Findhorn River Lodge, Newton of Dalvey, Forres IV36 2TB
£370,000 Offers Over - Under Offer, Virtual tour available
- Substantial house in semi rural area
- Wonderful open views over fields to the river
- Solar PV and Solar Thermal
- Family home, B&B or retreat
Property SummarySitting on the edge of a small cluster of quality homes with open outlooks across the fields towards the River Findhorn, this spacious, detached, 5-bedroom home would be equally suited as a large, family dwelling, a cosy B&B or as a retreat. Just a mile from Forres and a few hundred metres from the River Findhorn, it offers the advantage of living in a semi-rural location, within minutes of all the local amenities.
Accommodation comprises dining kitchen, utility, sitting room, 5 bedrooms (1 en suite), 2 further bathrooms, a sanctuary, substantial treatment room/games room/playroom, sun room and a double garage.
The gardens are private with open fields to three sides. Solar PV and solar thermal cover most of the current owner’s hot water and electricity requirements for nine months of the year, in addition to providing additional income from the RHI payments. Double glazed throughout, with quadruple glazing in the Treatment room.
A wooden front door, with glazed panel and window to the side, leads into the bright, L-shaped hallway, providing access to all ground floor accommodation. The open wooden staircase provides further access to four bedrooms, the Sanctuary and a bathroom. A set of double built-in cupboards provides storage space.
Dining Kitchen (4.2m x 4.7m)
Accessed via a glass-panel wooden door from the main hall, this spacious dining kitchen sits to the front of the house. A one-and-a-half bowl sink with mixer tap sits beneath one of the two sets of windows overlooking the front garden. With a wide range of upper and lower wooden units the kitchen is bright and spacious. Integrated fridge freezer, hob, oven and extractor fan and room for a further fridge freezer. Ample room for a large dining table. Tile floor and partial tile splashback. The large window and glass-panel wooden door to the utility room provide further natural light to the kitchen.
Utility room (2.6m x 2.8m)
With a large window and a half-glazed door to the rear garden, this convenient utility room provides a handy area for shedding muddy boots when coming in from the garden. A stainless sink with drainer and taps is inset to cupboards. A large built-in cupboard houses the hot water tank. Plumbing for dishwasher and washing machine. Tile floor and tile splashback. Door to double garage. Cat flap. Roller blind.
Sitting room (4.8m x 3.8m)
A dual aspect sitting room to the front of the house. The open fire in a feature fireplace with a tile surround and hearth and a wooden mantelpiece provides a focal point for the room. Wooden bench window seating, with storage underneath, runs beneath the three sets of double windows. Two glazed doors leading to the hallway. Carpet. Curtains and curtain rails.
Shower room (2.8m x 2.0m)
With a mains shower set into a tiled enclosure, this bright room has a white WC and two basins inset to pine cabinets with a tiled splashback. Pine cladding on two walls. An opaque window to the rear provides natural light and ventilation. Blind. Carpet.
An archway leads to a short hall from the main hallway and provides access to Bedroom 1 and the Treatment room.
Bedroom 1 (2.8m x 4.0m)
A lovely, light, private bedroom to the side of the house. Double built-in wardrobes provide a shelf and hanging space. A double window looks to the side garden. Curtain and curtain rail. Carpet.
Treatment Room (8.4m x 5.2m)
With six sets of quadruple glazed windows on three walls this substantial room would lend itself to a multitude of alternative purposes – a music studio? home gym? games room? All the windows have curtains and curtain poles. A curtain rail runs across the ceiling, with floor-to-ceiling curtains, enabling the room to be further divided. Carpet.
Sunroom (4.4m x 4.7m)
Open plan to the end of the wide hallway, this beautiful, south facing, sun room has an abundance of light from windows in three walls looking to the front, side and rear gardens and a further set of sliding French doors to the rear garden. Light streams in from dawn to dusk. Spacious enough for a dining table and seating. Blinds. Carpet.
An open wooden staircase leads to the upper hallway. Wooden side rails and banisters. The staircase then forms a central feature in the upper landing with the hall running to either side. The carpeted, angular, upper hallway has coombed ceilings to one side and a large Velux window to the south.
