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'Castles' - a beautiful Orkney property on Eday Here for sale is a fantastic island home and business opportunity. ‘Castles’ is a registered farm set in 2.13 Ha. of land on the Orkney Island of Eday with a further 2.27 Ha. available if required. ‘Castles’ consists of a one bedroom fully modernised cottage with traditional stone built byres and workshops, a new 80ft x 40ft portal frame shed, a newly constructed stone built dwelling house designed to incorporate 3 en-suite letting rooms and a beautiful, secluded beach. __________________________________________________________________ Photo Gallery of 'Castles', an Orkney property on Eday The first aerial photo shows the full extent of ‘Castles’ outlined in red and this would be my preferred sale. The new owner could live in the cottage until the new house was completed and could then sell the cottage or keep it as a letting cottage as I had originally planned to. The second aerial photo shows the property split into three plots: The blue plot is the new house and approximately 2 acres of land. The yellow plot is the cottage, stone byres and approximately 2 acres of land. The red plot is the new shed set in approximately 1 acre of land. Click on any photo in the gallery to enlarge. __________________________________________________________________ A guide to the beautiful Orkney Island of Eday Eday is the most central of Orkney’s North Isles with at least one return ferry a day, seven days a week operated by Orkney Ferries to or from Kirkwall on the Orkney Mainland. There are also scheduled flights operated by Logan Air to and from Kirkwall on a Wednesday. The island is about 6 miles long by 2 miles wide and has a growing population of about 150 which is about 30 people more than when I moved there in 2001. There are resident nurses on the island who run the surgery 6 days a week which a Doctor attends weekly. The school teaches children from pre-school to 12 years old and rarely has more than 10 children enrolled at any one time. There is also a community owned shop that sells everything you could possibly need, a public house that does meals and B & B that can be contacted at 01856 622303. Eday is centrally situated among the North Isles of Orkney, 14 miles north-east of Kirkwall. Eday offers an excellent environment in which to live with heather clad moorlands, panoramic views over the sea and islands, sheer cliffs and sweeping beaches. The Island should especially appeal to those people with an interest in natural history, ornithology, wildlife, archaeology or someone just wishing to appreciate peace and tranquillity. Eday is the perfect place to raise children, to retire to or to escape the rat race. There is virtually no crime what so ever on Eday and Orkney has one of the lowest crime rate in the UK, in fact life here is how life used to be in the ‘sooth’ 50 years ago. Asking prices for 'Castles', an Orkney property on Eday The asking price for all three lots is offers over £335,000, alternatively I would accept bids for each of the three plots or a combination of any two plots. This is an indicative guide to the prices of the individual lots: New house £195,000 Cottage & byres £95,000 Shed £55,000 Contact Information for 'Castles', an Orkney property on Eday Viewing is strictly by appointment only as 'Castles' on Eday is presently unoccupied. Mobile: 07748 495528 or 07967 772341 Email: paul@castleseday.co.uk Or fill out and send the contact form below. __________________________________________________________________ Contact Form Your name: * Your email: * Subject: * Message: Send __________________________________________________________________ Map showing 'Castles', an Orkney property on Eday (top marker) and John 'o Groats (bottom marker) __________________________________________________________________ 'Castles' Cottage on Eday, Orkney 'Castles' Cottage is a stone built cottage under a stone slate roof which was completely renovated in 2006 including a complete re-wire, all new plumbing and central heating. Except for the bathroom the cottage's walls and ceilings were completely re-plastered, the lounge, kitchen, hall and porch floors were tiled while the bedroom received a new insulated concrete floor. The cottage also had new Upvc tilt and turn windows fitted though out as well as new internal pine doors, frames, architraves and skirtings. There are lawned gardens to the front and one side of the cottage and a fenced vegetable garden to the rear approx 80ft x 45ft containing a 30ft x 14ft polytunnel frame which will be recovered shortly. The cottage has mains electric, mains water and telephone connected and drainage to a private septic tank. Photo Gallery of 'Castles' Cottage on Eday, Orkney Click on any photo in the gallery to enlarge. __________________________________________________________________ Accommodation at 'Castles' Cottage on Eday, Orkney Lounge: 15’ x 12’ (4.5 x 3.6mtrs) Feature fireplace, 2 windows, large radiator, 8 double and 1 single 13amp sockets, main phone socket, TV and Sky sockets, emergency lighting. Kitchen: 10’ x 6’ (3 x 1.8mtrs) Galley style with fridge, dishwasher electric oven and hob, extractor fan. ‘Turco’ oiled fired combination central heating boiler. One window. 