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By Fiona Reid
Covenanters’ property goes up for sale

A HISTORICAL property with links to the covenanters is on the market.

Quarrelwood, near Thornhill, is an 18th century, B-listed Covenanters’ Manse with an adjoining octagonal former chapel.

In the 18th century, the location was a sacred spot for Covenanters, with the adjacent oak tree and grassy knolls providing privacy and safety for the followers of Richard Cameron, a devout ‘thunder preacher’ ministering to the whole of south west Scotland, with services lasting for six hours at a time. Richard Cameron was killed in a battle with Charles II’s army, but his followers ‘the Cameronians’ continued to meet at the site. After many years of open air worshipping, their church was built in 1798. Quarrelwood was then used as a place of worship until around 1825.

In 1969 the manse and chapel were rebuilt as an impressive family home with three reception rooms and four bedrooms.

Rebecca Reed of Galbraith, who is handling the sale, said: “Quarrelwood is a superb family home with a fascinating history and wonderful original features including the glorious octagonal drawing room.”

The present owners acquired the property in 2009 and have made significant improvements whilst retaining and highlighting original features. These include the panelled front door with ogee-glazed fan light, Venetian windows and sash windows with 12-plane glazing.

Meanwhile, the former chapel is now a magnificent drawing room featuring a bespoke floor to ceiling bookcase, a multi-fuel stove, three tall round-headed windows and solid oak flooring.

The original manse now offers a dining room, sitting room with stove, and stone staircase to the first floor where there are three double bedrooms, master bedroom with en-suite shower and bath, and a family bathroom.

Quarrelwood is situated in an elevated position with views over the Nith Valley to the west and towards Criffel and the Lake District to the south.

It is for sale for offers over £750,000.

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