Perfect Peace, Peacocks and a Victorian Pigsty

by Melissa Clark

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Front 3For families seeking to swap everyday hustle and bustle for a tranquil island escape, a former 18th century manse on the beautiful Isle of Lismore could be the perfect answer.

Kilmoluag House originally dates from the 1740s and was extended in the 1830s to make room for the island’s new minister, his wife and 14 children.  The house now offers spacious, comfortable accommodation, ideal as a permanent home or island refuge, and comes complete with a large garden, paddock, barn, original Victorian pigsty, and a resident flock of Blue Peafowl.

Extending over one-and-a-half storeys, this former manse is a fine example of rural Scottish architecture of its period with dormer windows, white painted elevations and a slated roof adding to the charm of the property.

With four spacious bedrooms, a sitting room, dining room, large study, kitchen/breakfast room, family bathroom and separate WC together with an additional self-contained granny flat, this historic house is on the market with Bell Ingram for offers over £495,000.Peacock

Not only do the period features of the outside lend to the charm of this property, the interiors feature cosy open fireplaces and a study with fitted bookcase. A traditional barn and paddock can also be found outside among the extensive two acres of land and gardens.

Gregor King, Consultant at Bell Ingram’s Oban office, said: “House hunters looking to escape the chaos of city living have the perfect opportunity of a quiet family life with this property on the island of Lismore.

“Lismore itself is a limestone island and is steeped in history and rich in agriculture. It is very tranquil yet supports a thriving local community making Kilmoluag House a superb family or second home for buyers who want the best of both worlds.

“The property is very spacious both inside and out and can easily accommodate a growing family. There is also a flock of peacocks in the garden, with a paddock, barn and pigsty; ideal for those with livestock or seeking the good life. Also, anyone who enjoys walking or cycling can take advantage of the flourishing wildlife by exploring the surrounding open countryside.

“I think this property would be the ideal retreat for young families looking to settle into a quieter lifestyle yet still enjoy and embrace the spirit of the local community.”

Kilmoluag House is set within two acres of extensive, blooming gardens and is enclosed by mature trees and hedges, giving buyers the sense of escapism and added privacy.

Dining useIt is situated adjacent to Lismore Parish Church at Clachan, on the main road through the centre of the island and has southerly views across to the Lynn of Lorne and towards Eriska and South Shian on the mainland.

Tucked away in the Inner Hebrides, and inhabited since Neolithic times, Lismore is highly accessible, yet offers a quiet and safe environment, ideal for raising a family.  There is also a general store and post office on the island as well as an excellent primary school, again making this home ideal for families with young children.

Despite Lismore being a peaceful place to live with a thriving community, there is a vehicular ferry to Oban (40mins) and a passenger ferry to Port Appin (10mins) making access to the mainland very easy for either work or pleasure.

The island is very popular with tourists, particularly with walkers and cyclists, keen to experience the rich heritage and beautiful views.   Lismore is steeped in history with life being traced back to the Iron Age Brochs. There were also Vikings present on the island from the 8th century with the current ruins of Castle Coeffin reputed to be built over a castle built by a Viking prince.

More information on Kilmoluag House can be found at www.bellingram.co.uk or by calling 01631 566122

Established 114 years ago, Bell Ingram has over 100 professional staff across 11 UK offices, including chartered surveyors, estate and forestry managers, architects, green energy specialists and estate agents.

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