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Sourbank Farmhouse

Rafford, Forres, Moray, IV36 2SL

Guide Price £365,000


  • 5 bedroom and 3 reception rooms

  • Flexible accommodation

  • Many fine features

  • Delightful rural setting

  • Well maintained extensive sheltered garden

Situated in an elevated position with stunning southerly views, Sourbank Farmhouse is an impressive extended traditional farmhouse located near the desirable small village of Rafford in the county of Moray. Moray is famous for its mild climate, has a beautiful ...

Situated in an elevated position with stunning southerly views, Sourbank Farmhouse is an impressive extended traditional farmhouse located near the desirable small village of Rafford in the county of Moray. Moray is famous for its mild climate, has a beautiful and varied countryside with a coastline of rich agricultural land, prosperous fishing villages and wide, open beaches. The upland areas to the south are sparsely populated and provide dramatic scenery, some of which forms part of the Cairngorm National Park. This unspoilt landscape provides a wide range of leisure and sporting opportunities including fishing on the world famous Spey and Findhorn rivers, skiing at The Lecht and Cairngorm range, sailing and walking. Nearby is the coastal town of Nairn (about 13 miles) with its two championship links golf courses whilst the Castle Stuart links course, to the west of Nairn was recently voted as the best new international course in 2009 by Golf.com. Located about 15 minutes drive away is the ‘jewel’ of the Moray Coastline, the historic village of Findhorn with its sheltered bay providing excellent sailing and water sports and highly regarded Inns. The Culbin Forest, a short drive away with its marked walks and cycle trails, offers excellent opportunities for a wide range of outdoor pursuits.

Forres (about 3 miles) provides a comprehensive range of shops and amenities whilst the surrounding area offers some excellent hotels, restaurants and historic local attractions. Schooling, both primary and secondary as well as a Steiner School is available in Forres whilst the world famous Gordonstoun Independent School, is about 15 miles away. Inverness (about 30 miles) has all the facilities of a modern city including its airport (about 22 miles) which offers regular flights to the south and summer flights to many European destinations.

DESCRIPTION
Sourbank Farmhouse is a charming traditional farmhouse, likely to date back to the turn of the last century. Sitting in an elevated position on the south western slopes of the Califer Hill, the house enjoys spectacular south and westerly views across the Moray countryside. Constructed of stone under a slate roof with a substantial Larch clad extension, Sourbank is a wonderful family home of considerable charm and character.

Well appointed and adaptable accommodation is provided over one and a half storeys and on the ground floor includes a spacious hall with doors to 2 double bedrooms and a shower room. From the hall, a door leads to a spectacular ‘L‘ shaped sitting room with a magnificent heptagonal bay window with seats made from old whisky casks and which opens up the wonderful views. At over 10m (33’) in length, this room has a stunning 2 way feature wood burning stove and French doors to a decked balcony. The original hallway then gives access to a cosy snug / study and a well equipped dining kitchen with a Belfast sink and an attractive fireplace. Also on the ground floor are a utility room, pantry and bathroom. From the main hall, stairs lead to the first floor with 3 further bedrooms and a box room. A half landing gives access to a store room, currently used as a bathroom with a roll top bath. A second staircase leads to the games room; a superb brightly lit room which could be used for a wide range of purposes.

Sourbank is a wonderful family home with many fine features. It benefits from oil central heating and double glazing.

Outside, the grounds extend to a little under an acre and include a delightful garden with areas of lawn, herbaceous borders, many mature trees and rhododendrons. A burn passes nearby the house with an attractive timber footbridge which accesses a sheltered lawned area. Ample parking space is provided on a private driveway. There is a useful timber garage.