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Sleeps 19 – 21 in 9 Bedrooms including 2 Ground Floor Bedrooms
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Stuckgowan House is a unique Grade A listed house situated overlooking Loch Lomond. It has been lovingly restored with great care and attention from being almost derelict to probably one of the finest holiday houses in Scotland. The views from the house are simply stunning and the owners have put great thought into the renovation of the house to provide everything you may want from a holiday home, either for a relaxing family vacation, special occasion or for a weekend break. The house has a 7 seater hot tub, a cinema room, a games room and a small gym.
The house is a constant condradiction; almost 200 years old with thick granite walls yet somehow delicate, light and modern. The extensive 34 acres of grounds and woodlands are home to a variety of rare trees. A 45 meter Sequoia is the joint tallest in Scotland. The bedrooms have been named after trees found within the estate.
The house is within easy access of Glasgow airport and there are trains from the airport which run to Balloch Station, approximately 16 miles away. There is also a train station in Tarbet, 2 miles north of the house, which has trains from Glasgow central station traveling north, through Tarbet and up to Fort William.
Study / Library – Sink into the luxrious chesterfield by the wood burning stove to enjoy the views of the Loch or the grounds. Or while away the hours at the games table with a selection of board games, playing cards and books.
Chestnut – Ground floor twin bedroom with solid teak sleigh beds and en-suite bathroom with shower, teardrop bath, double sinks and w.c.
Sequoya – King-size four poster bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower, sink and w.c and bath which is unique in shape, designed for two people to bathe side by side.
Sitting Room – with a magnificent open fire and panoramic views over the Loch through three sets of gothic windows within a large bay.
Dining Room - again with views over the Loch, towards Ben Lomond, a grand solid teak table and bespoke chairs to seat 20 and a wood burning stove.
Kitchen - breakfast bar for approximately 14 people plus 4 on window seats. A “breakfast zone” is set up with 2 kettles and 2 four-slice toasters, sink, fridge and a dishwasher. The “cooking” area hosts a large Everhot range with 4 ovens and 4 hotplates, sink and, for the Everhot novice a 4-ring induction hob The Everhot can be individually controlled for ease of use.
A wall mounted Smart TV enables work or pleasure from a relaxed setting.
Directly from the kitchen is a:
Pantry / Service area – This has been designed to act as a service area for the main dining room holding all the cutlery and crockery. It has a double door fridge / freezer, double sinks and 2 dishwashers so there should be no arguments as to who’s turn it is to wash up!
There are two staircases, one which is located near the kitchen and this leads to:-
Rowan – A twin room with 2 solid teak beds.
Lime - A double bedroom with a king-size double bed.
These two bedrooms share a bathroom with bath, hand held shower, wash hand basin and w.c
The main staircase which leads to a wonderful galleried landing provides access to the remaining bedrooms. At the top of the staircase you will find hidden away a “tea and coffee alcove” with a fridge, kettle and tea and coffee making facilities so if you can’t get out of bed in the morning before your morning ‘cuppa’ – no need to go all the way to the kitchen.
In this part of the first floor you will find:-
Silver Birch – A double bedroom with lovely silver framed king-size bed plus a chaise longue / childrens’ bed.
Douglas Fir – A double / twin bedroom with a king-size bed and a single bed.
Cooper Beach – A double bedroom with a huge 8ft circular bed set under the fabulous angles of the ceiling.
Oak – A double bedroom with a king-size bed and a small chaise longue / childrens’ bed.
Monteray Pine – A Double bedroom with a king-size bed and a large chaise longue / childrens’ bed.
Please note the chaise longue / childrens’ beds are for children to sleep on only, they are less then 5ft in length and therefore not suitable for adults.
On this floor you will also find two shower rooms with large walk in showers wash hand basin and w.c as well as a bathroom with shower, teardrop bath, wash hand basin and w.c
Lower Ground Floor – The Entertainment Zone!
A windy wet weather day? No problem! Head downstairs to the lower ground floor here you will find:-
The Cinema Room and yes this is a proper cinema room! It boasts a 126 inch screen with full cinema surround sound, an extensive film library of DVD, Blu Ray and 3D movies, X-Box, Kinect with multimedia play and interactive games access, mood theme lighting system, comfy sofas and bean bags – the perfect room for young and old.
