Larachan House, Spinningdale, Sutherland IV24 3AD

£525,000 OIRO
  • Ref: MMIV24270320KB
  • Type: Detached House, House
  • Availability: Sold STC
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Reception Rooms: 4
  • Parking: Double Garage, Driveway
  • Outside Space: Mature/Established Garden, Multiple Acres

Property Features

  • Set in 2 acres (approx)
  • Original school built in 1875 renovated circa 1970's
  • Many original features
  • A sensitively renovated former school and schoolhouse.
  • Great holiday rental opportunity
  • Home Report and floor plan can be viewed on the Monster Moves website
  • Views over the Dornoch Firth.

Property Summary

Larachan House, a former school and headmaster's house has been creatively converted into a grand home which is presently laid out as a main house and a two bedroom cottage used for self-catering accommodation. The property has many original features such as the doors, cornicing, wooden floors and curved doorways and windows.

Set on the north hillside of the Dornoch Firth and 5 miles from the A9 (NC500) Larachan House is set on 2 acres of garden. There is a large wooden outbuilding with two double garage doors and a workshop at the rear. There are two stone sheds that could be converted.

The Old School is situated close to the Sutherland/Ross-shire border in the Highlands of Scotland. The property is surrounded by spectacular scenery allowing for a private and tranquil home in the Highlands within easy reach of amenities. There is an extensive range of outdoor pursuits all of which are easily accessible and include golfing, deer stalking, some of the best salmon fishing in Scotland, as well as hill walking, mountain biking and other country pursuits including riding. Bonar Bridge Golf Club, which has been voted the most picturesque 9 hole golf course in Scotland is the closest and other top-ranked golf courses are within easy reach, including the world-famous Royal Dornoch Golf Course and Royal Tain which are both 40 minutes’ drive away. There are many wonderful walks available close by the house, including Cassley woods and waterfall. The wonderful sandy beaches of the Sutherland coastline are within easy reach.


Full Details

The largest part of the property which used to be the old school has interconnecting doors on the ground floor and first floor to the old headmaster's house. They are currently set up as two properties one as the main house and the other as a self-catering cottage. It would be possible to make this one whole property with a minimum of 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Another possibility is for it to be run as a guest house.

The formal entrance to the property is through the original school door and has an original archway doorway with a split door. Caithness slate flooring and hooks for coats and fishing rods.
This leads into the main room in the property and another door into the sun lounge.

SUN LOUNGE (5.0m x 3.2m (16'6" x 9'7"))
A wonderful addition to the property, allowing for lots of light and two sets of double glass doors that open into the main full height living room.

REAR HALL, UTLITY & W/C (2.5m x 2.6m (8'2" x 8'5"))
There is another entrance to the property via the utility room which has a cloakroom with white w/c and washbasin. The utility has a worktop with space for a washing machine and tumble dryer, a sink and drainer and a combination of base and wall units. There is also coat hooks and space for boots. This entrance/exit is to the rear of the property and close to the parking area.

LIVING ROOM (5.4m x 5.2m (17'7" x 17'0 ))
This impressive room is double height with a mezzanine gallery around 3 sides. The stairs that lead to the gallery and the first floor is in the centre of this grand room. A main feature of the living room is the large cast iron surround and mantlepiece with a log burner sitting on a granite hearth. The room is neutrally decorated and has wooden flooring that flows through to the dining area.

DINING (5.2m x 5.0m (17'0 x 16'5"))
The dining area is separated from the main living room by a central staircase with an under stairs cupboard. The dining room has been built with a large dining table in mind. There is presently a cupboard in the dining area that could be opened up again to access the self-catering cottage and leads through into the cottage hallway.

KITCHEN (7.6m x 3.9m (25'0 x 13'0))
Leading off from the main living/dining room and through a stone archway into the large kitchen with ample base units in white with white worktop and a range cooker with gas hob and electric ovens and grill. The kitchen has grey slate tiled floor and has space for an American fridge freezer and under counter dishwasher. At one side of the room is a log burner and plenty of space for a snug area.

The grand staircase leads up from the living room and twists 180 degrees and leads you on to the galleried area. Along the two sides of the gallery is fitted cupboards and storage at the end of the gallery is a mezzanine area that is ideal as a study and reading area as it has views south

BEDROOM 1 (3.5m x 3.4m (11'7" x 11'3"))
Bedroom 1 is a double bedroom with a white fitted wardrobe and a walk-in cupboard. A pale grey carpet.

