Archbald Moffatt House
Dumfries & Galloway
This delightful two storey and attics vernacular townhouse in Moffat was built by Archbald Moffatt in 1751. Natural, breathable, re-claimed and traditional materials have been used throughout the build and restoration to date: hot mix lime, NHL, clay and lime plasters, clay paints, linseed oil paints (by Holkham Hall / Allback). All windows were re-made by hand in 2011, are hardwood and have handblown glass by Norgrove Studios. The house was built originally as an L Plan, thatched and with a turnpike stair in the re-entrant angle from ground to attic floor. A full house research and history is available along with the original copperplate deeds dating from 23rd February 1751. Signature of the originator Archbald Moffatt is in house documents and painted in the fanlight over the front door. All C18th antiques (furniture, lights, four poster beds, hobgrates) valued by Bonhams at £23,000 are also available for sale. Reclaim, stone and several materials are on site including Jaga low H2O DBE radiators for the entire house (worth £5,000) some of which have been installed. The original site was 12 Falls of ground and included the properties to either side of it, one being a byre, the other a single storey linen weaving shop since built up as a matching two storey house, the garden is now divided.
The house is in town and close to all amenities, restaurants, hotels, there is free parking on the street outside. The house features in the Historic Town Trail run by Moffat Museum. Moffat is a conservation town, one mile from Junction 15 of M74 motorway, 44 miles north of Carlisle and 50 miles south of Edinburgh and Glasgow. The house has been lovingly repaired and restored over the past 10 years. The project is as yet incomplete therefore offers the buyer the opportunity to make their mark as the next custodian of this lovely historic building. An application to demolish the C19th stairwell, ground floor bathroom and re-instate the turnpike stair all the way up to the attics has been drawn up by Groves-Raines Conservation Architects in Edinburgh and is currently in the planning application process. All original window openings and sashes with handblown glass for this last phase of works are already in place. High Speed Fibre Broadband. Mains gas, water, electricity.
Grove-Raines have also undertaken a character assessment of the built heritage in the Moffatt conservation area and the community is awaiting a decision of a £2 million conservation area grant.
Ground Floor: Hallway, panelled Dining Room with traditional Scottish fold away buffet and drinks wall cupboard, Study, Kitchen with integrated appliances, Bathroom, delightful cobbled and paved garden easily maintained, with standard yew trees, bushes, flowers, espalier fruit trees. Outhouse with WC, Utility room, workshop, gas boiler, electricity meter.
First Floor: Drawing Room, Three bedrooms (smallest to be the future bathroom: plumbing is in situ under the floor on landing) WC on half landing.
Second Floor: two Attic rooms one with hearth of former fireplace.