Emerald Bank, Old Road Rafford, Forres IV36 2PT
£220,000 Offers Over - Under Offer
- Fantastic semi-rural location
- Close to forest and open fields
- Great redevelopment opportunity
- Enormous attic space ripe for development
Property SummaryIn need of modernisation, this three bedroom, two reception room bungalow sits in large gardens in a small cluster of homes in Lower Rafford, just a few miles from the white beaches of the Moray Coast. Backing directly onto open fields, the gardens were previously part of the playgrounds for the Old School next door (now a residence) and extend to approximately 0.5 acres. Deer, squirrels, badgers and a multitude of birds frequent the property. The Dava Way, 26 miles of disused railway track converted to a walking/riding trail that runs from Forres to Grantown-on-Spey, is within a few minutes of the property as is a grassy track leading up to the 1,800 acres (approx.) of Newtyle Forest.
Currently with 3 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, bathroom and separate WC and a rear porch, the house also has a large attic space with high beams that, subject to obtaining appropriate planning consents, could potentially be used to substantially extend the accommodation. The house has cavity wall insulation and the double glazed windows and porch glazing has been updated.
Within a few miles there are vast outdoor opportunities with sailing, white water rafting, mountain biking, golfing, horse riding, cycling and hiking, to name a few. The Cairngorm mountain range is within an hour and Inverness airport with daily flights to London and other international hubs approximately 30 minutes. The town of Forres, providing local amenities and access to rail and bus routes is just 3 miles away.
A wooden front door, with glazed upper panel, leads into a handy vestibule (1.7m x 1.6m) with a further door to the L shaped hallway. The vestibule has low level cupboards housing the electricity meters, with a shelf above. The hallway provides access to all accommodation. Three shelved hall cupboards provide ample storage. Access via a Ramsay-type ladder to the floored and insulated attic.
Sitting room (4.2m x 4.9m)
A generous room with a large picture window looking out over the front lawn. Feature open-fireplace in an original tile hearth and surround. Door to dining room. Radiator. Carpet. Curtains and curtain rail.
Dining room (2.6m x 3.7m)
Situated between the living room and the kitchen, the dining room is a bright room with a window to the rear garden. Sliding door to kitchen. Carpet. Curtain and Curtain rail.
Kitchen (4.1m x 2.6m)
In need of modernisation the kitchen is a good sized room with upper and lower kitchen cabinets to two walls. The single basin sits beneath a large window looking out over the rear gardens. A large pantry cupboard provides substantial storage. Roller blinds. Vinyl floor. Glazed doors to the hallway and rear porch.
Rear Porch (4.4m x 4.3m)
A glazed porch providing a comfortable area to sit out on sunny days, or a convenient space to shed outdoor coats and boots when coming in from the garden. Currently plumbed for washing machine.
WC (2.5m x 1.2m)
With a two-piece white suite, WC and pedestal basin, the WC has an opaque window to the rear of the house. Shelf and mirror unit above the basin. Wooden hand rail. Toilet roll ring. Carpet.
Bedroom 1 (4.2m x 2.8m)
A bright, double bedroom with wide windows to the front of the house. Built-in cupboard with hanging space and shelves. Carpet. Curtains and curtain rail. Radiator.
Bedroom 2 (4.3m x 3.7m)
A generous, bright, double bedroom to the front, with wide windows looking across the lawn Built-in cupboard with hanging space and shelves. Curtains and curtain rail. Carpet. Radiator.
Family Bathroom (2.6m x 2.0m)
Containing a three-piece, white suite comprising WC, pedestal basin and bath with side panels. Partially tiled walls. An opaque window provides for natural light and ventilation. Towel rail. Wall-mounted cabinet with mirrored doors. Curtains and curtain rail. Carpet.
Bedroom 3 (3.6m x 2.7m)
Double bedroom to the rear of the property with a window looking out over the private rear gardens. Cupboard with hanging and shelves. Curtains and curtain rail. Carpet. Radiator.
Currently accessed via a pull-down metal Ramsay-type ladder through a hatch in the hallway ceiling. The attic spans the entire length and width of the house. The attic is insulated and the central section is floored providing an immense amount of storage. There is a window at the gable end of the attic that provides natural light. There is believed to be opportunity to extend into the attic space, subject to obtaining appropriate consents, to substantially extend the accommodation.
Garden and Grounds
The gardens of Emerald Bank are extensive and private. They offer a fantastic opportunity for a keen gardener or someone making a move towards being more self-sufficient. The garden to the front is bounded by a low, stone wall. There is a large lawn with flower bed surrounds. A paved path runs round the house. To the rear of the house is a patio area. The garden area is divided by a beech hedge which separates a raised lawn, with a hexagonal green house, behind the house from the more productive area of the garden, previously with flower beds and a vegetable patch which slopes down to the fields behind. There is a wooden shed and further greenhouse in this area. Lovely open views across the fields to the rear. The oil combi boiler and oil tank are located to the side of the house.
Services: Mains water supply and drainage to a septic tank. Electricity and telephone.
Heating: Oil central heating.
Viewing: Viewing is through R & R Urquhart’s Property Department on (01309) 676600
Date of Entry: Early entry is available
Emerald Bank sits in a highly desirable location, within a cluster of detached homes in large gardens. There is boundless opportunity for outdoor activities with the Forestry Commission Newtyle woods accessed from a grassy track just a couple of minutes from the property. The property is accessed from the back road that runs between Lower Rafford and Dallas Dhu distillery. It offers the opportunity to live in a semi-rural location offering seclusion while still being relatively close to neighbouring properties and the amenities that Forres offers. The close-by town of Forres is a wonderful former Royal Burgh situated close to the Cairngorm Mountain Range and within 5 miles of the beautiful white-sand beaches that run from Findhorn to Burghead. Award winning golf courses are available in Forres, Nairn and Grantown-on-Spey with multiple other local golf courses within a few miles. Local amenities include good primary and secondary schools, supermarkets, banks, restaurants, doctors' surgery and a variety of national and local retail outlets.
The Highland capital city of Inverness is approximately 25 miles west of Forres and provides extensive retail, leisure and entertainment facilities in addition to road and rail links south. Dalcross airport is approximately 6 miles east of Inverness on the A96.