The Old Manse is an elegant grade B listed property sitting on an elevated site close to the Highland town of Alness. The house is south facing and has panoramic views toward the Cromarty Firth and the Black Isle while …
The Old Manse is an elegant grade B listed property sitting on an elevated site close to the Highland town of Alness. The house is south facing and has panoramic views toward the Cromarty Firth and the Black Isle while to the east nestles the old churchyard with the town beyond. The property was built in the early 1790s and, following a fire in 1869, was completely restored and renovated by Dingwall architect W C Joass and the result is a pleasing marriage of Georgian elegance with Victorian innovation. This manse was sold by the church in the 1970s and bought by the current owners in 2004 who have upgraded and restored The Old Manse to create a delightful family home. The tasteful décor, along with pale timbers covering much of the ground floor has created a welcoming, light filled interior while original features in both drawing room and sitting room, such as open fires, working shutters, deep skirting and cornicing, ensure the period character has remained intact. Improvement work includes upgrading the plumbing and electrics, the installation of a new oil fired boiler, water cylinder and septic tank, and complete redecoration.
The Old Manse has asy access to the A9 and Inverness and with its beautifully appointed and spacious accommodation has potential to be used as a B&B, offering an income producing lifestyle change.
The surrounding countryside is varied, from the fertile rolling farmland of the coast, to the inland moorlands and rugged mountains. This unspoilt landscape provides a haven for many rare and protected species of wildlife, as well as a wide range of rural leisure and sporting opportunities from local way-marked walks and cycle trails, sailing on the Cromarty Firth and fishing on the River Averon/Alness. For the golfing enthusiast, The Old Manse lies equidistant between the championship golf courses at Dornoch, Castle Stuart and Nairn while skiing and adventure sports are available in the Cairngorms National Park.