The Games Room / Bar with pool table and hand built bar offer a perfect place to relax.
The Childrens’ Play Room - this is stocked with various toys, games and a table and chairs where children can draw and play. There is also a sink and an extra ‘overflow’ fridge.
The Gym – for those dedicated folk!. Be it cross training, power plate, free weight or a Pilates workout, this room will meet your needs.
Mud Room – for all your boots and outdoor clothing.
A large terrace area with outside dining for 16 and the sunken 7-seater Hot Tub with mood lighting and intergrated ‘Sonos’ sound system.
34 Acres of land home to The Coast Redwood – the joint tallest tree in Scotland and the Monterey Pine to name a few.
A vast expanse of woodland area. Electric entrance gates and plenty of parking.
Full central heating plus open fires in the sitting room and wood burning stove in the dining room and study.
Integrated surround sound system throughout the principle room, lower ground floor and hot tub with the facility to dock your own IPod or smart phone and all controlled through our controller or through any IPhone / Ipad with the ‘Sonos’ app for unlimited music downloads.
Cinema Room with X-Box, Kinect and an extensive film library.
7 Seater hot tub with stunning views towards Ben Lomond.
Large oven, hob and induction hob
‘Nespresso’ Coffee Machine
2 Cots, 2 High Chairs, Changing mat, bottle warmer and baby food processor.
Stairgates at the top of both staircases are available.
Hairdryers are supplied in all rooms
The house is supplied from a genuine Highland Spring.
Map & Places of Interest
Location & Places of Interest
History of Stuckgowan
In Search of Stuckgowan – A Taste of History
In scanning the history of this stretch of the highlands along Loch Lomond we hope to inform newcomers and help the curious find their way into the historical hinterland.
This was an area troubled for centuries by feud and dispute until, out of the Industrial revolution and political turbulence, there emerged a beautiful house which enhanced it’s marvellous setting.
The house dates from before 1820 and was built with elegant lancet windows and arched doorways as Gothic and Norman references but above all with grace and balance.
Its environment, however, has its darker side with a history of clan battles, cattle lifting even brigandry. Sir Walter Scott’s novels rushed off the shelves bearing stories inspired by the history of the area. Local rumour suggests that Rob Roy was penned in part in the House. We have found nothing to suggest that this is correct but see later.
We have started on a collection (more a miscellany) of appendices which we hope are of interest but also with links to the area.
Warning – names, be it of place or family, change over the years.
Since the early 13th century a sweep of the western side of the Loch, (including what we grandly still call The Stuckgowan Estate) has been owned by just 5 families.
1235 to 1718 – The MacFarlanes –
The MacFarlanes were warriors, but occasional cattle lifters and brigands, often living outside the law and feuding with their neighbours, the Colquhouns. Outlawed by parliament and beset by debt, the MacFarlanes fell on hard times and in 1718 the Stuckgowan lands were sold. Later in the century the remainder of the Macfarlane lands became part of the Colquhoun Estate.
1718 -1799 – The Simes –
John Simes, a butcher from Edinburgh, bought the Stuckgowan lands. Little is known of the family but they eventually sold to John McMurrich (possibly together with his brother Malcolm).
1799 – 1879 The McMurrichs
Little is known as to any previous dwellings but John McMurrich (1758 – 1847) came to be known as the creator of Stuckgowan house. The early 19th century saw vast changes. John, a merchant from Glasgow, was clearly the driving force responsible for the graceful property we can enjoy today. Add to that the beautiful gardens, glimpses of which remain even after years of neglect and lodges built with style and we can start to measure the extent of his achievements.
As was the practice at that time, the lands were settled in a form of trust and on his death James McMurrich became the Life Renter and Laird. Not withstanding the sale to the Colquhouns, it seems he continued to live on the Estate until his death.
1879 – 2011 – The Colquhouns –
Sir James Colquhoun left instructions in his will to purchase the Stuckgowan Estate if ever it came on the market. That wish was realized in 1879. The Colquhoun lands now ranged all along the side of the loch. The Stuckgowan Estate merged into the Colquhoun lands and, bit-by-bit sales diminished the mix of properties that had been assembled by the McMurrichs.
