Historic Lighthouse Offers Bright Beacon For New Owners

by Melissa Craib

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Stoer Lighthouse Image for Edinburgh PRTHOSE looking for the ultimate retreat – as well as a truly remote and historic living experience – need not look any further than the Stoer Lighthouse in Sutherland.

Dating back to the 1870’s, the lighthouse was designed by the father of Robert Louis Stevenson.

But in addition to the famous historical connection, the property is nestled in one of the furthest most peninsulas of Assynt – with the nearest neighbour in a small scattering of crofts two kilometres away.

Stoer Lighthouse – which was automated in 1978 – comprises of two two-bedroom apartments and an external bothy all within the walled grounds.

The two apartments were renovated in 2015 and 2016 (they previously had no electricity) and offer the opportunity to continue the holiday letting business or to convert into a larger home in a stunning and unique location.

Each apartment has fantastic views to the south and west and on a clear day it is even possible to Harris and Lewis, North and South Uist, and south to the Torridons and Skye.

The property is currently on the market with Inverness-based Estate Agents and Surveyors Bell Ingram for offers over £371,500.

Alternatively, each apartment can be bought separately, with the ground floor apartment available for offers over £175,000. The first floor apartment is on the market for offers over £170,000 and the external bothy for offers over £22,500.

Joanne Stennett, of Bell Ingram’s Inverness office, said: “The property is ideal for those looking for a superb family home as an ultimate get away or a really brilliant holiday home.

“But it also has tremendous potential for those looking for a business opportunity, providing a really stunning ‘look-out’ holiday rental accommodation.

“The location is truly breath-taking, plus there is the chance to say you are living in a place built by Robert Louis Stevenson’s father.”

Both apartments have two double bedrooms, bathroom, lounge, kitchen with dining area, and store room. The lounge is light and airy and has the original fireplace which houses an electric fire. The walled gardens offer further privacy and there is also a parking space for each of the apartments.

The Bothy sits within the walls of the lighthouse and has an entrance hall, WC and one room which has a sink. It has electric heating and is ideal for backpackers or could be used as additional accommodation for guests.

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.

Closer to hand there are fine views of Suilven, Canisp, and Stac Polly situated south of Lochinver.

Viewings are strictly by appointment only and can be arranged through Bell Ingram’s Inverness office on 01463 717 799.

Established 117 years ago, Bell Ingram has 130 professional staff across 11 UK offices including: farm, estate and forestry managers; chartered surveyors, estate agents, architects, planners, and building surveyors; and tourism, GIS mapping, and renewable energy specialists.

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