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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Keiss Harbour House, Keiss

Sold STC £275,000

Property Description

Key features

  • A-Listed building
  • Spectacular Sea Views
  • Underfloor heating throughout
  • Six vaulted cellars
  • EPC Band - D

Full description

A unique opportunity to purchase a stunning home which has been sympathetically
renovated from a historic harbour building on the Caithness coast near John O'Groats.

Description - Keiss Harbour House is a stunning home steeped in local history, part of the original fishing harbour (dating circa 1830s) built by the nationally renowned engineer James Bremner,. This A-Listed building has been lovingly and sympathetically restored by the current owners to provide a house with a contemporary design throughout. The attention to detail and dramatic location of this delightful and unusual house can be fully appreciated only by viewing.

Keiss Harbour House is used by the present owners as a holiday home and serves this purpose well as the five bedrooms (currently sleeping 12 people) and large reception rooms make it ideal for entertaining groups of friends or family gatherings. The house would equally lend itself to be used as a spacious family home and represents an ideal opportunity for those seeking a lifestyle change.

The accommodation is laid out over three floors. The main access to the house is to the second floor where the reception rooms are located in order to benefit from the spectacular elevated sea views. This floor opens into a spacious hall with open fire and seating area, all with an open aspect over the harbour and sea. The fully-equipped open plan kitchen, also with sea views, leads off the hall, as does the cloak area and shower room/WC. The spectacular Great Hall living and dining room is accessed by twin doors off the hall and provides an impressive double-height space with an open fire and wood-burning stove.

The first floor is accessed from the entrance hall by a timber staircase with glass balustrade. First floor accommodation
comprises five bedrooms, all with sea views, a steam room/ shower room, bathroom and laundry area. The ground floor comprises 6 vaulted cellars, accessed separately from ground level, which are currently used for storage.

Location - Keiss Harbour House is located on the edge of the village of Keiss, which lies on the Caithness coast between Wick and John oGroats (both of which are approximately a 10-minute drive away). Keiss is the ideal location for those interested in outdoor pursuits with surfing and golf local available nearby and a number of sandy beaches, fishing and historical and archaeological attractions all within easy reach.

Keiss Primary School, shop and village pub are a five minute walk away from the Harbour House.

Approximately eight miles to the south of Keiss, the local centre of Wick provides an excellent range of local amenities such as
primary and secondary schools, a leisure centre, community centres, a hospital and supermarkets. Wick has an airport and
railway station, and bus links to Inverness and beyond.

Inverness, the main business and commercial centre of the Highlands, is approximately 100 miles to the south of Keiss with
easy road, rail and bus access and offers extensive shopping, entertainment and leisure facilities as well as excellent road, rail
and air links to the south and beyond.

Directions - Keiss lies on the A99 road to the north of Wick. Coming from Inverness, most of the journey is on the A9. Coming out of Inverness to the north on the A9, you should cross the Kessock Bridge and follow all signs for Wick, staying on the A9. You will pass through Golspie, Brora, Helmsdale and Dunbeath.

At Latheron, several miles north of Dunbeath, the A9 branches off left to Thurso and you should veer right onto the A99, signed to Wick. Stay on this road for approximately 15 miles, until you reach Wick. Stay on the A99 through Wick, following signs for John o Groats. Two and a half miles to the north of Wick, in the hamlet of Reiss, you should make a right turn, still
following signs for the A99 to John o Groats.

In several miles you will come to Keiss. As you enter Keiss, you will see the Sinclair Bay Hotel on your left. Just opposite the hotel is a road running down to the right, signed to the Harbour. Take this road, and follow it past the houses, village hall and village green. Follow the road to the left past a row of cottages, and then after about 50m take a sharp right down a track.
This leads to the back of the Harbour House, where the main door is.

First Floor Accommodation -

Entrance Hall - 5.07m x 6.40m approx (16'8" x 21'0" appro x) - Two windows to front affording stunning views across the harbour, Sinclairs Bay and beyond. Hardwood flooring. Open fire with Caithness stone surround providing attractive focal point. Seating area for table and chairs. Opens to kitchen, cloak area
and shower room/WC. Twin doors to the Great Hall. Timber staircase with glass balustrade leading down to the first floor

Great Hall - 5.15m x 10.71m approx (16'11" x 35'2" appro x) - This is an impressive double-height room with tied ceiling and four windows with open sea views to the front and side.
Hardwood flooring. Wood burning stove and open fire, both with Caithness stone surrounds. Recess with shelving. This room
provides a superb area for entertaining and is currently laid out to provide sitting room, dining area and snug.

