden with five lever locking system.
7.54m maximum x 2.12 (24’7" x 6’ 10")
Large kitchen/breakfast room with stunning views onto open countryside through UPVC sealed double glazed unit. Velux window to rear of kitchen. Heatrae sadia express hot water heater. Fitted wall and floor mounted kitchen units in solid oak fronts incorporating an overhead extractor fan with light. 1 ½ bowl stainless steel single drainer with mixer tap. Tiled splash back. Plumbing for dishwasher and electric cooker. Two central radiators and mains water shut off valve. Ceramic effect vinyl flooring throughout. Two four bar spotlight fitments. Twelve power points. Half glazed door to rear porch and door into sitting room.
Walk in pantry, shelved throughout with plumbing for a washing machine with double power point and central light fitting. Immersion heater switch.
1.30m x 0.90 m (4’ 2" x 2’ 10")
Wooden half double glazed door with five lever locking system to back garden. Ceramic effect vinyl flooring. Coat hooks and shelves, door to downstairs cloakroom.
1.86m x 1.20m (6’1" x 3’9")
Fully tiled cloakroom comprising of white wash stand basin and W.C. UPVC sealed frosted window to rear. Single panel radiator. Fitted carpet. Three bar spotlight fitment. Chrome accessories.
4.78m x 3.95m (10’6" x 13’)
Period windows with original shutters and secondary glazing, with deep window sill and shelving below. Wooden period fireplace with cast iron and tiled insert and slate hearth. Single panel central heating radiator. Shelved display alcove. Original wood panelling on one wall to dado height. Two wall lights. Six power points. Door to kitchen. N.B the light fitment may be negotiated for in the sale. Fitted carpet. Coving.
Carpeted staircase to first floor with alcove half way up stairs with a double power point.
Original corniced ceiling Central light fitment. Fitted carpet. Double power points. Doors to three bedrooms plus two steps down to built in cupboard and bathroom and fourth bedroom. Heated towel rail power point. Glass skylight.
Master Double bedroom 1
4.71m x 3.98m (15’5" x 13’1")
Two period windows with original shutters and secondary glazing. Two double panel central heating radiators. Fitted carpet. Large built in fitted wardrobes with shelving and hanging rails. Shelved cupboard. Fitted bookshelves. Original corniced ceiling. Down lighters. Seven power points. Telephone point.
2.60m x 1.69m (15’ 7" x 9’ 3")
Period window with original shutters and secondary glazing with deep sill window with fitted cupboard below. Bookshelves and fitted wall cupboards. Fitted carpet. Central ceiling light fitment. Three power points. Access hatch to loft. Loft fully insulated. Water tank with glass skylight. Roof double lined with timber sarking.
Guest Double Bedroom 3
4.77m x 2.84m (15’7" x 9’ 3")
Period window with original shutters and secondary glazing. Fitted cupboard with shelving and hanging rail. Shelved cupboard. Fitted carpet. Original corniced ceiling. Central ceiling light fitment. Four power points.
2.98m x 2.03m (9’ 8" x 6’ 6")
White bath with Mira instant electric shower, rail and curtain and matching white hand wash basin with vanity unit with cupboard below and white W.C. Tiled throughout shower and bath area. Tiled splash back. Single panel central heating radiator. Wall mounted fan heater. Floor to ceiling airing cupboard incorporating immersion tank.
Wall mounted electric heated towel rail and wall light over sink with shaver point. Four point light fitment. Double UPVC window overlooking garden with deep sill.
Double Bedroom 4
3.99m x 2.28m (13’1" x7’5")
UPVC sealed unit double glazed window with panoramic views over unobstructed countryside. Single panel central heating radiator. Fitted shelving. Fitted carpet. Four bar spotlight. Telephone point. Ten power points.
Outside – Back garden.
To the rear of the property is an area of private and secluded landscaped lawn with fruit and flower borders. Patio and barbeque area. Newly fenced boundary which is bounded by a small burn (the boundary line of the property is in the middle of the Lagan Burn). Outside water tap. Oil tank. Concreted pathways. Exterior lights. Satellite dish. There is also a power supply to the hard standing for electric light/sockets for a summerhouse or shed.
Outside - Front of house
Gravelled area to front with access to road. Parking area for two cars.
2.30m x 1.78m (7’x5’)
Wooden garden shed with double power points and central light Covered walkway leading to:
5.54m x 2.89m (18’ 2" x 9’ 5")
Substantial lean to with double wooden gates to front. Brick floor. Strip light. Security lights. Additional water tap. The store room could be converted into a garage.
Mains electricity and water. Drainage to septic tank.
The fitted carpets throughout are included in the sale. The curtains may be available by separate negotiation.
Home report produced 04 April 2014 and available on request.
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