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Calgary, Tobermory Isle of Mull PA75

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£695,000
Mortgage calculator Ref: SFA180009
  • 10 bedrooms
  • 7 bathrooms
  • 5 receptions

Closing date set for Wednesday 3rd October at 12 noon.

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Calgary Castle is a magnificent, B Listed, property which occupies a stunning position, with west facing views overlooking Calgary Bay, towards Tiree. The original section of the property dates from the mid 1700’s, with later extensions in the early part of the 19th century, between 1815 and 1823. With a crenelated parapet, angled turrets and gothic style windows, the castle exudes character and charm. It also boasts a colourful history. It was extended in the early 1800’s by Alan MacAskill, a successful merchant navy captain. In 1876, after the library wing had been built, Colonel James MacLeod of the Canadian North West Mounted Police stayed at the house. He so enjoyed his stay (and apocryphally fell for the daughter of the house) that on his return to Canada, he renamed Fort Brisebois in Alberta, Fort Calgary. That later became the city of Calgary (Calgary being Gaelic for ‘beach of the meadow) It was later owned by John Profumo’s brother and notable guests are thought to have included John Buchan. Internally, despite requiring some upgrading, it boasts some wonderful period features, including decorative plasterwork added during Profumo’s tenure and a dumb waiter from the dining room to the former staff quarters on the lower ground floor.

The house is approached up steps and through an outer porch, which leads into the reception hall. The westerly view from the front steps towards the islands is wonderful .The reception rooms on the ground floor are exceptional and include the drawing room and dining room, both of which face west, overlooking the bay, a magnificent library, a smaller sitting room for everyday use and a kitchen and breakfast room.

The main staircase leads to the first floor landing, which has magnificent cornicing. It is lit by a large picture light at the half landing level and has a concealed staircase leading to attic storage. There are two principal bedrooms off this landing, each with wonderful views over the bay and an en suite bathroom. They also share a ‘jack and jill’ dressing room/ nursery. There is a further double bedroom with en suite bathroom and 3 other double bedrooms on this floor (2 with basins), served by 2 separate bathrooms. A secondary staircase leads up to the second floor, where there are 2 further double bedrooms, a bathroom and a store room.

The lower ground floor is currently used as a self-contained staff apartment and has a kitchen, with a 4 oven Aga, a sitting room, 2 bedrooms and a shower room.

Planning Potential An application (Ref: 17/024369/PP) has been submitted for the erection of 2 semi-detached holiday cottages. This has not yet been determined but the application was made on 22nd September 2017. The cottages would be situated adjacent to the walled garden and access would be via the track to the west which leads down towards Calgary Bay.

General Local Authority: Argyll & Bute Council: Tel: 01546 605522. Services: Mains electricity. Private water supply. Drainage to a septic tank. Oil fired central heating. Note: The services have not been checked by the selling agents. Council Tax: is Band E. EPC: E Fixtures and fittings: Carpets are included in the sale. Certain other items of furniture could be purchased subject to separate negotiation. Offers: Offers are to be submitted in Scottish legal terms to the selling agents. Prospective purchasers are advised to register their interest in writing after viewing to the selling agents in order to be kept fully informed of any closing date that may be set.

Strutt & Parker gives notice that: 1. These particulars do not constitute an offer or contract or part thereof. 2. All descriptions, photographs and plans are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact. All measurements are approximate and not necessarily to scale. Any prospective purchaser must satisfy themselves of the correctness of the information within the particulars by inspection or otherwise. 3. Strutt & Parker does not have any authority to give any representations or warranties whatsoever in relation to this property (including but not limited to planning/building regulations), nor can it enter into any contract on behalf of the Vendor. 4. Strutt & Parker does not accept responsibility for any expenses incurred by prospective purchasers in inspecting properties which have been sold, let or withdrawn. 5. If there is anything of particular importance to you, please contact this office and Strutt & Parker will try to have the information checked for you. Photographs taken June 2018. Particulars prepared June 2018. Strutt & Parker is a trading style of BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory & Property Management UK Limited.

This property has 27.9 acres of land.

Outside

Calgary Castle is situated in approximately 27.9 acres of wonderful wooded gardens, which are a haven for wildlife – golden eagles have even been seen on the lawn in front of the castle. Immediately surrounding the castle are lawns, behind there is a garage and a boiler room and there is a useful shed further into the policies. The climate on the west coast of Mull is influenced by the Gulf Stream and conducive to growing specimen trees and plants from across the globe, many of which can be found throughout the grounds at Calgary Castle, having been brought to the property by previous owners. There are some magnificent mature trees including elm, beech, sycamore and other more exotic specimens including eucalyptus and numerous rhododendrons, including some rare examples. Within the grounds are a series of wooded paths and a loop walk, which takes in a series of bridges and the mausoleum of Captain MacCaskill.

The focal point of the policies is a walled garden, which is at the foot of the slope below the castle. This is a wonderful sheltered environment and has some superb specimen plants and trees, including rare magnolia trees, azaleas, rhododendrons amongst others.

Situation

The Isle of Mull lies just a short distance off the mainland and can be reached by ferry from Oban or Lochaline. Calgary Castle is situated in the north west of the island, in a peaceful, rural location with magnificent views overlooking Calgary Bay.

The main town on the island is Tobermory, a picture-postcard setting with the brightly painted buildings along the main street surrounding the bay and busy harbour. It caters for everyday amenities including a good range of shops, supermarket, bank, post office, library, along with many cafes, bars and restaurants. The island’s whisky distillery is located in the town and is one of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland.

Mull is one of Scotland’s largest islands and has much to offer. The scenery is spectacular and the wildlife abundant, including golden eagles, sea eagles and red deer, and basking sharks and minky whales can be seen off the coast. There are many opportunities for walking and hiking and excellent stalking can be arranged. For the golf enthusiast, there are 9-hole courses at Tobermory and Craignure. Sailing is a popular activity on the island and the active Calgary Beach Sailing Club caters for a variety of sailing needs. The annual Tour of Mull Rally takes place on the island every October.

Directions

The Isle of Mull is reached by ferry from Oban or Lochaline (for ferry details see Caledonian MacBrayne). Dervaig is reached either via Tobermory or directly from Salen. From Dervaig, take the road which runs west to Calgary. As the road drops down into Calgary, pass the Art in Nature on the right and the gates to Calgary Castle will be seen on the left, as the main road sweeps to the right.

Other Features

  • Porch
  • Reception hall
  • Drawing room
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Library
  • Kitchen/breakfast room
  • 3 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms
  • 5 further bedrooms
  • Self-contained, 2 bedroom lower ground floor apartment
  • Laundry room
  • Garage
  • Walled garden
  • Wooded Grounds
  • Planning potential
  • Approximately 27.9 acres

This plan is for layout guidance only. Not drawn to scale unless stated. Windows and door openings are approximate. Whilst every care is taken in the preparation of the plan, please check all dimensions, shapes and compass bearings before making any decisions reliant upon them.

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