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Minard House … McTaggart’s summer home

By on April 30, 2013

An out of town property, the beauty of  Machrihanish Bay gives this house on Kintyre star quality – but the substantial home also shares its history with one of Scotland’s greatest painters, William McTaggart.

McTaggart was born at Aros Farm near Campbeltown in 1835 and from 1876 on he came back to Kintyre every summer to paint. Some of his most famous pictures feature Machrihanish Bay  – and they were painted during his stays at Minard House. His grandson Sir William McTaggart, also a painter, used to help his grandfather stretch his canvases on the lawn of this home.

Minard House and its neighbours have spectacular views across Machrihanish Bay, with Islay and Jura in the distance. The house is also close to the world famous Machrihanish Golf Course, laid out by “Old” Tom Morris in 1876 and the recently created Machrihanish Dunes course.  Machrihanish village has a shop and post office and Campbeltown is close by.

Minard House is a two-floor blonde sandstone villa, with a single storey extensional the back.  On the ground floor, the side entrance porch leads to a reception hallway with a staircase to the first floor.  The drawing room and dining room look out over the bay and there is also a sitting room and access to a shower room here.  The dining kitchen, utility room, wc and two home offices are in the extension. Upstairs, there are three double bedrooms and a bathroom.

The house is set within mature, tended gardens of about quarter of an acre, with a single garage and a paved driveway.  The front garden is hedged and the rear garden still has its original walls.  There are two garages and a greenhouse.

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