Rural Retreats….

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Most of us lead a busy life Monday to Friday life which is a juggle between work, family and hobbies.  We have all heard the term the rat race’, and it’s a reality for many. There are some great opportunities in Dumfries and Galloway for a change of lifestyle or just a country bolt-hole for a place to unwind.  D&G, labelled the ‘forgotten lakes’, is more accessible than some think, accessible from the M74, M6 and locally, the A75.  Contact us on 01557 331 049 and let us help you with your search.

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A delightful equestrian small holding in the heart of the Galloway countryside with a modern architect designed family home, substantial barn with paddock extending to around 4 acres. The house itself is a recently completed one and a half storey villa enjoying a slightly elevated location with a magnificent outlook over farmland to the Galloway hills.

 

The Park, Dundrennan, Kirkcudbright

The Park is a detached spacious family home with accommodation over two levels. Set on a hillside, it takes full advantage of the stunning surrounding countryside and views to Dundrennan Abbey, from an elevated position

 

Mill Stone Cottage, Girthon, Gatehouse

Quaint and charming, Millstone Cottage is a two bedroom, terraced courtyard property with views to surrounding countryside. It is very much your typical country retreat, yet benefits from the convenience of local amenities, being only 3 miles from Gatehouse of Fleet. The property is situated just a short drive from Cream O’Galloway Ice Cream Visitors Centre and less than 3 miles from the beaches of Sandgreen and Carrick

 

 

 

 

Williamson & Henry Go From Strength to Strength

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WH article_gallowaynewsAs the firm of Williamson and Henry approaches its 80th year in practice, it is worthwhile reflecting on the history and evolution of a business which started out in 1937 when the founding partners James Williamson and Alex Henry set up chambers in the former Sheriff Court in Kirkcudbright. When Ross Ireland joined the firm 25 years ago there were 3 solicitors and 7 support staff since when there have been many changes along the way.

Following recent restructuring of the firm the business continues to evolve and goes from strength to strength with Ross Ireland and Ian Rodger at the helm supported by 3 Solicitors, 2 paralegals and a great team of 12 support staff working out of 4 offices throughout the Stewartry and ably supported by a team of viewing agents and professional photographers who all strive to provide a high quality, friendly and personable service to a wide range of clients throughout Dumfries and Galloway and beyond geared towards property marketing and conveyancing but with a broad range of private client legal services for all of your family’s needs.

The firm’s ethos, enshrined over the generations, is founded upon the core principles of honesty, integrity and good old fashioned no nonsense advice combined with hard work and a sense of humour. The firm positively embraces change and appreciates the importance and use of modern technology to keep clients well informed, particularly digital communications and a wide range of new and exciting ideas to enhance the services provided to clients.  Never complacent and never seen to be standing still the firm appreciates the importance of new marketing techniques and ideas and promotes the use of social media, videography and aerial photography to ensure they stand out from their local competitors and remain a prominent firm of solicitors and estate agents in The Stewartry.

Following the retirement of the “well kent” faces of Willie Henry and Ian Steele the firm has been lucky enough to bring together the next generation of local legal talent to look
after your family and family’s family for many years to come. After 39 years in practice, Ian Steele retired just over a year ago in anticipation of which some nine months ahead of this the firm welcomed his daughter, Helen, to the team to provide continuity to many of Mr Steele’s long established clients in Kirkcudbright as well as many clients in the Glenkens. Helen operates from both our main office in Kirkcudbright and satellite office in New Galloway.

Helen has brought with her knowledge of guiding families through the difficult time after a loved one passes and has a keen
interest in all aspects of property law and marketing. She is able to cater to the needs of clients both new and old and prides herself in being thorough and methodical. A local girl, she needed no introduction to the firm by clients as many have known her all of her life.

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(Left to Right – Ian Rodger, Helen Steele, Eilidh Raymond, Ross Ireland)

Having thought they had catered for that particular upcoming change, it quickly became apparent that the office needed further new blood, so in March 2015 Williamson and Henry welcomed another new addition in Eilidh Raymond. Bringing with her a keen interest in property law, with a pragmatic and client based approach, Eilidh settled in very quickly. She especially enjoys working closely with the property team and has uncovered a love for photography with the new photographic technology used by the team here at Williamson and Henry.

The property team are constantly striving to improve the marketing of properties and the quality of the products on offer to clients. Eilidh states, “I love my job dealing with the legal aspects of property transactions, but to be able to take clients from the initial stages of placing their properties on the market to the final settlement, this not only builds my relationship with them, but also allows me to have a creative outlet with the formation of the sales brochures.”

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To help cope with an ever increasing workload, the team at W & H were delighted to welcome Graham Donnelly in February 2016.

Talking of this latest appointment, Ian Rodger says, “We are incredibly lucky to be in a position where we can attract skilled solicitors to our firm. Not only have we managed to do this but our three young solicitors are all local. Graham trained locally and thereafter gained experience with Anderson Strathern in the central belt in the rural properties department. This made Graham the perfect fit”.

