Finlarig, Rafford, Forres, Moray, IV36 2RU
£600,000 Offers Over - Recently Sold
- Stunning architect-designed home
- Over 1 acre of private gardens
- Open views to the fields to both front and rear
- Situated in a popular, small village
- Incredible access to outdoor opportunities
Property SummaryA rare opportunity to purchase a stunning, large (233m2), four-bedroom, architect-designed home, built in 2014. Situated in the lovely village of Rafford, Finlarig sits in a beautiful rural cluster of 3 unique homes, built to the highest of standards. Offering four bedrooms, large open plan living/dining/kitchen, utility room/boot room, plant room, shower room and bathroom, this incredible house would suit a wide variety of families looking for a superb family home in a small, desirable village within a minute of superb forestry and a few minutes from the amenities offered in the town of Forres, including schools, health services, fitness and leisure opportunities and shopping. Specifically designed
Specifically designed to maximise the fantastic views; from the rear of the property over open farmland and the front to fields and woodlands, with the garden offering multiple secluded areas to sit outside and enjoy the wonderful sunsets and quiet evenings in the country, Finlarig offers the opportunity for an incredible standard of living.
A contemporary and superb quality four-bedroomed house, with an attached open carport and garage, Finlarig is highly efficient and has been built with the Passivehaus standards of thermal performance in mind. It has been designed as a thermally efficient envelope with minimal glazing to the north to help reduce heat loss. The airtight construction and high insulation levels contribute to retain solar and user heat gains within the house.
A Daikin air source heat pump provides hot water and underfloor heating on the ground floor with radiators upstairs. An efficient woodburning stove on a slate hearth, in the open plan living area, offers secondary space heating, and a mechanical heat and ventilation recovery system helps ensure that the air quality throughout the house is maintained at a high level.
The house sits in just over an acre of spacious gardens, on the grounds of the former Finlarig House. The front is laid to a mixture of lawn with mature trees, raised beds and a herb garden, with planted hedgerow and trees providing a natural barrier to the road and driveway. The substantial gardens to the rear comprise a large area of lawn with an area where approximately 60 Birch and Rowan trees have been recently planted. Behind are open fields. There is ample space for a garden office, raised beds, a polytunnel or a greenhouse.
The high-quality, timber-frame, double-glazed doors and windows are manufactured by Nordan, known for their exceptional quality and environmental efficiency. The house is finished externally with Siberian larch offset against localized areas of white k-rend. The outbuildings are built with Scottish larch. All the external woodwork is treated with Osmo oil to help retain the original warm colour of the larch.
Situated in upper Rafford, just 2 miles from Forres, Finlarig is within a minute of Newtyle Forest, with approximately 720 acres of walking, biking and horse riding trails and a short drive from the stunning Moray Coast with miles of white beaches and historic fishing villages. Findhorn, only 7 miles away, offers superb beaches, sailing, cafes and a wonderful theatre.
A lovely village, Rafford is a highly desirable village to live in, allowing residents to enjoy the benefits of country living, whilst being able to access the amenities of Forres within a few minutes. Children attend school in Forres and the school bus picks up and drops off children outside the property.
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 A96.
Vestibule (2.2m x 5.1m)
Entering through a wooden door with glazed side panels to a large, double-height vestibule. Two large Fakro windows provide incredible light into this space. Ample room for furniture. A curved, open wooden staircase leads to the upper floor. Door to utility room and carport. Half-glazed door with glazed side panels lead to the stunning open plan sitting/dining room/ kitchen. Engineered oak flooring.
Open plan sitting/dining/Kitchen (5.8m x 10.9m)
A stunning, bright, triple aspect room with light streaming through the floor to ceiling windows at both the gable end and to either side and Fakro skylight windows in the ceiling. The seating area is double height with a mezzanine balcony overlooking from the hallway above. Three sets of patio doors open from the living and dining areas out to the superb gardens enabling the outside and inside to meld together. The wood burning stove with wood store beneath, sitting on a slate hearth, provides a lovely focal point to the room. Ample area for a dining table to seat six to ten people.
