We begin in Moray where two grade B listed properties ideal for conversion into architecturally interesting homes are available together or individually. Listed building and planning consents have been obtained for the conversion of a steading and former church located to the north of the village of Alves, mid-way between Elgin and Forres.
Dating from 1769, the proposed plans for the former Alves Parish Church show a well laid out house over two stories including living room, family dining room, breakfasting kitchen and three en suite bedrooms and a fourth bedroom or study. Meanwhile plans have also been drawn up to convert the steading - which consists of two traditional stone and slate built outbuildings to a house of great distinction including living room, family/dining room, sun lounge, three bedrooms (two en suite) and an integral garage. Both sets of plans have been designed by Elgin architects Ashley Bartlam.
One option for the purchaser would be to use one or both properties as holiday lettings. Local attractions include the coastal villages of Findhorn, Burghead and Hopeman to the North where golf, sailing and water sports are on offer while to the south lies the malt whisky trail.' There is also a paddock area which, subject to the necessary consents, offers further potential for development.
The church and the steading are available individually each priced at offers over 80,000 or can be bought together priced at offers over 150,000. For further information get in contact with our Elgin office.
Somewhat further south in Ayrshire, a former farm building offers another opportunity to create a unique home. Close to the village of Crosshill, detailed planning consent has previously been granted to convert The Byre to a detached house set over two floors. The plans depict a house over two storeys with the ground floor consisting of an entrance hall, a living/dining room, kitchen, clockroom and study (or an extra bedroom) while upstairs there would the three bedrooms (two of them ensuite) and a family bathroom.
The plans also show two of upstairs bedrooms opening on to large timber decked balcony area with wrought iron balustrading: an ideal vantage point from which to enjoy views over the countryside. The Byre stands in a plot of about 0.83 acres.
New to the market this week, The Byre at Dalcur is for sale with CKD Galbraith Ayr priced at offers over 65,000.
Finally we head north again to the Black Isle, a small peninsula lying just to the north of Inverness. Here an exceptional one acre site with detailed planning consent in place for an impressive contemporary country house is for sale.
With beautiful 180 views across the Cromarty Firth on offer from the site it's no surprise that the plans - designed by Maxwell and Company Architects - show a house sympathetic to its surroundings and designed to take full advantage of the fabulous views.
The plans show a well-appointed and flexible family home over two stories with a further single story wing containing a swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room. The plans also give the option for this leisure wing to be built as a second phase of the project at a later stage than the main home. The use of modern building techniques will achieve maximum energy efficiency and minimal running costs.
A ruined stone cottage currently stands on the site which lies off a quiet country road and tree-lined access track, an approach which allows the full impact of the magnificent setting to be fully enjoyed. A secluded and private site it is however within easy reach of main road links to the north and south.
West Shoreton is for sale with our Inverness office with a guide price of 250,000.