Take a look at the photograph of the sunset shown here – it’s fabulous isn’t it?
Imagine enjoying similar dramatic skies on a regular basis. You’d never want to close the curtains, or leave home.
The photograph shows the dramatic views that can be enjoyed from Ord House, a lovely old Georgian country house on the Sleat Peninsula on the Isle of Skye.
The house is situated in a spectacular location with views over Loch Eishort to the evocative Black Cuillin and the Isles of Canna and Rum on the west coast of the Sleat Peninsula known as “the Garden of Skye”.
Ord House, which sits on the edge of the Colle Tocabhaig National Nature Reserve, is thought to be have been built by Charles MacDonald of Clan MacDonald, and dates back to 1740.
In 2005, a sympathetic programme of renovation began to restore Ord House to its original character and charm while at the same time, making it home suitable for 21st-century living.
In brief, the house was taken right back to the stone walls, the roof was re-slated, new insulation was laid, the windows were replaced, a totally new central heating and hot water system was installed, new drainage system and floors and timbers were renewed.
The accommodation includes a spacious drawing room with window seat and a marble Georgian fireplace. From here there’s access to a conservatory.
Off the hall is a further reception room currently being used as a library/study which also has a Georgian fireplace.
The main formal rooms all have French Oak flooring.
The dining room is perhaps one of the most enjoyable rooms in the house, with far reaching sea views overlooking the bay and the Cuillin Mountains while French doors lead onto a York stone terrace.
The shaker-style kitchen has an Aga, Clayton and Munroe fittings, Vilroy and Bosch double butler sink and solid Caithness stone worktops.
Garden views can be seen through the double view windows and French doors lead back into the dining room.
To the rear of the house, which is on the market at offers over £850,000, is a good utility room and beyond is a comfortable sitting room (formally the old dairy) with a wood burning stove.
The house has five bedrooms, four of which feature charming cast iron working fireplaces, while two have en-suite bathrooms.
There’s also a family bathroom and a shower room.
Outside, the house sits in around 12 acres of grounds, and there’s a further six acres of coastline with includes two beaches which have been a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its flora and geology.
The bay offers safe swimming, snorkelling, wonderful sailing and boating opportunities.
The house comes with its own slipway and there’s a mooring available.
There are formal gardens, mostly lawn, with the majority of the ground to the west and north featuring maturing woodland and open grassland.
There’s also a private driveway, good parking area and a double garage at the rear of the house.
Contact: Knight Frank on 0131 222 9600.