Pre­mium prop­erty Beverley Brown

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A de­light­ful thatched roof and charm­ing Arts and Craft styling make this Burns coun­try home sheer po­etry

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IF you go down to the woods to­day you’re sure of a big sur­prise … Doon­bank Cot­tage is an en­chant­ing Arts and Crafts thatched cot­tage set within four acres of gar­dens and woodland in the Ayr­shire vil­lage of Al­loway, a c om­bi­na­tion so in­tensely pretty it is like step­ping into a fairy­tale al­most to the point of ex­pect­ing Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood to an­swer the door.

Although it hardly seems pos­si­ble to f ur t her en­hance t he cot­tage’s ap­peal, it is sit­u­ated on the bank of the River Doon – the Bon­nie Doon im­mor­talised in the po­ems of Robert Burns, whose t hatched cot­tage bir t hplace nearby wins on his­toric merit but falls well be­hind Doon­bank in aes­thetic charm. And then to cap it all, there is Doon­bank Bothy, a newly con­structed minia­ture ver­sion of the cot­tage with an open-plan liv­ing/din­ing/kitchen, bath­room and up­stairs dou­ble bed­room with a bal­cony.

While the cot­tage’s pe­riod façade dis­plays a thatched roof, orig­i­nal leaded win­dows, dis­tinc­tive mix of white painted and ter­ra­cotta brick and pretty up­per gables, the in­te­rior re­flects the Arts and Crafts style with wood floors, open fire­place and beams.

The charm­ing draw­ing room has a fea­ture fire­place, a for­mal din­ing room has win­dows on t hree sides over­look­ing t he gar­dens, and a tra­di­tional-style coun­try kitchen has a re­cessed range-style cooker, ad­di­tional larder and space for din­ing. There are three dou­ble bed­rooms, main bath­room and ad­di­tional WC.

The study i s a par­tic­u­lar de­light, small enough to be cosy and as wel­com­ing as an em­brace, with its mix of ex­posed ceil­ing beams, leaded win­dow and builti n book­cases. Out­side, t he gar­dens i ncor­po­rate ma­ture woodland with a wide va­ri­ety of trees, in­clud­ing oak, birch, beech, na­tive Scots pine and ap­ple and cherry trees. The gar­dens – and the river Doon that forms the eastern bound­ary – at­tract deer, owls and herons amongst oth­ers.

Doon­bank Cot­tage is cur­rently mar­keted as a suc­cess­ful hol­i­day let, while the newly built bothy could also be a hol­i­day rental. But while it has com­mer­cial ap­peal, to buy this prop­erty and not ex­pe­ri­ence the joy of liv­ing in it would be a hard call to make. Sav­ills’ Glas­gow of­fice is seek­ing of­fers over £595,000.

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COSY HIDE­AWAY: The de­light­ful Doon­bank Cot­tage and Bothy are mar­keted as hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion but it is likely to cap­ture a home­buy­ers’ heart. This cot­tage and bothy in Burns coun­try would bring the poet out in any­one A BEAM­ING SMILE: The cot­tage has a cosy feel and the study in par­tic­u­lar greets vis­i­tors like an em­brace.

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