W & H have always wanted to provide a solicitor for everyone and the partners have always appreciated he benefi ts of having different skills and interests in all of their solicitors. Graham, who is currently finishing off a PhD, is a director of the Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service in Dumfries and can just about hold a conversation in Russian! Living in Dalbeattie and with a good knowledge of the local area he is very well placed and looks forward to assisting clients new and old in Dalbeattie and the surrounding Solway

Charming Cottages

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You may think that the word ‘cottage’ automatically means ‘small’ but this isn’t always the case.  

Cottages come in all different shapes and sizes and very often the humble cottage will have been upgraded and extended to create light, spacious, usable living and entertaining accommodation without compromising on charm, character and traditional features and that ‘cosy’ cottage feel. 

We have a range of cottages of various sizes and locations some of which we have detailed below, so please do get in touch on 01557 331 049 for more information. 

Rose Cottage, Tongland
Guide Price £145,000 Home Report Valuation £160,000

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Quaint detached two bedroom cottage in good decorative order. Conveniently located in Tongland Village, just outside Kirkcudbright. Garden to front and rear. Garage.

 

 

Cherry Tree Cottage, Kirkcudbright
Guide Price £245,000
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An absolute gem of a property tucked away behind Kirkcudbright’s historic High Street, accessed from a private Close and overlooking the National Trust Gardens at Broughton House next door. The property has been painstakingly renovated and refurbished to form a quite magnificent two bedroomed upside down studio cottage with modern high quality fitments and a contemporary feel.

 

 

Anwoth Cottage, Anwoth
Guide Price £375,000

IMG_2055proba copy smallAnwoth Cottage, dating from the late 19th century, is situated in an exceptionally scenic area. It is about half a mile from Anwoth Old Church.  The cottage has great visual charm, with the accommodation being well laid out and of good proportions. It is an interesting style, generally built of whinstone with granite facings. A south facing loggia or terrace and dormer windows and gables give character.

Peartree Cottage, Dalry
Guide Price £180,000

IMG_1791.JPGPear Tree Cottage is south facing and catches fine views along Main Street and to the hills and countryside beyond. The house has been very well
maintained and tastefully modernized over the years. On entering the open-plan Hall itself into the main Living Room is welcoming and draws you into the heart of the home. Whilst Pear Tree Cottage offers spacious accommodation throughout, it has not lost the ‘cosy cottage’ feel and is very much in walk-in condition.

Dalmalinn, Borgue
Guide Price £200,000

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Dalmalinn has recently undergone an extensive modernisation and
refurbishment programme and now forms a quite delightful detached three or possibly four bedroomed cottage lying on the outskirts of the sought after Galloway village of Borgue with Kirkcudbright being approximately 5 miles to
the north.

The Flow of the Family Home and Life

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Craigendarroch from Williamson and Henry on Vimeo.

There is nothing more important in a house than the way it flows.  You can have the most spectacular setting, with wonderful views, but if you have to walk from the kitchen, with your hands full with roasting hot dishes straight from the oven, over grandpa’s feet in the living room to get to the dining room – the magic of a family meal can be lost and a whole new level of stress can be added to the matriarch of the family’s day.

This goes for all family meals, whether on a Tuesday night after judo as it is for my family or just a regular Sunday roast.  Family life, regardless of the size of your family, lives in the kitchen, flows to the dining area and then on to the ‘soft seats’ in the lounge.  This is the ideal.

For this reason, the layout of Craigendarroch is absolutely perfect.  As you will see from the picture below, there is a definite flow to the living accommodation which is not present enough in family homes.

This house has enough space for mum and dad, or granny and grandpa to cook and for friends and children to sit and chat.  This makes the whole process of feeding the family a joy and brings everyone together.

Craigendarroch has this type of accommodation in spades and is simply effortless.  Having the space to move in a kitchen can give the owner of a property confidence to try new things in cooking and take pleasure from it by being included in the conversation with friends who come over for a cuppa or family with the latest news to talk over.

Not only does Craigendarroch have one of the best layouts but it also is situated in Kirkcudbright itself.

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With stunning views of the estuary, good proximity to good schools and its own swimming pool and sports clubs, you really can have it all.  Families are the lifeblood of any town or city and for anyone seeking a move to somewhere with a bit more of a relaxed atmosphere but zest for life, then really you should not look much further than Kirkcudbright.

 

 

Plotting for the future…

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Have you ever dreamed of building your own home? Having the freedom to design the size, layout, shape and type of property you build?  Why not consider buying a plot.

Building your own  property can be a daunting prospect but it is a guaranteed and rewarding way to ensure your new home ticks all of those ‘must have’ boxes rather than compromising because you can’t find a ‘pre-loved’ home that suits your exact needs.

Building Plots come in various sizes and in different locations, whether your looking to build your new home within walking distance of local amenities, or would like to build a country pad…

Williamson and Henry have a number of plots on the marketed in a variety of locations.  Why not contact us on 01557 331 049 to find out if we can help you find your ideal spot to ‘plot’ for the future.

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Building Plot Inchmalloch, Near Kirkcowan 

A rare opportunity to acquire a secluded building plot with approx 2 acres of land with planning consent for a substantial 5 bedroom detached house over two levels, with generous reception accommodation.

