Arabella, Tain, Ross-Shire, IV19 1QJ
A charming Georgian house set in fine gardens and grounds
Arabella House is situated in a magnificent position overlooking Nigg Hill, at the north east end of the Cromarty Firth, approximately 30 miles from Inverness. Tain (5 miles) has two supermarkets and excellent facilities. Inverness boasts all the services associated with a thriving city. These include high street brands such as Marks & Spencer, convenient edge of town retail and business parks, specialist shops, professional services, and excellent restaurants. Eden Court Theatre, a renowned centre for the arts, is host to a large variety of touring productions and concerts.
Situated only 2 miles from the A9, the main trunk road running north to south through the Highlands, Arabella House is easily accessible. Tain has a station with connecting services to Inverness, which in turn has direct trains and a sleeper service to London. Inverness Airport is only 37 miles away and has an increasing choice of domestic flights.
Arabella House is situated in an area renowned for its fair climate and rich farmland. This arable land, in conjunction with a backdrop of rugged hills and sea views, provides spectacular scenery, with wonderful views. Outdoor opportunities abound; there are excellent links golf courses at Tain, Dornoch, Golspie and Brora, salmon fishing can be taken on nearby rivers including Alness, Brora and the rivers of the Kyle of Sutherland, while shooting can be arranged on local estates. For hill walkers, numerous Munros can be reached within an hour's drive. Wonderful beaches are numerous, some examples being Sandwick Bay, Dornoch, and Embo.
Arabella House is an extension of the old croft house of Drummeddat, dating from the 17th century. The outline of this original house can still be seen.
In 1795 the house was purchased by Hugh Rose who, having returned from the West Indies with a small fortune made by victualling the fleet of Rodney, Hood and Jarvis, bought the house and surrounding Estates. In 1799 he married the beautiful Arabella, daughter of Sir Ian Phipps, extended the croft house and named it Arabella. Arabella died tragically in 1806 aged only 27. Legend has it that she was murdered across the bay by a jilted West Indian rival.
Arabella House is a charming Category B listed Georgian house. It is thought to date from the early 19th century but had later additions in the 1880s, and in the 1990s, after the present owners purchased the property. It now offers a wonderful, well balanced family home, with all the charm and elegance associated with properties of the Georgian era. Of particular note are the dimensions of the reception rooms and the projecting bowed bay of the south facing front elevation.
The property is entered through a hallway which gives access to the dining room and through into the staircase hall. From here there is a sweeping staircase, which leads to both the mezzanine guest accommodation and the first floor. It also gives access to three of the principal reception rooms: the drawing room, morning room and library. The drawing room faces south and east and has a superb open fireplace with tiled inserts. It is an exceptional room for entertaining and is beautifully proportioned. The morning room faces south and has a bowed bay window overlooking the garden. From here a door leads into the garden. There is a fireplace with a wood burning stove, again with tiled surround. The library also faces south. It has an open fireplace, a door into the conservatory and fitted shelving. From the staircase hall a corridor leads into the garden room. This has a wood burning stove and opens into the conservatory, with double doors onto a west facing patio. The family room in turn leads into the kitchen/ breakfast room. This has an excellent range of fitted wall and floor units which incorporate a four oven oil fired Aga. Fitted appliances include a fan assisted electric Neff oven, with Panasonic microwave above. There is a four ring electric hob and ample room for a table. There are two stainless steel sinks and two dishwashers. From the kitchen/ breakfast room, double swing doors lead into a freezer room and laundry. A separate larder provides excellent storage space. From the kitchen an arch leads into the pantry, which connects to the dining room and has ample storage space. From the pantry a door leads into the boot room with access to the drive and a separate WC.
On the first floor there is an excellent master bedroom suite. This has a range of fitted wardrobes and steps from the bedroom lead down into the dressing room. This again has a range of fitted wardrobes, and a basin. The en suite bathroom has a bath with shower over, WC and basin. From the dressing room, a door connects to the guest accommodation corridor on the mezzanine level. The principal bedroom accommodation is accessed from the main first floor landing and is south facing. This includes three double bedrooms (two with connecting door), a single bedroom, two bathrooms and a separate WC. There is an airing cupboard and two large linen cupboards directly off the landing.
From half way up the staircase, a separate corridor serves the guest accommodation. There are three double bedrooms, one of which has an en suite bathroom, and a further bathroom. All three bedrooms have basins.
Arabella House is approached through wrought iron gates by a long gravel driveway, which leads to the parking and turning sweep to the side of the house. This is an impressive entrance and is lined by some magnificent specimen trees including Spanish oak, horse chestnut and Douglas fir. To the south of the house there is an extensive lawn, which is shaded by some more wonderful trees including Spanish chestnut, oak, sycamore, cherries and a superb lime tree. The south facing elevation of the house is clad with climbing shrubs including clematis, vines and roses and the borders are planted with a variety of shrubs including roses and lavender. The lawn in front of the house in turn leads to a paddock beyond. To the west of the house there is a patio, ideal for outside dining. This has shrub borders surrounding it with lavender, clematis, roses and other shrubs. Beyond this there is a series of outbuildings: a studio, with lean to shed either side, a series of further sheds and two garages.
The formal garden lies to the east of the driveway. This has a large central lawn with herbaceous borders on the north and east and is sheltered by mature trees including Douglas fir, Spanish oak and maple. An orchard lies to the south of this with a variety of cherries and other fruit trees and beyond is the kitchen garden which provides a wonderful variety of vegetables and includes an asparagus bed. Surrounding the kitchen garden are a number of mature fruit trees.
Services: Mains water and electricity. Private drainage to septic tank.
Listing: Arabella House is listed Category B.
Fixtures and Fittings: The fitted carpets are included in the sale. The washing machines, tumble dryers, fridges and freezers are also included in the sale.
Please note that the four sconces in the dining room, the two glass lamp shades in the outer hall, the glass chandelier in the morning room, the two small glass chandeliers in the sitting room, and the two glass sconces on the landing are specifically excluded from the sale.
Servitude rights, burdens and wayleaves: The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all servitude rights, burdens, reservations and wayleaves, including rights of access and rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cable, drains and water, gas and other pipes, whether contained in the Title Deeds or informally constituted and whether referred to in the General Remarks and Stipulations or not. The Purchaser(s) will be held to have satisfied himself as to the nature of all such servitude rights and others.
Offers: Offers, in Scottish legal form, must be submitted by your solicitor to the Selling Agents.
It is intended to set a closing date but the seller reserves the right to negotiate a sale with a single party. All genuinely interested parties are advised to instruct their solicitor to note their interest with the Selling Agents immediately after inspection.
Deposit: A deposit of 10% of the purchase price may be required. It will be paid within 7 days of the conclusion of Missives. The deposit will be non-returnable in the event of the Purchaser(s) failing to complete the sale for reasons not attributable to the Seller or his agents.
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Property Reference Number: GBEDRSEDS110387
- Sold in July 2013
- 8 bedrooms
- 5 bathrooms
- Garden - about 7.04 acres
- Energy Efficiency Rating D