Monach House is a stylish and attractive detached villa enjoying a prominent trading location in the popular village of Bonar Bridge. Situated on the main road (Dornoch Road) the property is located within walking distance of all amenities, including a wide range of shops, restaurants and other facilities. The property possess a character and charm reflecting its origins dating back to the early 1800s. The guest rooms are modern, being well-presented providing a cosy yet spacious living space. In addition, the property also provides well-appointed and ample owners accommodation making this an appealing acquisition. Set within well-maintained grounds Monach House is a desirable property with many fine attributes. The property would make either an excellent larger residence, suitable for an extended family, or to be operated as a small business.
The business generates a modest income from its one en-suite letting bedroom and self-catering apartment (Annexe). The current owners operate on a seasonal and restricted basis which suits their lifestyle and family commitments. However, there is scope to extend the current trading patterns should new owners so desire, as the business has a strong trading identity and a sound reputation. The accommodation layout allows for flexible use of the space to operate as a 3-bedroom guest house should new operators wish to increase the turnover. The current self-catering operation suits the present owners as it is a lifestyle related business model. The present mix of accommodation units makes this an easy-to-operate self-employment opportunity for a couple looking to operate a lifestyle business in a desirable location. The business would ideally suit a couple who are looking to semi-retire and enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle.
The present owners have operated the business since 2006 and have enjoyed the rewarding lifestyle of operating a small personal business, generating many friendships along the way. However, it is their desire to retire that brings Monach House to the market.
The property is a detached villa built around 1806 and has been sensitively extended providing a charming home and business opportunity. The property is set over two floors with modern extensions to the rear. Throughout the quality of décor is of a good standard and the fixtures and fittings are reflective of the 4-star STB grading. Of stone construction under a pitched slate roof, the property today benefits from double glazing and oil fired central heating.
The main entrance is accessed from the front of the property at street level leading into a vestibule and thereafter onto an attractive hallway. From the hallway stairs lead to the two bedrooms within the main house. To the left is a spacious kitchen / dining room which in turn leads to a well laid out utility area, both benefitting from fitted units. The main electric oven and hob in the kitchen is supplemented by an LPG gas hob in the utility room. From the reception hallway is a lounge providing a most relaxing and comfortable space. The lounge is set to soft furnishings and is very well-presented with a stone built fire place surrounding a multi-fuel stove. Through the lounge is the attractive dining room which is used by the owners and guests alike. From this room is a door which provides direct access to the self-contained annexe. There is a W.C off the hallway.
The 2 bedrooms on the first floor are spacious and comfortable. The guest letting bedroom can be configured to either a twin or double as the bed is of zip and link construction. The guest bedroom has en-suite facilities and a hospitality tray, television etc. The owner’s double bedroom has built in storage. Both bedrooms look to the front of the property and have views to the Kyle of Sutherland. The owners have a spacious bathroom adjacent to their bedroom. Within the main house there is also a spacious loft which is currently utilised as storage; this space is insulated and features Velux windows. Subject to planning permission the loft could be converted to an additional room should new owners’ desire.
Approximate room sizes for the main house are as follows:
Lounge 5.00 m x 4.20m (16’5” x 13.9”)
Kitchen 4.20m x 4.00m (13’9” x 13’1”)
Utility Room 3.30m x 2.70m (10’10” x 8’10”)
Dining Room 3.70m x 3.10m (12’2” x 10.2”)
Master Bedroom 4.40m x 3.20m (14’5” x 10’6”)
En-suite 4.40m x 4.40m (14’5” x 14’5”)
Bathroom 3.10m x 1.70m (10’2” x 5’7”)
WC 2.40m x 1.80m (7’10” x 5’11”)
The self-contained Annexe can be accessed from within the main property either via a side door or the patio door leading into the conservatory. This two bedroom unit is maintained to a high standard with modern fixtures and fittings plus a good level of decorative finish. From the conservatory is a compact yet fully functional dining / kitchen with modern appliances. Off the kitchen is a well-appointed shower room. Through the kitchen is a most pleasant lounge with wood burning stove set into a stone surround fireplace and slate hearth. Stairs lead to an upper landing with access to two bedrooms and a W.C. Both bedrooms are spacious and can be configured to either two doubles or as a twin and double. The apartment benefits from its own external patio area which is very popular with guests.
Approximate room sizes for the annexe are as follows:
Lounge 4.10m x 3.70m (13’5” x 12’2”)
Kitchen 5.00m x 3.10m (16’5” x 10’2”)
Shower 3.10m x 2.20m (10’2 x 7’3”)
Conservatory 3.00m x 2.20m ( 9’10” x 7’3”)
Double Room 3.90m x 3.00m (12’10 x 9,10”)
Twin Room 3.40m x 2.80m (11’2 x 9’2”)
W.C. 1.70m x 1.20m (5’7 x 3’11”)
An attractive feature of this property and business is the spacious garden grounds to the rear of the subjects. The grounds are set to two main areas; the lower garden is presently used for vegetable growing and has a patio area which utilised cobblestones from the previous “Bonar Bridge”. The upper level has a poly-tunnel green house and a wooden shed set within maintained gardens mainly laid to shrubs and bushes with a further patio area. The property enjoys off-road parking to the rear for 3 vehicles.
Mains electricity, water supply, drainage and oil fired central heating plus LPG gas for cooking in the utility room. The property is double glazed throughout.
The EPC rating of this property is “D”
Number of bedrooms: 1
The owner’s utilise a double bedroom which has built in storage plus a spacious bathroom.
Bonar Bridge has a population of circa 1,000 but swells in the summer months with the influx of tourists. Monach House is situated amidst some of the finest scenery in the Highlands benefitting from both beautiful hills and lochs. The surrounding area is peaceful and tranquil allowing for an extensive range of outdoor pursuits including hillwalking, mountain biking, golfing, fishing, shooting and stalking to be undertaken. There are golf clubs located nearby, including the world famous championship course at Royal Dornoch, plus challenging courses in Tain, Brora and Golspie. There is also a 9-hole golf course in the village of Bonar Bridge only a short drive from the property. The village has a wide range of services including a primary school, library, bank, post office, a butcher and a grocery with in-store bakery. There are also two public houses, a restaurant and other shops, as well as a health centre and new hospital. Secondary schooling is available in Tain or Dornoch with a school bus service from the village.
The nearest railway station is situated at Ardgay, approximately 1 mile away, and runs a regular service to Inverness and north to Thurso. There is also a regular bus service to Tain and Inverness. Tain, which is situated 15 miles south, has a range of supermarkets and other shops together with a leisure centre. The village is located about an hour’s drive north from Inverness which provides a more extensive range of social and entertainment facilities. Inverness Airport has regular daily flights to many UK destinations.
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