Laundry Cottage is a charming and spacious four bedroom home set in beautiful garden grounds. At one time Laundry Cottage was used as two separate units, and with minimal work could be partially divided again. Whilst a lovely home for use by one family, the property would lend itself well to other uses, such as letting part of the property for holiday purposes, or perhaps for a family of different generations, allowing independent living but varying degrees of support to be provided for an elderly relative as needs arose.
One of the sellers, Norman Taylor, will be known to some potential purchasers as an accomplished photographer. His exhibition, The Shed (see www.
normantaylorphotography.co.uk) received considerable publicity, and more recently there have been exhibitions of his photoraphs of flowers.
Laundry Cottage (so called as it was at one time the Laundry building for what is now the Cally Palace Hotel), benefits from oil central heating throughout. Nearly all the windows are double glazed with many having integral astragrals, in keeping with the character of the house.
Gatehouse of Fleet is an active community and benefits from many local amenities, such as a primary school, shops, solicitors and accountants offices, hotels, library and Health Centre. Within the wider area, there are many beautiful sandy beaches and rocky coves within easy reach, and equally dramatic inland scenery, with magnificent hills, glens, and lochs.
Within Gatehouse there are active sports clubs (for example bowling, snooker and golf) and a wide variety of outdoor pursuits can be enjoyed in the area, including sailing, fishing, golf, cycling and hill walking.
PORCH (Front) 1.59m x 1.12m (5’02” x 3’08”)
This entrance porch is well lit with generous uPVC window with integral astragals and uPVC exterior door with large glazed panel to the upper part. Wood paneling to the walls, fuse board and electric meter, coat hooks, tiled floor. An interior door leads to a small hallway and stairs lead from here to the first floor. There are also doors to the sitting room and to the:
STUDY/ PIANO ROOM (Front left) 3.50m x 2.93m (11’05” x 9’07”)
Currently used as a study/piano room, this room could also be used as a further bedroom if preferred. A door off this room opens to the under stairs cupboard providing useful storage. Carpet, curtains. There is also a lobby area on the way into this room with further light from uPVC window (no astragals).
SITTING ROOM 4.44m x 3.66m (14’06” x 12’00”)
With much natural light through three exterior windows each with IA. Multi-fuel stove set over a stone hearth with wooden mantel over. Wide window ledges, radiator with thermostatic control, carpet, roller blinds to all three windows and curtains to front facing window. At the end of this room closest to the kitchen is a built-in under stairs cupboard.
KITCHEN 4.45m x 3.84m (14’07” x 12’07”)
Fitted with units with wooden doors and a laminate work surface. The units incorporate a one and a half drainer sink with mixer tap set beneath one of the two windows, Neff four burner gas hob and Stanley range with two hotplates and ovens. The hob and the range each have integral cooker hood over. Hatch over to attic space. Space for washing
machine. Clothes pulley. Space for dining table. Ceramic floor tiles.
GARDEN PORCH 2.71m x 1.41m (8’10” x 4’07”)
Adjacent to the kitchen. Dwarf wall with uPVC windows above and pitched roof. Exterior uPVC door incorporating a cat flap and letter box. Wide window ledge suitable for plants. Coat hooks, terracotta titled floor with plenty of space for storing items. There is also an alcove off the garden porch measuring (1.38m x 1.37m) (4’06” x 4’05”) providing additional storage space, housing the water filter treatment system, and with space for a fridge/freezer. This has a terracotta tiled floor also.
BATHROOM 2.09m x 2.07m (6’10” x 6’09”)
Accessed from the kitchen, and containing W.C. wash hand basin and bath, all in white. There is a mixer shower over the bath and shower screen to the side. Two uPVC windows each with obscure glazing to the lower part. Towel rail operating from the central heating. Shower curtain to separate showering area from window. Full height shelved corner cupboard. Tiled surrounds to the bath continuing behind the wash hand basin and toilet. Ceramic Tile floor. If to be used as two units, the house could be divided just before the further bathroom is reached.
