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Dramatic tower house on the Solway Firth

Balcary Tower is an historic property in need of some modernisation situated on a stunning promontory overlooking the Solway Firth in Kircudbrightshire. A three-storey castellated tower, the house is extremely private and was built to house the French governess, and mistress, of Colonel Johnstone when he was laird of Auchencairn House, around 1860.

The accommodation extends to over 3,000sq ft and includes a drawing room with French windows to a terrace and open archway to the dining room. The main sitting room has a picture window with views out to sea-filled swimming pool, and across the bay to Hestan Island. The ground floor also houses one double bedroom. The master bedroom suite with its dressing room and balcony is on the first floor; a further bedroom is also placed at this level, as is one more on the upper floor. Stairs from here lead to a hatch to the roof which supports the flagpole and the weathervane.


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Outside are extensive gardens and a range of outbuildings including a boat house. There is also a slipway and a jetty, and the sea-filled swimming pool. A paddock extends to around 12 acres and salmon netting rights come with the house. The grounds extend to around 19 acres.

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Balcary Tower is located just over a mile from the village of Auchencairn, a traditional village overlooking Auchencairn Bay which has a post office, a shop and a hotel. There are a broader range of services at Castle Douglas, ten miles distant. Carlisle is 58 miles.

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The guide price is £850,000. For further information please contact Knight Frank on 0131 222 9600 or visit

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