McEwan Fraser Legal are delighted to offer a unique opportunity to purchase this beautiful former Victorian church which has been tastefully converted into a luxurious seven-bedroom guest house which has maintained the essence and character of the property. Whilst having a successful recent business history there are still substantial opportunities to further develop the commercial activities to further develop the commercial activities or even to return this stunning property into a Grand Residence for a large family or simply to entertain in a unique mansion.
The church dates back to 1843 and is a B-listed building. It is built in the perpendicular style of James Gillespie Graham and the character has been retained wherever possible.
A personal viewing would be necessary to fully appreciate the contents which include the corniced ceiling in the entrance vestibule. The uplifting original front staircases leading to the first floor. An elegant main lounge with adjacent raised dining room and attractive balustrade under the original church ceiling. The delicate stone tracery of the windows. Second lounge at ground floor with the original wooden floor The master bedroom with en-suite facilities including corner bath tub and sauna. A self-contained flat consisting of lounge, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.
The property benefits from oil-fired central heating, double-glazed side facing windows which catch either the morning or evening sun and first floor high floor-to-ceiling gothic windows.
This unusual B&B & unique family home has been very tastefully re-designed to provide the guests with a very special, unforgettable holiday experience whilst allowing the owners to have very comfortable accommodation over two floors. The property still has plenty potential to further development depending on requirements & offers a rare opportunity to purchase an individually designed business and/or family residence.
Development options that may be considered are extending the current 3-to 5-bedroom B&B into a 7-bedroom guest house/small hotel (by converting parts of the 2nd lounge downstairs into a further spacious bedroom En-Suite and with easily adding 2 further en-suites to existing rooms) & using the flat as owner’s accommodation. Occupying the whole 1st floor as owner’s accommodation and using ground floor as office and/or accommodation for relatives. Having 3 dwellings under one roof by adding a 3rd kitchen into the 2nd lounge at ground floor. Extending the upstairs lounge by an easy to convert mezzanine floor under the original church ceiling for either a restaurant/bistro/dining lounge or even establishing a special recreation place with treatment rooms.
Most of these internal ideas PLUS a West, East & North Lodge as holiday let at the lower parts of the grounds (hidden in midst the trees but with lovely open outlook and with the mighty church building as a spectacular background) are part of a Full Planning & Listed Building Consent in place as a project already commenced, simply waiting to get started in parts or in full. The original gothic styled double door leads into the attractive entrance vestibule with access to the two stairwells on each side of the bell tower. The stairwells give access to ground floor accommodation, the office in the former vestry and stairs to upper landings and also higher up into the bell tower with its still operational bell and two further levels of storage and a stunning panoramic outlook from the top of the building.
From the upper landings original doors to the main-lounge and dining room. Main-Lounge and diningrRoom : 7.0m x 6.0m & 6.0 x 3.8m. A superb double aspect room with a comfortable, spacious sitting area featuring original exposed oak ceiling beams, pine panelling and big multi fuel stove, steps to the raised gallery, dining room with attractive balustrade making it an excellent, spacious room for breakfast and dinner, meetings, event reception and has perfect acoustics. Main Hall : Access to Bedrooms 1 to 3, kitchen, shower room and rear stairs (with built-in cupboard) to the ground floor. Kitchen & breakfast room : 5.55m x 3.75m (inclusive of units) Fully fitted custom-made kitchen (Old Barn Style) with special features like a gothic styled cupboard serving at the moment as the main kitchen for private use by the owners and for servicing the guests’ meals. Items included in the sale are washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, fridge freezer, double oven/grill, ceramic hob and extractor fan (all are built-in), as well as a stainless steel double sink unit with mixer tap and a separate wash hand basin. Excellent rural views can be enjoyed from the kitchen table.
Shower Room: 2.26m x 2.05 : Fitted with WC, wash hand basin and shower cabinet. Power shower from unvented pressurised water system.
Master Bedroom : 5.32m x 5.15m : A spacious elegant room with excellent rural outlook and views. Fitted wardrobes with mirror doors providing hanging and storage space. Built-in cupboard with gothic features in the doors. Door to en-suite. En-Suite Bathroom: 5.15m x 3.15m : Unique bathroom with attractively exposed stone walls, original, leaded glass windows and fitted with corner bath, WC, wash hand basin and sauna.
Bedroom Two : 4.3m x 3.4m : Side facing room. Fitted wardrobe with mirrored doors providing hanging space and storage space.
