Monday 26 November 2018

A school and two country cottages - more Scottish finds

I know this will be third post in a row for Scotland (I think it's a winter weather thing), and I promise to move south again from next week, but these three are just too lovely to ignore.
Starting with this sweet Victorian former primary school in the village of Glenborrodale, on the Ardnamaurchan Penisular on the west coast of Scotland.
It comes with planning permission (and the corresponding price boost) to turn the school into a three-bedroom home and the separate toilet block into a studio holiday let.
However, at least that job has been done for you and the plans themselves are pretty sensible, given the potential of the location.

There are lovely original features in the school, including gorgeous wooden shutters. and obviously a fair bit of renovation work to do too.

On the market through Galbraith at offers over £150k. Details here and here.
The picture of Kinnabus Cottage, below, on Islay isn't great. Definitely got the look of a post-war pre-fab about it. That or community centre.

And the inside isn't much prettier.

But we don't do pretty here; we do potential, views and space. And Kinnabus has all of that.
Four bedrooms, sitting room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom - all on one floor, and a decent size garden area.

It's at the Oa, a nature reserve about six miles from Port Ellen, and is surrounded by land belonging to the RSPB. Bird-watching paradise.
To the east is the farm and the loch the cottage gets its name from; to the west loch Indaal and the Rhinns of Islay (I googled 'Rhinns' and I'm still not entirely certain what they are. Some jaggy bits of coast, I think?).
Anyway, aside from Kinnabus Farm next door, you're pretty much just surrounded by birds and fields and water.
Kind of fits the whole The Oa vibe (for any of you that watched the the Netflix series The Oa). Wonder if Brit Marking had been to Islay?

Obviously the other reason I've featured it, aside from the space and the birds, is the price: offers over £135k.
One of the things I love most about doing this blog is discovering how many beautiful bits of the UK there are where you can still buy a house and a chunk of land for under £150k. It's just the getting work bit (or getting to work bit) that isn't so easy.
Kinnabus Cottage is on the market through Stewart, Balfour and Sutherland. Details and more pictures here and here.
Not quite so far north (or remote) is this pretty three-bedroom cottage at Elvanfoot, in South Lanarkshire.

Three bedrooms, small bathroom, store and a kitchen/living room - again, all one level.

There's a good-sized garden area with outbuildings, but you'd really want to buy up the adjacent paddock land too (if only to stop anyone else building on it).

Good location - the A74 is handy (perhaps a bit too handy, looking at the map) and access is down a track off a B-road.

Bodsberry Cottage is on the market at offers over £100k, via Galbraith. Details and more pictures here and here.