4 bedroom detached house for saleCastle Street, Dingwall, Ross-Shire
Offers Over £349,000
**£150,000 BELOW HOME REPORT VALUATION**
Castle House is a delightful 'B' listed detached character house with a light and spacious interior in an outstanding garden setting with views of the Cromarty Firth, providing flexible accommodation over 3 levels. The property is thought to date back to 1820 and is set in a generous plot and nicely landscaped gardens. This unique and distinctive home has retained many of the original features and has a fascinating history.
The property is approached by a long driveway and there is a large detached garage at the entrance. The entrance staircase is flanked by two stone pillars and leads to an archway where there is an inscription of 1820 thought to be the year the property was built. The large wood door with brass fitting leads into the hallway. The sitting room is located off the left hand side of the hallway and enjoys a great deal of natural light through windows at the front, rear and side as well as a glass door leading to the garden. Features include original marble fire surround with inset fire, elaborate cornicing, ceiling coving and alcove. The drawing room is on the right hand side and also has windows front and rear and lovely views over the gardens and from the side of the Cromarty Firth. The drawing room also retains the original marble fire surround. Both the sitting room and drawing room have original portico detail over the doors. The hallway leads to a rear staircase and downstairs to a large dining kitchen which comes with a range of wall and base storage units and ample space for a table and chairs and there is a rear hall leading to the gardens. There are excellent storage facilities as well as a bedroom/office, utility room and a modern shower room. From the main entrance hallway a carpeted staircase with brass rods leads to the upper level and 4 well proportioned bedrooms, and family bathroom with wc, wash hand basin, bidet and bath. The bathroom can be accessed via the master bedroom as well as the upper landing and there are excellent storage facilities.
EPC Rating - F
Castle House stands on the site of the original Dingwall Castle. It was constructed by a Captain Donald McLennan in 1820 using some of the original sandstone. There are various points of historical interest on the property including a rather fine monument to Captain McLennan's brother who was killed off the coast of Peru in 1805. A tunnel entrance purportedly linked the castle to Tulloch Castle and onwards to Foulis and can still be seen and is mentioned in an historical study of the area. There are also remnants of the original gatehouse,dating back to the twelfth century, together with a partial wall opposite which form part of an ancient scheduled monument.
Dingwall is a town with a long and rich history dating back to beyond the times when it was a Norse settlement. Sitting at the head of the Cromarty Firth, Dingwall was made a Royal Burgh in 1226 and the town and surrounding area is steeped in history. Dingwall is the county town of Ross-shire and has been a centre for trade, administration and justice since Norse times and to this day continues to be at the centre of county activity. There are a host of activities available nearby including hillwalking and mountain biking and there are 16 golf courses within a 22 mile radius, two of which are championship courses - Royal Dornoch and Nairn. There is both primary and secondary schooling available in Dingwall.
The famous Skibo Castle is within about 30 minutes drive. There are also lovely walks and horse riding opportunities in the area as well as a great variety of fishing, shooting and stalking.
Dingwall offers good public transport services, with the railway station in close proximity. Inverness is very much the commercial and business centre for the Highlands of Scotland and is convenient for the Airport which is located to the East of the city. The airport provides a variety of domestic and European flights. Inverness also has excellent public transport links with good bus and rail connections.
Beautiful garden grounds laid mainly to lawn bounded by trees and original stone wall, pond, greenhouses and a large vegetable plot, circa 1.5 acres in total.
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