Castle Lodge comprises a main house, a separate cottage and a purpose-built gym building with adjacent garages, all set in approximately 3.8 acres of attractive wooded grounds.

The accommodation is presented to a very high standard and would be suitable for use as holiday lets, while there is potential to convert the gym for business use if desired, subject to the necessary consents.

Phiddy Robertson, who is handling the sale for Galbraith, said: “This is a versatile property offering superb accommodation in the main house, and a further very attractive and spacious cottage, all finished to a high standard and with exacting attention to detail.

“The gardens are well laid out, with lawns, and outdoor seating areas for both houses, fringed by mature trees, providing a simply beautiful setting. The creation of the bespoke gym building has added to the versatility for the purchaser to continue to use as a gym or for a variety of alternative uses. The main house has, on the ground floor: a superb  open plan kitchen/ sitting room/ dining room; master bedroom with en suite dressing room or office; a further en suite bedroom; shower room and boot room/laundry. On the first floor are two further bedrooms, bathroom and box room.

The Cottage has: entrance hall, kitchen, dining room, sitting room, utility room, bathroom, shower room and two bedrooms.

The separate, purpose-built gym building is set out with floor to ceiling mirrors and double glass doors. The gym could be used as a home working space or for a variety of other uses.

The grounds are absolutely delightful, with formal gardens, mature broadleaf woodland, an orchard, three poly tunnels, a garden shed/potting shed, log stores and hen run. The plot extends to about 1.5 hectares (3.8 acres) in all.

There are extensive coastal walks directly accessible from the property.

Castle Lodge lies close to Evanton in Easter Ross. The property is in a beautiful setting, within the grounds of the former Balconie Castle and with paths leading both to the village and the shores of the Cromarty Firth. The surrounding parkland planting and remaining structures of the estate create a magnificent setting for Castle Lodge with mature broadleaf specimen trees, the old walled garden and part of the castellated wall that edges the access track.

Castle Lodge Outbuilding

Evanton has a good range of amenities including a small supermarket, primary school and popular farm shop and restaurant. The nearby towns of Dingwall and Alness both have further shops and facilities as well as secondary schools and train stations. Inverness is within easy reach and has all the facilities of a modern city including its new university and airport with regular flights to the south and summer flights to Europe.

The surrounding area is beautiful and unspoilt and provides an ideal base for the outdoor enthusiast, with a wide range of walks and mountain bike trails, challenging mountain climbs and fishing for salmon and trout on local rivers. The west coast, famous for its stunning coastline and sandy beaches, is under an hour’s drive away, while the Cairngorms Ski Centre is also within easy reach.

Castle Lodge is for sale through Galbraith for offers over £850,000.

Historical Note - Balconie Castle was formerly the seat of the chiefs of Clan Ross. It was later held by the Clan Donald Earls of Ross. From the late 15th to the end of the 17th century the castle was held by a branch of the Clan Munro.