There’s a part of Scotland, along the southwest coast, that benefits from the warm waters from the Gulf Stream, and plants like palms and bougainvillea grow there year ‘round. This stunning Georgian manse is in that part of Scotland, so you’d have a fabulous place to live with pretty decent weather.Here’s the description:
Arbigland House has a classical Georgian entrance façade with a central pediment above Ionic pillars, stone urns on the roof and decorative stone detail. There are matching single storey octagonal pavilions on either side. A porch was subsequently added to the entrance façade to protect the front door from the prevailing south westerly wind. Internally, the accommodation is arranged on three floors with a basement below. The house has beautifully proportioned rooms, particularly on the ground floor. Many original features such as fireplaces, decorative cornice work and window shutters remain. Just to the west of the house is an enclosed traditional courtyard built of stone under a slate roof. The courtyard dates from about 1680 and therefore pre-dates the main house. The courtyard is rectangular and cobbled. It has central archways with a dovecot above the eastern entrance archway. To the front of the house is a large gravel sweep surrounded by banks of rhododendrons. There is a wrought iron fence and steps leading down to the coastal gardens. To the rear of the house is a new formal garden. It has a central rill with a fountain at the end and formal beds with box hedging. A gate opens into a paddock with views to the Solway Firth beyond.There is a drying green and a lawn behind the courtyard.
The coastal gardens originate from about 1680, when the family built a carriage drive from the stable block to their house above the shore. This avenue is now known as the “Broad Walk”. There are magnificent trees and a mass of rhododendrons to either side. The gardens were laid out in their present state by the chatelaine in the 1920’s.There are a lot of places in Scotland that would be pretty desolate during the winter (here), but this one might be okay!