FURTHER BATHROOM 2.17m x 2.08m (7’01” x 6’09”)
With W.C., wash hand basin and enamel bath all in white. There is a Mira Sport electric shower over the bath with shower rail to the side and tiling to the walls. uPVC window, Ceramic Tiled Floor. Sliding door from hall, radiator with thermostatic control.
BEDROOM 4.86m x 3.07m (15’11” x 10’00”)
This spacious room could be used as an additional living room if preferred. It is particularly suited as a bedroom if the house is being used as two units. uPVC exterior window, carpet, curtains, radiator with thermostatic control.
SIDE ENTRANCE HALL 2.55m x 1.45m (8’04” x 4’08”)
The double glazed twin exterior doors leading to this hall are the entrance that tends to be used most often in practice, being adjacent to the drive. There is a covered porch outside. Tiled floor. Hatch over to attic space, coat hooks.
BEDROOM 3.48m x 2.47m (11’05” x 8’01”)
This is an unusual room, full of character, with a skylight providing natural light in addition to the uPVC window with integral astragals which has a curved wall adjacent to it. Radiator with thermostatic control, carpet, curtains. This room houses the electric meter and R.C.D. board for this part of the house.~
FURTHER LIVING ROOM 4.87m x 3.24m (15’11” x 10’07”)
A charming and bright room with windows to either end. A uPVC window gives an outlook over the drive to the woodland beyond, and in the opposite wall a uPVC window with integral astragals enjoys a lovely outlook over the front garden. Multi-fuel stove set over a stone hearth with tiled splash back and iron surround. Stripped pine floor, curtains, radiator with thermostatic control.
FIRST FLOOR ACCOMMODATION:
A carpeted stair leads up from the hall reached from the front porch to a landing with good natural light from a window and enjoying outlook over the front garden.
MASTER BEDROOM 4.44m x 3.69m (14’6” x 12’01”)
A bright and spacious room with front and side facing windows. Built-in wardrobe to one corner with hanging rail and storage space beneath. Radiator with thermostatic control, carpet, curtains, roller blinds.
DOUBLE BEDROOM (2) 4.44m x 2.99m (14’06” X 9’09”)
Another bright double bedroom with front facing uPVC window and side facing window with secondary glazing. Full height built-in shelved cupboard. Carpet, curtains.
LEAN-TO STORE 2.63m x 2.49m (8’07” x 8’01”)
At the rear of the house is this lean-to store area suitable for storage of garden items. There is a further smaller built-in store area behind a door to one side of this.
WOOD STORE 3.36m X 2.07m (11’00” X 6’09”)
The wood store has slatted wooden surrounds for ventilation and corrugated iron roof.
A tarmac drive leads up the side of the house to a tarmac area to the rear, and there is ample space for parking several vehicles. Just beyond the boundary on this side is a burn and many will enjoy the sound of the water. The lean-to store, wood store and shed are all easily accessed from the tarmac at the rear of the house, as is the oil storage tank. The front of the house is mainly laid to lawn with established bedding areas. Immediately to the front of the house is a rockery area. The garden extends for a considerable distance to the side, and here there is the shed made famous by Norman Taylor’s exhibition.
Beyond this there are further areas of grass with vegetable plots interspersed, a fruit cage, a pond with bedding areas around, and a summer house catching the evening light. A wood chip path leads along the rear of the area used as a garden. There is a patio area situated close to the summer house suitable for al fresco dining. The garden is a haven for bees and wildlife. In spring and early summer snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells are followed by colourful displays of rhododendron and azalea, flowering shrubs and trees. Roses, cottage garden plants flowers such as aquilegia, poppies and geraniums, and many unusual herbaceous perennials flourish in summer and autumn. The productive vegetable garden has fruiting currant bushes and berries, and a plum tree.