Northern Property Offers Ultimate Writers’ Retreat

by Vickie Henry

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

sideA former Victorian schoolhouse that has been transformed to the world’s most northerly writers’ retreat is offering buyers an established business and a slice of Scottish history.

Newquoy guest house and writers’ retreat is a beautifully presented property situated in the unique location of Burness on the island of Sanday in Orkney, which is accessible by ferry or air.

Newquoy is famed for its literary history as it has been frequented by some of Scotland’s writing elite.

Scottish poet David Vedder, who famously penned Sir Walter Scott’s biography, would often seek solace and inspiration within its walls, while legendary Orkney folklorist, Walter Traill Dennison, spent many days drawing on the sea views as inspiration for his tales.

Today, that literary and educational theme continues as some of the world’s top writers are often joined by musicians from London’s famed West End circuit, looking to take a break from hectic city life.

The property is also an established B&B, offering buyers the opportunity to continue or grow that revenue stream.dining

Joanne Stennett, Property Manager at Bell Ingram, said: “There is a very special feeling in this property which offers buyers a chance to inherit a home, a business and a legacy.

“There are also a number of unique features.  It is a great escape from the rat race as it’s only accessible by air or ferry. There is a fabulous beach is at the bottom of the garden and the famous Northern Lights can be viewed from behind the double-glazed windows.

“The property features large windows throughout, which showcase its splendid views and light up the spacious rooms to create a warm and cosy atmosphere.

“With an established business and a fabulous history, the property offers up a huge amount of potential to the buyers; giving them the opportunity to write their very own chapter into the building’s rich history.”

Built in the late 1800’s, Newquoy has been fully renovated and upgraded into a three-bedroomed home and is on the market for £250,000.

The old schoolroom has been transformed into a spacious living area and working study – separated by the original Victorian partition folding doors. The property boasts a serenely calm south facing sun room, surrounded by breath-taking sea views from every angle.

The large kitchen features superb floor and wall units in oak, complete with a Rayburn stove to provide central heating and hot water.

sitting roomThe upper floor houses the master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, while two further double bedrooms boast stunning views out to the North Sea. All rooms, both upstairs and downstairs, are very spacious and the large windows flood the space with light. High ceilings and some original Victorian features add to the charming mix of old and new.

Paul Harrison, current owner of Newquoy said: “We’ve had visitors from all over the world stay at our property.

“It has such a calmness about it, words can’t describe.

“Over the past three and half years we have created so many memories and hope that the next owners will have as much enjoyment from the property as we have.

“It isn’t just a property; it is a piece of history and being part of that has been a real honour.”

To arrange viewings or for further information please contact Bell Ingram on 01463 717799 or visit the website

Newquoy is situated in Burness, a small hamlet on the island of Sanday, within walking distance of a sandy beach yet with easy access to the island amenities.

Sanday is one of the larger inhabited outer islands of Orkney, which lie off the north coast of Scotland. It is reached by ferry or air from Kirkwall on the Orkney Mainland.

Junior account executive at Scottish PR agency Holyrood PR

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Vickie Henry is a part of the expert PR team at the award-winning Holyrood PR, public relations agency in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The PR agency works with businesses across Scotland.
As well as providing media relations, crisis communications, Holyrood PR also offers PR photography, affordable video for businesses, social media services and strategic content delivery for businesses.

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