Two Semi-Detached Villas with Excellent Development Potential, Situated Close to Ever-Popular Town of Dornoch.
• Unique opportunity to acquire a small holding with good income and development potential.
• Potential for either residential occupation or letting as a holiday home.
• Sale comprises two spacious cottages set within c1.48 acres of croft land.
• Situated in a highly attractive rural location within ever-popular county of Sutherland.
The property comprises two semi-detached villas, each with scope for expansion. Their respective garden grounds and croft land with large stone steading offer obvious development potential. Ravenscross is a 2-3-bedroom semi-detached cottage appreciating an open plan lounge / kitchen / dining room with large Morso multi-fuel stove. There are two good sized bedrooms on the first floor and a further room on the ground floor which could be used as an office / utility or single bedroom. 77b Clashnagrave is currently set out as a one bedroom semi-detached cottage however still requires to be completed internally, this unit has the potential for a further two bedrooms on the first floor.
The two properties have garden grounds to front and rear and come complete with c1.48 acres of croft land with large stone steading. The steading has previously been used to hold animals and is currently used for storage; this building has good potential for development (subject to planning consents). These properties are ideal for someone who may wish to live in one and use the other as an incoming earning venture; either as a long-term or holiday let. In addition, new owners may wish to consider developing the steading to provide a further income stream. Alternatively, the two semi-detached properties could be combined into one property and used as a large family home.
Currently the properties do not trade but have development potential to operate as a home and income lifestyle business.
The properties benefit from a quiet rural position approximately 2 miles north of the Royal Burgh of Dornoch which is placed within the historical county town of Sutherland, overlooking the Dornoch firth, south towards Tarbetness and the moray coast and north to Golspie, Brora and Helmsdale. The town has a population of around 1,300 which swells greatly during the main trading season (Easter to October) due to the high number of tourists and visitors to the area. A designated national scenic and conservation area, Dornoch is a popular and tranquil location with its unique atmosphere, outstanding scenery and the mild micro climate making it a popular visitor attraction. The world renowned royal Dornoch championship course is a wonderful venue and a challenging test of golfing skills; the course is a ‘must do’ pilgrimage for the committed golfer, the unique setting of royal Dornoch makes it an aspiration to play.
Dornoch offers visitors and residents alike a good range of facilities and amenities including shops, hotels, schools and FE college plus a seaside award for its clean bathing beach. The area has a much broader appeal with walks, fishing, field sports, and water sports all being readily available. The exclusive Skibo castle sits just outside Dornoch, is set in some 7000 acres and is home to the Carnegie golf and country club. Dornoch is nestled between the Dornoch firth and loch fleet nature reserve, a haven for birds and wildlife. There are forest walks available and the Sutherland hills are a short drive for those wanting more of a challenge. Loch Lannsaidh is within easy reach and is stocked with wild brown trout for the avid fisherman with Loch Laoigh also available further north.
There are a great many places of historic interest within an hours’ drive. The town has some excellent Sandstone buildings, including the c.13th Century Cathedral, the Bishop’s Palace (now a Hotel), the Courthouse and Old Town Jail. The town has a charm and elegance that makes this a very popular residential area. Dornoch is only an hour from Inverness, which has an Airport and major transport links. The town of Tain is circa 6 miles away which has an extended range of specialist shops / supermarkets and services. Dornoch primary school is adjacent to the secondary school and both are highly regarded.
RAVENSCROSS - GROUND FLOOR
(1.42m x 1.11m)
Door opens from the garden to the porch. Windows to front and side. Door to lounge.
(5.53m x 3.62m)
Window to the front and door with glazed panel to the rear. Recessed area with coat hooks, fitted seat and shelf. Television aerial connection. Open plan to kitchen / dining room.
Kitchen / Diner
(4.33m x 3.68m)
This double aspect room has windows to front and rear and a feature stone wall with large morso multi-fuel stove. The recessed window to the front has a fitted window seat. Fitted base and wall units incorporating electric oven and Calor gas hob with chimney style extractor hood above. Stainless steel sink with drainer. Slim-line dishwasher. Fridge freezer. Two shelved cupboards.
Study / Utility Room / Bedroom
(3.83m x 2.20m)
Situated off the lounge, this room has previously been used as a single bedroom but would be equally ideal as a utility room / study. Plumbed for a washing machine. Windows to front and side. Door to fitted wardrobe with hanging rail and shelf.