Sanctuary (2.4m x 4.4m)
The Sanctuary has an angled, wood-panelled entrance. A beautiful room with an end gable window and coombed ceilings provides a quiet room for contemplation. Carpet.
Bedroom 2 (2.4m x 3.5m)
A double bedroom to the front of the house with double built-in wardrobes featuring mirrored doors, a shelf and hanging space. Towel rail. A large Velux window provides ample light. Carpet.
Bedroom 3 (2.4m x 3.5m)
Also to the front of the house, this double bedroom has double built-in wardrobes and a large Velux window. Towel rail. Carpet.
Bedroom 4 (2.8m x 3.5m)
At the end of the hall, Bedroom 4 is a larger room currently utilised as an office. The built-in wardrobe doors have been removed to provide an alcove with a shelf and space for a cupboard. The wardrobe doors are available and could be rehung. Large Velux window to the front of the house. Carpet.
Family Bathroom (2.9m x 2.0m)
With a three-piece white suite comprising WC, pedestal basin and bath. The walls are partially clad with pine as are the walls immediately surrounding the bath. A circular shower rail is attached to the ceiling. The shower is fed from the bath taps. A Velux window provides natural light and ventilation. Carpet.
Master bedroom (Bedroom 5) (11.6m/7.0m x 2.9m)
Featuring an en suite, the master bedroom runs the length of the rear T shape of the house. The first 4.6m (approx.) of the master bedroom is a private hallway with the main bedroom space measuring 7.0m x 2.9m. Substantial storage has been built into the wall spaces with a wide range of lower and full-length cupboards. The bedroom is dual aspect and bright, with a gable-end window looking south out across the fields towards the River Findhorn and the hills beyond, and a large Velux window facing west.
En suite shower room (3.9m x 1.6m)
The en suite is accessed via an opaque glazed door. A light room with a mains shower, WC and wall-mounted designer glass basin with mixer tap. Large Velux window. Vinyl flooring. Heated towel rail.
Garden and Grounds
Fully enclosed with wooden fencing, Findhorn River Lodge's gardens are truly lovely with different areas in which to take advantage of the sun all day and all year round. Open fields lie to the north, west and south of the garden. A wide stone-chip driveway leads to the double garages and front of the house. Mature trees and shrubs. A patterned concrete block wall separates the main entrance way from the more private side and rear gardens. Enclosed by hedging is a vegetable plot. A path leads on to the side and rear gardens. To the side of the house there is a wide, paved patio area with lawn area and beds with mature shrubs. The views from the side garden, facing south across the fields towards the River Findhorn and over to the hills, are beautiful, providing wonderful vistas in the changing seasons.
The garden has two ponds interconnected by a waterfall. A “Peace pole” provides a central feature point in one of the pond. The rear garden is substantial, primarily laid to lawn with areas for seating and separately for drying clothes.
Attached to the house is wide double garage (7.5m x 6.0m) with two up-and-over roller doors. A large garden shed, renovated in 2020, sits in the garden, next to the garage. The oil tank sits to the rear of the garage.
Newton of Dalvey is a lovely cluster of five quality homes, accessed via a private track. Just a mile from Forres and sitting in an elevated position close to the River Findhorn, it offers the perfect combination of a semi-rural lifestyle within easy access of all amenities. The A96, running from Aberdeen to Inverness, is within easy walking distance and buses can be caught from the end of the road. Newton of Dalvey is in the catchment area for Dyke primary school, a highly desirable, small, rural primary school, and school transport is provided to both the primary school in Dyke and the secondary school in Forres. Further primary schools are available in Forres, as is the independent Drumduan (Steiner) lower and upper school.
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. Local amenities include primary and secondary schools, supermarkets, banks, sports facilities, library, restaurants, doctors' surgery and a variety of national and local retail outlets.
The Highland capital city of Inverness lies approximately 25 miles west of Forres and provides extensive retail, leisure and entertainment facilities in addition to excellent road and rail links south. Dalcross airport is approximately 6 miles east of Inverness on the A99, approximately 30 minutes by car from Findhorn River Lodge.
Services: Mains water, electricity, telephone, drainage to a private septic tank
Heating: Oil central heating
Double Glazing: Throughout
Viewing: Viewing is through R & R Urquhart’s Property Department on (01309) 676600