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Thornhall, Dyke, Forres IV36 2TL

£355,000 Offers Over - Under Offer
Under Offer

Property Details

  • Type: Detached House
  • Availability: Under Offer
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Reception Rooms: 3
  • Parking: Driveway
  • Outside Space: Private gardens
  • EPC Rating: D
  • Council Tax Band: F

Property Features

  • Large house and chalet with letting potential
  • Fantastic location close to Dyke village
  • Solar PV and Solar Thermal
  • Large gardens
  • Incredible semi-rural location near to Culbin Forest
  • Close proximity to an abundance of outdoor pursuits

Property Summary

Situated within a few minutes’ walk of the beautiful village of Dyke, Thornhall sits in a wonderful location with fields to the front and rear. Thornhall comprises a large, detached “upside down” chalet-style house with substantial living space upstairs and 5 bedrooms, office and a gym/retreat room downstairs.

Available, at an additional offers over £75,000, is a detached, income-producing 3 bedroom home, currently a successful holiday let.

The house and chalet are set back from the road, each with private gardens and driveways leading to the front of the properties. The property as a whole offers an incredible opportunity for a multi-generational family to potentially have three residences together, a family who is looking to move to a semi-rural location and have income from their property, a retreat, or as a large, family home.

Dyke is a small village with a highly regarded preschool and primary school, with only 92 students. An active village hall provides a wide range of activities and its proximity to the 9,000 acres of Culbin Forest provides endless outdoor opportunities, with biking, hiking, horse riding, orienteering and walking. A highly desirable location to live, Dyke is approximately 3 miles from Forres and within walking distance of Brodie, with its village pub, Brodie Countryfare and the beautiful estates of Brodie Castle.

With both solar PV and solar thermal panels, the RHI payments of approximately £3k/year, payable for another 14 years, meet much of the current utility (electricy and oil) costs of both the house and chalet, in addition to providing most of the electricity and hot water for many months of the year.


Entering the home through a tri-fold double glazed wooden door into a spacious covered vestibule (3.7m x 1.6m) with convenience cupboard space. A wooden door then leads into the downstairs hallway, providing access to all ground floor accommodation and stairs to the upper floor.

Upper Floor

The carpeted staircase, with wooden handrail, opens to the substantial living/dining room. An incredibly bright room, with light streaming through the large picture windows and patio doors facing south over the private, front gardens and through the picture window to the rear looking over the gardens to the field beyond. Solid wood flooring.

To the right, the living room area (5.2m x 6.6m) has a feature fireplace housing a wood burning stove inset to an incredible polished granite fire surround and hearth. Wooden flooring throughout. A glass-panelled door leads through to a further ample living space (5.8m x 5.4m) which has previously been used as a spacious playroom but equally suited as a large office, TV room or retreat space. This room also has a feature cast iron fireplace with wooden surround and mantelpiece. (Note: this fireplace is decorative only). A wide picture window looks to the front of the house with further windows to the rear and side. Window seating above cupboards run along beneath the main window.

To the left, the dining area has patio doors opening out to a substantial, 9m, wooden, balcony area, providing fantastic outdoor living space for eating and sitting out while enjoying incredible sunsets and sunrises over the open outlook. A beautiful dining area with wonderful views. A glass-panelled door leads to the kitchen.


The L-shaped kitchen (3.0m x 3.7m x 6.0m) comprises a wide range of freestanding lower units and wall mounted cabinets with a separate, large, walk-in pantry cupboard. A double sink with mixer tap sits beneath the large window looking out to the fields to the rear. Tiled splashback. Oven, hob and extractor fan. Plumbed for dishwasher and space for fridge freezer.  A sliding glass-panelled door leads to the upper vestibule and side door.

Upper vestibule

The upper vestibule has a half-glazed external door, with cat flap, leading to the wrap-around balcony, and double-aspect stairs at the side, leading to the front and back gardens. It provides a convenient space for shedding outdoor shoes and coats. Utility cupboard with hanging rail. Glass panelled door to utility room.

Utility room/WC (1.8m x 2.4m)

The utility room, with a window to the front of the house, has built-in cupboards wrapping around a space designed for a stackable washing machine and tumble drier. A clothes drying pulley is suspended from the ceiling. Two piece white suite comprising WC and Belfast sink. The sink has shelves above and cupboards below. Built-in cupboards house the hot water tank and solar tank. Wooden flooring.

Ground Floor

The layout of the ground floor of Thornhall provides scope for flexible accommodation. It is proposed that part of the lower accommodation could be partitioned off to create an entirely separate annexe with further B&B potential, or to provide a ground floor granny flat for a multi-generational family. This will be further described below.

Thornhall has ample storage space, both upstairs and downstairs. The L-shaped ground floor hall has two hall cupboards, one containing the fuesboxes and PV meters and the other extending under the stairs, for the length of the stairs. The hallway provides access to:

Bedroom 1 (3.5m x 3.2m) with en suite

Painted in pale pastels, this bright double bedroom to the front of the house has an en-suite shower room. Wood-effect laminate flooring. Blinds, curtains and curtain pole. Bifold door to en suite.

En suite (2.3m x 1.6m)

With a stained glass panel towards the bedroom, this modern shower room houses a luxurious, steam cabinet with shower and jets and an angular white basin set atop a bathroom cabinet, with fitted cupboards to both sides and a large mirror above. White WC with hidden cistern. Vinyl flooring. Wet wall.

Bedroom 2 (4.5m x 2.8m)

Generous double bedroom with a large window overlooking the rear gardens. Carpet. Blinds. Curtains and curtain pole.

Family Bathroom (1.2m x 3.0m)

A lovely modern bathroom with tiled flooring with underfloor heating. Four piece white suite with P-shaped bath with mains shower, wall mounted WC and urinal, and contemporary sink atop a pine unit with wall mounted faucets. Partially tiled walls, with white, strip wet wall ceiling. Natural light and ventilation from a window facing to the rear gardens.

