Friday, 26 April 2013

House, Castlebay, Isle of Barra

I love the islands of Scotland. I'm a big fan of Mull in particular - having had a wedding, several Christmases and a family-uniting bout of Norovirus there.
This particular house is on the island of Barra, rather more remote than Mull and all the better for that. The island's main town is Castlebay, where the ferry from Oban docks. Castlebay is named after the extraordinary Kisimul Castle, which this house, Castle View, looks towards. You can see the view (and fairly typical Hebridean weather!) in the pic below.

The house itself is large - six bedrooms, two reception rooms, a large store, big kitchen and both upstairs and downstairs bathrooms. It's be ideal for a B&B business or a family holiday home and let.
Barra itself has some very pretty beaches, including Cockle Sands where flights from Glasgow land, tides permitting. All in all an up and coming island for tourism but one remote enough to put off the Skye hoards!
The house needs renovating and modernising but it's a pretty solid-looking, traditional stone house. Personally I find something so very sad in pictures like the one below - the comfy trousers of the poor old chap that lived here, being sorted into piles while the estate agent is sorting the sale. But that's me.

Outside there's a small front garden and a sloping back garden. Castle View is on the market through the Skye Property Centre at offers over £180k. More details and pictures here.