RAVENSCROSS - FIRST FLOOR
The open tread wooden staircase leads up from the lounge to the first-floor landing. Window to the front.
(4.47m x 3.21m widens to 3.69m)
This is a large room set with window to the front appreciating a lovely view over the garden to countryside beyond. Recessed shelving and display area. Double doors to shelved cupboard. Double doors to fitted wardrobe with hanging rail and shelving. Door to cupboard housing the large hot water tank.
(2.82m x 2.13m)
Fitted with a pale grey suite incorporating bath with shower attachment, WC and wash hand basin. Window to rear. Door to deep shelved cupboard.
(4.44m x 2.94m)
This is a twin room with windows to both front and side. Double doors to fitted wardrobe with shelving. Television aerial point.
This property is functional but does require various works to complete the accommodation. There is scope for an extra room on the first floor.
CLASHNAGRAVE - GROUND FLOOR
Porch / Sun Room
(5.17m x 2.04m longest / widest)
Door with glazed panel opens from the garden into this porch / sun room. Windows to front and sides. Part perspex ceiling ensures, together with the multiple windows, that this room is always bright.
(3.88m x 3.16m)
This is a triple aspect room with windows to front, side and rear. The open fireplace is finished in steel with a stone surround and provides an attractive focal point. Recessed display area. Open plan to dining area.
(4.80m x 3.81m longest/widest)
The dining area is open plan to both lounge and kitchen and currently has a high level ceiling ensuring it is bright and airy. Feature recessed display area. Stairs to upper accommodation.
(3.80m x 2.27m)
Set with window to the rear, this room is fitted with base units and a shelved larder unit. Slim-line stove and slot-in gas cooker. Wooden work surfaces incorporating two and a half-bowl sink. Telephone point. Small fridge.
A door from the dining area opens into a small hallway with window to side and door with opaque glazed panels to the rear. Recessed shelving. Door to inner vestibule.
Inner Vestibule & WC
Small area with two-way door opening to WC and utility room.
(2.13m x 1.57m)
Set with windows to rear and side, this room has been used in the past as a utility / workshop and is fitted with a base unit, work surfaces and drawer unit. Circular stainless-steel sink.
CLASHNAGRAVE - FIRST FLOOR
A wooden staircase splits to left and right from the dining area and leads up to the first floor which is currently set out as a sitting room, bedroom and bathroom. Although functional in its current form (some completion works are required), there is scope to add another bedroom above the dining area and utilise the sitting room as a further bedroom if extra sleeping accommodation is required.
Sitting Room / Bedroom
(4.60m x 3.32m widens to 3.86m)
This is a bright and airy space with windows to front, side and rear. Currently open plan this room is currently used as a sitting room, but could easily be a bedroom if preferred.
(2.27m x 2.18m)
Fitted with a white suite comprising bath with shower attachment, WC and vanity wash hand basin with storage below. Velux window to rear.
(4.47m x 1.96m widens to 3.50m)
This is a double room with Velux window to front and rear. Hatch to loft space. Recessed display area with glass shelf.
(4.10m x 3.41m, 7.55m x 4.09m & 5.08m x 4.03m)
The stone steading sits adjacent to the two cottages and is split into three sections, two of which are closed areas and the third an open area. Currently used for storage, there is superb potential for development subject to local authority consent. There is power and light to the steading and one of the rooms has ladder access to an upper room (4.38m x 3.14m longest/widest) which has lined walls and skylight windows.
The cottages are set in garden grounds which together extend to just over 0.5 acre. The croft land extends to just under 1.5 acre surrounding the garden ground and includes the steading. The grounds are mainly laid to grass with an abundance of mature trees and bushes. There is a shed, greenhouse and a water tap. A stream flows towards the end of the gardens and croft land. The driveway into the property continues around the house and exits to the rear giving the added bonus of two established entrances. This is practical and useful especially if the properties were to be split or used as holiday lets.
The subjects benefit from mains electricity and water. Both properties have their own septic tank. Each property benefits from solid fuel central heating. Ravenscross is mostly double glazed and 77b Clashnagrave is fully double glazed.
Ravenscross has an EPC rating of ‘F’.
77b Clashnagrave has an EPC rating of ‘G’.