There are some properties on the market you feel should come with something of a risk warning.
Wobbly hand-rails, steep steps, door frames so low you bang your head every time you step through the door. The list is endless.
At the other end of the scale are homes like Kyles View, a stunning property in an equally stunning location, The Braes, on Skye. It, too, should perhaps carry a warning, but for an entirely different and altogether pleasant reason, because the views from here will simply stop you in your tracks, make you forget your plans and perhaps even tempt you to adopt a transfixed stare.
The detached house enjoys the most idyllic of surroundings. Situated some seven miles from Portree, Kyles View is aptly named.
Kyle refers to a stretch of water between two land masses, and this house overlooks the stretch of water separating mainland Skye from the Isle of Raasay. From the large picture windows or from the balcony you can watch the Raasay ferry sail past and in the distance see the Five Sisters of Kintail on the mainland.
Kyles View, or to give it its other name, Number Eight, Balmeanach, The Braes, Skye, is an exceptional home which is beautifully appointed throughout and offers spacious accommodation including a large bright and airy sun room with features that include hardwood flooring, wood burner and down lighters.
From here, a set of double doors opens into a sitting area/dining room which has full height windows flooding the room with light, while providing more breath-taking views.
A door from the sitting area leads directly on to a large terraced balcony. An archway from the dining area leads to a well-equipped kitchen which has a range of wall and base storage units, oven, hob, dishwasher and microwave. The utility room has additional storage space and door leading to the rear garden.
An inner hallway leads to the bedrooms. The master bedroom is very generously proportioned and again designed to maximise both light and views and includes a door leading to the balcony.
There’s also a dressing area with storage and a modern en suite complete with bath, walk-in shower, WC, wash-hand basin, heated towel rail, wall and floor tiling. There are two further double bedrooms, both with en suite facilities.
Given its location, it comes as no surprise to learn that the owners of the property have been running Kyles View as a luxury holiday let, providing guests with an unforgettable holiday experience in extremely well-equipped and opulent surroundings.
Further details are available at www.homefarms.co.uk/ skye. The house could be bought and used as a going concern but would work equally well as a family home. It can be sold fully furnished if required, further to separate negotiation.
Set in easily maintained garden grounds, the house which is on the market at offers over £365,000, is seven miles from Portree and 38 miles from Kyle of Lochalsh.
Portree is a vibrant town with excellent facilities including supermarkets, a selection of shops, hotels, restaurants, leisure facilities, a cottage hospital and a modern medical centre. Both secondary and primary schooling is available in the town.
Contact: Strutt and Parker on 01463 719171.