19th Century ‘Old Church of Urquhart’ Boasts Huge Business Potential

by Melissa Clark

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Tucked away in the Scottish Highlands, two miles from the medieval village of Urquhart, lies Parrandier – a 19th Century church with a twist.

Having undergone a drastic conversion, Parrandier now boasts incredible business potential for anyone looking to run a small Bed & Breakfast or to lease out the self-catering apartment for extra income.portrait

Boasting seven impressive bedrooms (three of which are en-suite), two bathrooms, two lounge rooms, a main kitchen, an office and an apartment, this converted church also offers copious amounts of room for storage.

The building also lies on two acres of land featuring a pond, a stream and a whole hillock along with a fully operational bell tower, reinforcing its ecclesiastical ties and providing stunning views across the surrounding countryside.

This hidden gem is on the market with estate agents, Bell Ingram, for offers over £595,000.

Joanne Stennett of Bell Ingram’s Inverness office said: “Parrandier is an incredibly unusual property that I think will generate a lot of interest from both home-buyers and people looking to set up a business.

“The scale of this property makes for a great business opportunity for buyers or potential big families looking for lots of space.

“The separate entrances between the main flat and the integral apartment – which can easily be developed and expanded – is also a key selling point as it would help potential landlords maintain their privacy should they choose to rent out the apartment.

“As well, the two roads leading into the property provide separate drive ways for tenants to enter the property and park their vehicles at their leisure.”

Parrandier has managed to maintain its traditional feel and impressive architecture despite its modern and quirky conversion.

The traditional style of the church windows allow for plenty of light to the front of the building while the double glazed windows around the sides ensure a bright feel throughout the remainder of the property.

The main entrance boasts large gothic wooden doors which give a medieval and rustic feel to the property, reminding buyers that the impressive building dates back to the mid-1800’s.

Despite its medieval appearance, the conversion has ensured that the property is exquisitely modern inside.

A prime example of this contemporary conversion is the sauna which can be found in the en-suite bathroom of the master bedroom and provides a haven of relaxation.

The location simply adds to the charm of this property found just ten minutes away from the white sandy beaches of the Moray Firth. Its position, 44 miles from Inverness, also means buyers can be in the city in under an hour with transport links throughout the UK.

Andreas Peter, the current owner of the Old Church, added: “We hope Parrandier church will provide as much happiness to the next owners as it has me. Between the tranquil setting and the sheer amount of space inside, this property should tick many boxes for prospective buyers.

“We’ve ran a successful B&B with a self-catering apartment here providing us with a steady income but for us, it’s time to move.

“I hope whoever or whatever the church is used for in the future, they will enjoy it as much as possible and indulge in the uniqueness of the home.”CHURCHBusinessbyMark 018

Despite being tucked away in the countryside, this church conversion offers the best of both worlds with transport links very nearby.

There is also a full planning consent in place indefinitely meaning there is the possibility for three apartments or a small hotel with up to nine bedrooms to be created.

For more information and to register an interest in the property, prospective purchasers should contact Bell Ingram’s Inverness office on 01463 717 799.

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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