A splendid former manse in a picturesque highland village.
Kirkmichael House was formerly the manse to Kirkmichael Parish Church. While the main part of house dates from about 1760 there has been a property on its site for centuries. Oliver Cromwell reputedly stayed in the house in 1653 from where he fought a skirmish in the grounds of the church. In more recent years the house has been sympathetically renovated and extended and now has a perfect mix of formal and family rooms centred around a sociable dining kitchen. Within the last 10 years the house has been fitted with double glazed sash and case windows, two new bathrooms, a new roof and a family room and conservatory (both with under floor heating). A wood pellet boiler was installed in 2015 which fuels the central heating and hot water. The house is currently a popular holiday rental and would continue to offer a secondary source of income to a buyer looking for a second home with letting potential.
A glazed front porch opens into a welcoming reception hall. To the left is the drawing room with wood burning stove, large sash and case windows, high ceilings, shutters and original timber flooring. To the right of the hall is the dining room with similar features and proportions and an open fireplace. Both these rooms are ideal for entertaining. Behind the dining room is a cloakroom with a large storage cupboard for coats and boots. From the hall, a short passage leads to the kitchen which is positioned at the heart of the house with doors leading to the sitting room, the conservatory, the family room, the utility room and the back garden. The kitchen has beautiful painted timber units and an oil fired two oven Aga as well as a separate electric hob and combi oven/grill/microwave. There is space for a central island, a fridge freezer and a dining table. Off the kitchen there is a sitting room with an open fire and a wall of bookshelves making it a warm and cosy space. In contrast the light filled conservatory is a wonderfully bright glazed room overlooking the garden. Behind the kitchen is the family room which was converted from old stone outbuildings and along with the conservatory is one of the most recent additions to the house. The family room has a timber floor and vaulted ceiling with roof lights as well as two sets of glazed bi-fold doors which open onto the terrace. An original hayloft door in the family room hides an additional space which has been insulated, decorated and fitted with a Velux window. With the installation of some loft steps there is potential to make greater use of this room should a buyer wish to. Outside the conservatory a glazed roof covers part of the terrace and connects it to the conservatory making it a versatile space which can be used in all weathers.
A broad curving staircase leads up to a split landing on the first floor. On the main landing is the master bedroom which has magnificent proportions and two large windows. It is connected to a smaller room which is currently used as a dressing room but with the relevant consents may work well as an en suite bathroom. On this landing there is also a large twin bedroom and a smaller double bedroom as well as a family bathroom with walk in shower and a separate bath. A pretty double bedroom with its own bathroom is split from the main landing and would be ideal as a guest suite.
On the second floor are two bright and surprisingly spacious double bedrooms. They both have dormer and Velux windows as well as built in cupboards and eaves storage. There are views from these bedrooms over the village to the distant hills. On the second floor there is also a bathroom and landing.
Kirkmichael House is approached by a short private driveway which leads to gravel parking in front of the house. The garden, which amounts to about 0.66 acres, is planted with lots of spring bulbs and punctuated by mature trees and shrubs. On the west side of the house is a pretty courtyard area which is perfect for sitting out in the summer. The remainder of the garden is mainly down to lawn with a raised section of garden at the rear which has potential to be developed into herbaceous or vegetable beds.
An L shaped range of traditional stone outbuildings is attached to the rear of the house and consists of three useful stores. One of the stores contains the wood pellet hopper that feeds the boiler and the other two are useful garden and outdoor equipment stores which, subject to obtaining the relevant consents, may have potential to be converted into additional accommodation.
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Kirkmichael House is a very attractive period property with some classic Georgian features but also a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, making it a lovely family home which is within walking distance of village amenities and activities. It is currently run as a successful holiday let, unsurprisingly given the wonderfully scenic location, and as such would also work well as a second home with occasional rental potential.Stephanie Clarke