Offers over £1,250,000

Country house for sale in Lot 1 - Borreraig, Dunvegan, Isle Of Skye IV55

For sale

Country house for sale in Lot 1 – Borreraig, Dunvegan, Isle Of Skye IV55, Offers over: £1250000. Freehold, Coastal Estate, Husabost House (in need of complete refurbishment)

Estate Agent Details:

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Estate Agent Name:
Strutt & Parker - Inverness

Estate Agent Phone Number:
01463 357931

Estate Agent Address:
Perth Suite, Castle House, Fairways Buisness Park, Inverness

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Lot 1 - Borreraig, Dunvegan, Isle Of Skye IV55

Isle of Skye




IV55 8ZY

Location Map

Leaflet Map

Estate Agent Description

Part of a lotted sale – This is Lot 1 of 2

Husabost Estate
The estate extends to approximately 2,395.63 Acres (969.58 ha) in total and comprises a spectacular coastal estate at the north west of the Isle of Skye. The estate comprises a Georgian House as its centrepiece (which is now in need of complete refurbishment, upgrading and modernisation), an in-hand farm/land, substantial areas of common grazing and tenanted crofts and ancillary properties such as part single bank ownership of the Hamara River (spate river) and various potential development opportunities (subject to planning).

Husabost House
Husabost House is a 2 ½ storey Lairds House located in private coastal setting on the western shore of Loch Dunvegan. The house (which is in need of complete internal refurbishment, upgrading and modernisation) is grade C listed by Historic Scotland and occupies a commanding shore side site facing to the south and east and with easy sea access and frontage. Also included in the listing reference are the walled garden and the gate pillars at the entrance. The house is approached from the main road via a private driveway which is tree lined

The original house dates from the late 1700s with further additions in the 1800’s.

The house is of 2 ½ storey with the main walls being off solid stone construction, rendered externally with a whitewash finish. The roof is traditional timber frame covered under a pitched slate covering. The windows are traditional sash and case being a mixture of new UPVC windows and the older wooden frames.

Internally the gross area extends to approximately 4,600 sq.ft and provides extensive accommodation which can be summarised as follows:

Ground Floor
Porch, Sitting Room, Principal Bedroom, Dining Room, Bathroom, 2 x WC, Bedroom 2, Family Room, Larder, Kitchen/Breakfast Room.

First Floor
5 bedrooms, Bathroom, Drawing Room

Second Floor
2 bedrooms

Outbuildings, Gardens & Grounds.
The surrounds of the house are the sea frontage immediately over the sea wall at the front of the house and the former walled garden to the rear. To the north of the house is a stone and slate boathouse and stone and slate stable building. The drive is tree and shrub lined and amenity wooded area either side of the driveway and surrounding the walled garden.

Husabost Estate – Home Farm
The area known as home farm comprises in-hand land and buildings (non crofted) comprises approximately 127.65 acres (51.65 Ha) surrounding Husabost House comprising a mixture of farmland together with farmbuildings, cottage and remains of a derelict church.

Farm Land
The land comprises a mixture of permanent pasture and rough grazings ranging in height from sea level to approximately 80 metres above sea level. The block to the west of the public road has an easterly aspect whilst the land between the public road and the shore is generally east facing with areas of pasture suitable for fodder crops.

Farm Buildings
The farm buildings are situated around 200m to the north of the Husabost House access and lie adjacent to the public road. The farm buildings comprises a derelict single storey cottage and stone mill together with two traditional stone farm buildings which now comprise a single pitched fibre cement a corrugated sheeted roof for some livestock accommodation

Husabost Farm Cottage
To the west of Husabost House access road, and with its own access track from the public road, is Husabost Farm Cottage. This cottage comprises a detached traditional cottage built of stone walls set under slate roof. This cottage is derelict however provides a fantastic opportunity to renovate and create an additional residence for the estate.

Common Grazings
The Common Grazings of Borreraig, Galtrigall and Feriniquarrie lie to the west and north of Husabost House and comprise substantial areas of hill ground which are rough grazings and moorland. The grazings reach their summits on the tops of Scoval, Ben Ettow and Ben Skriaig which lie at 250m, 295m and 309m respectively above sea level. This land is subject to third parties having grazing rights over it – further details of crofted common grazings from Crofting Commission or from Selling Agents.

The land provides some good stalking for red deer, both stags and hinds. There are no formal records however a number of stags and hinds are taken annually.

