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The plot at Culag, Avernish offers a unique and desirable house site extending to over a third of an acre located in the quiet crofting township of Avernish, rurally situated just 7 miles from amenities in Kyle of Lochalsh. The site which has full planning permission for an architect designed 3 bedroom property, benefits from mature, established gardens and enjoys delightful loch and mountain views.
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House site at Culag, Avernish, Ross-shire IV40 8EQ
Avernish is a crofting township of cottages and properties situated approximately 3 miles west of Dornie and 7 miles east of Kyle of Lochalsh. The single track township road lies just off the A87, and follows the shoreline of Loch Alsh ending in a track and footpath passing by ruinous croft houses and leading to an idyllic rocky promontory.
The location is well-positioned to take advantage of the excellent walking in the area, the Five Sisters of Kintail, the Cuillin of Skye, and attractions such as Eilean Donan Castle, the Falls of Glomach, the picturesque village of Plockton and the brochs at Glenelg which are all located within the locality. Primary schooling is available in nearby Auchtertyre, to which a school bus runs daily. Secondary schooling is available in the village of Plockton for which there is also a school bus service. All main facilities can be found in the village of Kyle of Lochalsh, less than fifteen minutes away and Inverness is approximately 65 miles east.
The de-crofted, fully fenced plot extends to approximately 0.42 acres (to be confirmed by title plan). The gardens were established some 45 years ago and although currently rather overgrown, present a unique and beautiful backdrop to the otherwise open rural setting. Currently on-site is a residential caravan which has reached the end of its useful life but services are still currently connected.
The site affords outstanding loch and mountain views eastwards along the Inner Sound of Loch Alsh towards Dornie and glimpses of Eilean Donan Castle can be made out in the distance, especially when illuminated at night.
The caravan is supplied with mains water (metered), mains electricity, a BT telephone line and drainage to septic tank; the electricity and drainage arrangements will require upgrading as part of any new development. The water and telephone line enter the site from the adjacent access road (which is adopted by the highway authority) and a new electricity supply was recently installed nearby, an arrangement to connect to that supply is possible and the installation and upgrading of services are the responsibility of any purchaser.
The site is currently subject to Highland Council non-domestic rates which are negligible and is currently exempt, but a new house development would be assessed for Council Tax.
Full planning permission was granted on 21 November 2014 for the erection of an architect-designed larch clad, three bedroom detached house, situated on the approximate site of the caravan, retaining most of the mature planting, utilising the topography of the site and maximising the views.
The proposed accommodation comprised:
Living room, conservatory, dining/kitchen, shower room, utility, entrance hall, stairs to upper level with gallery overlooking dining area & sea views, study accessing the rock to the rear, master bedroom (en-suite), 2 further bedrooms, decking balcony.
It is appreciated that any purchaser would want to have their own ‘dream house’ built and so the existing permissions might be regarded as ‘in principle’. The 2014 scheme was well received but the permission expired in 2017 and was not renewed, a third party interested in the site commissioned a different design. Full planning permission for a three bedroom ‘Heb Home’ in a similar location to the 2014 scheme was granted on 19 December 2017. This design also utilises the topography of the site and location and offered a simpler schedule of accommodation, also on two levels. Both schemes are indicative of what could be built, subject to usual Highland Council permissions; or a new scheme could be submitted for approval.
PLANNING REFERENCE: Highland Council 14/03847/FUL, Renewal 17/05041/FUL
DIRECTIONS: From Dornie travel west along the A87 for approximately 2 miles, turn left at Nostie. Crossing the bridge and continue for approximately 1 mile. At the fork in the road bear right and the site is approximately 100m further along, on the left, with obvious mature planting.
OFFERS: Should be submitted in proper legal Scottish form to RE/MAX Skye Estate Agents, Main Street, Broadford, Isle of Skye, IV49 9AE. Fax no. 01471 822950.
INTEREST: It is important that your solicitor notifies this office of your interest; otherwise the plot may be sold without your knowledge
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Sales: 01471 822900 | Fax: 01471 822950
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