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Monkstadt House , Portree and North Skye, Skye and Lochalsh, IV51 9YN

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This magnificent 'B' Listed house was originally built as a Laird's house for the Macdonald's of Sleat, using stone and other materials from nearby Duntulm Castle, then occupied by estate tacksmen. The house fell into disrepair in the last century. After the roof was removed in the 1950s, only a ruinous shell remained. The site of the house is on the Trotterish peninsula amidst the dramatic scenery of the north of the island of Skye. The house has a fascinating history, including a record that Bonnie Prince Charlie was given shelter here by Lady Margaret Macdonald from Benbecula to Skye. Over the last few years the house has undergone a programme of restoration. The owner engaged a leading firm of Scottish architects, Morris Steedman Associates and the work was painstakingly carried out by the owner with the assistance of local tradesman all in terms of the necessary statutory approvals from the Local Authority and Historic Scotland. The result is a substantial traditional house, restored to all its former glory, but with the benefits of modern heating, glazing and insulation. This makes for a comfortable, warm home which is economical to run. The heating is run from a geo thermal heat pump central heating system which provides underfloor heating on the ground floor and radiators upstairs.

The house occupies a commanding position looking south south east over the surrounding countryside. Long ago the land below the house was a loch, the house would have stood on the shoreline. The materials used on the exterior are the modern equivalent of the traditional finishes, meaning less maintenance in the future. From the upstairs bedrooms there is a glimpse of the sea. The house is L- shaped with the main section being formed over two storeys, with attics above. On the eastern side there is a section of one and a half storeys. The house has a Ballachulish slate roof, crow-step gables and traditional chimney stacks. During the restoration work many links with the original earlier buildings on the site were uncovered. At the front of the house, a cross-shaped doorway was exposed with marks on the stonework believed to have been made by the Macdonald clansmen sharpening their swords as they left the house to do battle. Behind the screen wall in the forecourt there area three outhouses. These are the "three significant huts" referred to in the records of Boswell and Johnsons' 'Tour of the Hebrides'. These are thought to be cells of the monks who inhabited the original Monkstadt. They have now been fully restored complete with thatched roofs. The property has been completed to local authority Completion Certificate standard. With its spacious accommodation, beautiful setting and historical links, this property represents an opportunity for a number of different uses, perhaps combining a business income with life in the Highlands. There are internal works to be finished to Monkstatd house - more information on request.

Beautiful 'B' Listed historic home in stunning location
Additional holiday homes on surrounding grounds
Beautiful panoramic views
Fantastic business opportunity

Monkstadt is situated in the township of Kilmuir. It is close to the village of Uig where ferry services run between Skye and the Outer Hebrides. Portree, the main town on the island, is 20 miles away and provides secondary schooling and a range of shops, arts centre, restaurants and varied leisure pursuits.

Monkstadt House
'B' Listed substantial detached two and a half storey property, located within a private garden area. The accommodation comprises : Ground Floor : Hallway, lounge, sitting room, kitchen/dining room, sun lounge and wc. First Floor : Three bedrooms, one with en suite shower, two with en suite baths and one also with dressing room. Shower rooms and bathrooms require completion and fitting. Attic Floor : Two bedrooms with en suite baths. Attached to the property is a store which offers potential conversion to games room/fitness room (subject to planning consents) and a garage.

Chalet 1 - 2 bedrooms
Detached single storey bungalow lying 300 yards from the main steading building. The accommodation comprises hall, sitting room/kitchen, two bedrooms and shower room. Electric central heating.

House 2 - 3 bedrooms
Semi-detached property with which lies 300 yards from the main steading building. Accommodation comprises : Ground Floor: Hall, lounge, bedroom, conservatory, kitchen, store room, bathroom with shower. Upper Floor : Two bedrooms. Electric central heating.

House 4
The ruin of a former black house. The walls are to a height of approx four foot and there is no roof.

House 6 - 1 bedroom
Single storey semi-detached property lying midway between the steading building and Monkstadt House. Accommodation comprises hall, lounge/kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Electric central heating.

Mill Cottage/ The Steadings - 3 bedrooms
'B' Listed End terraced property forming part of the original steading building, overlooking a small square. Accommodation comprises: Ground Floor : Hall, lounge, open plan kitchen/dining room. Upper Floor : Three bedrooms and bathroom. Electric central heating.

The Stables, Monkstadt - 1 bedroom
'B' Listed Ground floor flat with corner position, overlooking the steading courtyard. Accommodation comprises hall, lounge, kitchen and bedroom with en suite shower. Electric central heating.

The Office, Monkstadt - 1 bedroom
'B' Listed end terraced property, currently used as an office suitable for conversion to residential purposes. Accommodation comprises: Ground Floor: Open plan lounge/dining room/kitchen,, bedroom and bathroom with shower. Upper floor : Store room (potential bedroom 2).

Ruins, Monkstadt
The last side of the 'B' Listed steading building comprises a ruin and this has potential for another one and a half storey property (subject to planning consents).

The Granary, Monkstadt - 1 bedroom
First floor flat. Accommodation comprises hall, lounge, kitchen and bedroom with en suite shower. Electric central heating.

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  • Property added on 13 June 2014
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