House and Garden
Clachuile is a historic former coaching inn overlooking the River Conon (Coul/Upper Fairburn fishings). Clachuile takes its name from the clachuil which is a hollowed stone, probably for grinding barley, which is still present at the property. This stone is listed in the Canmore Directory and is of historic interest. The Inn itself is mentioned in Baddeley's 1885 Northern Highlands guide book.
The property has spacious, well laid out accommodation, has been well maintained and is in good decorative order throughout.
A double entry gravel driveway leads to a half-glazed hardwood door to a vestibule which gives access to a boot room and toilet, then to a hallway and the kitchen, utility room and dining room.
The kitchen has an excellent range of French designer oak floor and wall units fitted with well thought-out storage solutions to make the most of the available space.
There is a built in Neff oven, microwave and warming drawer, a Neff ceramic hob with extractor over and built in Neff dishwasher. The built-in Worcester Bosch oil-fired boiler provides full central heating. (The oil tanks are discreetly located in the Steading). There is a useful feature of a pull-out breakfast bar. Triple aspect windows offer plenty of natural light and views over the countryside to Ben Wyvis.
The utility room has an American-style fridge freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer and there is also a sink and French designer storage units which match those in the kitchen.
The dining room has a natural wood floor and a window overlooking the garden.
A door gives access to a large walk-in former larder with window to the North and excellent storage space.
A second door leads to the inner hallway which in turn leads to the sitting room. There is an under-stair store and glazed double doors to the garden.
The sitting room has a stone fireplace and hearth which houses a Jetmaster open fire. Triple aspect windows also have superb views to Ben Wyvis and over the garden grounds.
From the hall a staircase rises to the upper floor and a long landing gives access to the three bedrooms and bathroom.
There are three double bedrooms with bedroom 2 used as an office with fitted shelving and desk space. The family bathroom has a coloured three-piece suite with the sink set in a tiled vanity unit. The bath is tiled around the base; an electric shower over the bath has wet wall panels for ease of cleaning.
Externally, the property is accessed from the public road. There is ample off-street parking and a turning area in addition to two garages in the Steading. The well-tended tiered garden is mainly laid to lawn with mature trees, shrubs and planted with cottage garden plants. There is an orchard to the rear of the garden. The garden grounds are mainly bounded by stone dykes. The clachuil sits at the side of the property. There is external lighting and an ornamental lamp-post.
To the west of the house there is a structurally sound and architecturally attractive stone-built Steading featuring dormer doors facing east and, in an attic, which might be used as an artist's studio, north-facing doors giving views to Ben Wyvis (1,064m). Currently and historically, the Steading has been used as two garages, garden equipment store, two log stores, coalhouse, stables, byre and pigsty. In one of the stables there is a window giving views north-eastwards over the River Conon to Moy Woods and Cnoc Mor (269m known locally as the Cat's back). The large attic areas have been used as a hen house and hayloft. There is a roofed holding pen on the west side of a garage/stable which provides a very useful covered drying area. The Steading has recently been fully re-wired with internal lighting throughout, power sockets in the barn area and external lighting of the adjacent grass area leading to the house. There is mains water supply to the ground floor. This impressive building offers excellent conversion/development potential for a wide variety of different purposes within the terms of the Local Development plan subject to the necessary consents.
The Paddock (0.62 acre, 0.25 ha) lies to the west of the Steading and has excellent views towards nearby Torr Achilty (252m). It is mainly bounded by stock fence/stone dyke and has recently been used for grazing sheep or other stock. The Paddock may be accessed from the Steading either from the central barn or from one of the stables through the holding pen. There is also a separate gateway directly from the public road which provides access for the vehicles and trailers such as a horsebox.
Marybank is a small village in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. The village of Muir of Ord lies 3 miles south east of Marybank, along the A832 road. The village of Contin lies less than 2 miles northwest of Marybank. There is a well-respected local primary school in Marybank and secondary school pupils are transported to Dingwall Academy. A good range of amenities can be found in Dingwall (7 miles) including supermarkets, Doctors, Hospital and Leisure Centre. The City of Inverness - capital of the Highlands is also within easy commuting distance being only 19 miles away.
There is excellent salmon fishing available on the River Conon and in the surrounding area with the property overlooking the Coul and Upper Conon Fishings. Outdoor pursuits including rock climbing at Moy Rock, mountain biking and hill walking are all on the doorstep.