Kitchen - 3.33m x 4.07m approx (10'11" x 13'4" appro x) - Window to front with sea views. Fully fitted wall and base units incorporating electric ceramic hob, electric double oven, double bowl stainless steel sink and integral fridge/freezer. Ample work surface area with ceramic tiling to splashback. Freestanding dishwasher and larder fridge. Hardwood flooring.

Cloak Area - 1.61m x 2.16m approx (5'3" x 7'1" appro x) - Hardwood flooring. Wall mounted coathooks. Built-in cupboard housing utility meters and controls. Door to shower room.

Shower Room/Wc - 1.61m x 1.52m approx (5'3" x 5'0" appro x) - Mains fed shower with ceramic tiled walls and floor. White WC and corner wash hand basin.

Hall - 0.96m x 17.09m approx (3'2" x 56'1" appro x) - Access to the five bedrooms, shower room/steam room and bathroom. Two glazed external doors to ground level at the rear
of the property. Wooden beams. Feature wall lighting. Built-in linen cupboard providing excellent storage facilities. Laundry
area with washing machine and tumble dryer, and wall mounted cupboards.

Bedroom 1 - 3.17m x 5.19m approx (10'5" x 17'0" appro x) - Window with wooden shutters to front affording superb views across the harbour and sea. Two recess areas providing hanging space. Wooden ceiling beams.

Bedroom 2 - 4.01m x 3.21m 3.98m approx (13'2" x 10'6" 13'1" a - French doors to front opening to small balcony overlooking the harbour and sea beyond. Wooden ceiling beams. Blackout blinds.

Bedroom 3 - 4.03m x 3.49m approx (13'3" x 11'5" appro x) - Window to front affording harbour and sea views, with wooden shutters. Recess providing hanging space. Wooden ceiling beams

Bedroom 4 - 3.51m x 2.98m approx (11'6" x 9'9" appro x) - Window to front gaining harbour and sea views, with wooden shutters.

Bedroom 5 - 4.03m 2.98m x 3.62m approx (13'3" 9'9" x 11'11" a - French doors to front opening to small balcony overlooking the harbour and sea beyond. Built in cupboard with wooden door
providing shelving and hanging space.

Shower Room/Steam Room - 1.94m x 1.51m approx (6'4" x 4'11" appro x) - Shower/steam room with ceramic tiled walls and flooring. White WC and wash hand basin.

Bathroom - 2.00m x 3.27m approx (6'7" x 10'9" appro x) - Window to front gaining views across harbour and sea, with wooden shutters. Double-ended bath incorporating shower
attachment. Caithness stone surfaces. White WC and wash hand basin.

Ground Floor Accommodation -

Six Vaulted Cellars - 3.06 x 4.95m approx for each cellar (10'0" x 16'3" - Individually accessed at ground floor level. The oil-fired boiler, hot water tanks, oil storage tank, coal/log stores and a WC are
housed in two of the cellars. The remaining cellars are used for storage facilities.

Outside - The property is accessed by a track that leads off the public road. This track provides off-road parking. Grass banking and stone steps down the side of the property are included in the curtilage.

Heating - The property benefits from oil-fired underfloor heating.

Glazing - The subjects are double glazed.

Extras - All white goods are included in the asking price. Other items of furniture and furnishings may be available by separate negotiation.

Rateable Value - The rateable value for the property is £3,950.00 effective from April 2010. The current holiday let business benefits from small business rates relief.

Services - The subjects benefit from mains electricity and water. Drainage is to a mini sewage treatment plant.

General - The property is used as a successful holiday let. Further information can be viewed on the website,

Entry - By mutual agreement

Viewing - Contact Anderson Shaw & Gilbert Property Department on 01463 253911 or the Highland Solicitors Property Centre on 01463 231173 to arrange an appointment to view.

E-Mail: - or email keissharbour@ for queries or further information.

The above particulars, although believed to be correct, are not guaranteed, and any
measurements stated therein are approximate only. Purchasers should note that the Selling Agents have NOT tested any of the electrical items or mechanical equipment (e.g. oven, central heating system, etc.) included in the sale. Any photographs used are purely illustrative and may demonstrate only the surrounds. They are NOT therefore to be taken as indicative of the extent of the property, or that the photographs are taken from within the boundaries of the property, or what it included in the sale.

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