Kenmuir Cottage has now been sold, subject to contract!After 12 years of ownership and 7 years of renting it out as a sucessful self-catering business, we decided to put Kenmuir Cottage on the market in June 2018, with an entry date at the end of January 2019. This was so that we could honour all our bookings for 2018.
We chose to sell the cottage with local estate agent GAP (Galloway & Ayrshire Properties), who put it on the market for offers over £145,000. The closing date of 7 September 2018 has now passed, and a sale has now been agreed with the new purchasers who will not be renting it out.
Although we are sorry that it isn't going to continue as a self-catering cottage, we are very pleased it has gone to two very nice people, who will love and care for the cottage.
We thank you all very much for your custom over the years, and we have been fortunate to have had such lovely, friendly, and caring guests. We will keep our Guest Book so we can look back at all your comments, and I am sure it will bring us many happy memories in the years to come.
Remember that we won't be giving up the cottage until 15 Jan 2019, after the New Year week. If you want a last look, then there are still some weeks available, including New Year (29 Dec - 5 Jan), so have a look at our availability page to see what dates are free.
Built in the 1860s, this beautiful traditional farm workers' cottage was extended in the 1960s. We bought it as a second home in 2006, and on retiring we completely renovated it in 2010-2011 to a high standard in order to rent it out as a self-catering property. Although extremely successful, ill-health has now prompted us to put the cottage on the market.
The cottage is mainly stone-built with a white exterior. Inside the uPVC front door there is a handy entrance porch, with another door leading to a hallway. Leading off the hallway to the right is a spacious well-equipped kitchen, with black Multipanel walls, a wooden floor, and a seating area for 4 people. Down a corridor is the bathroom, with a basin and overhead Triton electric shower. Next door is the toilet, again with a basin. Both these rooms have gray slate tiles, large wall mirrors, black vinyl floors, and white walls. This area of the cottage is the extension that was built in the 1960s.
Also leading off the hallway is the original part of the cottage. To the left is a double bedroom with two windows overlooking the garden and fields. To the right is a large living room, again with two windows which overlook the garden and the field towards the sea. A small bedroom is accessed from the living room. An attic is located above the original part of the cottage, and both the roof trusses and the floor are insulated, which has made a big difference to keeping the cottage warm and cosy in Winter.
The large garden has a single garage with doors to the front and side, and a shed which is divided into a woodshed and a storage shed for bikes/BBQ etc. The garden is laid to lawn with some fir trees and small decorative wall. It has a large hedge to the seaward side, and has stock fencing all round. To the front of the cottage is a gravel path bounded by a white picket fence with double gates for vehicles and a single gate in front of the entrance to the cottage. Plants have been kept to the minimum for easy maintenance, but it has a lot of potential for a keen gardner.
Heating, Utilities etc
The cottage has a mains water supply from nearby Kenmuir Farm, and is metered. There is a septic tank in the garden (emptied and water-jetted in 2017). The cottage has both mains electicity and a BT landline with broadband, and most of the electrics were rewired in 2010. TV reception is by a new Freesat dish. Heating inside the house is by Dimplex electric panel heaters in every room (including the bathroom and toilet), and there is a multi-fuel Dowling stove in the living room. Hot water is provided by an immersion heater in the attic. The council Tax is Band B, whilst the Rateable Value is currently £1050, with a 100% rates relief under the Small Business Bonus Scheme.
Set in an idyllic very quiet and peaceful location, the cottage has views of the sea over to Ireland, and from every window you can see rolling fields. The local village of Sandhead is only 3 miles away, and has an excellent hotel/restaurant and general store/post office. Further afield, the largest town is Stranraer, 10 miles away, which has Tesco and Morrisons supermarkets, and a host of local shops. Portpatrick, only 8 miles away, is a big draw for tourists with its harbour, hotels, restaurants and giftshops.
The cottage has averaged 38 weeks booked every year from 2012-2017, with bookings taken in every month. Satisfied guests have left twenty six 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor, and it has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. There are many repeat customers, some of whom have visited up to 8 times in the 8 years since rentals began. The cottage can be purchased as a business with furniture, soft furnishings and appliances, all ready to walk into. Potential buyers who wanted to take over the cottage as a business might like to add an extension to the home in order to enlarge the facilities, and this could increase the income of the business. This would be dependent on the grant of planning permission, and any potential buyer would need to check with Dumfries & Galloway Council on the possibility of carrying this out.