Rare opportunity to purchase a unique and picturesque Category B listed former lodge house of great character which has been tastefully modernised whilst maintaining many of its original features set within a wonderful landscaped garden, extending to approximately 0.88 acres, whilst being less than a mile away from the local amenities of Gatehouse of Fleet.
Cally High Lodge is a charming picturesque former lodge dating back to the early 19th century when it was built as one of the lodges giving access to the grounds of the Cally, the then home of the Murray Usher family, the main land owners in the Gatehouse area at that time.
A Category B Listed Building, Cally High Lodge was later extended and has been tastefully modernised in more recent years. The delightful, peaceful character of the original building has been preserved whilst modern amenities have been incorporated
such as Triple Glazing and secondary glazing to all windows. The property has many unique features such as the overhanging eaves which provide a wrap round verandah and a wonderful apsidal end on the side elevation of the cottage. This curved feature
wall has been sympathetically recreated to the rear of the property on the garden room extension. This delightful cottage provides spacious, light accommodation throughout with a delightfully landscaped garden extending to approximately 0.88 of an acre.
Cally High lodge is situated on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park. This is an area of outstanding beauty providing a wide range of woodland paths and access to the Nation Cycle Path network. The beaches of Sandgreen and Carrick shore are both
within easy reach.
The area also has a good range of sporting and outdoor activities with numerous opportunities for hiking, cycling, fishing, horse riding, water sports and of course, golf. Galloway is a genuinely rural area in the South West of Scotland with its gentle rolling
landscape, mild climate and dramatic coastline and inland scenery with magnificent hills, glens and lochs.
Gatehouse of Fleet is an active community and benefits from many local amenities, such as a primary school, shops, library and Health Centre.
Perhaps the biggest attraction of Cally High Lodge is its wonderful setting within a delightfully landscaped garden. Both the garden and the surrounding woodland are a haven for wildlife with red squirrels, badgers and deer being seen frequently. There is an abundant birdlife with frequent visitors to the garden being observed by the current and previous owners including; greater spotted woodpecker, jays, heron nut hatch, bullfinch and a variety of tits, wood warbler, tree creepers, wagtail, barn owls, tawny owls, and black cap. Many species, such as the black cap have nested in close proximity of the garden.
Access to Cally High Lodge is through imposing wrought iron gates with granite pillars leading to a driveway. The area between the drive and the house is largely laid to gravel, with bedding area at either side. The gravel area leads towards the front door, which has an original feature covered porch.
This delightful garden extends to approximately 0.88 acres of ground on the edge of the former Cally estate and bordered by mature woodland making it a wonderfully private spot.
The garden is largely located to the rear and left side of Cally High Lodge and is mainly laid to lawn with mature shrubs and flower beds providing colour all year round. The current owners have installed a wonderful raised patio area to the side which can be accessed directly from the dining room. This provides a lovely peaceful area for alfresco dining overlooking the garden towards the pond and slate sculpture. The garden has been well landscaped and the main lawn area sits at a slightly lower level to the main house and is well stocked with a variety of interesting and colourful shrubs.
To the right of Cally High Lodge the garden is bordered by what would have been the original estate stonedyke wall which runs along the perimeter with the road this provides an additional sheltered area within the garden with a variety of paved paths leading from the Kitchen, Laundry and Garden Studio along to various vegetable beds productive fruit cages and further bedding areas. At the far end there is a pedestrian gate leading into Cally Woods.
To the far side of the drive, the area of woodland leading down to the burn is owned by Forest Enterprise. This area is well stocked with snowdrops which are unusually large, and are understood to have been brought back to the Gatehouse area by soldiers returning
from the Crimean War.
This useful brick outbuilding houses a dedicated utility / laundry which has ample storage provided by fitted cupboards with shelving above along one wall. Ceramic tiled floor. Coat hooks. Space for fridge freezer. Stainless steel sink with drainer and mixer tap. Formica
work surface. Plumbing for washing machine. Space for under-counter tumble dryer. Fitted Kitchen units with Formica work surface above. Tiled splash back. Electric fuse box.
HOME OFFICE / GARDEN STUDIO
This detached wooden garden studio would also make a delightful home office or den. It is fully insulated and has electric, lighting and broadband. Vinyl Flooring. Large Panoramic window to front overlooking the garden. Built in Shelving and desk.
Concrete detached garden store which has been clad in timber provides a useful storage space for bikes, gardening equipment including an area to the side which is ideal for storing a sit and ride lawnmower. Log store. (Please note that the sit and ride lawnmower
is available by separate negotiation along with a number of other pieces of gardening equipment)