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3 bedroom detached house
- Easily accessible tidal island
- Contemporary country house
- Overlooking Oban Bay
- Modern open plan reception rooms
- Mark Wilkinson kitchen
- 3 en suite bedrooms
- Boathouse and mooring
- Private pontoon and helicopter pad
- Approximately 4 acres
- EPC Rating = C
Rudh-A-Chruidh is a charming tidal island which at low tide is linked to Kerrera by a causeway. Forming some 4 acres or thereby, it sits off the north east tip of Kerrera on Scotland's west coast and is easily accessible from Oban Harbour via private charter. A purpose built helicopter pad also allows access by air.
Scotland's west coast and in particular the Sound of Kerrera is world famous for its spectacular scenic sailing waters. Nearby Oban Marina (Kerrera) and Dunstaffenage Marina (mainland) are home to many a fine craft.
Oban offers a good range of shops and professional services as well as secondary schooling and a railway station with regular services to Glasgow and London. A sleeper service runs from Fort William. Oban is also the ferry terminal to the Western Isles. There is a small local airport at nearby North Connel and Glasgow International Airport has a wide range of domestic and international services.
In 2012 a new house by Mull landscape architect Norman Hickson was built to an exacting standard and with a remarkable specification. It sits proudly above Oban Bay taking full advantage of its stunning views over the bay and the Sound of Kerrera.
Norman describes the building as being 'traditional but dynamic with a maritime influence. The relationship between the building and the water was a most important consideration and I wanted the occupants to stand in the kitchen, look out the window and feel like the building had it's feet in the water'.
Built under a slate roof, the accommodation is formed over two levels and presented in immaculate order. The reception porch has double doors to the main reception hallway which has an American feel to its layout, with drawing room, dining area and kitchen being open plan. They share the same tiled floor with underfloor heating and all enjoy wonderful open views over the bay. The sitting room has a wood burning stove and French doors onto a substantial decked terrace.
The kitchen is beautifully designed by Mark Wilkinson Kitchens. It is very well fitted with storage cupboards at wall mounted and counter levels. There are granite work tops, a Belfast sink and a number of high quality appliances by Meile and Fisher and Paykel including a dishwasher with double drawers. The kitchen also has doors to a terrace and a utility room which is neatly fitted with matching units and is plumbed for a washing machine. A boot room, cloakroom/ WC with steam room and sauna completes the accommodation on the ground level.
On the first floor are three bedrooms all with en suite facilities. The master bedroom is of particular note with a vaulted ceiling, dressing area and balcony.
There is a substantial basement which provides excellent tractor storage. Heating is via air to water heating exchanger and the water supply is private.
The island is characterised by its coastline which has a combination of shingle beach and rugged rocks. The grounds of Rudh-A-Chruidh extend to around 4 acres or thereby and are predominantly rich grassland. It has abundant bird life and the likes of curlews and oystercatchers can regularly be seen. The long summer days and the relatively warm current of the Gulf Stream ensure Rudh-A-Chruidh's seawater are a rich feeding ground for fish. Mackerel, pollock and ling can all be caught, whilst lobsters, crabs and langoustine can be found off the coast. Porpoises, dolphins and otters are occasionally seen around the Sound of Kerrera.
While at one time the land of Rudh-A-Chruidh would have been grazing, today it has been meticulously planned and planted as garden grounds of which some parts are more formal than others. Norman Hickson is also a renowned landscape architect and has carefully laid out the pathways, lighting and feature standing stones to create magical but easily maintained gardens.
Boathouse, pontoon and mooring
The boathouse was rebuilt in 2012 in rendered breeze block under a slate roof. It has automated roller doors and a water supply. It sits at the top of the pontoon which was replaced at the same time with Varius engineering pontoons. There are also two permitted swinging moorings.
Square Footage: 3081 sq ft
Acreage: 4 Acres
From Glasgow follow the M8 westbound and take the cut off for the Erskine Bridge. Cross the bridge and filter left (A82) signposted Crianlarich, following signs for Loch Lomond on the right hand side and continue to Tarbet. Turn right at Tarbet onto the A82 and on reaching Crianlarich turn left onto the A85 and continue to Oban. Entering Oban from Connel, continue straight through the first roundabout. At the next roundabout, take the exit to the right, signposted Ganavan, onto Corran Esplanade. In the town centre park at Oban North pier where you will me met by the owner and taken to Rudh-A-Chruidh by a motor boat.
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