In turn the house was a home, a small hotel and then, in 2011, the shell of the old Estate House, including the gardens, north lodge and 34 acres of wild highland hillside was sold to the current owners.
With the framework of extended stewardship by these families there is a range of stories that hover between folklore, fable and real history.
Two of the best known are:
- 1592 – The murder of Sir Hugh Colquhoun. One of the best fireside stories with many twists and uncertainties with revenge for infidelity, clan feud, and fratricide amongst the motives. Each version has the MacFarlanes heavily involved but it was Sir Hugh’s brother who was executed in November.
- 1603 – The Battle of Glen Fruin engaging the Colquhouns with a range of foes including the MacFarlanes. The Colquhouns suffered a massive defeat but it was the political consequences on their adversaries, which seems to have had a lasting effect.
In the 18th and 19th centuries the savagery of the past slowly gave way to an explosion of wealth, scientific and technical advances, tourism, architecture and literature – all seemed to touch Stuckgowan.
Glasgow’s wealth grew out of trade and industry. John McMurrich was a Glasgow merchant - we believe a wood merchant and along with many of his contemporaries he ‘moved’ to the country. Whether he foresaw the tourist boom that followed is uncertain. It seems likely that he continued some ‘wood merchant’ dealings from Stuckgowan.
David Napier one of the creators of steamship travel pioneered some of the important scientific and technical advances in steamship design and bought his paddle steamer ‘Marion’ to Loch Lomond in 1818. Napier and John McMurrich eventually became partners and Tarbet prospered on the tourist trade. Marion’s success and Napier’s wider foresight and business drive played no little part as seed corn for the worldwide changes as sail gave way to steam.
As it happened the steamers promoted Loch Lomond as a tourist attraction.
Stuckgowan itself became a place to visit.
“…Here the stranger previous to proceeding on his journey may visit the romantic pleasure grounds of Stuckgoune belonging to Mr McMurrich who has afforded every facility for the lover of nature to enjoy her in her wildest moods”
Over the years there has been a procession of complimentary references including…
“Shortly before reaching Tarbet, there is seen a pretty white mansion with woody recesses leading up to the mountains behind, and umbrageous lawns spreading gently downwards to the brink of the lake. This is Stuck Gown — pronounced …stugoon”
2010 Louis Stott’s Blog
“Not far south of Tarbet a splendid regency cottage, Stuckgowan, is exquisitely situated above the A82. In its architecture it is one of the finest houses in the National Park…..”
So notwithstanding her age the house has retained her charm born out of her architectural excellence. This in-turn raises one of the questions to which we have sought an answer.
If there was an Architect, who was he or she?
We will happily play Watson to any architectural Sherlock.
Whoever was responsible, the house has not just charm but a unique quality, which more than merits its Grade A listing.
The mystery of the Architect’s identity is just the first of the questions that remain unanswered including when exactly was she built and is there any basis for the local rumour that Sir Walter Scott wrote part of Rob Roy in the house.
Ross Priory rightly lays claim to close connection with Sir Walter. Was Stuckgowan built by the time he visited the Loch in 1817? Even Ross Priory was probably ringing to the sound of Masons hammers at that time. Certainly Sir Walter’s research for the book included a trip to the head of the loch and he would have passed Stuckgowan but we cannot say whether he stayed or even visited. However a clear link with Sir Walter comes later through Frances Jeffery (later Lord Jeffery) who stayed in the house nearly every year between 1821 and 1838. He was an editor, critic, poet, lawyer, politician and later a judge. Sir Walter refers to him as ‘my particular friend’. Hector Buchanan of Ross Priory was a friend and close associate of Sir Walter and it would be strange if their common interests in literature, publishing, the Loch, their friendship and mutual profession did not draw these three together at Stuckgowan.
Whilst we cannot say many of the ‘great slept here’ Lord Francis and David Napier must rate as important men of their time.
Perhaps the guest book starting in 2013 will be of greater interest to future historians but it is not just the famous who should raise our interest in the past.
The Appendices will we hope become a growing miscellany of interesting snippets. They already include ‘The Stuckgowan Estates Act 1879’ a tipping point for Stuckgowan and one which anticipated the important changes in Land Law just three years later.
