- 5/6 Bedroom detached property
- Additional 1 bedroom apartment above garage
- Access down to River Brora
- Sits in approx 2 acres of mature garden
- The property lends itself to a B&B lifestyle or a magnificent family home.
- Total floor area 357sq m (3848sq ft)
The property lends itself to a B&B lifestyle or a magnificent family home with the added benefit of a sustainable income. A stunning five bedroom (3 en suites) 2 story Villa set in two acres of mature and beautifully laid out garden.
Lochaill lies inland from the village of Brora between the sea and the Loch in a rural position but close to the village and NC 500 coastal route.
EPC Rating - Band A
LOCHAILL HOUSE (Total floor area 357sq m - 3848 sq ft)
VESTIBULE and HALL
The entrance to this beautiful house is into the vestibule which leads into the main hall with two large storage cupboards and access to the kitchen, lounge and cloakroom. Family room and all guest bedrooms are accessed through the hall and into the west wing.
A spacious cloakroom with a modern fitted white w/c and wash basin.
KITCHEN (4.9m x 4.6m (16" x 15.3"))
A large kitchen with breakfast bar and multiple wall and base units. The doors are white high gloss with wooden worktops. integrated dishwasher
UTILITY & PLANT ROOM
The utility is accessed from the kitchen and leads out to the garden facing east. There is space for a washing machine, tumble drier and worktop with a sink and drainer. The plant room houses the Iveco Heat Pump domestic hot water cylinder and all underfloor heating controls, couple this with the high spec. solar roof income streams arising from this high tech build makes a highly efficient home which with the feed in Tarif and RHI revenues more than cover the running costs and provide nett income to the property until 2035.
GRAND LIVING ROOM (6.5m x 5.9m (21.3" x 19.4"))
On stepping into the grand living room, it takes your breath away both with the house internally and the stunning views out over the mature garden and River Brora. A 6kw log burner sits proudly in front of a slate wall between the double height windows. Patio doors take you out on to the extensive decked area and leading you into the mature garden. The room has been cleverly zoned to allow for a seating area and an entertaining dining area. A main feature in this room is the bespoke stairway that rises up in the corner of this grand room, with open beech treads, exposed steel supports, safety glass panels and stainless steel handrails. When walking up to the first floor, the views to the river are enhanced on reaching the galleried mezzanine which overlooks the lounge and gives an even more extensive view of the surrounding scenery.
From the hall turn right and leads you into an area that is currently set out as a self contained area for a bed & breakfast for guests, To Turning right into the hallway leads you into the guest wing which comprises of a breakfast/day room and 3 double guest rooms and patio doors that lead out on to the south facing decking and overlooks the garden and River Brora.
DAY ROOM (8.3m x 2.2m (27.3" x 7.4"))
The dayroom provides ample seating and dining for guests. A TV and fridge and presently serves as a lounge and breakfast room as it is presently set up for B&B. From this room there is access to all three beautifully fitted guest bedrooms.
BEDROOM 3 with EN SUITE (3.6m x 3.5m (12.1" x 11.5"))
Bedroom 3 is a double bedroom complete with two fitted double wardrobes, blinds, TV and patio doors out on to the expansive decking. An Eclisse glass sliding door makes for easy access into the private bathroom which consists of a white 3 piece suite: bath with wetwall washbasin and w/c..
BEDROOM 4 with EN SUITE (2.9m x 2.9m (9.5" x 9.4"))
Bedroom 4 is a double bedroom complete with a double wardrobe, blinds and TV. An Eclisse glass sliding door makes for easy access into the private shower room which consists of white washbasin, w/c and a corner shower, complete with wetwall.
BEDROOM 5 with EN SUITE (2.9 x 2.9m (9.5" x 9.5"))
Bedroom 5 is a double bedroom complete with a fitted double wardrobe, blinds and TV. An Eclisse glass sliding door makes for easy access into the private shower room which consists of white washbasin, w/c and a walk in shower, complete with wetwall.
The light filled mezzanine is presently used as an office space and offers 180 degree views over the River Brora. With its stunning views this area has many uses from work to inspiration and a place to relax.
GALLERY (4.4 x 13.2m (14.6" x 13.2"))
The Gallery has been divided by open shelving into two areas, one area is presently set up as a library area and gives access to the guest bedroom, shower room and master bedroom.
The second area has 4 large velux windows in the coombed ceiling allows an abundance of light to flow into this space. making a fantastic studio area. This area could be closed of to make an even more impressive master suite.
MASTER BEDROOM (6.5m x 4.4m (21.4" x 14.6" ))
The master bedroom is a very spacious room with westerly facing floor to ceiling feature windows overlooking the highland scenery. The built in dressing room with hanging and shelving space has the option of being converted to an en-suite .
Bedroom 2 is a double room with north facing floor to ceiling windows and is next door to the shower room. The Room has ample space for free standing furniture.
This room has recently been upgraded to a full wet room with walk in shower, twin wash hand basins set in a vanity unit. Hot water is provided by the Iveco ground source heat pump for those long hot mains pressure showers. The frosted glass pocket door is a feature of this room.
This impressive triple garage with automatic electric doors, fitted shelving, electric lights and power points throughout. There is both internal and external access to a w/c and washbasin.
Access staircase with balcony overlooking extensive mountain views leads into a one bedroom apartment
Private adjacent Parking for 2 cars
EPC Rating - Band C
Access is gained by an external staircase leading to a balcony where there is ample space for a table and chairs and a hot tub allowing you to enjoy the expansive views to the hills. There is private parking for the guests cars at the apartment.