BEDROOM 2 (4.0m x 3.4m (13'0 x 11'1))
Bedroom 2 is a double bedroom with 2 large Velux windows. A pale grey carpet.

BATHROOM (1.8m x 2.0m (5'9" x 6'6"))
A white 3 piece bathroom suite consisting of bath, w/c and washbasin. White painted wood cladding on the lower half of walls and pale grey tiles around bath and above basin. A chrome heated towel rail and a Velux window. The bath has an overhead shower and a shower screen.

Access from the gallery is through a door and up the attic stairs to two rooms. Both rooms are coombed and have an original low level window in each gable. The rooms make a good study and excellent storage.
Room One: 5.0m x 1.9m (16'5" x 6'2")
Room Two: 6.4m x 1.9m (21'0 x 6'2")

This area of the property was originally the headmaster's house and has been carefully restored and is presently laid out as a 2 bedroom self-catering house. At this time the cottage has its own entrance and hallway (there is a closed up access that leads from this hallway and could be opened up into the dining room in the main house) The hallway houses the separate boiler for the cottage and a storage cupboard. Original quarry tiles on the floor and a neutral décor.

LIVING ROOM/SNUG (3.8m x 3.1m (12'5" x 10'4"))
The living room for the cottage is called the snug has fully panelled ceiling and walls in pitched pine. The focal point is a granite surround and hearth housing a Morso multifuel stove.

KITCHEN (3.8m x 3.5m (12'6" x 11'8"))
The kitchen has a magnificent Victorian sash window with views over woods and the Dornoch Firth. A fitted cream kitchen with laminate worktop, integrated dishwasher, a sink/drainer, gas hob, electric oven and a stainless steel cooker hood and splashback. Neutrally decorated and wood laminate flooring.

BATHROOM (GROUND FLOOR) (2.4m x 2.0m (8'0 x 6'7"))
This bathroom is on the ground floor and has a feature arched window. The pitched pine panelling is below the dado rail and has a white bath, w/c and pedestal washbasin. The bath has a handheld shower and has tiling around.

A carpeted stairway with pine railings, bannister and pine cladding with a skylight letting light into the landing and stairwell. There is a corridor that leads to the (presently closed) access onto the first-floor gallery. An under stairs cupboard for storage.

BEDROOM 3 ( Cottage bedroom 1) (3.9m x 3.6m (13'0 x 11'8"))
Bedroom three of main house and bedroom one in the cottage is a double room looking south over the Dornoch Firth. It has a fitted wardrobe and neutral décor with a feature wall. A fitted TV is on the wall.

SHOWER ROOM (2.8m x 1.2m (9'4 x 4'0))
A shower room with a 1200 x 900 shower with sliding door and with white wetwall. Pine ceiling and white panelling below a dado rail.

BEDROOM 4 (Cottage bedroom 2) (3.9m x 3.2m (13'0 x 10'5"))
Bedroom four of main house and bedroom two in the cottage is a double room looking south over the Dornoch Firth. It has neutral décor with feature wall, high ceilings and original door. A fitted TV is on the wall.

BATHROOM (2.8m x 2.3m (9'4" x 7'6"))
A spacious bathroom with a roll-top bath and handheld shower. A white w/c and pedestal sink and white tiles below a patterned dado tile. Click laminate flooring.

The generous garden extends to approximately 2 acres thereby and has a boundary of dry stone dyke and fencing. The site as a whole sits on a sloped area and has a private drive leading up to a large parking area. There are mature trees along two boundaries and deer and birds can be viewed in abundance around the property and in the garden.

A large timber building (6m x 12 m) on a concrete base with pitched roof clad in profile sheeting. This garage workshop is accessed by 2 sets of timber double doors and has power and water.
Two stone buildings with profile sheet roof, sit in the field behind the property (the original toilets for the school) and could be converted to shepherds huts for commercial use as an extra income. This elevated site has amazing views over the Dornoch Firth.

Council Tax Band - E
EPC Rating - E
Built in 1875 converted circa 1970s
Gross internal floor area 329 sq m
Sits on approx. 0.77 hectares (2.0 acres) or thereby
Septic tank
Double glazed wooden sash windows

From the A9 take the turning left, north of the Dornoch Bridge heading towards Clashmore and Spinningdale. Continue along the A949 for approximately 4 miles and Larachan House can be found on the right-hand side.

Property Location

Contact Office

Monster Moves Head Office
Thistle House
Main Street
KW10 6TG


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