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Old Church Of Bona, Dochfour, Inverness

Sold STC £125,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Superb Conversion Project
  • Many Original Features
  • Easy Commute to Inverness
  • Loch Views From Garden
  • Garden Extending to approx 0.42 acre
  • Ample Driveway Parking

Full description

The Old Church of Bona is a "C" listed building providing a unique renovation opportunity. Set close to the shores of Loch Ness with views to Loch Dochfour from the garden.

Description - Dating back to 1846, the Old Church of Bona is a category C listed building that is recorded in the Ordnance Survey Name books of 1870 as being built from the principal stones of a stone circle that stood in the field beside. This is a unique opportunity to acquire a building of historical interest, which is a blank canvas for a multitude of uses. Whilst wind and water tight, this would make a superb renovation project for those looking for a challenge and has potential for conversion to a large family home, bed and breakfast, gallery or business proposition (subject to local authority consent).

The building appreciates many fine original features including cathedral style doors, attractive cast iron open fireplace as well as the quirky valve closet still in situ. The garden grounds look over towards Loch Dochfour and easy access to the shores of the loch is at hand.

Location - Set within a stones throw of Loch Dochfour, this property is conveniently close to the city of Inverness (some 6 miles distant from the city centre) and some 8 miles from the village of Drumnadrochit. Oakwood Restaurant is a short drive away as is the Dochfour Business Centre and Caledonian Canal. A towpath running along Estate owned land at the bottom of the garden provides a pleasant walk leading from the shores of Loch Dochfour to the start of Loch Ness with excellent views of the lochs with pleasure craft and Jacobite Cruises seen regularly along the waterway.

Directions - From Inverness, follow the A82 south west travelling towards Drumnadrochit. You will pass Oakwood Restaurant and a small marina on the left hand side and continue on for a short time. The Old Church of Bona is further along this road on the left hand side and will be clearly sign posted.

Vestibule - Double storm doors open from the front of the building into a vestibule. Access is gained from here into the vestry/meeting room and there is also a door opening to an inner hallway. Cupboard housing the electric meter and fusebox.

Vestry/Meeting Room - 5.80m x 4.85m (19'0" x 15'11") - Believed to have been added to the church circa 1865, this is a well proportioned room with windows to front and rear, each fitted with wooden shutters. The cast iron open fireplace has a tiled inset and painted wooden surround and provides an attractive focal point. Two short cupboards. Door to WC and door to rear vestibule.

Wc - 2.52m x 1.35m (8'3" x 4'5") - This room is home to a less than conventional wc, a long obsolete Valve Closet. Unused for some considerable time, this has potential to be restored providing a very interesting feature. Ventilation is provided by a pulley and quadrant operated skylight, which is still in operation.

Rear Vestibule - This is a small vestibule with external door to rear.

Inner Hallway - This area of hallway links the entrance vestibule to the main body of the church. Stairs lead up to what would have been the upper mezzanine seating level.

Main Hall - 9.07m x 11.99m widens to 16.59m (29'9" x 39'4" wid - The main body of the church has been cleared of its pews and has been used in recent years for storage. There is an upper and lower pulpit area and the main section of the hall is overseen by the upper mezzanine area. There are feature clear glass leaded windows with crimson border glass, sides and rear. Doors to inner hallway, side and rear vestibules.

Rear Entrance Room - 3.35m x 3.08m approx (11'0" x 10'1" appro x) - This room can also be accessed from steps leading from the rear of the pulpit Glass panelled window to the rear. Open fireplace. Low level storage. External door.

Side Vestibule - 5.55m x 2.77m (18'3" x 9'1") - When the church was in use, this would have been the main entrance. A pair of cathedral style doors with spade moulded heads and hood moulding above with floriated stops opens from the garden grounds. Windows to either side of the door and another above the doors, each with spade moulded heads and stained glass trim. Door to the main body of the church.

Mezzanine Level - There is an upper mezzanine sitting area looking over the main body of the church. The pews have all been removed.

Garden - The property is set in garden grounds extending to approximately 0.42 acre laid mainly to grass with mature trees and the rest ideal for generous driveway parking. There is an old small cemetery (closed to new burials) to the rear of the church which has a pedestrian right of access at reasonable times. Outside water tap.

Dochfour Estate own the surrounding land and a gate at the bottom of the garden lead down to Loch Dochfour and a towpath. Historically these grounds have been maintained by the owner of the church in agreement with Dochfour Estate. The estate would like this arrangement to continue however there are no obligations on a new owner to do so. It does add to the amenity though with rustic stone steps leading down to the shores of Loch Dochfour. The Estate also rent boat mooring at this side of the loch.

Services - The property benefits from mains electricity and water. The water supply is currently disconnected within the building and sealed with a stop valve. It is assumed that a purchaser would install a septic tank into the garden grounds for drainage purposes. The building has been rewired in recent years and has external flood lighting.

Entry - By mutual arrangement

Hspc Ref - 53104

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