EPC Rating - Band C
LOUNGE KITCHEN (5.6m x 4.2m (18.5" x 13.8"))
The compact and efficient lounge/kitchen diner has everything you need for a self contained apartment including fitted white goods. The room has been neutrally decorated with a modern colourful feature wall.
BEDROOM (4.2m x 2.7m (13.8" x 8.9"))
The double bedroom with dual aspect windows overlooks the garden and the hills beyond. There is ample space for free standing furniture.
The shower room is fitted with a white washbasin, w/c and power shower with wetwall.
GARDEN AND DRIVEWAY
Access to the property is gained via wooden gates that then leads you along a sweeping tarmacadam drive, with automatic lights and has power along the side. Lochaill is centrally located in two acres of mature grounds. Extensive paved areas of Caithness stone have been laid along with gravelled access paths to the three bay garage and apartment above.
The garden and grounds at Lochaill have been thoughtfully and carefully laid out and attract a wide variety of wildlife with many species of birds and animals attracted by the grounds which have been landscaped planted with shelter belts of trees, hedging and shrubs around the boundaries. There are access paths leading to various viewpoints, along with seating areas to allow enjoyment of the water features and other areas of interest.
A polytunnel provides fruit and vegetables to the household. The maturing gardens and lawn are low maintenance with many perennial shrubs originally grown within the polytunnel. There is a potting shed. log store, composting area and raised beds. A sprinkler system is set around the garden.
There is ample parking for many cars.
Arrive in Brora heading along the A9 north and take the first turning left immediately after the bridge. Drive for 1.6 miles until you see the turn off to the left sign post Lochaill. The property is accessed through the wooden gates to the left.
Sustainability 1 with Renewables Income – Heat Pump.
Lochaill is a unique property, designed by the owners to make the most of the available space and enhance family life in the Highlands.
Built in 2010 it has been finished to the highest standard taking advantage of the very best of environmentally friendly construction methods and heating systems to create a house that is truly income generating with very low nett annual running costs.
Utilising the award winning Scot Frame Superwall timber frame construction with an integrated Steel Sub Frame enhancing the available space on the first floor. The structure uses a high degree of floor, roof and wall insulation which is reflected in its very high rating Energy Performance Certificate (A) 96/105 (EPC).
This is backed up by Renewables incorporated into the build which include.
A. The comfortable enjoyment of Underfloor Heating and Domestic Hot water provided by a 9 KW Greenline IVT ground source fully automatic heat pump.
B. The unit takes full advantage of the relative heat stored in an onsite underground spring and has achieved a verifiable CoP return of 7:1 ratio which is one of the highest returns on a private dwelling in the UK.
C. The system is currently receiving Renewable Heat Incentive annual payments (RHI) of £2800 per annum.
Sustainability 2 - Log Burner (supplementary heating winter mode)
Supplementary Sustainable heating is provided by a beautiful glass panelled Dovre Scandinavian log burner which provides additional heat to the Lounge Diner and via the Mezzanine void, heats the first-floor galleries and bedrooms when required.
Sustainability 3 - Integrated 6KW Solar Roof.
Electrical power is sourced from the grid and is complemented by a 6 KW purpose designed Solar Roof by Solar Century providing the revenue for the cost of energy required by the property. This results in a very efficient comfort zone in the home with ample supplies of underfloor heating for all the ground floor rooms and constant domestic hot water for the house and flat
A Solar Century purpose designed twin solar array facing due south and capable of supplying all the electrical requirements of the property is installed and currently all energy produced is diverted directly to the grid providing the income for Electricity requirements for the home until (2030) with the surplus contributing to the council Tax for the property.
The system has been carefully designed to be in keeping with the surrounding countryside and does not look out of place while it provides an annual income of. Around £3,500 and runs until 2035 capable of generating a total sustainable income of £63,000 to that time in its current form.
Sustainability 4 - Future Enhancements.
Further enhancement to the property renewables currently under consideration are the installation of a Tesla Home battery backup system complete with EV car charger as this technology becomes available and will enhance the efficiency of the current photovoltaic energy system.
The property enjoys mains water and electricity.
High Speed broadband (BT Fibre optics) Due for Installation November 2019
Drainage is to a private septic tank with Bord Na Mona Puraflow filtration caters for up to 12/15 people.
Space heating is provided by a ground source heat pump to underfloor heating system. Hot water is provided from the same source.
Supplementary Space heating can also be provided by a multi-fuel stove in the Sitting room.
LIVING IN THE HIGHLANDS (Tain -24 miles, Inverness -58 miles, Inverness airport- 63 miles)
Lochaill has been built with an eye on a sustainable future in mind, is a quality build with lasting credentials to support its placement in the landscape, it enjoys a very peaceful location with superb rural views yet is within easy driving distance of Brora (1.7 km). There are good amenities in the village; post office, Co-op, medical practice, restaurants and pubs. Brora is best known for the quality of its golf, salmon and trout fishing ( Link www.lochaill-guest-house.co.uk/fishdiary/index.php ), Whisky Distillery and an award winning beach suitable for boating, kayaking and surfing. There is a local primary school and secondary schooling is at Golspie whereby a bus is provide to transport pupils. Transport links to the north and south are provided via rail and bus services and the A9 provides the main north/south trunk road. The village of Brora is situated on the NC 500. Further facilities are available at Golspie (6 miles).
There is ample opportunity for recreational activities in country sports. There are wonderful golf courses and as well as the Brora Links the superb courses of Royal Dornoch, Golspie and Tain are within easy reach.
Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, is approximately 58 miles from Brora and is very much the commercial and business centre for the Highlands. It is convenient for services and facilities including; Eden Court Theatre, hospital, cinema, vast range of shops and all major transport links, including Inverness Airport which is approximately 8 miles from Inverness city centre.