The open plan kitchen area is fitted with high quality, modern upper and lower cabinets with an oak countertop. Integrated hob, extractor fan, oven and dual purpose microwave oven. Plumbed for a dishwasher with space for free-standing fridge freezer. A one and half sink with mixer tap is inset to a wide breakfast island.
Engineered oak floors. Blinds. Curtains and curtain rail.
A door opens to a short hallway leading to the downstairs bedroom and wet room.
Downstairs bedroom (3.5m x 4.1m)
Currently used as a study, this bright, dual aspect bedroom has double patio doors opening to the manicured front lawn. Double built-in wardrobes with sliding doors provide ample hanging and shelf space. Blinds, curtains and curtain rail. Engineered oak floors.
Wet Room (2.5m x 2.3m)
A large wet room with slate tiles and containing a two-piece white suite comprising WC, with hidden cistern, and rectangular basin inset to a wall mounted cabinet. A large separate shower area with mains shower, with rainfall shower head and separate hand attachment, has wet wall backsplash. Heated towel rail. The large opaque window looking to the garden provides natural light and ventilation.
A unique, feature, fused glass window looks towards the hallway to the kitchen.
From the main hall, a beautiful open wooden staircase, with stainless steel spindles and glass panels leads to the upper floor.
Upstairs (2.5m x 1.5m)
The T-shaped upstairs hallway provides access to all upper accommodation. The end of the hall forms a mezzanine area, looking down over the living room to the gardens beyond, and has space for a desk for potential use as a study.
Bedroom 1 (2.9m x 5.2m)
A beautiful bright double bedroom with large Fakro windows looking to the fields to the front. A fused glass window provides a lovely feature. Carpets.
Family Bathroom (2.9m x 2.4m)
Stunning modern bathroom containing a three-piece white suite comprising WC, rectangular wash hand basin with mixer taps, inset to a modern, wall mounted bathroom cabinet and a designer, large, deep rectangular free-standing bath with taps protruding from the wall. A separate shower enclosure holds a mains shower with rainfall shower head and hand attachment. A LED mirror is mounted above the basin with a tiled backsplash below. Light and ventilation is provided through a Fakro skylight window to the front with an integrated blind. Heated towel rail and electric underfloor heating. The dark grey slate flooring contrasts with the white walls and light grey back splash around the bath.
Bedroom 2 (3.9m x 4.3m)
A triple aspect bedroom with coombed ceilings providing lovely character. The deep, double built-in wardrobe with sliding doors provides substantial hanging space and a shelf. Carpet. Blinds.
Bedroom 3 (8.2m x 4.3m)
Potential to create an impressive master suite or self-contained accommodation with the addition of a bathroom (subject to appropriate planning consents being obtained). This stunning bedroom has an ante room measuring (1.8m x 2m) with two deep built-in cupboards with sliding doors. Access to the insulated and floored attic space is via a hatch from this area.
The triple aspect bedroom is huge, with five windows providing incredible light. Access hatch to insulated loft space. All Windows are fitted with integrated blinds except for the window looking to the fields to the rear which has a roller blind. The views towards the historic Rafford village hall, a mature Copper Beech tree in the garden, the rear garden, trees and farmland are magnificent.
Gardens and Outbuildings
The gardens of Finlarig are truly wonderful, private, with lovely outlooks to the fields to the front and rear. The driveway curves to the carport at the side of the house.
To the rear of the house approximately 60 Birch and Rowan trees have been planted, along with apples and plum trees. A row of mature trees bounds the rear of the property with crop fields behind.
A large modern wooden outbuilding, measuring approximately 12m x 4m, provides a substantial woodshed and storage space with a central workshop and carport/Garden storage to the end. Rock-climbing footholds have been cleverly bolted to the side providing a super area for children to play. Power to the workshop enables a multitude of uses.
A single garage, with pedestrian access and an electric door is attached to the house with a car port adjoining.
Please note all measurements and areas are provided as a guide. Purchasers should satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of specific dimensions