Bedroom three : 4.3m x 3.4m : Side facing room. Fitted wardrobe with mirrored doors providing hanging and storage space. From the bottom of both original stairwells, access to the 2nd lounge & to the lower hall (with doors to bedrooms four, five and six, en-suite, shower room and
Second lounge : 5.22m x 7.35m : Superb additional lounge for the B&B with plenty original features such as original wooden wainscoting, pillars of the former balcony and the original wooden floor plus a fitted bar.
Bedroom Four : 2.55m x 3.41m : Side facing the cosy room with the original wooden wainscotting all around. Could be utilised as a study/office. Door to en-suite. En-suite shower room: 2.6m x 1.62m : Fitted WC, wash-hand basin and shower room with power shower from unvented pressurised
Bedroom Five : 3.6m x 3.18m : Side-facing room. Fitted wardrobe with hanging and storage space. Could be as well utilised as a study/office or 2nd bedroom to the flat. Door to the integral flat. Bedroom Six: 5.42m x 4.15m : Side-facing room. Door to En-Suite.
En-Suite Bathroom: 1.93m x 3.95m : Spacious bathroom with bath tub and power shower from unvented pressurised water system over, WC and wash hand basin.
From the main hall on the first floor, stairs lead into the rear of the building to the former place of the altar which has access to the apartment and doors leading off the rear vestibule as a separate main entrance for the flat. Original spaces/rooms in the rear of the building.
Former altar room (5.2m x 3.45m) : With stone floor, lower part of the leaded glass windows of the master En-Suite upstairs and original high wooden wainscoting plus 2 of the original pews and an extractor fan.
Fantastic big gothic-styled door to former vestry (small room with window, wooden floor and the former minister cupboard with shelves and hanging spaces) and from there into the rear vestibule with former minister toilet. Huge potential for further development as to extend the apartment into at least one third more of living space.
Lounge : 4.7m x 3.7m : Side facing room with original wooden wainscotting and refurbished original wooden floor. Opening through archway to Kitchen. Storage room under staircase.
Kitchen : 3.37m x 2.7m (inclusive of units) : Fitted with base units and a modern sink unit. Access via separate door from the hall. Refurbished original wooden floor.
Bathroom : 2.43m x 2.33 : Fitted three-piece suite comprising WC, wash hand basin and bathtub with shower over.
Bedroom 7 : 3.5m x 3.37m : Side facing room. Fitted wardrobe offering hanging and storage space. Refurbished original wooden floor.
Utility Room housing the hot-water boiler. The Bell Tower as the centre feature at the front of the building hosts. The entrance vestibule. Office/study with original fire place (not in use) and built-in cupboard. 2 storage rooms. The bell can still be operated either manually or on a pre-set automatic timer. Access to the tower roof offers a fantastic panoramic view of the Grampian Highlands and across The Outer Moray Firth towards Easter Ross, Caithness & Sutherland. Shed/Boiler Room : External access to the boiler room (housing the central heating boiler) through shed with ample storage space for firewood, bicycles, etc.
Outside : The building can be illuminated with a number of timer controlled flood lights close by. The garden grounds offer a variety of idyllic seating areas, a BBQ/bonfire ground, to the west of the grounds a small burn runs through to a pond and there is also a little waterfall. In a secluded and sheltered part is “The Garden of Eden”, a private place to rest and enjoy some peace and solitude. An adjacent path is known as ‘Church Walk’ works its way through the lower part of the grounds. The grounds contain many huge oaks, beech and pine trees as well a Spanish chestnut tree, meadow areas, borders and mature flower & rose beds especially in front of the building. Car parking is available to the front of the building which is illuminated at night. Two private driveways serve the property from two public roads, one is a two-hundred-yard gravel drive which keeps the church in constant view over a former railway bridge to the front of the building.
Services include mains electricity and water, private drainage, telephone. The property is in walk-in condition throughout and most of the floors covered by high-quality Karndean flooring. The modern main kitchen is of solid oak. The whole building has been regularly maintained and is in an excellent state of repair. The soakaway was totally renewed and extended in 2006. The Property is clearly sign posted from the centre of the neighbouring village of Lhanbryde by brown tourist signs marked "Old Church B & B". Parrandier is at the heart of the area known as 'The Laich of Moray'. The Laich lies in the shelter of the Grampian highlands and is well-known for its dry and sunny climate. Your spirits lift as you approach the edge of the small village of Urquhart and spy the inspiring 70ft tower of the church. On top of a small hillock, the church offers open, uninterrupted views of the beautiful countryside, close to the Highlands and to the Sea.
Further information available at website under www.oldchurch.eu
Subject to agreement, it is envisaged that some of the contents of the property may be included in the sale to allow a seamless transition of ownership whilst maintaining the integrity of the business.
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