Somehow we hope those who are interested will end with an overview of the sweep of history which includes savagery, lawlessness, financial ruin, amazing progress, cultural changes, decay and now, through to a time when the fabric of the house is refreshed and she takes her charm on a new adventure.
The North Lodge will be restored and with it a more domestic history – an office, possibly the home for the ‘Robinson the fox killer’ keeper of the highland terriers, a refuge perhaps for second world war evacuees (are they still alive?) and a mini architectural gem with Norman arched diamond paned frontage windows, but sadly no more the driveway sweeping up from the loch edge to set off its humble excellence.
Slowly we hope to recover the history of the ‘Gardens’ by returning them at least in part to their former glory, but for now, the battle of the rhododendrons continues.
Please enjoy the house with all its facets.
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Sample Dinner Dishes
Provided by Taste Marine Catering.
West Coast Prawns with Parmesan Rosti cake and wild mushrooms and Perigord truffle
Pan-fried duck liver with watercress salad, roasted apples, orange and hazelnut dressing
Red mullet with broad beans, spring onion and radish salad, soy and orange sauce
Griddled Pheasant and bacon parcels with colcannon and grand-mere sauce
Risotto of Winter vegetables, fresh garden herbs, lemon and parmesan
Salad of celery, apple & toasted walnuts with Dunsyre blue dressing
Hot smoked salmon from Tobermory, lemon & caper sauce and watercress-Beetroot, spring onion, apple salad
Warm salad of Perthshire pheasant, crisp leaves with hazelnut vinaigrette
Chanterelle mushroom soup with tarragon & Madeira
Pickled crab salad with sweet & sour cucumbers, ginger & chili syrup
Perthshire free range chicken liver parfait, redcurrant syrup and Florida salad
Salad of Loch Rannoch smoked chicken and smoked venison, pickled carrots, horseradish
Oysters Charentaise – freshly opened oysters with hot, spicy sausages with a glass of cool Muscadet
Fruits de Mer -Mussels, crab, langoustine, scallop, oysters, queen scallops, lobster
Rosti Salmon Sea-Cake with Lime butter sauce
Melon, Grape and passion fruit compote with champagne sorbet
Iberico Ham The best cured ham in the world from acorn fed black pigs, matured for at least three years. Served with sour dough bread
Traditional Cock a Leekie Soup with prunes
Fresh hand dived Scallops, with Stornoway Black Pudding and mushy peas with sauce balsamic vinaigrette
Grilled goat cheese with roast med Vegetables, beetroot sorbet & mixed leaves
Noisettes of Scotch Lamb with fettucine of Vegetables and Jus of rosemary,
Roasted Roots and Pommes Dauphinoise
Brewlands duck with pak choi, glazed apple, celeriac cream, honey and peppercorn sauce
Steamed fillet of cod with a cheese & brioche crust, wood mushroom risotto, grilled baby leeks and a vermouth and mushroom sauce
Ragout of Scottish Shellfish
Seared peppered loin of venison served with creamy cabbage and vegetables, confit red cabbage and red onion, game crisps and a bramble jus
Oven roast free range chicken breast with garden pea ragout, and herb potato galette
Butternut & chive risotto served with a vegetable kebab and roasted pistachios
Roasted sea bream with dauphinoise potato and caviar cream
Parma Ham wrapped monkfish tail with mediterranean spiced cous cous and cherry tomatoes
Loin of Perthshire Lamb with, redcurrant jus and salsa verde
Spiced aubergine, baked with spinach chick peas, Medjool dates and preserved lemon
Fillet of Sea Bass en Papillote with Tomato and thyme- with roasted pepper, capers, shallots and green olive oil mayonnaise.
Roast guinea fowl with chestnut stuffing, roast potatoes and garlic cream
Steamed salmon fillet in parcel with confit cherry tomatoes, crushed potatoes, caper and lemon hollandaise
Wild Mushroom baked Roulade with Spinach and leeks, pine nuts and Nutmeg and black bean and pistachio salad.
Roast free range chicken thighs with leek and pearl barley ‘risotto’, wilted greens and game gravy.
Loin of wild venison with port-pickled red cabbage, game sauce with bitter chocolate
Pan Fried Breast of Pheasant with Fondant Potato, Puy Lentil and chestnut casserole with smoked paprika.
