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Rock Hall Fishing Station, St. Cyrus, Kincardineshire, DD10

Sold STC £640,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Lot 1 - 5 bedrooms
  • 3 reception rooms
  • garage with workshop
  • beach & cliffs
  • Lot 2 - 3 bedrooms
  • enclosed garden
  • In all about 9.3 acres
  • EPC Rating = E

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Unique and impressive property in a stunning cliff top location

Lot 1 - Offers over £440,000
Lot 2 - Offers over £200,000


Rock Hall Fishing Station is situated at the northern end of St Cyrus beach, in a dramatic cliff top location overlooking the sea, Montrose Basin and St Cyrus beach. The renowned cliffs at St Cyrus and the beach at their foot are a National Nature Reserve, managed by Scottish Natural Heritage. This part of the coastline comprises sandy bays and red sandstone cliffs. As well as St Cyrus, other popular beaches are found at Lunan Bay and Montrose. Johnshaven is a small fishing village just north of St Cyrus, from where sea fishing is available and which in 1722 was believed to be "amongst the first fishing towns of Scotland" (Statistical Account).

Away from the coast the range of outdoor pursuits is impressive. Fishing can be taken on the nearby North and South Esks, whilst golf courses are found at Montrose, Stonehaven and Edzell, whilst the championship course at Carnoustie is within easy driving distance. There is a trout fishery at Mill of Criggie (St Cyrus).

St Cyrus has a primary school, together with a post office, hotel and general store. A more extensive range of shopping, business and leisure facilities is found in Montrose. Secondary education is available in Montrose, or at Mearns Academy in Laurencekirk or Mackie Academy in Stonehaven. Lathallan (4 miles) is a well known private school at Johnshaven.

The A90 provides fast access north to Aberdeen as well as to Dundee and the south. The A92 coast road links Stonehaven to Dundee via Montrose and Arbroath. Both Aberdeen and Dundee provide all the services expected of major cities. Aberdeen Airport has a range of domestic and European flights, and there are direct services from Dundee Airport to London Stansted. Both Montrose and Laurencekirk are on the main east coast railway line, and there is a sleeper service to the south, as well as regular services to Aberdeen.


Rock Hall Fishing Station is situated in a truly unique spot, on the cliffs at the northern end of St Cyrus beach with fabulous views over the beach and cliffs, and on to Montrose and the Scurdie Ness Lighthouse and to the cliffs at Ethie at the southern end of Lunan Bay. On a clear day the Bell Rock Lighthouse can be seen.

Rock Hall had been a salmon fishing station, and there are date stones of 1835 and 1842. The fishing station comprised the skipper's quarters, an ice house, two bothies and a net store. The bungalow was probably built in the 1950s, to provide more modern accommodation for the fishing station skipper.

Lot 1 Rock Hall Fishing Station About 9.16 acres - offers over £440,000

Rock Hall Fishing Station was acquired by the sellers in 1999. At that stage it had been used for storage for some years and they set about an ambitious restoration programme with a view to creating a very unique country property, which still retains so much of its original character. A new slate roof was put on, but cleverly retaining the original roof timbers and boarding. New roof lights and double glazed windows were fitted, whilst internally the property was rewired and re-plumbed, under floor central heating was installed, timber was treated and new and reclaimed panelling was fitted. Original fireplaces, stone flag flooring, vaulted and beamed ceilings were retained, whilst a Mozolowski & Murray conservatory was added to make the most of its position. As such it is now a house of great character. Initially it was used as a fantastic family house and then as a successful holiday letting business.

The accommodation is arranged over three floors with the bedrooms on the upper level and the living accommodation on middle and lower floors.

Steps lead up to a wooden front door and a porch with an inner glazed door to the upper hallway which has open beams, part timber lined walls, shelved storage cupboard, bookshelves and a wooden floor, together with stairs to the lower levels. Arranged off here are the bedrooms. The master bedroom has lovely views out over the sea and to the cliffs and has open beams, part timber lined walls, a cast iron fireplace with wooden mantel, wooden floor and an en suite shower room with a tiled floor, shower cubicle, washbasin and WC. Bedroom 2 is timber lined with shelves. The bathroom has open beams, part timber lined walls, free standing bath, washbasin, WC and a tiled floor. Bedroom 3 has open beams, part timber lined walls, fitted hanging cupboard, fireplace and a wooden floor. Bedrooms 4 and 5 were originally one of the bothies and have their own separate outside access. Bedroom 4 ,which is also accessed off the upper hallway, has a beamed ceiling, timber lined walls, box bed, fireplace with original range, shelves and a connecting door through to the entrance lobby with shelves and on to bedroom 5 which again has a beamed ceiling and timber lined walls.

