Sonas, Todholes, Dallas, Forres, IV36 2RW
£410,000 Offers Over - Recently Sold
- Incredible semi-rural location with lovely views
- Approx 1 acre of south-facing garden
- 4 bedrooms and open plan kitchen/dining
- Approx 6 miles to Forres and 9 to Elgin
Property SummarySituated approximately a mile outside the lovely village of Rafford, Sonas offers the opportunity for a wonderful rural lifestyle within close reach of all amenities. Almost equidistant to Elgin and Forres, Sonas sits in an elevated position with superb open views out across fields, valley and forest.
Designed and built by a Passivhaus designer, this 20-year-old home is highly energy efficient. Designed as a thermally efficient envelope with minimal glazing to the north to help reduce heat loss and maximised south facing windows for both heat gain and to enjoy the views, the airtight construction in conjunction with the high insulation levels contribute to retain solar and user heat gains within the house. Solar PV panels provide electricity to the house. Built for comfort, Sonas boasts underfloor heating throughout the downstairs and radiators upstairs along with a MVHR (Mechanical ventilation and heat recovery) system to which a pollen filter can be attached.
Specifically designed to maximise the fantastic views; from the rear of the property over open farmland and across the valley to the forest, the house offers open plan dining/kitchen, living room, utility room, WC and bedroom downstairs, with a further 3 bedrooms (one en suite) and family bathroom upstairs. Outside there are ample patio areas to sit outside and enjoy the wonderful sunsets and quiet evenings in the country.
Outside, the enclosed grounds, extending to approximately one acre, offer incredible opportunities for children, dogs and anyone looking to move towards being self-sustaining. A substantial double garage with workshop space, large, fenced vegetable patch with potting shed and a large poly tunnel complete the picture.
A bright home, with spacious accommodation and wonderful outdoor spaces, situated in a superb location. A fantastic house for anyone enjoying the outdoors, or for anyone with a horse, there is a small livery yard located just minutes’ walk from Sonas.
Vestibule (2.1 x 1.7)
Entering through a wooden door with diamond-shaped window into the spacious vestibule. A further window looks to the front garden with a glass-panel wooden door to the hall. With coat hooks and a tiled floor, the vestibule is a perfect place for shedding outdoor coats and shoes.
Measuring 2.3m wide, the spacious entrance hall provides access to all ground floor accommodation and the stairs to the upper floor. Ample space for furniture. Exposed beam. Carpet.
Living Room (3.9 x 5.7)
A bright dual aspect room with patio doors leading to the garden and a character porthole window. With a warm, cosy feel to it, the sitting room features a wood burning stove set in a tall, angled stone fireplace with a Caithness slate hearth and wooden mantlepiece. Deep, understairs storage cupboard. Carpet, curtains and curtain pole.
The kitchen diner is L-shaped.
Kitchen (4.5 x 3.2)
A light, dual aspect kitchen offering a wide range of light-wood, lower and upper cabinets with contrasting white countertops. A breakfast bar provides a handy space for eating with further storge beneath. A deep, wooden beam runs across the ceiling. Integrated gas hob, extractor fan and a double oven, with space for a fridge freezer and dishwasher. A two-bowl stainless steel sink with a mixer tap sits under three windows looking out over the garden and forest beyond. A tile splashback runs the length of the countertops. Vinyl floor. Roller blind. Open plan to the dining room with a door into the utility room.
Diner (2.3 x 5.7)
With light streaming in through the south-facing patio doors to the garden and a further window to the west, this ample dining area has space for a large dining table. Vinyl floor, curtains and curtain poles.
Utility Room (3.1 x 2.4)
A large utility room with floor and wall mounted cabinets, and countertops to two walls. A single basin with mixer tap sits below the windows facing to the garden. Partial tile splashback. Plumbed for washing machine with space for a tumble dryer and under counter fridge. A ceiling-mounted, wooden clothes pulley sits above the floor mounted combi boiler. Roller blind. A UPVC door with glass panel leads to the garden.