Indonesian Seafood Curry with Monkfish, Squid and Prawns. Served with pilau rice and a green bean and grated coconut salad with crisp fried shallots, garlic and chilli.
Spice crusted heather fed leg of Scottish lamb
Fillet of Beef (Aberdeen Angus from Ballater or Isle of Jura Highland) in Claret
With roasted and caramelized shallots and wild mushrooms and fresh cream
Scottish Lobster Thermidore, lemony steamed broccoli florets with Ayrshire potatoes
Main courses accompanied as desired by salads or roasted root vegetables, steamed green vegetables, and a potato dish of choice: Dauphinoise, Rosti , Boiled or Roasted, Colcannon, Fondant, Galette.
Hot Passion Fruit Souffle
Poached Meringues in a creme Anglaise with nutmeg
Poached pears with warm shortbread and butterscotch sauce
Bitter chocolate and pecan nut tart
Raspberry Meringue Roulade
Frangipane and Fig tart, served warm with clotted cream.
Very dark Chocolate Roulade with biscuit Tortoni
Brioche bread and butter pudding with orange and Drambuie syrup
Hot ginger and carrot sponge with Butterscotch sauce
Tarte au citron
Crème caramel and almond panacotta with fresh winter berries
Fresh Ground Coffees and selection of speciality teas.
To discuss your catering requirements please call Laurie at Taste Marine on 07796 008147 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Stuckgowan House, ein Unikat beinahe 200 Jahre alt mit einem wunderschönen Blick über Loch Lomond. Es ist liebevoll und hochwertig restauriert, um jedem Wunsch gerecht zu werden. Has Haus ist fantastisch ausgestattet und ist besonders geeignet für einen entspannten Familienurlaub, ganz besondere Anlässe wie runde Geburtstage oder nur um ein herrliches Wochenende zu genießen.
Zur Verfügung stehen auch:
Jacuzzi für sieben Personen
Bar mit ‘Pool Table’
Und ein kleines Fitness Centre.
Das Haus verbirgt viele Widersprüche. Die dicken Mauern sind aus Granit jedoch zierlich, hell und modern. Es steht inmitten etwa 13 Hektar Wald und damit einer Vielfalt seltener Bäume , wie zum Beispiel Schottlands höchster Mammutbaum (45m).
Die neun Schlafzimmer sind nach Bäumen benannt, die wir auf diesem Gut finden.
Versinken Sie in einen gemütlichen Chesterfield beim Holzfeuer und lassen Sie Ihren Blick über das Anwesen bis hin zu Loch Lomond schweifen, Sie können Brettspiele oder Karten spielen oder einfach mal die Zeit nehmen, ein gutes Buch zu lesen.
Zweibettzimmer, en Suite Badezimmer, separater Dusche, Badewanne, zwei Waschbecken und W.C.
Großes Doppel/Himmelbett, en Suite Badezimmer mit Dusche, Waschbecken, W.C. und einer außergewöhnlichen Badewanne, in der zwei Personen nebeneinander Platz haben.
Großer, offener Kamin. Von hier hat man wiederum eine wunderschöne Aussicht durch gotische Fenster des Erkers über das bewaldete Grundstück und Loch Lomond.
Dieses Zimmer hat einen Holzbrennofen und einen Esstisch aus Teak an dem bis zu 20 Personen Platz haben. Von hier sieht man auch Ben Lomond.
Sofort fällt Ihnen die Frühstücksbar ins Auge an der 14 bis 18 Personen (inklusive Fensterplätze)
sitzen können. Es gibt auch zwei Wasserkocher, zwei vier Scheiben Toaster, Waschbecken, Kühlschrank und eine Geschirrspülmaschine. Im Kochbereich ist ein Kochfeld mit vier Backoefen und vier Wärmeplatten, einem Becken und einem Induktionsherd mit vier Platten.
Damit es nicht langweilig wird, haben wir einen ‘Smart’ Fernseher an der Wand angebracht. Gleich angrenzend gibt es den…
Hier findet man Besteck und Geschirr fürs Esszimmer sowie eine zweitürigen Kühl/Gefrierschrank, zwei Becken und noch zwei Geschirrspülmaschinen. So muss niemand streiten, wer heute den Abwasch macht.
