Blarich Schoolhouse Rules the Highlands

by Melissa Clark

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Blarich Schoolhouse living roomA former school has been transformed from 19th century classroom to an impressive four bedroom Highland retreat perfect for growing families or a holiday let investment.

With an elevated position allowing panoramic views that stretch across the enchanting valley of Strath Fleet, this old school and schoolhouse provides the ideal base for country lovers looking for an escape from city life permanently or as a second home.

The tables have been turned and the original school hall is now a spacious lounge area with high ceilings and wood burning stove, giving a nod to the history behind the 130-year-old building.

Measuring more than 10m in length, the expansive lounge is the key feature of the property. Accessed via the front hall, the grand room is lined with several large windows allowing natural light to stream through into the room.

Blarich Schoolhouse, tucked away in the charming area of Rogart in the stunning setting of Sutherland in the Highlands, is on offer with Inverness based property experts, Bell Ingram, for offers in the region of £300,000.

The area is a hill-walkers dream, while fishing and golf enthusiasts will have some of the best Scotland has to offer only a short drive away.

Joanne Stennett, Property Manager at Bell Ingram, said: “Blarich Schoolhouse has been completely renovated and modernised in recent years resulting in a charming property, perfect for families looking for a permanent or second Highland home.Blarich Schoolhouse bedroom

“With its envious location, Blarich offers the best of both worlds with surrounding countryside being a fantastic base for any country sports fans and nearby Dornoch and Golspie both boasting beautiful beaches, a selection of shops, banks, schools and hotels.

“What really sets this property apart is the old school hall. The sheer size of the room has allowed it be transformed into a truly unique living room, ideal for families who enjoy the extra room. The extra light that spills in through the large windows also creates a calm and natural ambiance, which sets the right tone for this extremely tranquil part of Sutherland.”

The property itself also comes complete with a large open-plan dining kitchen fully fitted with a range of bespoke oak units, marble work surfaces and Belfast sink, adding to the country charm of the home.

Leading from the kitchen is a study fitted with book shelves and storage creating the perfect escape from the rest of the house or even an extra playroom for the kids.

Joanne continued: “With four large bedrooms as well as a study and living room, Blarich Schoolhouse provides a rare opportunity to live somewhere that is traditionally finished yet has extra space and storage.

“The house itself mixes original features such as high ceilings and open fireplaces with modern touches like under flooring heating and glazed French doors leading out to the patio providing the perfect combination to suit all tastes.”

Blarich Schoolhouse - backgarden Hill walkers and mountaineers also have an abundance of land to explore and there is great sport for fisherman in nearby rivers and lochs. There are also several golf courses within a short drive of the house including two of the best courses in the country at Royal Dornoch and the extremely exclusive Skibo Castle.

Blarich is set positioned on gardens mainly laid to lawn and is fully fenced and secure for children and pets. There is also a vegetable garden for any green thumbed house –hunters and three outbuildings which can be used as stores and a potting shed, all with light and power.
The property is just over an hour from Inverness airport and 4 miles from the nearest village shops and amenities.

Established 112 years ago, Bell Ingram has 130 professional staff across 11 UK offices, including chartered surveyors, estate and forestry managers, architects, green energy specialists and estate agents.

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