Splash out on a seaside home that’s truly unique

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - FRONT PAGE - Con­tact Gal­braith on 01463 224343.

When walk­ing along a beach, it’s not un­usual for peo­ple to pick up a pretty shell. But it takes some­one with a fan­tas­tic imag­i­na­tion to look at a seashell and think, I could de­sign a house based on that shape!

The Seashell is a strik­ing ar­chi­tect-de­signed home which has come on to the mar­ket for the first time.

It is unique – and spectacular, and as the name sug­gests, the south-fac­ing house fol­lows the shape of a shell and has curved walls, floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows of­fer­ing un­in­ter­rupted views of the coun­try­side, Loch Su­nart and the Morvern Hills be­yond.

This is a home like no other. A house not only de­signed as an idyl­lic ro­man­tic get­away but one which blends beau­ti­fully with its idyl­lic, nat­u­rally beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings. It was built us­ing a host of nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing wood from nearby forests.

Huge tree trunks have been used to cre­ate a liv­ing grass-topped and wild-flower cov­ered roof, as well as the hand­made doors in­side.

The house, on the mar­ket at offers over £250,000, has been run suc­cess­fully as a five-star hol­i­day let by the own­ers, who are also sell­ing two other prop­er­ties in the area (Aspen Lodge and Bright­wa­ter Lodge) but The Seashell would also make a fan­tas­tic per­ma­nent home.

Built to a very high spec, it has a su­per ar­ray of con­tem­po­rary ‘must haves’ in­clud­ing an el­e­vated, dou­ble spa bath, wet room, sep­a­rate shower, cir­cu­lar open fire place, un­der-floor heat­ing and state-of-the-art light­ing.

High-qual­ity win­dows and ce­ramic tiled floor­ing help keep main­te­nance to a min­i­mum while an air source heat pump, so­lar ther­mal pan­els and ex­ten­sive use of glass make the most of so­lar gain.

The house is wrapped with at­trac­tive wooden cladding pro­vid­ing a low main­te­nance outer shell while the clev­erly de­signed turf roof ex­tends out above the main en­trance and to the side to cre­ate a large cov­ered area be­tween the house and the edge of the drive. This cov­ered space in­cludes the air source heat pump, dry­ing lines, wood store and has am­ple room for a ta­ble and chairs.

The de­light­ful gar­den ex­tends down be­yond the house to­wards Loch Su­nart and in­cludes a lawn, while a slop­ing grass verge be­tween the house and the lawn pro­vides an ideal location for the so­lar ther­mal pan­els which can’t be seen from the house.

The gar­den is full of ma­ture plants, fruit bushes and pretty fo­liage while the drive­way can ac­com­mo­date sev­eral cars. It ex­tends be­yond the house to the far side where there is a stone-built BBQ and path lead­ing down to the lawn.

In ad­di­tion to the house, there’s a plot of land ei­ther for sale as a whole or separately fol­low­ing the sale of the house.

The plot is ap­prox­i­mately 0.5 acres and comes with full plan­ning per­mis­sion for an ad­di­tional dwelling house.

Moor­ings are also avail­able through the Crown Com­mis­sion while the jetty at Salen pro­vides berths for vis­it­ing yachts.

The Seashell is in Achar­a­cle, Ard­na­mur­chan, and per­fectly placed to take full ad­van­tage of the wildlife and di­verse scenery in­clud­ing moor­land, lochs, forests and beaches for which Ard­na­mur­chan is known. Not far from here there’s an RSPB re­serve. Glen­bor­ro­dale is also the location of a Nat­u­ral His­tory Vis­i­tor Cen­tre with cafe and shop and the Ard­na­mur­chan Light­house is close by.

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