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9 bedroom detached house for sale

Melvaig, Gairloch, Ross-Shire

Offers Over £450,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 'B' listed Lighthouse Accommodation
  • 9 Bedrooms
  • 3 Reception rooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Staff Accommodation
  • Outbuildings
  • Stunning coastal position

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Rua Reidh Lighthouse:
Building started in 1910 and was completed in January 1912. Standing 25 metres high, the Lighthouse was built by David Stevenson, a cousin of Robert Louis Stevenson and one of the famous family of Lighthouse engineers and brought much needed employment to local workmen at the time. The house with three self-contained flats in it for the three lighthouse keepers and their families was constructed at the same time. The toilets and bathhouse were in the outhouses at the North of the building along with a stable and workshop. The house was modernised in 1962 with electricity, indoor toilets, bathrooms and a hot water supply. Heating was still from coal fires alone until 1989. The road was also constructed in 1962, before that access was either by pony across the moors or by sea. The original light in 1912 was a paraffin vapour burner which displayed six white flashes every 30 seconds. The huge optic which was one of the largest ever produced, rotated by clockwork around the light source. The fog horn was operated by compressed air provided by large diesel engines which powered the compressors.

The Tower is owned and maintained by the Northern Lighthouse Board and is not included in the sale, however the owners have the use of the area surrounding the tower as well as the right to use the road to the pier to the North East of the property. Further details are available on request.

The Property
Rubha Reidh is Gaelic for “smooth point” and is called such because of the rock formations which occur around the headland where the rock slabs run down into the sea. The sale provides an extremely rare opportunity to purchase a substantial stone built property occupying a truly spectacular and inspiring position overlooking the Isle of Skye to the South West, Harris to the West and Lewis to the North of Harris. The setting is extremely private with a 3 mile single track driveway leading to the house, currently maintained by the Northern Lighthouse Board. This leads to a parking area at the front and access to the property. The Old Keepers Accommodation is currently split into a spacious self-catering letting apartment with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge and kitchen and a connecting doorway leads to the main living accommodation which provides 5 bedrooms (3 x en suite), office/bedroom 6, sitting room, kitchen, conservatory, WC/cloakroom and a bathroom. At present the property operates as a popular hospitality business, providing comfortable accommodation in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and is the perfect base from which to explore one of the last wilderness areas of Europe.

The present owners have completely renovated the property internally and externally and run as a
hospitality business consisting of a self-catering apartment and separate guest accommodation providing bed, breakfast and evening meal. The accommodation is extremely popular with an
average of over 85% occupancy, and provides the current owners with an incredible lifestyle business with an excellent turnover and profit margin. Detailed accounts are available following
formal viewing.

The Keepers Accommodation is currently split into a spacious self-catering letting apartment with
3 bedrooms, lounge and kitchen and a comfortable main house which provides 5 bedrooms, 4
bathrooms, sitting room, office, kitchen, conservatory, utility room and WC/cloakroom.
Further details are available at

The accommodation is extremely flexible and there is huge potential to expand the business
further and a host of other exciting opportunities, subject to the necessary consents.

Rua Reidh is located on the Western coast of Ross-shire overlooking stunning coastline and is known for its superb scenery, white sandy beaches, wide open spaces and diverse wildlife. It sits amongst some of the finest mountain and coastal scenery in Britain, in a region with vast stretches of roadless countryside where deer and goats roam wild and where a variety of birdlife, including the rare and magnificent White Tailed Eagle, can be spotted. The seas of the Minch, which pound dramatically against the rocks of Rua Reidh, team with life. Seals, dolphins, otters - even the occasional whale - are regularly seen from the lighthouse. Basking sharks are frequently seen in the summer months. The moors behind the lighthouse are home to a wealth of seabirds, wading birds, flora and fauna. There are a couple of deserted sandy beaches an hour's walk away and this makes a wonderful excursion.

For those who'd prefer something more gentle, then a saunter along the cliffs gives breathtaking views of the birds nesting on magnificent sea stacks. White Tailed Sea Eagles may also be spotted in this area. The region also has plenty to offer those interested in history. From Mesolithic caves to Bronze and Iron Age hut circles, medieval forts to fortified islands, the whole of Wester Ross is an area rich in archaelogical remains. Past struggles to make a living from this inhospitable land are also much in evidence with abandoned crofting hamlets and pastures left to return to heathland. Gairloch itself is an attractive small town with several hotels, coffee shops, museum, and a variety of activities, shops, etc. The famous Inverewe Gardens are 20 miles away and well worth a visit. Pony trekking is also available locally. There are several boats offering marine life watching trips from Gairloch – something to suit all tastes and interests. Rua Reidh is located around 12 miles from the increasingly popular North Coast 500 route and there is a host of additional useful information on the Discover Wester Ross website

There is a court yard with various outbuildings, former stables and storage space.

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16 March 2017

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