19th Century Lighthouse Stores Offer Historic Living Experience

by Vickie Henry

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Offering a truly remote and historic living experience, those looking for the ultimate retreat back to olden times needn’t look any further than the Lighthouse Stores in Sutherland.

Steeped in history the original bothy, which was built in the 1860’s, was designed and engineered by the father of well-known Scottish writer, Robert Louis Stevenson and to this day has no running water or electricity.

The property was originally used as accommodation for those building the Stoerhead Lighthouse, which was completed in 1870 and is situated half a mile away. A jetty and ramp leading up to an old dirt track were originally in place for wagons to be pulled by horses to cart material between the bothy and the Lighthouse.

Not far from Stoer Point near Northwest Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands, the Lighthouse Stores is ideal for those looking for a holiday home with a difference or for a complete change from modern day living.

The Lighthouse ExteriorThe open plan building, which features a drawing on the seaward wall of the Stoerhead Lighthouse and is set in several hectares of common grazing ground, is on the market with land agents Bell Ingram for offers over £95,000.

Joanne Stennett of Bell Ingram’s Inverness office said: “The Lighthouse Stores is an incredibly unusual property and offers an authentic eco-friendly retreat back to the 1800’s due to its lack of electricity and running water.

“Despite this however, the property is still wind and water-tight and has an onduline-corrugated and insulated roof.

“As well as this, the bothy is bordered by a stream where residents can source fresh water from, making the property a great ‘eco opportunity’ for its buyer.

“There is also a working chimney and a fireplace which will generate heat which its thick walls will be sure to keep.

“Furthermore, the building really has stood the test of time as it remains firmly in place and in good condition, despite its lack of modern day fixtures and fittings.

“The property is ideal for those looking for an ultimate get away, which is why we think it could make a really brilliant holiday home.

“It is also worth remembering that the property does have potential for those looking to develop and as a result, it could make a really stunning ‘look-out’ which could be used or rented out as an ultimate holiday retreat.”

The bothy itself is of a simple open plan lay out with a mezzanine sleeping platform located above and has ample storage space underneath the platform.

It is located down a small yet drivable track and is bordered by a pebble beach, the foreshore of which is owned by the property and offers residents their own private beach.

Joanne added: “Those staying at the property could make really great use out of beach on a warm summer’s day and for those feeling brave, or in need of a clean, maybe even a dip in the sea could be on the cards.”

The Lighthouse Store’s closest neighbour is a small scattering of crofts making up the village of Raffin almost 2km away, and the nearest place to source supplies is around 12 miles away in either the town of Drumbeg or Lochinver.

This extremely traditional property offers up scenery over Scotland’s famous Hebridean islands, including Uist, The Lighthouse interiorLewis, Skye and the Torridons on clear days. Closer to hand, the property provides fine views of Suilven, Canisp and Stac Polly. The Trig Point, located at the top of the Stoer Peninsular, displays views of some of Scotland’s most scenic landscape.

Stoerhead is also one of Scotland’s best places to spot whales, dolphins and porpoise, and if weather conditions permit, basking sharks can be seen during the warmer summer months.

This section of Scotland’s West Coast has an abundance of activities perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, such as fishing, sea kayaking, walking and for keen climbers, the sea stack known as the ‘Old Man of Stoer’ is a stone’s throw away.

If you are interested in viewing this property or would like to know more about the property, contact Bell Ingram’s Inverness office on 01463 717799.

Established 112 years ago, Bell Ingram has 130 professional staff across 11 UK offices, including chartered surveyors, estate and forestry managers, architects, building surveyors, Tourism and green energy specialists.

Junior account executive at Scottish PR agency Holyrood Partnership

Private: Vickie Henry

Vickie Henry is a part of the expert PR team at the award-winning Holyrood Partnership, public relations agency in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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