A cleverly designed contemporary house with a remarkable view.
Balvaig was built in 2008 to a design that ensured the house would be comfortable, practical, bright and energy efficient as well as capturing the outstanding view and blending in with the surroundings. Taking cues from local architecture, the house is clad in engineered stone which is coloured and pointed to look much like traditional buildings in the area. It has a slate roof and is partially clad in cedar. The pleasing and understated frontage hides a striking interior.
A tantalizing snapshot of Balvaig's view can be seen from the front door step where it is possible to see through the glazing of the entrance doors and the hall to the Tummel Valley beyond. The interior of Balvaig is characterised by its proliferation of picture windows and glazed walls of different shapes and sizes. Every room is filled with light and has a lovely outlook. The sitting room is the most impressive room in the house. With a vaulted ceiling and floor to ceiling glazing on two walls as well as a wood burning stove and a thoughtfully designed lighting scheme, this is a room that can be bright and airy or warm and cosy while always being dominated by the panoramic view. The sitting room is open to the dining area which is usefully situated beside the kitchen. The kitchen is fitted with white units and has a small breakfast bar beside a glazed inner wall which connects it to the main living and dining areas.
The passage to the remaining accommodation has a glazed wall on one side throwing light into two almost identical studies. Accessed by attractive sliding doors, these studies have windows to the front of the house and one has built in storage. Both these rooms are enormously versatile and could be used to suit a buyer's requirements. At the east end of the house there are three further double bedrooms all with built in storage. The two main rooms are linked by a small balcony which overlooks the garden. The third bedroom looks out to the front and side of the house. There are also two bathrooms and a W.C. A large floored loft is currently used for storage. It is fitted with windows and subject to obtaining the relevant planning consents could be converted into additional accommodation.
With its timber doors and skirtings, natural colour palette, clean lines, expansive glazing and underfloor heating, the house has a warm, peaceful and welcoming atmosphere.
Balvaig is approached by a short private driveway which leads to parking in front of the house and to a garage and car port to the side. The garden is enclosed by a neat beech hedge. At the foot of the garden there is a young orchard where pear, plum, cherry and apple trees produce sensational blossom in the spring. The remainder of the garden has been designed to encourage wildlife and the greatest expanse of the garden is given over to a wildflower meadow. There is also a spectacular display of fritillaries beneath the main bedrooms. A central courtyard encloses a sheltered terrace for sitting out in good weather and beds of heather provide colour at times of the year when the rest of the garden is dormant. There is an electricity supply to the bottom of the garden.
Steps from the terrace lead down to the garage which houses the ground source heat pump. The garage has a remote controlled door and space for a car as well as a work bench. It is also fitted with some units and a sink. Beside the garage is a car port which is currently used for storage of bins and logs as well as serving as a covered drying area.
Every single room in this tastefully decorated property is filled with light and has a lovely outlook. With the uplifting views over the Tummel valley, beautiful walks on the doorstep and proximity to Moulin and Pitlochry it is both a perfectly situated property that is also practical and a pleasure to live in.Stephanie Clarke