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A spectacular five-bedroom house that’s ideal for trying to spot Nessie


Loch Ness made headlines across the world last week after it was revealed a DNA study pointed to something fishy.

University of Otago geneticist Professor Neil Gemmell said investigations into the environmental DNA in the loch suggested Nessie could be a giant eel.

A TV special on the investigations will be screened on the Discovery Channel on September 15.

Meanwhile, a holiday rental firm is offering free Scottish holiday stays for life if anyone can provide definitive proof of Nessie’s existence.

Which makes Fernbank, in the village of Dores, all the more interesting.

The house, on the market at offers over £550,000, sits in an elevated position and enjoys fine views of Loch Ness.

It has been designed by the architect to offer flexible, spacious accommodation over two levels.

Built in 2004, it would suit a number of buyers, ranging from those looking for a spacious family home to those in the market for a lifestyle property where they could offer B&B.

Entrance is via the vestibule, which opens up to a broad and welcoming reception hallway which in turn leads to a magnificent sitting room with large glass doors, flooding the room with natural light and providing lovely loch views.

Features of note include an Inglenook fireplace with brick surround, multi-fuel stove and wall-mounted lighting. A formal dining room with hardwood floor is ideal for entertaining, while the large dining room/kitchen is very much the heart of the house.

It comes with a good range of oak units, integrated appliances, Alpha range and Belfast-style sink.

Just off the kitchen is a handy utility room, while a rear vestibule/boot room gives access to the integrated double garage.

The ground floor also has a WC, front-facing double bedroom with en suite, and a further bedroom/office to the rear.

An oak staircase leads to the upper level and a bright and airy galleried landing, which doubles as a reading area, and enjoys views over the loch.

Here, there are three lovely large en suite bedrooms, two of which are dual aspect; a further bedroom, family bathroom with Jacuzzi and large linen store. Throughout the house, all the rooms are beautifully appointed and tastefully decorated. Outside, the house sits in attractive landscaped grounds surrounded by colourful flower beds, bushes and specimen trees – red squirrels and roe deer can often be spotted.

The driveway can accommodate several vehicles, and there are several useful outbuildings and stores.

Dores is seven miles from Inverness and hugs the east shore of Loch Ness.

Contact: Strutt and Parker on 01463 719171.

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