The Old Stables is a unique and spacious ground-floor studio flat offering breathtaking sea views, private garden grounds, excellent private parking and, subject to the correct permissions, opportunities for extension. This highly-appealing property lies just a short drive from amenities at Whiting Bay and Lamlash and would be ideal as a first-time purchase, rental investment, or holiday home, with the option to include furnishings by negotiation.
On entering the home, you step into an airy porch with useful built-in storage for coats and shoes. The porch leads into a remarkably spacious living and sleeping area, with built-in storage and versatile floor space for comfortable seating, a dining table and chairs and a double bed. From this main area, French doors open onto a south-facing terrace enjoying an open coastal outlook, whilst an openly-adjoined kitchen is tastefully appointed in a classic fashion and offers further pleasant views. The attractive modern kitchen comes equipped with an integrated electric oven and hob with a stylish hood, and a freestanding washing machine. Finally, a bright, good-sized wet room completes the accommodation. The property is heated via oil-fired heating and fully double-glazed.
Externally, the flat is accompanied by private lawned gardens to the front and side, with a sunny south-facing aspect, spectacular panoramic views, and ample space for private parking. A large, attached shed to the rear could be removed or developed to extend the property, with the correct permissions.
Bennan Head, Shannochie
The Old Stables is located at the southerly end of Arran, a short distance from Kilmory beach and with many attractive coastal and forestry walks. Four miles away is Whiting Bay with shops, pubs, restaurants and other amenities including a primary school, village hall, garage, golf course, bowling and putting greens. Four miles further on is Lamlash with a secondary school, hospital, police, fire and coastguard stations and sheltered mooring facilities in Lamlash Bay.
The main ferry port at Brodick (12 miles) has a selection of shops and leisure facilities at Auchrannie Hotel, including swimming pools, a sports hall and a spa. There is also an 18-hole golf course, primary school, banks, and hotels. Brodick Castle, a National Trust for Scotland property, sits 2 miles to the north and overlooks Brodick Bay. Brodick is the port from which regular sailings, serviced by Caledonian MacBrayne, lead to the mainland at Ardrossan throughout the day. Commuters and travellers now benefit from Road Equivalent Tarrif (RET) ferry fares, which are substantially lower than before. Ardrossan has a main line rail station, with trains to Glasgow that connect with the ferry times, and is approximately 30 miles from Glasgow City Centre. Prestwick International Airport is 16 miles to the south of Ardrossan, with Glasgow International Airport 24 miles east of Ardrossan.
Other interesting places on the island include the brewery at Claddach, the distillery at Lochranza and Arran Provisions factory in Lamlash. Also at Claddach, is Arran Aromatics soap, candle and perfume factory. A short drive away is the newly constructed Lagg Distillery, which offers facilities and visitor amenities.
Arran offers some of the most spectacular hill-walking opportunities in Scotland and its seven golf courses ensure that tourists and locals alike are well provided for. For those with an interest in horses, there is an equestrian centre at Blackwaterfoot, on the west coast of the island. A sailing club can also be found in Lamlash. The island offers, by prior arrangement, opportunities to shoot pheasant, stalk red deer, as well as some very good fresh water and sea fishing.