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A B-listed Baronial mansion surrounded by world renowned Achamore Gardens
9th of December 2013
mansion for sale
Achamore House, Isle of Gigha, PA41 7AD
Offers over £900,000

Mansion House On Gigha
The island of Gigha is famed for being owned by the resident community who bought it in 2002. But it is two former island owners in particular that have been instrumental in the creation and development of Achamore.

James Williams Scarlett, bought the island in 1865 and it was his son who built the category B-listed mansion, Achamore House. The house has a Scots Baronial exterior, but following a fire in 1900 and an almost complete rebuild, the interior is a fine example of the Arts and Crafts movement. It is probable that Rennie Mackintosh himself worked on the house, as ground floor plans drawn by him are on display in Glasgow's Hunterian Museum and it is known that he did indeed visit the island. He's not the only famous visitor either as both the Queen and Queen Mother have visited too, the Queen as recently as 2007 as part of her 80th birthday cruise.

Extensively refurbished, whilst retaining many original features including parquet floors, beautiful fireplaces, ornate cornices and ceiling work, the current owners have established a B&B business with 12 of the 14 bedrooms as letting rooms. There are enough public rooms for any Cluedo fan and the principal reception rooms are arranged along the front of the house, with a lovely outlook over the lawns.

The second island owner to make his mark, was Colonel Sir James Horlick who bought the island in 1944 went on to create the world famous Achamore Gardens which surround the property. Whilst the majority of the gardens are not included in the sale, the Gigha Trust is committed to their ongoing maintenance and preservation, allowing the owners of Achamore House to benefit from their beauty, not their upkeep.

There are however two acres of private gardens included with the house, and the elevated site allows breathtaking views over both the Sound of Gigha and the beautiful rhodedendrons in the gardens. Gigha has a milder drier climate than the rest of the West of Scotland, reflected in the range of plants in the garden.

Now you just need to decide how to leave your mark on this interesting, unique and historic property.

Selling Agents: Savills
Phone: 0141 381 2165
www.savills.co.uk



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