Forse House was an excellently operated Care Home for those with learning difficulties which under the New Health and Social Care Policy is following a phased return of residents to society. Situated in a rural setting but close to the key towns of Wick and Thurso, in Caithness, this property is easily accessible. Being only 30 minutes from Wick Airport and two hours from the main Inverness airport this property has suitability for a variety of purposes. Located off the main road the property is easily accessible by car. The original property was constructed in 1765 with sympathetic extensions being added since that time. The impressive main building is set within 24 acres of beautiful grounds laid to a mix of lawns and woodland with a stream meandering through the subjects. The business’ enviable trading location has made it an ideal Care Home location providing a peaceful and tranquil setting, and would easily lend itself to a further care/nursing home type of business as well as a small hotel and spa or small country estate. Historical accounting information can be made available to interested parties considering their options with Forse House which derived its income through the
direct provision of Care Home facilities for its residents. As at 2011 the business had a turnover of £826,385, the following three years have seen a steady and phased reduction as residents were rehomed. Accommodation is set over three floors with a lift providing access. There is a further attic floor that is predominantly used for storage at this time. Forse House is a substantial property providing spacious living space. The character and original features which still exist in this property add to its attraction, recognised and listed at a B rating are a staircase and three ceilings, two fireplaces and the front door pillars. There are 4 lounges throughout the property, 2 office/meeting rooms on the ground floor, laundry room and treatment rooms, kitchen with large side area, sluice room, dining room and staff toilets as well as various ancillary areas. There is no doubt that the property would require a degree of renovation dependent on the use a new owner would wish to pursue.
Forse House is a substantive detached property with a significant footprint showing a number of extensions arranged over 4 levels. The original building was built circa 1765. Entry to the subjects is just off the A99 and is clearly sign posted. A serine drive along a single track drive-way brings residents and visitors alike to the impressive frontage of the property which is both attractive and welcoming.
Access to the property is via a large entrance with a door leading to a spacious hallway which has ante rooms for residents including a coffee lounge, games room and TV lounge. Many of the rooms benefit from views across the open grounds providing a peaceful backdrop. Progressing throughout the hallway there is an array of other resident rooms including a dining room, activity room plus a wide array of WC facilities. There are 3 resident bedrooms on the ground floor. Resident support facilities include a First Aid room and a number of other rooms set aside for treatments and generalist support including storage. The service elements are catered for by way of a large kitchen which is well equipped plus ample storage and a laundry facility. There is a lift which provides access to the first and second floors where the majority of residents are accommodated.
The first floor has 9 bedrooms, plus a 1 Bedroom flat and 4 bathrooms and the necessary storage for domestic cleaning and sluice plus numerous bathrooms. There is a large lounge to the front of the building again providing residents with a serine vista.
The second floor has 14 bedrooms and four bathrooms plus two toilets and again has adequate storage for daily maintenance and cleaning.
The attic is accessed by the main stairway only and has 3 large rooms which are used at the present for utility storage.
Flat 1 is accessed by a private door and consists of sitting room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. Flat 2 used mainly as staff accommodation comprises lounge, and bedroom with ensuite.
Forse House benefits from mains electricity, water supply with private drainage. The House has oil fired central heating and utilises LPG gas for cooking and some ancillary heating with bulk tanks. The property is fully fire compliant and meets all extant regulations .A new Fire system was recently installed incorporating a sprinkler system.
The grounds extend to circa 24 acres and are a mix of well-maintained gardens with many attractive features and natural woodland. There are a number of shed and storage buildings plus a green house. Within the subjects are buildings which are derelict but could be brought back into use after extensive redevelopment. There is parking for 14 cars and 3 buses to the front of the property with additional parking areas to the rear of the building.
The extensive grounds at Forse House are an attractive feature of the sale. There are a number of buildings to the rear of the property that could be developed subject to consents and the expansive grounds provide potential to various development options. Any developments would be subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents.
The Forse House has a strong and sustainable trading history with turnover for year ending Mar 2011 sitting at circa £826,385. Full historical accounting information will be made available to seriously interested parties subsequent to formal viewing.
Number of bedrooms: 2
The flats included within the property would be ideal for use by owners/staff.
Forse House is located close to the north east coast of Scotland within the striking county of Caithness. The House is situated 1 mile from Latheron Junction where the A9 continues to Thurso (24 miles) and the A99 carries on to Wick (15 miles). I mile along the A99, on the left sits the Gatehouse at the entrance to the Estate which is accessed via a long private drive. The Highland Capital, Inverness, is 87 miles away. The area is renowned for its association with the many places of interest for residents and visitors to visit. Day trips to Orkney, the Castle of Mey to the north, Dunrobin Castle to the south or perhaps a day out to John O’Groats are all very much key attractions. Such is the area in terms of open natural beauty, there are many aspects of wildlife readily observable, home to herds of wild red deer, the otter and the Atlantic salmon amongst other species. The area is blessed with a wide variety of bird life also including golden eagle, hen harrier, peregrine falcon and short eared owl. The location of Forse House is a positive benefit to residents in terms of quality of life.
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