Firth View is a large detached property which has been refurbished in recent years and is now a well-maintained house with a wood burning stove, stripped timber floors and doors in the main living areas and a useful downstairs bedroom and bathroom. There are four further bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. The good-sized kitchen was recently modernized with fitted white units, Caithness flagstone flooring and a Rayburn for both cooking and running radiators and hot water. The sitting room, which was the former shop, retains many original features including the pine lined walls, shelving and timber flooring. The garden is believed to have been laid out and planted by a former gardener at one of the large local estates and is thoughtfully arranged and stocked with an array of unusual perennials, shrubs and trees.
Firth View is a spacious family home which could also be a bed and breakfast or possibly divided into two self contained units.
To the front of the house, a paved path leads to a hardwood double front door with stained glass panel over giving the name 'Firth View'. Double front door leads straight into the hallway with stripped timber floorboards where there is an exposed timber pine stair case to upper floor. To the left there is a useful under stairs cupboard plumbed for a washing machine. A door leads to the Breakfast/dining room.
This is a bright room with stripped pine flooring and attractive open fireplace with a Caithness flagstone hearth and timber mantelpiece. A window to the front enjoys views to the sea and the front garden. A door leads to the kitchen.
The kitchen is modern with recently fitted high gloss floor and wall units. There is a Rayburn for cooking, heating and hot water. The Caithness flagstone flooring is a lovely feature. Two stable doors open to the rear garden.
Returning to the breakfast/dining room and a half-glazed door leads to the spacious sitting room which was the former general store. This room is pine lined throughout. There is a fireplace with Caithness hearth and a wood burning stove. Stairs lead up to a landing where bedrooms 4 and 5 and a bathroom are situated.
Bedroom 4 is a double bedroom has a coombed ceiling and views to the sea and bedroom 5 is a spacious double bedroom again with sea views. It has a central feature of a Cast iron fireplace with glazed tiled hearth and wooden mantelpiece. There is a built in store cupboard, with shelf, to the side of the fireplace. The bathroom has a modern bathroom suite with separate corner shower unit with power shower. It has an attractive solid natural limestone floor and wall tiling.
Returning to the main hallway and doors lead to bedroom 1 and a further bathroom.
Stairs rise to the upper floor. Bedroom 1 is a spacious double bedroom with views to the front. It again has a cast iron open fireplace with wooden mantle.
The bathroom lies adjacent and has a modern white bathroom suite with a power shower over the bath. The walls and floor are tiled in solid natural limestone. Stairs lead from the hall to the timber floored landing
Bedroom 2 and 3 are both double bedrooms with open sea views, timber floors, coombed ceilings and painted cast iron fireplaces with wooden mantle.
Completing the internal accommodation is the large study with a telephone point and view to the garden at the rear. There is a fitted linen cupboard with shelves offering plenty of storage.
Firth View is on the North Coast 500, launched in 2015 as Scotland's answer to Route 66. It is a large detached Victorian property which was extended in earlier times and one half was used as a Village Store for which a number of features still exist. This unique layout makes the property well suited both as an extensive family home or a bed and breakfast.
The property has a landscaped garden to the rear with a large decked area giving wonderful sea views and enjoys the mild micro climate of the Inner Moray Firth. The hamlet of Portgower is some two miles south of the village of Helmsdale, with its famous salmon fishing river. Permanent residence in both Helmsdale and Portgower gives eligibility to a local permit for the river Helmsdale. The village has shops, a primary school, Doctor's surgery, cultural centre and art gallery, hotels, post office and railway station. Brora and Golspie to the south are well served with a wide range of local facilities including doctors, dental surgeries and secondary schools. Inverness is about one and a half hours' drive away and has an excellent range of amenities, including good shopping centres, cinemas, theatre, museum and art galleries, hospital and mainline railway station. Inverness airport is about 8 miles from the city centre and offers a variety of services to destinations both home and abroad.
The surrounding hinterland of East Sutherland offers ample opportunity for recreational activities including hill walking and mountaineering, fishing (river, loch and sea) and all forms of
country sports. There is a 9 hole golf course at Helmsdale and wonderful golf courses with the Brora Links and Royal Dornoch, Golspie and Tain all within easy reach.