Located on a tranquil road in a leafy residential setting and surrounded by fields and views of Ross-shire, this beautiful house is less than 1km from the centre of Dingwall. Upper Knockbain Road is an attractive settlement of affluent homes, indicated by the eclectic designs of properties, their exquisite, manicured gardens and a high standard of local upkeep.
Aros is no exception and is in a slightly elevated position, on a corner. A gate opens onto a path, flanked with delightfully trimmed shrubs, that rises gently to the property’s attractive white, wood, and turquoise exterior, setting the scene for the creative and appealing interior beyond. Once inside, the palette is warming with natural wood joinery, with the hall featuring a dramatic open riser staircase, with its floating steps finished in wood and grey carpet.
Constructed in 1963 and with an interior space of 147 m2, this is a fabulous example of mid-century property, and its wide, open layout and long stretches of windows and exposed stone. Sadly lost in so many other properties of this age, these details have been carefully retained throughout the house. The stylish proportions and use of colour and texture throughout further capture the house’s elegance, while authentic period details, although clearly valued, have been sensitively enhanced to make them appropriate for today’s lifestyle and tastes.
The split-level living and dining room is finished with natural stone surrounding the fireplace, and long expanses of walls and a soaring ceiling accentuate the space; Sought after in the antigue market, open-plan solid teak units, designed by Paul Cadovius, one of the leading Danish furniture designers of the last century, divides the living and dining areas. A newer, substantial conservatory is a charming, south-facing space finished in white that connects the living area to the garden.
The remarkable kitchen has wall and floor cabinets in different wood grains, creatively arranged and designed. This results in a bespoke aesthetic that looks intriguing and gives a fabulous air of playfulness and homeliness. Alcoves, angles, and shapes also maximise the use of the space, but in a manner that is practical and cleverly designed. In a more straightforward setting, a generous utility room lies at the rear of the kitchen.
The ground floor is completed with a large bedroom with a built-in wardrobe and a view of the front of the house. There is also a substantial en-suite bathroom attached that features an accessible shower and a bath with a shower over it. There is also a WC and wash hand basin in the en-suite.
Upstairs, there are two large bedrooms with coombed ceilings and built-in storage. Each room has a long proportion and a wash hand basin. The bathroom is generously sized with a wash hand basin, WC and bath with a shower over it. The landing is long and features a considerable amount of built-in storage. This floor retains the feel and elegance of the rest of the house, but given its expansive overall area, there is an opportunity to modernise or adapt the layout to suit, subject to appropriate permissions.
The garden is an important aspect of the property and has been thoughtfully designed, with the creation of different zones for horticulture, relaxation, and utility spaces approached with care and attention to detail. Filled with lawns, raised beds, paving mature shrubs and trees, and a large undercover parking area, this garden is just as intriguing as the inside.
Aros is a spectacular property in a wonderful setting. It offers a beautiful home for a family. It is somewhere that can be enjoyed not only for its period features and design standards, but also for all the exciting and creative opportunities it presents going forward.
Located just 15 miles from the City of Inverness, Dingwall is a bustling market town that still retains many of the beautiful stone buildings that were a sign of its status during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
This well-maintained town has a population of about 5,500. It has a lively high street that benefits from many independent shops, cafes and businesses, lending the centre an enjoyable place to visit both by locals and visitors. Many cultural attractions include a well-respected museum, castles and monuments nearby.
With the A9 bypassing the town, Dingwall is just far enough from the main routes to be still considered quiet but not so distant that it feels inaccessible. An easy 25-minute car journey through the lovely countryside and across the Moray Firth via the Kessock Bridge makes the commute to Inverness easily accessible and enjoyable. Alternatively, there are frequent trains and buses to the City and nearby Invergordon.
Dingwall has one secondary school, Dingwall Academy, and one primary school. There is a medical centre, dentists, and a leisure centre with a swimming pool and gym. There are several places of worship, supermarkets, and independent food stores.
The area has extensive Outdoor pursuits, with world-class golf, fishing, walking, and sailing nearby. The NC500 is close to Dingwall, and many historic villages, castles and monuments are within a short driving distance.
Services: Mains Water, Electric & Oil
Council Tax Band: E
EPC Rating: E (40)
Entry Date: Early entry available
Home Report: Available on request.
Viewings: 7 Days accompanied by agent.
Included in the sale:
All floor coverings, blinds and all white goods.
Anti-Money Laundering Legislation
As with all Estate Agents, Hamish is subject to Anti Money Laundering Regulations. These regulations require us as selling agents, to perform various checks on the property buyers and any offer presented to us must be accompanied by the current address, date of birth, and of proof of funds for all purchasers and of any family members who may be gifting deposits. From time to time, certified photographic evidence of the buyer’s identity and proof of address may also be required. We are unable to progress any sale to completion, until these requirements have been fully satisfied.
It is important your solicitor notifies this office of your interest otherwise the property may be sold without your knowledge. Hamish strongly recommend that you discuss any particular points regarding the property which are likely to affect your interest in the property with them prior to viewing. Interested parties are advised to notify their interest, in writing, with Hamish as a closing date for offers may be set. The seller reserves the right to accept an offer made privately prior to any closing date and further, the seller is not bound to accept the highest, or indeed, any offer. These particulars, whilst believed to be correct do not and cannot form part of any contract. The measurements have been taken using a sonic tape measure and therefore are for guidance only.