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History with the territory; Once Ballachulish House had a role in the massacre of Glencoe. Now it's a tranquil retreat.

A BEAUTIFUL house with a rather blood-thirsty history is for sale in the Highlands.

Located at the neck of Loch Linnhe in Argyll, Ballachulish House played a part in the Massacre of Glencoe in 1692 and was burnt down in 1746 in the wake of the Jacobite rebellion.

The house was rebuilt, then, in 1752, Donald MacDonald-Stewart of Ballachulish was rumoured to be the culprit in the Appin murder, which was immortalised by the Robert Louis Stevenson book Kidnapped.

Today, the house, set in more than two acres of tree-lined grounds, is run as a country guest house with eight letting bedrooms, and is recommended in numerous guides, including the Michelin, Which Hotel Guide and Scotland the Best.

Built of white harled stone, the house is in two sections, with six bedrooms in the main Laird's House and letting accommodation in the north wing. There's also a two- bedroom detached bothy, with galley kitchen, living room, shower room and bathroom.

The house has a wealth of period features, including decorative cornice work, stone fireplaces, and dado panelling. Selling agents FPDSavills say that, as well making an ideal country home or guest house, Ballachulish House could also be divided to provide three separate homes. The asking price is offers over pounds 350,000. Telephone 0131- 247 3700 for a brochure and viewing details.

A FEW years ago, new home buyers weren't prepared to part with their cash until they could see the bricks and mortar they were getting for their money.

But when Miller Homes opened their new developments at Highfield in Wishaw and at Millennium Court, in the Drumchapel area of Glasgow, they had customers queuing up to reserve straight from plan.

Now it's happened again . When Countrywide, selling agents for Miller's new flatted development in the Yorkhill area of Glasgow, released details of the first phase of properties, there was a long line of purchasers eagerly waiting to snap them up.

A total of 72 two and three-bedroom apartments in 13 different styles are being built at Regency Court, just off Yorkhill Parade.

All have an allocated parking space, security door entry, fully fitted kitchen, bathroom with shower, and main bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, many en suite. Prices start at pounds 79,950. Telephone 0141-334 4816.

THE attractions of single-storey living are reaching new heights at Barratt's development in Dunblane.

Buyers who reserve a three-bedroom Westbury bungalow at Highfields and move in by June 30 can also cash in on some great incentives, including 105 per cent part exchange, free carpets, curtains and landscaped gardens .

The bungalow is a pretty big attraction, says Barratt's sales director Iain McGhee.

He added: "The lounge has deep bay windows and a feature fireplace, while the dining room has French doors leading onto the garden. There's also a quality kitchen with separate utility room, an en suite to the master bedroom, and a garage."

Barratt are building a total of 55 new homes in Dunblane, offering a mix of three and four-bedroom detached homes priced from pounds 91.500, with the Westbury bungalow selling for pounds 123,250. The two showhomes are open daily, from 11am to 5.30pm. Telephone 01786- 821667.

STEWART MILNE Homes have just launched a money-saving "Move in for Summer" campaign.

It is available on selected homes at various development across the north of Scotland, and buyers can cash in on free fitted carpets or take advantage of Stewart Milne's part-exchange scheme. The summer package applies to a wide range of properties. Prices start at pounds 60,950 for a two-bedroom semi-detached bungalow at Golf View, Alford, priced at pounds 58,450, up to pounds 216,995 for a luxury four bedroom detached villa at Sovereign Heights in the Kingswells area of Aberdeen. Call 01224- 747400.

WILCON Homes hope customers will tell them to get on their bikes.

From Saturday, the company are running a country-wide sponsored "bikeathon" to raise cash for NCH Action for Children.

Raleigh Cycles are donating free loan of the bikes, and cyclists are now looking for sponsors. Call Freephone 0800 316918 for details.

Wilcon are giving home buyers an environmentally-friendly extra. Everyone who reserves a new home between June 12 and September 12, and legally completes before the end of the year, will get a Raleigh Stonefly or Siren bicycle complete with lock and helmet along with their keys.

For details of your nearest Wilcon site, call 0131-339 9733.
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Author:Ensor, Nan
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 8, 1999

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