The higher slopes and summits provide panoramic views to the Outer Hebrides and the Cuillin mountains and a challenging days hill walking.

Peatland / Natural Capital
The estate holds significant amounts of peatland which may have potential for restoration and carbon capture schemes. There have been no studies done of this potential on the estate however prospective purchasers should note that any such opportunity would require to be done in collaboration with the crofting grazing committees who hold the grazing rights over the land.

Sporting and Amenity
Husabost Estate has the benefit of red deer stalking which is in hand however no formal records are kept. A number of stags and hinds are culled annually by way of an informal arrangement.

The Estate has the fishing rights (north bank) of the River Hamara which is a spate river in Glendale running into Loch Poltiel. There are opportunities for trout, sea trout and Salmon fishing opportunities on this river at certain times of the year.

A large amount of the estate is under crofting tenure in the form of common grazings and tenanted crofts. Prospective purchasers should familiarise themselves with crofting tenure. Further information is available on the crofting commission website or please do not hesitate to contact the selling agents to discuss.

Common Grazings
There are two common grazings on Husabost Estate as follows:
• Borreraig & Galtrilgall Common Grazings
• Feriniquarrie Common grazings

Tenanted Crofts / Rent Roll
As of 2022 there were 22 tenanted crofts on the states split between the townships of Totaig, Husabost, Borreraig, Borreraig Parks, Galtrigall and Feriniquarrie.

The current rent roll is approximately £230 per annum. Further details from the selling agents.

Historical Note
Husabost Estate was originally part of the Macleod Estate land holdings, and subsequently was owned by the Nicholson Family and then the Martin Family.

Within the estate, the village of Borreraig is famous for being the location of the MacCrimmon Piping College which was active during the 16th – 19th centuries, where pipers from around Scotland were sent to by their clan chiefs to master the instrument. A memorial cairn to the MacCrimmon pipers was built at Borreraig Hoe in 1933 where it can be seen today.

The estate also has a large amount of historical landmarks such as a Pictish Broch at Dun Borreraig, the remains of St Francis Church on Husabost Home Farm which is said to date from the 1600, s and The Manners Stone which lies close to the northern boundary of the estate at Galtrigall.<br /><br />Designations/Listings
We note from Naturescot ‘Sitelink’ website and Historic Scotland designations map, and note that the estate is designated as follows:

• Special Area of Conservation – Inner Hebrides and Minch
• Nature Conservation mpa – Sea of the Hebrides
• Husabost House, walled garden and gate piers – Grade C listed

Sporting Rights
The sporting rights are in hand.

The estate has deer stalking on the low ground and the hills of Skoval, Ben Ettow and Ben Skriaig.

The River Hamara is a small spate river located on the valley floor of Glendale, the estate having single bank fishing rights. There is some enjoyable trout and sea trout fishing as well as Salmon rights being included.<br /><br />Husabost Estate is located at the North West end of the Duirinish Peninsula on the Isle of Skye. The Duirinish Peninsula is approximately 8 miles long and is situated between Loch Dunvegan and Loch Bracadale in the North West of the island. The peninsula contains the villages Colbost, Borreraig, Glendale, Skinidin, Galtrigall and Totaig, whilst the principle settlement within the area is Dunvegan located on the east shore of Loch Dunvegan. The Peninsula is dominated by the hills knows as Macleod’s Tables (or in Gaelic, Healabhal Mor and Healabhal Bheag), which are 1,539 feet and 1,609 feet respectively. Dunvegan Head is the north of the peninsula and Idrigill is the southern point. The coastline is dramatic with the large cliffs dominating the north and west coasts and the famous Macleod’s maiden sea pinnacles at the southern end.

In terms of services, Dunvegan has a range of hotels, restaurants, grocery stores a bakery and primary school together with the popular tourist attraction of Dunvegan Castle which has been the seat of the Clan Macleod since the 1200s and reputably the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland.

The largest settlement on Skye is Portree which has a good range of local services and amenities, such as a swimming pool, restaurants, cafes, schools, shops and hotels. There is also a commercial zone with companies serving trades with building materials, electrical and plumbing equipment, home furnishings etc.

The City of Inverness provides a full range of commercial, educational, recreational, retail and transport facilities, including Inverness Airport, 9 miles east of the city, which provides frequent flights to domestic and international destinations. Inverness also has good public transport links and bus and rail connections.

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