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Property PR Experts Have House-Hunters Sold on Former Schoolhouse

by Alicia Simpson

Friday, September 9th, 2016

House-hunters looking to escape the norm and purchase a unique property with prime business potential are being given the chance to be top of the class with a stunning school conversion.

Built in 1882, Northbay House in Morghan is a four-bedroom former School and Schoolhouse which has been converted to the highest of standards and is also currently run as a two bedroom Bed and Breakfast with separate Self-catering unit.

The current owners have been running the property as a successful business for the past 6 years, and it is currently the top rated Bed and Breakfast on the idyllic Isle of Barra. However, it also offers many alternative options as the B&B section could easily be renovated to a further self-catering unit or granny flat.

The rare property – which also boasts a quiet, sheltered position with stunning Loch views – is currently on the market with Inverness-based Estate Agents and Surveyors Bell Ingram for offers in the region of £380,000.

Northbay House from rear

Joanne Stennett, of Bell Ingram in Inverness, said: “Northbay House is a one-of-a-kind property that would be the perfect purchase for any house-hunter seeking a home with a difference.

“Unlike many former school buildings, which would often require extensive renovation, this property has been modernised and upgraded to a very high standard while still maintaining its charm, and is in walk-in condition.

“It is a spacious, rural property, with four bedrooms and large reception rooms, making it ideal as a family home. It also boasts a host of features offering warmth and comfort, including full double glazing throughout and large windows to make the most of the superb views, as well as the original school fireplace.

“The extensive business opportunity that this property offers, and the fact that it is currently the top rated Bed and Breakfast on the Island only adds to the whole attractive package.”

Northbay House comprises a lounge/dining room, kitchen, hallway, study and the two bedroom B&B section on the ground floor. A carpeted staircase gives access to the master bedroom, bathroom and bedrooms two, three and four on the first floor.

The current B&B and self-catering accommodation has its own separate entrance to the rear of Northbay House. It comprises a downstairs lounge which gives access to the ground floor bedroom with ensuite and stairs to the upper floor. On the upper level is another cosy lounge which enjoys hillside views, and a second double bedroom with ensuite.

While the Isle of Barra itself may be small, it is famed for its beaches, lochs and hills and is often known as the “Jewel of the Hebrides”. The island is ideal for walking, cycling and birdwatching and boasts many archaeological sites, as well as loch and sea fishing, an indoor swimming pool and a nine hole golf course.

Located just 6 miles from the famous Castlebay, North Bay House is ideally situated to enjoy the whole of the island.

Viewings are strictly by appointment only and can be arranged through Bell Ingram’s Inverness office on 01463 717799.

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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The profile and biography of public relations professional Alicia Simpson, a junior account executive with award-winning Scottish public relations agency, Holyrood PR in Edinburgh.

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