The Old Manse, Migdale, Bonar Bridge IV24 3AS
- Charming character Manse House
- 5 large bedrooms
- Many original features
- Large mature garden
- Garage and sheds
- A Lifestyle property
Property SummaryThis impressive stone built 19th century Grade C listed former manse house sits in the crofting area of Migdale, close to the village of Bonar Bridge, in a peaceful rural landscape with views all around. The Old Manse is a charming house that is well proportioned and has 3 reception rooms, a family kitchen and 5 bedrooms. Outside there are several outbuildings providing a large workshop/garage as well as an open fronted barn which lends its self to a variety of uses, currently used for storing logs and garden equipment. The whole property extends to approximately half an acre.
The character and integrity has been maintained in this property and it includes many original features: wooden floors on both ground and first floor, deep skirtings, panelled windows, doors and alcoves, high ceilings with picture rails and coving and a stunning central staircase with fine turned wooden balustrade. The house was rewired and replumbed in 2010. Oil central heating is installed throughout the house with modern ring radiators in the reception rooms in keeping with the period of the property.
The Old Manse 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 and trout fishing is also available within walking distance of the house on Loch Migdale, 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 within a short walking distance and other top ranked golf courses are within easy reach, including the world famous Royal Dornoch Golf Course which is 20 minutes’ drive away.
There are many wonderful walks available directly from the house, including through Ledmore and Migdale Woods which sit alongside Loch Migdale. The wonderful sandy beaches of the Sutherland coastline are within easy reach.
Migdale is one mile from the village of Bonar Bridge which has a primary school, library, post office, a butcher, a grocery store with in-store bakery, a chemist, a medical centre and hospital, two public houses, a restaurant and a community hub which has a children’s play area and gym. Secondary schooling is available in either Tain or Dornoch. There is access to fibre broadband giving people the opportunity to work from home.
ENTRANCE HALLWAY (OUTER HALLWAY 11’ x 10’ (3.4m x 3.0m))
The property is entered via a part-glazed front door that takes you into the large outer hallway with original features including a large walk in store cupboard. Passing through a partly glazed triple arch screen to a wide inner hallway with an impressive original wooden staircase. Doors open from this hallway to the sitting room, dining room and rear inner hallway. Wooden flooring and picture rails along with facings and doors all in the original pitch pine.
SITTING ROOM (16'0" max x 14'8" (4.9m x 4.5m))
The sitting room has all the original features: coving, picture rail, wooden floors and a panelled double window looks out to the front garden. The focal point is the original pitch pine fire surround with an Aarrow Log Burner sitting on a Caithness slate hearth and two inset open bookshelves either side.
DINING ROOM (16’0” x 14'1" (4.9m x 4.3m))
The impressive formal dining room has an arched alcove with a doorway through to the kitchen. The original wooden fire surround has a Clearview Log Burner on a Caithness slate hearth. The room has the original picture rail and stripped pitch pine floor, facings and inset to the double window which faces south and overlooks the front garden with expansive views to the hills.
KITCHEN (13'6" x 13'6" (4.1m x 4.1m))
The kitchen has a four oven oil fired Aga and a handmade pine kitchen with Iroko worktops and a Belfast sink. The lower half of the walls are lined with wood panelling and the original bell box has been retained. There is space for a dishwasher and free standing fridge. The room has windows on two elevations to the north and west. Doorways from the kitchen lead to the rear inner hallway and dining room.
REAR INNER HALLWAY
There is a wide rear inner hallway that leads from the kitchen to the study with access off to the rear hallway and back door, the utility room, and back through to the front Inner hallway. There is a large under-stairs cupboard and an inset cupboard by the kitchen door that is used as a larder.
STUDY (13'6" x 13'3" (4.1m x 4.0m))
This room is currently being used as a study/office but could easily be used as a second sitting room/playroom or downstairs bedroom. There is a Morso log burner set on a Caithness slate hearth, surrounded by an original pitch pine fire surround. The large double window gives views to the east and looks over the garden.
UTILITY (9'8" x 9'5" (3.0m x 2.9m))
The utility room contains the oil fired boiler, and has plumbing for a washing machine. There is a single drainer stainless steel sink unit with cupboards. There is a single window facing north.
The back door leads into a rear hall, which provides plenty of hanging and boot storage space. There is space and plumbing for a washing machine. A separate WC is off the hallway.
