Such as this, the former bicycle shop at St Margaret's Hope, South Ronaldsay, in the Orkneys:
Incidentally, the bicycle shop is still for sale (offers over £27,500 - details here). As is the shop at Sanday, Orkneys (offers around £70k, more here):
Reader David, was so taken with my seaside picks that he emailed me this video showing some of the wonderful weather the purchaser of either shop might enjoy.
Thanks, David. I have some very engaged and helpful readers.
Another of those helpful readers is Abu, who dreams of buying in Scotland:
I am from Malaysia, where (modern) houses are at best built for functional purpose. Traditional structures here are made from timber. Most are the now either fought over, rotting, or/and too expensive to be restore.
For reasons to complicated to explain, I am obsessed with Scotland and have visited her once. I am not disappointed I have to say. Dunnotar Castle was exceptional. If it were to be restored...
Gorgeous shape, hell of a lot of clearing and thinking to do to reveal the house it could become, but I love it.
And while we're in the Orkneys, I was very taken by this house plus pottery, on Westray. You'll understand why if I start with the location shot.
Stunning isn't it? The property (edged in red) consists of the two-bedroom Ulva cottage, plus Westray Pottery (that low, attached building at the back of the house above), and the gardens.
The cottage is tired rather than a wreck and heated by a ground source pump. The pottery/workshop is a good size and, as well as the bedrooms and bathroom, the cottage has front and back hall, living room and kitchen. Here's some pictures.
On the market through Lows at offers over £115k. Details and more pictures here.
And finally, and also through Lows, this property is currently under offer as I type but hey, things change.
I think it's the address that appeals: 6, Khyber Pass, Stromness. And its location in a conservation area of the harbour town.
Detached, two bedrooms upstairs, no bathroom, a living/kitchen room downstairs, and a loo in the lean-to.
The C-listed building needs work, lots of work, and the floors are unsafe. But seriously, how cute are those kittens...
|Bedroom one, bedroom two is pretty much the same|
Outside is small garden, and that lean-to (with its own door and window):
On the market at offers over £30k. Details here.