Forge Cottage is one of several homes which has been developed around the old Lakin Farm and enjoys a beautiful rural location in the hamlet of Torbeg. The settlement dates back to 1843 when it was set up as a Blacksmiths and it remained so, in the same family, until 1973, before it was developed around 2007. The cottage accommodates two large double bedrooms, an open-plan reception area and kitchen, and two bathrooms, in addition to a lovely mature garden, a private parking space, and ample off-road parking shared with the adjacent cottage.
You are welcomed into the home by a practical entrance porch, leading through to the open-plan living/dining room and kitchen. The reception area offers plenty of space for configurations of both lounge and dining furniture arranged around a striking log-burning stove, and dual-aspect windows capture natural light and frame views of the surrounding landscape. A second porch affords access to a WC and outside. The kitchen is fitted into a large corner alcove and is fitted with a selection of wall and base cabinets, spacious worktops, and splashback tiling, whilst an oven, hob, and extractor hood are integrated and provision is made for undercounter appliances.
One of the property’s two bedrooms is located on the ground floor, with the other on the first floor. Both bedrooms offer plenty of space for furniture arrangements and the principal has its own en-suite shower room, whilst the other is supplemented by built-in storage. A four-piece bathroom completes the accommodation on offer and comprises a bath, a separate shower enclosure, and a WC-suite. The home is kept warm by an electric heating and has a combination of double-glazed and Velux windows.
Externally, the cottage is accompanied by a spacious, mature garden, predominantly laid to lawn and bordered by leafy trees and shrubbery. The home also has its own private parking space and access to additional shared off-street parking.
DIRECTIONS: From Brodick Pier turn right and proceed through the village taking the BB80 String road to Blackwaterfoot. On reaching the village of Shiskine travel to the centre of the village and turn right along the “Rodden” road towards Torbeg. At the junction with the A841 turn right and proceed for approximately 300 metres. Take the second turning on the right sign posted The Lakin and Forge Cottage is the first cottage on the right.
Forge Cottage is within easy reach of local facilities at Blackwaterfoot, including Post office, newsagent, butchers and general store. The renowned Kinloch Hotel has a swimming pool, which is open to non-residents. The Shiskine Golf Club is approximately 11 miles South West of Brodick, off the A841 and at the western end of the B880 (known as “The String”) which traverses the island from the main centre and ferry port of Brodick.
The local primary school is at Shiskine (1/2 mile away) and the secondary school is located in Lamlash, to which pupils are conveyed daily.
Brodick (the main town of Arran) has two larger Co-Op supermarkets and a good range of further professional services. Brodick is the port from which a regular daily sailing service by Caledonian MacBrayne leads to the mainland at Ardrossan. 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. ‘The Lakin’ is a small settlement in the Torbeg area of Shiskine comprising of five dwellings.