Balloan House and Farmhouse offers a unique lifestyle opportunity to purchase two adjacent properties with land in a scenic part of rural Scotland. Both properties date from 1872 and offer further development potential subject to the appropriate consents. The versatility of the properties and the various outbuildings will suit a variety of buyers.
Balloan House is a part converted steading with spacious, flexible accommodation. Formerly a u-shaped steading built of dressed granite, the property was converted approx 10 years ago and now forms a square with a new harled concrete block extension to the front with picture windows which make for a lovely outlook from the bright, open plan living area. It's a fine example of vernacular architecture. Although not a scheduled building for protection it is included as a Farmstead of historical interest by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The impressive open plan living area has a lovely kitchen with island unit, a large dining and sitting area with an exposed granite stonewall and multi fuel wood burner. The current vendors have made several alterations to the property including new floor tiles throughout the entrance hall, utility area and bathroom. The utility area has been extended and the bathroom refitted with a new bathroom suite. The library has also been extended and an alcove created and currently used as a small office space. There are two staircases leading to the bedrooms on the first floor. The master bedroom has a dressing area and an en-suite bathroom.
There is a central courtyard with small pond, beyond which are two granite arches leading to the store rooms. Balloan House has five adjoining store rooms to the north which offer wonderful scope for further conversion. A door connects from the kitchen to a former barn which currently houses a redundant threshing mill. There are several openings and feature archways.
Adjacent to Balloan House is a charming period cottage built of dressed granite under a slate roof with recent harled extensions. Access to Balloan Farmhouse is via the main door leading to an inner hallway off which is the master bedroom and a sitting room. The master bedroom is complete with an en-suite wetroom. The sitting room has a hand-made wooden mantel with slate hearth and a wood burning stove. Leading from the sitting room is the dining room with patio doors to a terraced area to the side of the property. The kitchen has a range of wall and base units. A garden room completes the ground floor accommodation.
A carpeted staircase leads to an open plan landing which has an area that can easily be converted to a bedroom. There is a further double bedroom and bathroom.
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Balloan House and Farmhouse lie in an area of outstanding natural beauty close to the town of Lairg. Sutherland is renowned for its scenery and wildlife, and the local area has excellent hill walking and opportunities for fishermen and sportsmen and the forestry commission maintain amenity walks in adjacent Gunn's Wood.
Lairg has a range of hotels, shops and a primary school and can provide all daily requirements. Secondary education is available at Golspie or Dornoch. There is a sailing club in Lairg where one can enjoy numerous watersports. There is also an angling club in Lairg. Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, is approximately one hour's drive and has access by air, rail and road to the rest of the UK.
Both properties are surrounded by landscaped garden with granite flowerbeds leading to an orchid meadow and rough grazing. To the west, beyond the farm is a gravel and lawn area with decking leading from the garden room. A footpath from the back gate leads directly to the village through Gunn's Wood.
Balloan House and Farm are situated at the north end of a block of useful arable and grazing land which is secured by fencing and fine examples of dry stone dykes built in the "Galloway" style. It is divided into five main fields. There is a small burn running through the land which provides a good drinking supply for stock. The land is suitable for cropping and is well sheltered.
The quickest and most scenic route to Balloan House and Farm is to follow the A9 north from Inverness and just before Alness take the B9176 road over Struie, signposted Bonar Bridge.
At Bonar Bridge cross the River Oykel bridge and immediately bear left on the A836 for Lairg.
Just before Lairg you cross a railway crossing and take the next right, signposted Rhianbreac and Tomich. Take the next fork to the left and following a sharp left hand bend, Balloan House and Farm lie ahead.