The Herald Magazine - - ETC SCOTLAND’S HOMES -

A for­mer shep­herd’s prop­erty, Swal­low’s Nest Cot­tage is an un­con­ven­tional home which has been com­pletely trans­formed over the past 20 years

OC­CU­PY­ING beau­ti­fully land­scaped gar­den grounds on the edge of Kil­ma­colm vil­lage in In­ver­clyde, Auchen­bothie Lodge is a rare ar­chi­tec­tural gem – a B-listed de­tached cot­tage de­signed in 1901 by Charles Ren­nie Mack­in­tosh when he was with Glas­gow-based ar­chi­tects prac­tice, Honey­man, Kep­pie and Mack­in­tosh. In­ter­est­ingly, it was built at a cost of £507 and 10 shillings as the gate lodge to nearby Auchen­bothie House, de­signed ear­lier in 1898 by an­other dis­tin­guished Scot­tish ar­chi­tect, Wil­liam Leiper.

Al­though mod­est in size and with ac­com­mo­da­tion on one level, this sim­ple two bed­roomed cot­tage oozes style and boasts high ceil­ings that fol­low the slope of the roof to around half its height be­fore be­com­ing hor­i­zon­tal, which makes the in­te­rior sur­pris­ingly lofty. It also has un­usual an­gles and lat­ticed win­dows through­out.

The in­te­rior fea­tures a dual as­pect liv­ing room with wood-burn­ing stove, re­cently re­fit­ted kitchen with in­te­grated ap­pli­ances and oak work­tops, two dou­ble bed­rooms (both with fit­ted wardrobes) and a large mod­ern bath­room with over-bath shower. The lodge’s other unique sell­ing points are out­side, in the re­cently land­scaped rear gar­den, which now boasts a raised deck with space for din­ing – and screened for pri­vacy, a hot tub – and at the end of a paved path that winds through a size­able tree-lined lawn, a de­light­ful oc­tag­o­nal tim­ber sum­mer­house with match­ing lat­ticed win­dows, cur­rently used as a gar­den sit­ting room. With doc­u­mented ev­i­dence to sup­port its prove­nance, Auchen­bothie is an ar­chi­tec­turally sig­nif­i­cant prop­erty, for sale with Slater Hogg & How­i­son’s Bridge of Weir of­fice at of­fers over £220,000.

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