Nahe der Küche gelangt man über dieses Treppenhaus zu…
Ein Zweibettzimmer. Die Betten sehen aus als würden sie schweben und sind wieder, wie die meisten Möbel dieses Hause, aus Teakholz.
Ein großes Doppelbett
Diese beiden Zimmer teilen sich ein Bad mit Badewanne, Handdusche, Waschbecken und W.C.
Ein großes Treppenhaus führt zu den weiteren Schlafzimmern rund um eine Galerie. Dort befindet sich auch eine kleine Kochnische in der sich ein Kühlschrank, Wasserkocher und Tee/Kaffeezubereitungsmoeglichkeit verbirgt. So hat man den Weg in die Küche gespart.
Hier gibt es fünf weitere Schlafzimmer.
Doppelzimmer mit großem, silbernen Doppelbett und Chaise Longue – Kinderschlafplatz.
Doppelzimmer mit großem Doppelbett und einem Eizelbett.
Doppelzimmer mit einem noch größerem , rundem Bett unter schrägen Wänden.
Doppelzimmer mit großem Doppelbett und kleinem Chaise Longue/Kinderbett
Doppelzimmer mit großem Doppelbett und großem Chaise Longue/Kinderbett.
(Die Chaise Longues sind nur für Kinder geeignet, da sie nur etwa 1m52cm lang sind).
Auf dieser Etage befinden sich auch zwei Duschräume mit großen, begehbaren Duschen, Waschbecken und W.C. sowie auch einem Badezimmer mit Dusche und ein tränenförmigen Badewanne, Waschbecken und W.C.
SOUTERRAIN – ENTERTAINMENT ZONE
Ein regnerischer, windiger Tag? Kein Problem! Hier gibt es viel zu tun und zu genießen.
Ja, es ist ein richtiges, kleine, kuschliges Kino mit einer 2m70cm großen Leinwand, Surround Sound, einer Bibliothek von Filmen, DVDs, 3D Filmen, einer X-Box KInect etc. etc.
Es gibt Stimmungsbeleuchtung, bequeme Sofas und Bean Bags….DER ideale Raum zur Entspannung für jung und alt.
Ausgestattet mit einer Vielzahl von Spielen, Spielzeug, Tischen und Stühlen an denen die Kinder
malen und spielen können. Ein Waschbecken und ein kleiner Kühlschrank sind auch vorhanden.
Für die Gäste, die Fitness einfach im Blut haben oder für die, die ein wenig fitter werden
möchte. Es gibt Cross Training, Power Plate, freie Gewichte oder Sie können Pilates machen.
Dieser Raum macht Sie ganz bestimmt fitter.
Auf einer großen Terrasse haben etwa 16 Personen zum Essen Platz. Außerdem gibt es einen versunkenen Jaccuzi mit Stimmungslicht und integriertem ‘Sonos’ Sound System. Hier entspannen Sie sich in mitten 13 Hektar National Park, in dem unter anderem die Riesen
The Coast Redwood und Monterey Pine wachsen.
Die Auffahrt ist durch ein elektrisches Tor gesichert und es sind genügend Parkplätze vorhanden.
- Zentralheizung plus offener Kamin und Holzofen in Esszimmer und Bibliothek
- Wifi ist gratis
- Integriertes ‘Sonos’ Sound System in der Grosszahl der Räume und Hot Tub.
Man hat die Möglichkeit, das eigene I Pod oder Smart Phone anzuschließen. Alles läuft durch einen Kontroller oder durch jedes I Phone/ I Pad mit der ‘Sonos’ app für unbegrenztes herunterladen von Musik.
- Kino mit X-Box Kinect und einer großen Auswahl von Filmen
- Jacuzzi für sieben Personen mit wunderschönem Blick nach Ben Lomond
- große Herde und Induktionsfelder
- Drei Geschirrspuelmaschinen
- Fünf Kühlschränke
- Nespresso Kaffeemaschine
- Zwei Babybettchen
- Zwei Hochstühle
- Wickelmatte, Flaschenwärmer, Zubereitungsstelle für Babynahrung
- Sicherheitsgitter oben und unten an beiden Treppen sind vorhanden
- Ein Föhn in jedem Zimmer
- Eine Highland Quelle versorgt das Haus mit frischem Wasser.