Balloan Farm lies in a secluded setting less than 2 miles from the village of Lairg in Sutherland and just over 1 mile from the train station with trains to Wick in the north and direct route south to …
Balloan Farm lies in a secluded setting less than 2 miles from the village of Lairg in Sutherland and just over 1 mile from the train station with trains to Wick in the north and direct route south to Inverness. The village, which can be reached on foot via a woodland trail from the back of the property, is set around beautiful Little Loch Shin and has long been a centre for the farming community reflected today in the largest one day sheep sale in Europe and the crofters’ gala. The village has a range of shops, restaurants, a post office, a library, and a primary school, with secondary schooling is available in nearby Golspie and Dornoch. The area is known for its easy access to both the east and west coasts and for its stunning landscape of beautiful coastlines, fertile straths and dramatic mountains. Just a short distance from the house is the opportunity to enjoy a range of leisure opportunities including sailing and angling on Little Loch Shin, waymarked trails and hill climbing. The wider area offers world class sport including salmon fishing on the Kyle of Sutherland and also its four feeder rivers, the Carron, Shin, Oykel and Cassley, while popular links golf courses are dotted along the east coast, the most well-known of these being the Dornoch championship course. With excellent infrastructure in the region, Balloan is easily accessible by road and rail, and there are well-served airports at Inverness and Wick.
Balloan Farm consists of Balloan House and Balloan Farmhouse both dating back to 1872, a variety of outbuildings, extensive mature gardens and 48 acres of rough grazing land portioned into 8 fields surrounding the property. Although not a scheduled building for protection, Balloan Farm is included as a Farmstead of Historical Interest by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.
Balloan House is a dressed granite steading with harled modern addition and slate roofing and has been sensitively converted from the original steading to provide spacious primary residence for flexible family accommodation. The impressive open plan great room features an exposed granite wall with accent lighting and multi-fuel wood burner in the sitting area, a large dining area, and a raised kitchen with island, all of which take advantage of the stunning views over the open countryside and the mountains to the south. With 180* views, the great room will easily become the hub of any family life. Additional windows and doors on the north wall of the great room open to the courtyard, which is enclosed on the other three sides by original steading storerooms. The freshly remodelled courtyard provides a sheltered retreat with mature plants to enjoy an outdoor fire and cosy drink year-round. The unconverted mill, historic cow byre with impressive stone archways, and multi-floor storerooms provide great potential for conversion, subject to the necessary consents, with all spaces already wired, recent slate roofing work, and some with plumbing.
The main floor also features a large library/study room, with multi-aspect windows and a bright office corner facing into the courtyard. Completing the main floor is a spacious utility room with extensive storage and laundry facilities. The first floor is spread across two wings, to the east a bedroom with double aspect windows and private staircase/landing. The west wing includes a cosy sitting area under 3 large windows, separating another double-aspect bedroom with courtyard views and the double aspect master suite, featuring dressing area and en suite bathroom.
Balloan Farmhouse, originally the main accommodation at the farm, just steps away from the main house, offers additional accommodation for extended family or guests and is currently being run as a successful holiday let. The cottage has been sensitively modernised inside while preserving the dressed granite exterior and slate roofing. The main floor sitting room features a handmade wooden mantel with slate hearth and wood burning stove, while the master bedroom benefits from a modern en suite wet room. A recently renovated dining room with eastern exposure, a cosy kitchen with brand new hob and cooker, and a bright and airy garden room facing gardens and fields to the west complete the main floor. The first floor features a further sitting area, a cosy bedroom with redundant fireplace, a bathroom, and large built-in storage/wardrobe.