New Pilgrimage for House Hunters

by Melissa Clark

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Row of cottages - CopyHouse hunters looking for a taste of idyllic island life have the unique opportunity to buy a home on one of the world’s most famous pilgrimage sites.

Tucked away in the Inner Hebrides, the Isle of Iona is renowned for its natural beauty and tranquil setting and is offering buyers the rare chance to call “The Cradle of Christianity” their home.

Taigh Bhenedict is one of three terraced former fishermen’s cottages and faces towards St Columba’s Abbey and St Ronan’s Bay.

With three bedrooms, a living room, study/sitting room, kitchen with Aga cooker and two bathrooms, this unique find is on the market with Bell Ingram for offers around £400,000.

In addition to the spacious main cottage, there is a garden cottage with a further two bedrooms and a large open space that can be used as either a workshop or study.

Gregor King, Consultant at Bell Ingram’s Oban office, said: “Seeing a property on the Isle of Iona up for sale is a rare find that I’m sure will attract a lot of interest from buyers.

“The island is very peaceful and the views from the cottage across to the Abbey are spectacular. I’m sure this property will be snapped up.

“It’s the perfect property for a family home or retreat for couples looking to relax and enjoy the views of sandy, secluded beaches and the local wildlife. There is also plenty of space both indoors and outdoors in additional to the vast open views across St Ronan’s bay.

“I think the religious origins of the island will also attract buyers to the area who are looking to settle down somewhere peaceful with strong community values. Iona itself is just 1.5miles wide by three miles long with a population of just 120 permanent residents so the sense of community is very strong on the island and will appeal to many prospective buyers.”Living (2) - Copy

The property features flourishing south facing gardens with a grassed lawn, vegetable patch and patio. For eco-conscious buyers, there is double glazing and solar panels to help reduce the cottage’s carbon footprint.

Taigh Bhenedict lies approximately one mile to the west of Fionnphort on the Isle of Mull where a regular ferry service runs to the island. Iona also supports a lively residential community and attracts thousands of tourists annually who are drawn to the peace of the Abbey.

There is a general store, bicycle hire, souvenir shop, post office, library, primary school, village hall and two hotels. The number of vehicles is also restricted by permit making it an extremely safe environment for children.

The island itself is possibly the most famous of all the Inner Hebrides and is famed for its religious connections with Saint Columba (which the Abbey is named after) who visited the south end of the island with 13 followers in 563 AD.

Since this visit where he established the monastery, hundreds of thousands of monks, pilgrims, clan chiefs, kings, artists, fisherman and tourists have visited the Abbey to see where many people believe Christianity began in Scotland.

DSC02746 - CopyThis property is the perfect haunt for art and outdoor lovers who can explore all the wildlife and nature the island has to offer.

More information on Taigh Bhenedict can be found at www.bellingram.co.uk or by calling 01738 621121.

Established 112 years ago, Bell Ingram has over 100 professional staff across 11 UK offices, including chartered surveyors, estate and forestry managers, architects, green energy specialists and estate agents.

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