Hebridean beachside home with outbuildings offers excellent business potential – on the market at o/o £375,000
An Gàrradh Mòr is a beautifully presented three/four-bedroom detached house set within a high-walled kitchen garden, on a stunning beachside location on the Outer Hebridean island of South Uist.
The property, which has been modernised to the highest standards, is being presented to the market at offers over £375,000 by Bell Ingram, who expect its coastal location to generate a great deal of interest from buyers looking for a lifestyle opportunity.
Joanne Stennett, from Bell Ingram’s Highland office, said: "The sale includes a number of outbuildings – including a garden shop, garden kitchen, a workshop and store – all offering excellent business potential making it the perfect property for someone looking for a life outside the big city.
“An Gàrradh Mòr is situated on the coast at the south end of the Island of South Uist just a few paces from the beach, looking out over the Sound of Barra with its patchwork of sea and scattered islands.
“South Uist has white shell-sand beaches to the west and heather uplands dominated by Beinn Mhòr to the east. The 20 miles of machair that runs alongside the sand dunes provide a marvellous habitat for the rare Corncrake. Golden Eagles, Red Grouse and Red Deer can be seen on the mountain slopes to the east.
“Lochboisdale is the main settlement of South Uist, served by ferry to Mallaig/Oban on the mainland. It can also be reached by ferry from Oban via Barra or from Uig on Skye to Lochmaddy or by the smaller ferry which weaves its way through the small islets of the Sound of Harris between Leverburgh on Harris to Berneray, connected by (non-tidal all-weather) causeways via Benbecula to South Uist and from the Barra ferry in Eriskay.”
The house, which is in walk-in condition, was built in 1974 and completely renovated 2011-2015 to current standards or better. It has triple-glazing, an enhanced level of insulation, a whole-house ventilation system, and programmable electric heating.
At the same time, the outbuildings were built or rebuilt to an exceptional standard of construction and finish. The store/potting-shed/workshop, garden kitchen, hen-house, and garden shop together support a uniquely independent lifestyle.
The property is accessed via a gravelled driveway. A hardwood door opens to a sun lounge with triple aspect windows overlooking the walled garden.
On the ground floor, a glazed door to the hallway gives access to the downstairs bedroom, sitting room, kitchen, dining room and shower room.
The focal point of the sitting room is a multifuel stove on slate hearth, and a large window to the front offering views of the garden. An opening leads to a studio with a sliding patio door out to a small side-garden.
The utility room has serviced under-counter spaces for washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. A door leads to the kitchen with a good range of floor and wall units in cream with slate effect work-surfaces. There’s a built-in Bosch oven with ceramic hob and serviced under-counter spaces for fridge and dishwasher. An electric Aga with tiled surround provides a homely but practical focal point.
The dining room, which has been previously used as a fourth bedroom, sits to the end of the hall with a window overlooking the rear garden. And a well-proportioned downstairs double bedroom has a window to the front with garden views.
Downstairs accommodation also features a shower room which is tiled to half height and has a two-piece suite in white comprising WC and wash hand basin.
A wooden staircase rises to the upper floor landing which is fitted out as an office. The large window to the front enjoys superb sea views across the walled garden and the Sound of Barra and a window to the rear offering views over the surrounding crofts with Beinn na Coire and Eiseabhal as backdrop.
The master bedroom has a large window offering views over the crofts and the Atlantic. There are two triple-glazed Velux windows and the en-suite shower room is tiled to half height with a fully-tiled shower cubicle with mains pressure shower.
The other upstairs bedroom is a well-proportioned single room with a large window facing east, looking out over croft lands to the mountains of the east side and – 30 miles distant - the Isle of Rhum.
The upstairs shower room is tiled to half height with a fully tiled corner shower unit with mains pressure shower., and there’s extensive high-quality under-eaves storage at front and back, accessible via low doors in each upstairs bedroom.