STAIRS and LANDING
The grand staircase features original fine turned pitch pine balustrade. At the top of the staircase the stairs split. To the right are three double bedrooms at the front of the house and to the left and rear of the house are two double bedrooms, the bathroom and separate WC and a large walk-in linen cupboard. Both landings have sky lights which allow in natural light.
MASTER BEDROOM (14'10" x 14'8" (4.5m x 4.4m))
The master bedroom has a single window facing south over open countryside with all the original features including an inset cupboard, deep skirtings and picture rail all in pitch pine.
BEDROOM 2 (13'3" x 12'1" (4.0m x 3.7m))
Also with a single window facing south. The room still has its original fireplace. This room would provide space for a second bathroom.
BEDROOM 3 (14'10" x 14'1" (4.5m x 4.2))
Facing south with a single window, this bedroom retains all the original features, picture rail, open alcove and inset cupboard all in pitched pine
BEDROOM 4 (13'6" x 13'3" (4.1m x 4.0m))
A spacious room with a double window overlooking the garden to the east.
BEDROOM 5 (13'6" x 13'6" (4.1m x 4.1m))
With a double window facing west and overlooking to the side garden and views of countryside.
WALK IN LINEN CUPBOARD
With a single window to the rear of the property and shelving and radiator.
Access hatch with loft ladder to insulated roof space with boarded walkway. The bathroom has a cast iron bath and white porcelain wash hand basin. There is painted wooden panelling around the lower half of the room and white wetwall above the bath. There are two cupboards one with the hot water tank in and there is sufficient space to install a shower cubicle.
The room has a low level white porcelain cistern and WC with a north facing window.
GARAGE/WORKSHOP (Max 19’4” x 19’2” (5.9m x 5.8m))
This currently used as a workshop and garden store with electric power and light. The back wall has timber shelving installed providing extensive storage space. Entry to the garage is at the rear of the property and is accessed via the gravel yard. There are double doors and a single door for access.
BARN (22' x 15' (6.7m x 4.6m))
The barn is built of timber under a sheeted roof and closed in on three sides and currently used for storing firewood and garden equipment but could easily be used as an additional garage or stable.
GARDEN AND GROUNDS
The garden and grounds extend all-round the property and are enclosed by stone walls, hedging with dog proof fencing. The main garden to the east comprises a lawned area with ornamental shrubberies a small orchard, a vegetable patch and an enclosed area that is currently used for keeping chickens. To the front of the house there is a lawned area with borders and a gravel path leading to the front door. There is a street lamp belonging to the property and switched on from inside the house, which was installed by the former minister to light his way to the church. To the western side of the house there is a small lawn. Whilst at the rear of the house there is an area laid to gravel that provides ample parking for five cars. There is a paved patio area, which is sheltered on two sides by high garden walls and faces west making it an ideal sunny spot for outside entertaining. There is a pedestrian gate within in the wall leading into spectacular countryside.
Council Tax Band - F
EPC Rating - E
Fixtures and fittings - All fitted carpet, blinds and integrated appliances are included in sale. (Stair rods and stair carpet are not included)
Mains water supply
Private drainage via septic tank
Oil central heating
In Bonar Bridge at the junction of the A949 (Clashmore to Bonar Bridge Road) and the A836 (Ardgay to Lairg Road) take the small road by the Spar shop that is signposted to the Golf Course. Follow this road past the school and golf course for approximately 1.2 miles until you come to a T junction signed to Loch Migdale. The Old Manse is situated on this junction.
LIVING IN THE HIGHLANDS
For anybody seeking an idyllic rural lifestyle The Old Manse is the perfect home, being only a 45 minute drive from the Highland capital of Inverness, making it an easy and pleasant commute to the city.
The nearest train station is at Ardgay (approximately 2 miles).
Local bus services operate daily that connect with services that pass through Tain and Dornoch to Inverness and Wick.
National supermarket chains deliver to the area from their bases in Tain and Dingwall.
The historic town of Dornoch is a delightful place to visit with its unique shops and restaurants and sandy beach and only 12 miles to the East.
The Royal Burgh of Tain is approximately 15 miles away and provides access to national supermarkets as well as a range of local shops and services.
Ardgay Train Station 2miles,
Tain 15 miles,
Dornoch 15 miles,
Inverness 39 miles
Inverness Airport 46 miles