Banchor Mains Farm is a delightful traditional farmhouse located in a wonderful position on the edge of the Highland village of Newtonmore. It is understood that there has been a dwelling of some description on the site for over 500 …
Banchor Mains Farm is a delightful traditional farmhouse located in a wonderful position on the edge of the Highland village of Newtonmore. It is understood that there has been a dwelling of some description on the site for over 500 years and the existing house is likely to date from the 1800’s. Constructed of stone under a pitched slate roof, spacious and very flexible accommodation is provided over two storeys. On the ground floor, the house is accessed through the porch into a well-lit hallway. To the left lies the charming sitting room with a wood burning stove whilst ahead lies the buffer / drying room; a useful store which also houses the hot water tank. To the right is the bright and airy family room. This is a delightful dual aspect room with a wood burning stove and French doors to the rear garden. The kitchen is the hub of the house and has a range of wall and floor units, an Aga and a walk in larder. From the kitchen, a door leads to the rear hall, utility room and also a study. From the rear hall, stairs lead to the first floor where there are a bathroom, two bedrooms and a further sitting room. Also on the first floor but accessed from stairs in the main hall are two further bedrooms, a family bathroom and a wonderful day room / office.
The accommodation is laid out in such a manner that the rooms in the eastern (presumably the older) section of the house can be operated separately from that of the rest of the house. This provides great flexibility in allowing these rooms to be used as a granny annexe or similar, staff accommodation or possibly let on a shorter term basis. The house has many of the period features one would hope to find in a building of this age and character including cornicing and fireplaces (two with wood burning stoves). The ‘farmhouse’ dining kitchen with an Aga, living room, sitting room and day room are particularly appealing rooms. The house is mainly single glazed and is heated using a 35kW bio mass (pellet) boiler which is discretely housed in an adjoining store to the rear.
GARDEN AND GROUNDS
Outside, the house sits in charming grounds which in total extend to about 2.85 ha / 7 acres. These include a well maintained garden with areas of lawn, various mature trees and well stocked beds and borders. Ample parking space for several vehicles is provided on a gravelled driveway whilst there is also a very useful garage, green house, log shed and a timber vehicle store. To the rear is a paddock (about 3.8 acres) offering good quality grazing with small copses of mature woodland. The grounds also extend to the mid-point of the River Calder where over 375 m or thereby, the property enjoys fishing rights, albeit these have not been exercised much in recent years.