Wooden stairs from the upper hallway lead down to the middle floor. Here is the kitchen, which also has a beamed ceiling and timber lined walls, shelves, Hotpoint Ultima cooker, two oven Aga, Samsung fridge/freezer, Kenwood dishwasher, two deep Belfast sinks, a breakfasting area and a door to the lobby with side entrance doors. Off the kitchen is the conservatory which has fantastic views over St Cyrus Bay, Montrose and Scurdie Ness lighthouse and also to Redhead at the southern end of Lunan Bay.

Also on the middle floor is the living room. This has a vaulted ceiling and timber lined walls to dado level. Off this is the utility room with a stainless steel sink, Worcester oil fired boiler, Indesit washing machine, Electra fridge, Indesit dryer and glazed door to steps up to garden. There is a cupboard housing the hot water tank and a WC which has part timber lined walls, WC and washbasin. From the living room steps lead down to a galleried dining area, which overlooks the music room below and has a vaulted ceiling and wooden floor.

A spiral staircase leads down to the lower level, where the music room has a high vaulted ceiling, stone walls and stone flag floor, Pittsburgh wood burning stove and two wall lights. An old door leads through to the Sea Room. This is another reception room with stone walls and stone flag floor and windows and French doors (with outer storm doors) giving views out to sea,. Behind the music room is the games room with fitted shelves and storage units. Off this is a sauna with shower and changing area, a walk in store with shelves and sink, which has been used as a dark room, and a WC with washbasin.

The garden ground around the house is down to grass and is fenced. Outside the Sea Room there is a paved seating area. There is a wooden garage with a corrugated roof and concrete floor and which comprises a workshop (4.4 m x 3.0 m) with sink, and garage (6.65 m x 4.4 m). Beyond this is a fenced paddock, which used to be the net drying green.

A path leads down the cliff to a small beach which is mainly shingle with sand at lower levels. There is a slipway and an old engine shed, which used to hoist fish to the top of the cliff.

Further along are caves under the cliffs and the impressive Kaim of Mathers. This was described by Nigel Tranter in The Queen's Scotland, The Eastern Counties (Hodder & Stoughton Ltd - 1972): "... the ancient and famous castle called Kaim of Mathers has all but crumbled into the sea from its precious cliff top site, guarded by battlements...".

From Portrait of a Parish, by Duncan Fraser (published 1970) we learn of the castle's grisly history. It was built in the early 15th century by James Barclay, a courtier, who together with other local lairds detested the local sheriff. They complained of his actions so often to King James 1 of Scotland, that in a rather "unkingly" way, the king told them to go and make soup of the sheriff and "sup him". Taking this literally, the local lairds, led by Barclay, tricked the sheriff into a day's hunting and tipped him into a boiling cauldron, and one by one "had a sup of broth". Refusing to admit that it was his idea, the king denounced them and swore an oath that Barclay, "would get no peace to live neither on land nor sea for the rest of his life". The cannibal laird spent the rest of his life at Kaim of Mathers "poised between the land and the sea on a cliff top near St Cyrus".

Lot 2 Rock Hall Bungalow About 0.14 acres - offers over £200,000

Situated just off the access road leading to Rock Hall Fishing Station is the bungalow. This is harled with a slate roof, has recently been renovated and upgraded, including double glazing, and again has dramatic view out to sea. It could be used as ancillary accommodation if required. The bungalow sits within its own enclosed gardens and has its own gravelled parking areas.

A gravelled path leads to the front door which opens to the entrance vestibule. This has coat hooks and a partially glazed door to the hallway which has a shelved cupboard. The accommodation is all accessed from the hallway. The living room has an open fireplace with a tiled surround and hearth. Bedrooms 1 and 2 each have a shelved and hanging cupboard. The bathroom is partially tiled and has a bath with shower over, washbasin and WC. The kitchen has fitted wall and base units, a sink, cooker and an airing cupboard housing the hot water tank. A door leads through to the back lobby which has coat hooks and gives access to a store which houses the washing machine and dryer.

Acreage: 9.3 Acres


From the A92 coast road (Stonehaven to Montrose) some 0.8 miles north of St Cyrus and 2.7 miles south of Johnshaven, take the turning towards the coast, signposted Tangleha'. Proceed down the road for 0.7 miles, passing West Mathers Farm, and take the turning on the right towards Rock Hall.

Alternatively from the A90 dual carriageway (Aberdeen to Dundee) take the B9120 at Laurencekirk, signposted to St Cyrus. Proceed over the Hill of Garvock to the junction with the A92. Turn right, signposted St Cyrus, and turn left signposted Tangleha' after 0.6 miles, and proceed as above.

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