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9 bedroom detached house for sale

Westerdale, Halkirk, Caithness

Under Offer £500,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Stunning B Listed period home
  • Trout fishing rights on River Thurso
  • 6 Reception rooms
  • 9 Bedrooms, 7 bathrooms
  • Self contained 2 bedroom cottage
  • Extensive grounds and range of outbuildings
  • Former mill with development potential

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Historical Note
Dale House dates back to the 1740's and is thought to have been built on the site of a Pictish broch. The house was commissioned by James Budge, an agent for Coutts Bank. The Budge line died out in 1800 and the property passed into the hands of the Murray-Threipland family who were responsible for extending the house in 1871 and again in 1922. In the past Dale House has been used as a conference venue and for occasional private dinner parties and weddings and today combines the differing architectural influences and period features to provide a superb property with spacious and flexible accommodation and useful outbuildings.

The property is approached by a long tree lined gated driveway which leads to a gravel turning circle with central lawn and is flanked by Caithness stone dyking and herbaceous borders.

Dale House & Cottage
Dale House is a charming B listed property overlooking the River Thurso, one of the best salmon rivers in the UK. The property is without doubt one of the finest period homes of its kind in the Scottish Highlands, 11 miles south of Thurso and in an area renowned for its fertile farmland, flagstone dykes and rugged coastline. The property has previously been used as a private conference and wedding venue and has a fire detection system and emergency lighting. The combination of differing architectural influences and periods combine sympathetically to provide a superb property with flexible accommodation and a host of potential uses. The current owners have created a comfortable family home and made a number of improvements during their ownership such as the installation of an oil fired central heating system in 2011 and new kitchen. The property is set in wonderful garden grounds that adjoin the River Thurso. There is a courtyard with an extensive range of outbuildings, incorporating the former stable. The courtyard gives access to a two bedroomed self-contained cottage with letting potential, staff accommodation or additional family accommodation. Gardeners Cottage is sited half way down the main drive and has further development potential. The cottage is built of Caithness stone under a Caithness flag roof.
The grounds extend to circa 16.1 acres and include two walled gardens, one containing a B listed beehive dovecot.

Former Mill
Situated at the southern end of the property in a particularly scenic location is a former mill which is a well-known local landmark on the banks of the River Thurso and has magnificent further development potential. The property has a hydro- electric plant (currently not in use), trout fishing rights and set in approximately 4.2 acres.

Located only 14 miles from Thurso in one of the most idyllic locations in the Scottish Highlands, Dale House enjoys a private, rural setting in the village of Halkirk.

Thurso is mainland Scotland's most northerly town located on the North coast of Caithness. There are hospitals, secondary schools and swimming pools in both Thurso and Wick. This area is renowned for its spectacular scenery in particular the views overlooking Dunnet Head and its beach. Caithness is popular for its fishing - salmon fishing on the River Thurso, which runs through Halkirk and for trout fishing in the many lochs in the area. There are 4 golf clubs in the area. Nearby Scrabster is the gateway to Orkney and there are regular ferries. For the outdoor enthusiast there are several activities including hill walking, cycling and Thurso is recognised as a major area for surfing, often hosting the surfing championships leg on the UK Tour. There are regular bus and rail services available from Wick and there are flights from Wick to Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

The walled garden to the north east of the house served the kitchen with fruit and vegetables and is segregated by Caithness stone flags and a hedge. To the south west of the house there is a paved terrace with lawn and a peripheral wall which overlooks the paddock in a south westerly direction towards the River Thurso. There is also an enclosed pond with Central Island which has been nicely landscaped.

Original Walled Gardens
To the south of the house is the original walled
garden. This has a Caithness stone wall and a
beehive dovecot in four stages. (The current
owners would like to maintain a right of access
into this area/burial site. Further details are available on request).

The property has excellent grazing and the potential for several paddocks if required.

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Added on Rightmove:
17 May 2014

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