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Premium property Beverley Brown
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.
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.