Roadside Cottage, Rafford, Forres IV36 2RU
£360,000 Offers Over - Under Offer
- Peaceful semi-rural location
- Outdoor opportunities on the doorstep
- Large, private gardens
- Substantial accommodation
Property SummaryA spacious, detached, four-bedroom house in a highly desirable, semi-rural location 2 miles from Forres. The original traditional stone cottage has been renovated and tastefully extended to substantially enhance the living space, resulting in a wonderful family home suited to modern living. Accommodation comprises four bedrooms (one en-suite), shower room, bathroom, upstairs and downstairs living rooms, dining kitchen and utility room. The house has been fitted with solar thermal panels and has been double-glazed with high quality Treecraft windows and doors throughout.
Situated in the village of Rafford, just 2 miles from Forres, Roadside Cottage is surrounded by garden and is adjacent to woodland and the large village playing field. Newtyle Forest, with hundreds of hectares of walking, biking and horse riding trails is within a couple of minutes walking.
The entrance to the house is via a partially glazed wooden front door sitting beneath a porch that runs the width of the house. Enter into a large, bright vestibule area (4.0m x 2.6m). With two pine clad walls and slate tiled flooring, this spacious entrance area is perfect for shedding outdoor coats and muddy boots. Coat and key hooks. Door to utility room and to main hallway. Wall mounted electricity fusebox. Windows to the front of the house.
Utility room (2.9m x 2.4m)
Conveniently located close to the external door, the utility room provides space for the washing machine and tumble dryer in addition to the oil central heating boiler. There is a substantial amount of storage in the utility room with a countertop and various shelves. Windows to the front of the house.
A lovely open space with a double height ceiling, slate tile floor and an open wooden staircase with glass side panels and wooden banister, curving to the upper floor. Character rustic built-in bookshelves. Access to the family bathroom, dining kitchen and downstairs living room. Underfloor heating.
Dining kitchen (6.1m x 4.8m)
Entering through double, opaque glass panelled doors into the heart of the house. This incredible triple-aspect dining kitchen is modern and bright with light streaming in from the two sets of double floor-to-ceiling patio doors providing for much of the wall to be opened out to the large outdoor decking area. A key feature is the AGA, sitting in the middle of the gable wall, flanked on either side by further large windows to the garden. The kitchen comprises primarily freestanding units enhancing the feeling of openness. A single sink with mixer tap and draining rack sits beneath further windows to the front of the house. Wood clad walls and quality wooden flooring. Curtains and curtain poles.
Family bathroom (2.2m x 3.0m)
Spacious bathroom with WC, wash hand basin mounted on cabinets and an ample rectangular bath with mains shower above. The walls behind the bath and WC are tiled, with the remaining walls wood clad. Two windows provide natural light and ventilation. Tall bathroom cabinet with full-length mirrored door. Large heated towel rail and tile flooring with under floor heating.
Stairs to upper floor in extension
Curved open wooden staircase with glass side panels leads to the upper hallway.
Upstairs Sitting room (6.8m x 5.0m)
A triple aspect living room with wooden flooring and a cathedral ceiling with a feature exposed beam running the length of the room. Light streams in from the Velux windows, gable-end patio doors to Juliette balconies and a further three low-level windows. A wonderful family living room. Wood flooring,
Bedroom (4.3m x 5.1m)
Continuing the theme of the sitting room with a cathedral ceiling with feature exposed beam and wooden flooring, this bright double bedroom also has large Velux windows and a further gable wall window which looks out over mature pine trees.
Shower room (2.6m x 1.4m)
White WC and basin with mixer tap inset to a cupboard unit. Large shower with electric shower. Tile-effect linoleum flooring and a Velux window. Wall mounted medicine cupboard with mirror. Towel hooks.
Returning to the ground floor and through a short hallway into the renovated cottage. A wood door leads into the ground floor sitting room.
Sitting room (4.3m x 3.9m)
This sitting room has a lovely cosy feel, with a dual-fuel stove set on a slate hearth in an open, stone fireplace. Carpet. Half-glazed door to rear garden and window to the front gardens. Curtains and curtain poles. Radiator. Wood clad walls. Door leads to the inner hallway.
The original hallway of the stone cottage. This hallway provides access to the downstairs bedroom and stairs to the cottage upper floor. Glazed patio doors open to the garden. A cupboard space is inset to the wall. Wood-effect laminate flooring.
Downstairs bedroom (4.2m x 3.7m)
Currently used as an office, this dual-aspect en suite bedroom has vertical wood cladded walls and a shelved alcove. A wooden door leads to the en suite shower room. Wood-effect laminate flooring.
En suite shower room (2.1m x 2.2m)
With a white WC and a modern, rectangular basin with mixer tap above a bathroom cabinet unit. A window above the basin provides natural light and ventilation. Frameless glass shower enclosure with mains shower. Heated towel rail. Tile-effect linoleum flooring.
Upper cottage bedrooms
Accessed via the staircase leading from the inner hallway.
Cottage bedroom 1 (3.6m x 3.5m)
With wood-clad coombed ceilings and a large Velux window, this double bedroom is bright and cosy. The hot water tank is enclosed in a cupboard space. Carpet. Radiator.
Cottage bedroom 2 (3.6m x 3.8m)
A double bedroom with feature wood clad dwarf walls. A large Velux window and a feature gable-end window look out towards the gardens. Carpet. Radiator.
Garden and Outbuildings
The gardens of Roadside Cottage are designed for easy maintenance and are primarily laid to lawn. A stone-chip driveway with ample space for turning leads to the front of the house. There is a parking area for two cars/vans and a substantial, modern, wooden garage that is currently used as a store. The main gardens run the length of the house. There are two large, open sheds that are used as a wood store and for the storage of garden and sports equipment. The gardens are bounded by a mixture of a newly installed wooden privacy fence, mature hedge and a natural tree line of mature pine trees and bushes. Immediately outside the kitchen patio doors is a large decked area with ample space for garden furniture and a BBQ. To the side of the house, through the trees, is the large village play area, which is a substantial field with football goal posts and play equipment. As Rafford is a small, quiet village, this is a fantastic amenity but not generally a source of much noise.
Rafford is a highly desirable village enabling resident to enjoy the benefits of country living whilst being able to access the amenities of Forres within a few minutes. Newtyle Forest, covering approximately 720 acres, is within a two minute walk of the house and provides incredible opportunities for outdoor activity. Children attend school in Forres and the school bus picks up and drops off children outside the property.
Services: Mains water, electricity, telephone, drainage to a private septic tank
Heating: Oil Central Heating.
Double Glazing: Throughout