Nestling in the rolling Wigtownshire countryside, Inchmalloch provides a fantastic setting for those looking for a rural hideaway, which is still close to all local amenities

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Building Plot Bramble Cottage, Kirkpatrick Durham

A building plot, situated on St David Street in the Conservation Village of Kirkpatrick Durham, is located approximately six miles north east of Castle Douglas and approximately 12 miles west of Dumfries

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Building Plot Bracken Wood, Gatehouse of Fleet

Bracken Wood is an exceptional location. The house plots here are unusually large and that, combined with the natural oak wood setting, make for a unique and private development.

It is anticipated that purchasers will buy their plot and engage their own Architect and Builders. Any prospective purchasers should make their own enquiries of the Planning Department to ensure that their own preferred design is likely to meet with approval.

All of the existing houses within Bracken Wood have individual designs and there are no two which are the same. It is considered that any design sympathetic to the existing houses would receive approval.

 

You can view more of the plots that we have on the market@  Building Plots for Sale 

 

 

Springing into Spring – Selling Tips

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With a fresh batch of properties entering onto the market this spring, it has got me thinking about my own property.  I bought my house around the same time as I qualified as a solicitor two years ago.  My own house is very much a first time buyers dream – and certainly was my dream home as a twenty something!

I decided to purchase a brand new property off plan and this was for many reasons, the main one being the low maintenance aspect.  I am very busy at work and simply do not have the time or the inclination to have lots of work done to my own house.  Buying a brand new home meant I would have a brand new kitchen, bathroom, plumbing and electrics.  It is also well insulated from noise and heat loss, giving me a quiet place to unwind at the end of the day.  I knew all of these hassle free features would help me to sell this property when the time came and I am pleased to say, as I approach the big 3-0, the time is near!

When thinking of marketing my own property, I have been reflecting on the advice I provide to my own clients and what my recommendations are to them on making their properties more marketable.  I am very lucky in that I have had the pleasure of visiting lots of beautiful homes.  What really lifts me and gets me excited when I visit a property is turning up just at that moment when a garden is in full bloom.  I just know that the photos are going to be great and will come across really well in the brochures and on the internet.

This was the feeling which hit me when I first saw the garden at 8 Netherhall Place, Bridge of Dee – a stunning, large family home for sale with Williamson and Henry.

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You will see in the second photograph that the owners of this home, when they sit in their sun-room, are surrounded by the most vibrant picture frame windows you could as for.

 

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This made me think of marketing my own property.  Here is a picture of my garden which shows how not to present a garden for photos!

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Here are two photos showing the difference a burst of colour from the flowers pots scattered liberally all over the garden cheers the place and makes it far more attractive.

 

I am not remotely green fingered and I am sure there are far more attractive methods of potting up and planting out there, but it really doesn’t matter.  Anyone thinking of selling should just have go, green fingered or not.  Having photographs bursting with colour included in my sales brochure could be the difference between getting viewers through my door and not.

This has helped me come to the decision that although I might not quite be ready to place my property on the market this summer, this is certainly when I plan to take photographs of my garden in full bloom so that when the time comes I am armed with the best visuals of my garden.  It is true to say buyers by with their eyes.

 

 

 

Coastal Crackers

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Looking for a new home or holiday home on or around the Dumfries & Galloway Coast?

Why not have a look at our ‘Coastal Crackers’ over the Easter Break.  Contact our Property Office on 01557 331049 for more details and to arrange a viewing. 

The property office is open on Good Friday and Bank Holiday Monday.

 

Solway Park, Auchencairn
Guide Price £369,000 (Home Report Valuation £420,000)

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A delightful south east facing architect designed bungalow in a sought after coastal location, enjoying an elevated position with magnificent sea views over Balcary and Auchencairn Bay to the front and towards Bengairn and Screel to the rear. The property benefits from double glazing, oil fired heating complemented by an LPG gas fire, a further open fireplace and a large south east facing bay window with full length window seat.

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Poplar Cottage, Kippford
Offers Over £315,000 (Home Report Valuation £350,000)

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A deceptively spacious granite cottage situated in the stunning seaside village of Kippford, Poplar Cottage also benefits from a sizeable well maintained garden to the rear. Breath taking coastal views.

Burnfoot of Bagbie, Carsluith
Guide Price £275,000 (Home Report Valuation £320,000)

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A delightful traditional ‘chocolate box ‘cottage which has been tastefully and sympathetically extended in a private shore-front location with magnificent sea views over the estuary and Wigtown Bay to the Machars peninsula beyond. The property benefits from gas fired heating, double glazing, multi-fuel stove and first floor balcony to take full advantage of the location and views.

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Lower Laggan Cottage, Laggan, 
Guide Price £158,000 (Home Report Valuation £165,000)

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Detached Galloway cottage benefiting from spacious conservatory at the rear, with good sized attractive garden, from which fine views are enjoyed

COMING SOON……

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A beautifully appointed architect designed villa sitting in a private rural hillside location in the heart of Galloway with magnificent south facing sea views over Auchencairn Bay in direct line of sight with Hestan Island to the Solway Firth and Lakeland hills beyond.

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