Sited on the East coast of Caithness, just off the A99 and NC500 route, this idyllic country cottage is a stone built traditional Caithness But&Ben, erected circa 1850. The one and a half story extension was added in 2007 and the whole property has been upgraded 5 years ago. This property comprises of kitchen, living room, possibility of 4 bedrooms, en-suite bathroom, shower room and has a large barn with garage doors, which has been used as a workshop. The Croft is neutrally decorated throughout with white painted walls and light grey carpet or dark charcoal tiles in the kitchen/diner and entrance hallway. All the windows and doors are double glazed and it benefits from oil central heating, with the addition of 2 wood burning stoves. The driveway will easily accommodate 3 cars.
If you are looking for an escape from the rat race and to enjoy a better quality of life, then this place is for you. The house sits on just over an acre with a large paddock to the left hand side and there is a possibility of purchasing adjacent fields from the neighbour. A smallholding could easily be setup here. It sits off the main A99 far enough away to be not bothered by any traffic. It is a quiet rural area with spectacular awe-inspiring views out over the north sea and the ancient Forse Castle. There is potential to create a great family home, or split the house into a self contained annex for B&B. The Garage/Barn could also be converted into another self contained holiday let.
Forse lies 2 miles north of Latheron and 2 miles south of Lybster where the local shop, primary school, hotels, doctors surgery and post office reside. Wick, the county town, is 15 miles north where you find the High School, Swimming Pool, hospital, supermarkets, local shops, opticians and retail park. A weekly market is in the process of being setup.
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HALLWAY (1.6m x 4.3m)
The entrance to the property joins the cottage with the extension. Space for coats and shoes and access to garden is gained from here.
KITCHEN/DINER (7.8m x 3.6m)
The centre of this family home, the roomy kitchen/diner has a fully fitted kitchen with cream cabinet doors and granite worktops. Integrated fridge freezer, larder, oven, microwave, dishwasher, gas hob and extractor hood. Separating the kitchen and dining area is a large centre island with integrated wine fridge and cupboards. The dining area has plenty of space that easily accommodates a table for six. A wood burning stove is in situ but requires the flue liner and register plate to be installed (these are included). There is a reclaimed oak fireplace mantle. Plenty of light is let in through 3 windows and 2 veluxes. A high ceiling adds to the spacious feeling in this room.
LIVING ROOM (5.9m x 4m)
Large sitting room with patio door to garden and views out to the North Sea across the fields. A perfect place to relax and gaze out at the view. French doors to the hallway, stairs to the mezzanine and a window. A solid wood door leads to the Master Bedroom.
MASTER BEDROOM (3.5m x 3.0m)
Ground floor master double bedroom with views out over the garden and to the North Sea through patio doors. There is a built in wardrobe with mirrored doors stretching the length of the bedroom supplying ample space for clothes, shoes and accessories.
EN SUITE (2.4m x 2.8m)
En suite bathroom to the master bedroom. It has a white bathroom suite - WC, wash hand basin, walk in shower cubicle with mains shower and a bath. There is a window above the bath and a mains heated towel rail. The neutral decor is light grey floor tiles and a lighter shade of wall tiles, with blue patterned feature border.
MEZZANINE/BEDROOM 3 (7.8m x 4.3m)
At the top of the stairs you are presented with a large dormer window with spectacular views out over the ocean, the Beatrice oil field and a couple of oil rigs. With a coombed ceiling this room spans the length of the extension. It was once used as an artists studio and now doubles as an office and sitting room, which then converts to a comfortable area for visitors. There is potential to use this space as a further bedroom and install an ensuite bathroom. There are 2 velux windows and a window on the gable end.
BEDROOM 2 (2.3m x 2.7m)
To the other side of the kitchen/diner, the rest of the old cottage has been developed into a living area. This is currently the second bedroom accommodating a double bed.
BATHROOM (1.5m x 2.4m)
Next to the bedroom there is the bathroom which is neutrally decorated, with white walls, light slate tiled splashback to the wash hand basin and in the shower. White suite including a corner shower cubicle with mains shower, WC and wash hand basin. Velux window.
LOUNGE/SNUG/BEDROOM 4 (2.2m x 3.7m)
Currently used as a snug sitting room, this area could easily be changed into another bedroom. There is an exposed original stone fireplace housing a multi-fuel burner, this has not been installed and is not in use. Window and Velux window.
Large barn - turned garage and utility where the washing machine and tumble dryer are housed. It has plenty of space and could be used for a multitude of things. There is currently an hydraulic vehicle lift, which has been used for repairing cars, available by separate negotiation. Of stone construction, it could be re-appropriated as animal housing, or man-cave/ studio. There is also the potential to re-develop into a self contained holiday let. Water and electricity are connected.
GARDEN GROUNDS AND PADDOCK (approx 1 acre)
The property sits on just over an acre of ground. There is a fenced paddock to the side which has been grazed by the local farmers sheep. The garden surrounding the house has been laid to grass with mature flower beds. There is a polytunnel which is included in the sale. The garden is tree lined on either side.
Oil Central Heating.
Gas bottles for kitchen hob.
Council tax Band - C.
EPC Rating - E
Not a registered Croft.
Heading North from Latheron, continue from the A9 to the A99 which heads towards Wick for approximately 2 miles. You will see signs for The North Shore Pottery on the right and Forse of Nature to the left. Take the next right signposted Forse, take the next right again and The Croft is the second property on the left hand side.
Heading South, approximately 2 miles south of Lybster you will see the signpost for Forse.