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Lower Inchallon

Pluscarden, Elgin, IV30 8TZ

Guide Price £1,000,000

  • 4/5 reception rooms. 7/8 bedrooms

  • Spacious and characterful traditional farmhouse

  • 2 detached two bedroom energy efficient holiday cottages

  • (Pluscarden Crofts)

  • Attractive traditional steading / Office

  • Paddock, mature woodland and extensive garden grounds

  • Range of useful outbuildings

  • Tranquil and private yet accessible rural setting

  • Close to a wide range of amenities

  • About 6.67 acres (2.70 hectares)

Lower Inchallon is a delightful traditional family home. Dating from the mid 1890s and constructed of stone under a slate roof, the house has been improved and extended over the years to provide spacious, very flexible and characterful accommodation …

Lower Inchallon is a delightful traditional family home. Dating from the mid 1890s and constructed of stone under a slate roof, the house has been improved and extended over the years to provide spacious, very flexible and characterful accommodation over two storeys. From the gravelled yard to the side of the house, the ground floor is accessed from a covered decked area through a well equipped cloak room and utility room/rear hall. A central hallway leads to a charming library/sitting room which has a pair of glazed doors to the decking and also into the magnificent sun lounge. The sun lounge is a relatively recently added multi functional room with triple aspect windows, sliding glazed doors to the garden and a wood burning stove. From the inner hallway, doors lead to a shower room, the front hall (with stairs to the first floor) and also the well equipped dining kitchen. This room forms the heart of the house and has dual aspect windows, a good range of wall and floor units and an oil fired Aga. From the kitchen, a door leads directly into the front hall from where access can be gained to a porch/sun room and also the office/ground floor bedroom which also is dual aspect and has a wood burning stove. On the first floor, a half landing leads to a double bedroom with an ‘en suite’ store/wardrobe whilst from the main landing, there are doors to a bathroom, linen cupboard and two further double bedrooms, both of which have built-in wardrobes and dormer windows.

The house has many of the features one would hope to find in a property of this age and character. The sun room with a wood burning stove, French doors and picture windows; the farmhouse kitchen with an Aga and the spacious sitting room are particularly appealing rooms whilst the house has a very flexible room layout. It has surprisingly spacious built in storage and is double glazed with oil central heating.

There are numerous useful outbuildings and stores including a superb timber general purpose store (about 11m x 5m) with power, a concrete floor and a mezzanine level loft. Other buildings include dog kennels and runs for up to 6 dogs, a tractor/implement store also suitable as loose boxes and a log store. The property is surrounded and sheltered by a mature woodland including a substantial child treehouse, whilst the house garden includes areas of lawn, well stocked borders and various mature trees. To the side, a well maintained paddock extending to 0.8 acres with water supply, and a field shelter offers opportunites for those with equestrian interests, whilst two substanital poytunnels and a large greehouse would appeal to potential smallholders. The property is bounded to the south by a charming small burn set among mature stands of beech and birch trees, which feeds into a small pond.

Sitting adjacent to the house is a former steading, known as Masons. Built from stone and slate, this most attractive building was used for many years as the owner’s business premises/office, however, in more recent years it has been used as informal additional accommodationto the farmhouse. The necessary change of use required by the planning authorities has notbeen obtained for this alternative use as residential accommodation. Purchasers will requireto take their own view on this.

To the east of the house but at a suitable distance to offer separation and privacy, lie the wonderful Pluscarden Crofts.

These comprise Logies Croft and Hunters Croft which have been built and used as holiday cottages in recent years. Constructed in 2012 of rendered Durasil (insulated) blocks under pitched box profile steel roofing sheets, both were designed by well regarded architect Annie Kenyon and based on the layout of the traditional croft house found across the north-east.

Both crofts are built to the same design and specification and include an entrance porch, hallway, a wonderful kitchen/living room with a good range of wall and floor units, integral appliances and a wood burning stove as well as French doors to a private garden. There is a bathroom and ground floor bedroom as well as a charming mezzanine level second bedroom with ‘en suite’ facilities. The cottages have operated very successfully as holiday lets in recent years, with a gross income as follows; 2019 - £41,000, 2020 (8 months) - £31,000 and 2021 (5 months) - £47,000. The annual variable running costs are in the region of £10,000. Whilst business has been affected by COVID lockdown, the occupancy rates have risen from 62% in 2019 (Full year) to 68% in 2020 (8 months) and 83% in 2021 (5 months). The cottages appear to be in excellent condition and are double glazed and have under floor electric heating with a heat recovery system. To the side is a covered decked seating area with a hot tub and a small garden area. Private parking for each is available. The cottages share a charming Scandanavian style bar-b-que hut, seating up to 10 guests, a childrens play area and a games room. Hunters Croft also benefits from a 4Kw solar panel array sited on a substantial wood store/GP building.