Former Manse Offers Taste of Highland Heaven

by Andrea Willoughby

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Old Ferintosh, a property 12 miles from Inverness has been brought to the market by Bell IngramA traditional country house– that dates backs to 1776 nestled in the heart of the Highlands is offering new house hunters a taste of traditional Scotland.

Old Ferintosh, a spacious former manse, has been brought to the market by property experts, Bell Ingram.

Situated on the north coast of the Black Isle, the property is a mile from Alcaig, near Dingwall – a former royal burgh – offering house hunters a bird’s eye views of the Cromarty Firth and the Ben Wyvis mountain, now established as a national nature reserve.

The grand property, which includes seventeen rooms, private walled gardens and one and a half acres of land, offers home owners a decadent highland escape, steeped in rich history.

Meaning ‘meeting place’ in Norse, the nearby town of Dingwall was named during Norwegian Vikings rule over northern Scotland from the 8th to the 15th century. Now a part of traditional Scotland, Dingwall is a meeting point of history and idyllic scenery, famed as the birthplace of Scotland’s most famous king, Macbeth.

Surrounded by historical relics and preserved memories of old Scotland, Old Ferintosh is a piece of history itself. Built in 1776 with an extension around 50 years after, the property is now a category B listed building, retaining many of its original features, including open fire places, shutters and cornicing.

The property comprises sitting room, dining room, kitchen, and utility room, principal bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, two bathrooms, a shower room and six further bedrooms offering modern families suitable storage in a classic home with many Victorian elements. The property is completed by traditional architectural elements such as a vestibule, spacious cloakroom and well-maintained fuel store.

Secret Garden

Immediately round the house is a private, walled garden that comprises one and a half acres of land.

The front garden is a spacious lawn, originally prepared as a tennis court. While the rear garden offers a sheltered outdoor seating area suitable for al fresco dining, with fruit trees and flowering plants lining the walls.

Also included in this space are soft fruit and vegetable plots complete with a large polytunnel, offering potential to any budding gardeners.

The grand property is available at offers in the region of £555,000.

Old Ferintosh, a highland property, is currently for sale via Bell IngramJoanne Stennett from Bell Ingram, said: “This property is at the heart of traditional Scotland. Built in the 1700s, it offers potential buyers a real sense of Victorian and classic Scottish architecture through original features that have been well-maintained over the years.

“Old Ferintosh is a diamond in the rough for anyone who wants to put their own stamp on what remains a beautiful and spacious period home.

“Set in a secluded area, the locality is famed for its scenery and peacefulness making the property an ideal venture for anyone looking for idyllic space in which to enjoy nature.

“With long-standing connections to Scottish history, set in a stunning location, this property really is something special.”

Charming Community

Located on the Black Isle peninsula, the rural areas surrounding the property are full of character and charm. A friendly and forward-thinking community, this is ideal property for families looking to relocate.

The local areas boast a wide variety of outdoor leisure pursuits including hillwalking, fishing and sailing, with an abundance of wildlife, areas of natural beauty and local distilleries to explore.

A short drive from Dingwall, the town offers a wealth of shops, supermarkets and restaurants as well as leisure centre with swimming pool. Capital of the Highlands, Inverness, is just 12 miles away. As Scotland’s newest and fastest growing city, it offers a full range of services from modern shopping centres to hotels, restaurants and cinemas.

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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