Bedroom 3 (3.5m x 3.5m)

To the front of the house, this double bedroom has two sets of double built-in wardrobes providing ample hanging and storage space. Carpet. Blinds, curtains and curtain pole.

Garden room/Den (2.8m x 3.2m)

Tucked away at the rear of the house, this quiet room has patio doors leading to the rear gardens. Laminate flooring, curtains and wooden curtain pole. The current layout of the house has this room as a study which is also a transitory space between the main house and potential annexe space. There could be scope to restrict the access through to the annexe from this room thereby utilising this room as a 4th double bedroom in the main house. This would then partition the remaining rooms to create a separate ground floor living space.

The garden room leads through to a further small hallway, providing access to Bedroom 5 (en suite), an office space and the converted garage area/retreat/gym. It is suggested that this space could be a separate dwelling. Access to floored and insulated loft space for additional storage.

Bedroom 5 (2.4m x 4.0m) en suite

With a large window to the rear of the house, this double bedroom has a bright en suite shower room. Carpet. Curtains and curtain pole. Access to the en suite via tri-fold doors.

En suite

Designed for easy access, a convenient en suite with large shower with mains shower unit and tri fold doors, WC and pedestal basin. Wall mounted cabinet with mirror door and separate mirror. Tile flooring with underfloor heating.

Office (3.1m x 2.4m)

With laminate flooring and a deep laundry cupboard, the office provides a transition between the rear hallway and the gym/retreat space.

Garage/Gym/Retreat (5.2m x 4.5m)

A large room with kitchen space, cleverly obscured by large, sliding, mirrored doors, with curtains over, built along the wall, providing a sink, shelving and washing machine. The electric roller garage doors remain in situ but are currently covered by blinds. This room could suit multiple purposes including a home gym, yoga studio, games room.

Garden and Grounds

Entering through a metal driveway gate, Thornhall has a wide locbloc driveway leading to a large parking area to the front and side of the house. A wooden privacy fence to the front and side, with mature trees and shrubs alongside, encloses the substantial front. To the side of the drive there are wood storage sheds. A paved path provides access around the house.

To the rear there is a patio area immediately adjacent to the house, with a split level garden providing further lawn space. A vertical wood fence with a post and rail fence behind marks the perimeter with the fields behind. A wood-powered wooden hot tub in the back garden lets you soak under the stars in complete privacy.

A substantial wooden building, with a covered porch, deck area and multiple windows has potential to be converted into further letting accommodation. Double garage doors leading to the driveway and a further split “stable” door towards the deck area.

To the side of the driveway, double gates provide access to Thornhall Chalet, which also has its’ own private driveway.



The frontage of this truly lovely chalet belies the deceptively large interior. With three bedrooms, a bathroom, shower room, open plan living/dining/kitchen and a front porch, Thornhall Chalet sits in its own private gardens a few minutes’ walk from the village of Dyke. The chalet currently is a successful holiday let but would be equally suited as a long term let or family residence. All linens, furniture and crockery would be included in the sale.

Entering through a wooden front door with glazed panels, into the enclosed front porch with a further, glazed, door into the sitting room. The wood-lined front porch, with large windows to the front of the house and a clear roof covering, provides ample space for sitting out or for eating. Tile floor. Vertical blinds. A further door leads to the side garden.

Sitting/Dining room (4.8m x 3.6m)

This dual aspect room is inviting, with a wood burning stove on a raised plinth in the corner. The sloping ceiling to the front provides a cottage-character feel. With wide windows to the front and a further side window to the kitchen, this room is lovely and bright.  Double doors lead to the bedrooms and shower room. Light wood effect laminate flooring. Blinds. Curtain and curtain pole. Open plan to the kitchen.

Kitchen (1.7m x 2.7m)

A wonderful, compact kitchen with a range of upper and lower cabinets and shelves to two walls. A circular sink with drainer and mixer tap sits beneath the window to the garden. Integrated hob and oven and plumbed for washing machine and dishwasher. Space for under counter fridge. Tile floor and tile-effect wet wall backsplash.

Bathroom (1.8m x 2.6m)

A short, tiled, hall leads from the living room to the bright, spacious bathroom. The electricity fusebox is located in the hallway.

Recently renovated the bathroom has a three-piece white suite comprising WC, pedestal basin and P-shaped bath with a mains shower above. There is a mirror mounted to the wall above the basin. Tiled floor with underfloor heating. A double glazed window provides natural light and ventilation.

Double doors from the Living room to the carpeted, bedroom hallway

Bedroom 1 (2.3m x 3.6m)

A bright, double bedroom with a window to the side of the house, this bedroom has double built-in wardrobes with mirrored doors. Carpet. Blinds, curtain and curtain pole.

Bedroom 2 (2.3m x 3.6m)

Identical in size to Bedroom 1, this double bedroom has a large window to the private, side gardens. Carpet. Blinds, curtain and curtain pole.

Bedroom 3 (1.9m x 2.0m)

This bedroom has made clever use of the space and currently has built-in bunk beds to one wall, while leaving space for a chest of drawers. A window to the rear of the chalet provides natural light and ventilation.

Shower room (1.0 x 1.3m)

With a two-piece white suite (WC and basin) and a corner shower with electric shower, this compact shower room as a tiled floor, wall-mounted heater and has wet wall to all walls.

Garden and Grounds

Thornhall Chalet has a private driveway to the front leading to a stone-chipped parking area to the front and side of the house.  To the side and rear of the chalet are areas of lawn with mature trees, including fruit trees with apple and plum trees. An electric hot tub sits in seclusion at the side of the chalet.