Downstairs WC (1.8 x 3.1)
An exceptionally spacious WC containing a white 2-piece suite with a WC, with hidden cistern, and a basin inset to a countertop with cupboard space below. An opaque window provides natural light and ventilation. Wall mounted full length mirror, wooden towel rail and toilet holder. Laminate flooring.
Downstairs Bedroom 4 / Office (2.6 x 5.0)
Downstairs bedroom currently being used as an office. Exposed wooden beam. Built in shelving / large bookcase, Window facing into the front garden. Carpet, curtain pole, curtains.
U shaped, carpeted stairs with a wooden handrail, lead from the ground to the upper floor. A low-level window, with blinds, on the bend of the staircase provide natural light. The stairs open to a carpeted landing with angled ceiling providing access to all upper floor accommodation.
Bedroom 1 (4.8 x 4.2)
This stunning triple aspect bedroom, with high coomb ceilings, has a window with the most spectacular open views over the fields and valley to the forest. Two further Velux windows make this a wonderfully light room. Two, double built-in wardrobes, with pop open doors, and a fixed desk between, provide substantial hanging and shelf space. Clever use has been made of the coomb space with a further built-in cupboard. Carpets, curtain poles and curtains.
Master Bedroom with ensuite (4.7 x 4.3)
This L-shaped, dual aspect master bedroom has fantastic views over the garden, hills and forest and is extremely light. A triple wardrobe, with fabric doors and providing hanging rails and shelves has been built into the coombs with a further set of shelves to the side. Carpets, curtain pole and curtains. Access to the insulated and floored attic space. Door to ensuite.
Ensuite (1.6 x 2.2)
Containing a 2-piece white suite (WC, WHB) inset to pine clad cabinet, and a separate shower enclosure with mains shower. Wall mounted cupboard with mirror doors, mirror with light and shaving point above and wooden towel rail. Radiator. A Velux window provides natural light. Vinyl flooring.
Family Bathroom (2.8 x 2.3)
With a 3-piece white suite comprising WC with hidden cistern, wash hand basin inset to pine clad unit with white countertop and splashback and a bath with a mains shower above. This beautiful bathroom has angled ceilings with a Velux window. The bath and shower areas are fully tiled with a partial tile splashback behind the sink. Wall mounted cupboard with mirror doors, triangular mirror and wooden towel rail.
Bedroom 2 (4.0 x 4.0)
Dual aspect bedroom with high coomb ceilings. This beautiful bedroom has a large Velux window allowing light to stream in, in addition to a further window to the side of the house. A double built in wardrobe / storage space with fabric coverings for the doors, matches the curtains. Further built-in cupboard storage in the coombs. Carpet. Curtains and curtain pole.
Sitting at the end of a track leading down from the Pluscarden road, Sonas sits in a cluster of 3 houses with a small livery yard close by. Farm gates open to the driveway leading to the house. A large double garage with up-and-over doors sits to the side, with a workshop to the rear. A stone chip area provides ample parking for multiple cars. The gardens to the front and rear are mainly laid to lawn with mature shrubs. The oil tank has been cleverly hidden by a hedge. The gardens wrap around both sides, hedging providing a natural barrier to the adjacent field.
The gardens to the rear, are superb. Encompassing approximately one acre of south-facing land, sloping away from the house, the garden is laid predominantly to lawn. Superb for sledging in the winter, camping out, sitting in a tranquil space or just enjoying the wonderful views from the garden.
The exceptional garage has high ceilings and offers storage above the wooden beams. There is ample shelving and space for a workshop. Behind the garage, there is a large, enclosed vegetable patch with an ample potting shed. Further down the garden there is a wooden shed with a raised “den” inside and attached play area. The south facing roof has been used to mount the solar panels. A spacious polytunnel, currently with a mature asparagus bed, grape vine and pond with frogs to help pest control, provides a superb opportunity to move towards self-sustainability
The lovely village of Rafford sits approximately 3 miles southeast of Forres. It has fantastic access for a wide range of outdoor activities such as riding, walking, cycling and is only 7 miles from Findhorn which offers superb beaches, sailing, cafes and a wonderful theatre.
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.