The Retreat is a traditionally built two or three bedroom house centrally located in Twynholm and convenient for the amenities of the village. It is thought to be one of the older properties in the village and on viewing you will note the thickness of the walls and the wide window ledges. Both the downstairs bedroom and the main bedroom upstairs have a curved wall which adds to the character of the house.
The property has been owned by the same family since 1948 and one of the current sellers has known the property for 64 years. Considerable information with regard to the history of the property is therefore available if desired. Unlike many older properties, The Retreat has good natural light to the interior. It benefits from night storage heaters and double glazing. All appliances and the majority of the rest of the contents can be included in the sale if desired, but no warrant is given with regard to the condition of the appliances.
The Retreat has flexible accommodation which could be used in a variety of ways. For example, the kitchen could be extended into what is currently the dining room, with the adjacent sitting room being used for dining, and the room described below as “sitting room/downstairs bedroom” being used as a sitting room. Alternatively, this room could be used as a downstairs bedroom.
Also, the outbuilding offers considerable space. Whilst requiring extensive renovation, they it could be used to create an artist studio, or to allow a variety of hobbies or interests to be pursued.
Possible Potential for a Building Plot
The garden and outbuilding for The Retreat are situated on the opposite side of Main Street and for further details of these see below. It is thought that the garden and outbuilding may well offer the potential for development of a separate property, either by converting the outbuilding to a home, or by building a new house. The outbuilding is not a listed building and is not in a conservation area. There is mains water to the outbuilding, but the sellers have not investigated the availability of other services, nor have they made any enquiries as to the possibility of obtaining planning permission. The outbuilding was previously connected to an electricity supply. (A decision was taken to disconnect the supply approximately 40 years ago as the elderly resident ceased to make regular use
of the workshop.)
At the time of preparing the sales details for The Retreat, the neighbouring property (East View, 29 Main Street, Twynholm) is also on the market for sale through Williamson and Henry. This property has the same arrangement with the garden being on the opposite side of the street. Therefore if both properties were purchased an area of approximately twice the size would be available for potential development as a building plot.
Twynholm is an active community benefiting from a Primary School, Garage (which also offers many of the facilities of a village shop), and 2 Pubs/Hotels. There are many community activities organised in the nearby Village Hall. Twynholm provides easy
access to the main road through the area, the A75.
Further facilities are available in Kirkcudbright approximately 3½ miles away, which is an attractive harbour town situated on the banks of the River Dee. Of historic and architectural interest with its ancient High Street, Tolbooth Arts Centre, Stewartry Museum and numerous galleries. Long frequented by artists it was home to the renowned artist, EA Hornel, one of the “Glasgow Boys”. Kirkcudbright is popular with tourists attracted by the well renowned galleries and maintains a flourishing colony of artists and craft workers which has led to it being called the “Artists’ Town”. Kirkcudbright enjoys a wide variety of mainly family owned shops, pubs, hotels and restaurants whilst offering a wide range of facilities including its own golf course, marina, swimming pool and an active summer festivities programme including its own jazz festival and tattoo. The South West of Scotland is a genuinely rural area with its gentle rolling landscape, mild
climate and dramatic coastline with a good range of outdoor activities easily available for those interested in hill walking, bird watching, fishing, mountain biking, water sports and of course golf. The Solway is also a popular yachting destination.
On the other side of Main Street and immediately opposite the house is an outbuilding and garden. The outbuilding, which within living
memory was used as a bicycle repair shop, is mainly built of stone and is in need of extensive renovation. It comprises:
Front Section: 6.41m x 3.45m (21’00” x 11’03”)
This area has double opening doors to the front leading to an area suitable for parking a car, and the remainder of the area has a
skylight window and shelving to the sides.
Rear Section: 6.62m x 3.29m (21’08” x 10’09”)
This rear area is again mainly built of stone with some areas built of brick and has a pitched roof. There is natural light through a couple of corrugated plastic roof sections and three small windows. There are two stalls that at one time were used for stabling ponies and an
area where the floor is partially laid with traditional slabs. There is mains water.
A concrete path leads down the side of the outbuilding to the garden. Immediately behind the outbuilding is a narrow flower bed with a concrete path across the whole width of the garden. Below this is a larger bedding area extends across the whole width of the
outbuildings and contains a variety of plants. It is very colourful in the spring. A paved path leads down the whole of the length of the garden and most of the rest of the garden is laid to gravel for ease of maintenance.