By Mark McConville
PURCHASE a slice of Scotland’s ancient history with this stunning four-bed converted farmstead that features 4000-year-old monuments on the grounds, for £900k.
Incredible images show the exterior of the U-shaped home as well as the additional two-bed cottage.
Other stunning pictures show the cosy living room with a roaring fire, a spacious kitchen and the spectacular views on offer from the property.
Ballachar Estate is located on the banks of Loch Ruthven, Dores, Inverness, Scotland and is currently listed for sale by Strutt and Parker with offers over £900k welcome.
“It is a magical setting,” said Tom Amies who, along with his four siblings, owns Ballachar today.
“The silence is extraordinary and it is a very special spot. This place makes you slow down. Different rules apply. As the roads improve, Inverness has got closer and closer but the feeling of seclusion has never changed.
“The natural story is fascinating as well. On the estate there are the remains of a village from the Middle Ages and next to it hut circles that may be as much as 4,000 years old.
“These are scheduled monuments, and part of Scotland’s ancient history. I stand there and think of the generations that have gone before us. We are not the first people to love this extraordinary part of Scotland and to have chosen it as our home for a time. We won’t be the last.”
Ballachar Estate, near Dores, is the ultimate highland hideaway. It includes a delightful converted steading and a recently renovated cottage, productive pasture, commercial and amenity woodland, brown trout fishing and potential for mixed sporting opportunities.
Ballachar Steading has been converted from a u-shaped steading to create a very comfortable and welcoming four-bedroom family house with breathtaking views overlooking Loch Ruthven.
Adjacent is Spring Cottage, which was derelict until 2016 when it was renovated and transformed into a beautiful and stylish two-bedroom home. This allows significant flexibility; it could be used as an annexe or for overflow accommodation or the new owners could live in one and market the other as a holiday let.
The estate extends to approximately 287 acres, including 34 acres of pasture, 81 acres of rough grazings, 86 acres of hill and 81 acres of predominantly ancient woodland. A highlight is the 0.84-mile frontage along Loch Ruthven and associated riparian fishing rights.
The loch has some of the finest quality brown trout fishing in Scotland. A traditional wooden clinker rowing boat, moored in its own stone harbour, is included in the sale. The new owner will have the opportunity to be involved in the Loch Ruthven Angling Association, which by agreement does not allow motor boats or bank fishing on the loch.
Diane Fleming, the agent handling the sale for Strutt & Parker, said: “Ballachar is in a fantastic and peaceful setting, while at the same time easily accessible from Inverness. Its elevated position offers stunning views amongst a truly wonderful natural environment. Both properties are delightfully welcoming and, combined, make a glorious rural retreat. It would suit those looking for a permanent home with an idyllic rural lifestyle or others looking for a Highland holiday home to escape their busy lives.”
For more information see https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-75639563.html