4 double 13amp sockets (all appliances wired separately). Bedroom: 13’ x 12’ (3.9 x 3.6mtrs) - not including built in wardrobes to one complete wall 2 windows, radiator, 5 double and 1 single 13amp sockets, telephone and TV points. Bathroom: 10’ x 5’ (3 x 1.5mtrs.) Bath with electric shower over, pedestal wash hand basin, W.C., heated towel rail, shaver socket/light. Hallway: 10’ x 4’ (3 x 1.2mtrs) Radiator, emergency lighting. Porch: 9’ x 5’ (2.7 x 1.5mtrs.) Towel radiator 2 double 13amp sockets. N.B. All the above sizes are approximate but are certainly correct to the nearest foot (30cm). __________________________________________________________________ Stone out buildings at 'Castles' on Eday, Orkney There are several stone byres and workshops, the main ones are: Stone byre under a stone slate roof, approximately 60’ x 15’ (18 x 4.5mtrs) split about 35’ byre / 25’ workshop. Stone built byre under a corrugated non asbestos roof, approximately 35’ x 16’ (10.5 x 4.8mtrs) split about 25’ byre / 10’ workshop. A number of small stone or timber sheds / lean tos. Photo Gallery of the Stone out buildings at Eday, Orkney Click on any photo in the gallery to enlarge. __________________________________________________________________ Agricultural Shed 'Castles' Agricultural Shed on Eday, Orkney 'Castles' Agricultural Shed was built in 2002 and is sited behind the cottage in an area dug deeply into the hillside to protect it from the elements and to stop it being a ‘blot on the landscape’. It has mains electric, hot and cold water and 14’ (4.2mtrs) high double doors and eaves to allow access to the tallest vehicles or plant. The floor is smooth polished concrete throughout and lighting is via 5 400watt metal halide lamps to give almost daylight lighting. There is also additional internal and external lighting and built into one corner of the shed adjacent to the personal door is an office, small kitchen, and a W.C. There are numerous 13amp sockets around the shed plus one 16amp socket and to the side of the shed is a level storage area approximately 80’ x 40’. Photo Gallery of 'Castles' Agricultural Shed on Eday, Orkney Click on any photo in the gallery to enlarge. __________________________________________________________________ New House at 'Castles' on Eday, Orkney The new house at 'Castles' is a 3 storey "bungalow" designed to look as small as possible from the public road which stops at the gate to the property meaning there is no passing traffic as 'Castles' is the last property on the island. All that is seen from the road is a 'V' shaped bungalow although the new house is actually ‘Y’ shaped on the ground and the first floor. The basement is under the front 2/3rd of the house and will accommodate 8 to 10 cars. It is constructed of 12'' (30cm) re-enforced concrete walls with tanking and land drainage to all backfilled areas while the basement roof / ground floor is constructed of 200mm ’Bison’ slabs. The entire ground floor of the house has 75mm concrete on 50mm ‘Kingspan’ insulation on 50mm ‘Jablite’ insulation in which all the hot and cold service pipes are recessed. There are 18 circuits of under-floor heating pipes and no joints whatsoever in the under-floor pipe work. The external walls above basement level are built from new Yorkshire coursed walling stone while internal walls and solid partitions are constructed from insulated ‘Fibalite’ blocks. The floor areas are approximately: Basement 2120 sq ft (200 sq mtr). Ground floor 2800 sq ft (265 sq mtr). First floor 1450 sq ft (139 sq mtr). Total floor area: 6370 sq ft (604 sq mtr) approximately. Photo Gallery of the New House at 'Castles' on Eday, Orkney - Outside views Click on any photo in the gallery to enlarge. __________________________________________________________________ Plans for the New House at 'Castles' on Eday, Orkney The original plan for the New House at 'Castles' is for a 3 bedroom, one en-suite, family home with lounge, breakfast kitchen, utility room, cloak room, drying room and bathroom, which would take up all of the two seaward facing sections of the ‘Y’ of the house. The third section of the ‘Y’ would provide a separate entrance to the B & B section of the property with a disabled access en-suite bedroom, residents lounge and dining room and staircase to two further en-suite bedrooms on the first floor of that section. Eday has an acute shortage of bed & breakfast accommodation little of which is purpose built. Over the past few years millions of pounds have been invested through ‘EMEC’ in an offshore test centre for tidal electricity generators just off the west coast of Eday which is due to carry on for at least the next 10 years. There are also many holiday visitors to the island as well as contractors and professionals who stay on the island in the course of their work which has meant that many months of the year demand for B & B accommodation has out stripped supply. The new owner of the property would obviously not have to stick to this plan providing the new plans met with building controls standards. The Planning and Building Control departments of Orkney Island Council Are the most helpful I have come across in almost 50 years in the construction industry. They actively encourage responsible development of the northern isles as part of the councils policy to re-populate the outer isles. Despite the new house being on a greenfield site that had never had any form of building on it previously, full planning permission was granted within 6 weeks of the plans being submitted. Planning was also granted to convert one of the stone out buildings to a one bedroom cottage. I stopped work on the house in June 2008 when my estranged wife and I separated though I have maintained the property and gardens during that period. It was only in June this year that settlement was reached and the properties transferred into my sole name. This is an absolutely fantastic opportunity for someone to build their dream home in a dream location with all the hard work done: planning, a massive earth moving operation, ground works, drains, etc. The logistics alone of getting almost 1000 tons of materials on to an island 2 ferry rides away from John O’Groats is a story in itself. The house is wind and water tight with roof and drainage complete. All windows and doors are fitted with the exception of the garage doors and the main entrance door which is stored inside the house waiting to replace the house's temporary wooden door. The interior of the house is truly ‘a blank canvas’. With the exception of the block-work ground floor walls in the B & B part of the house room sizes and layouts could be to your own requirements as the room in the roof trusses over the front two sections requires no further support. Although the building warrant granted in 2003 has now expired, providing the works are completed to the building inspectors satisfaction and to 2003 standards then building control will issue ’a letter of comfort’ instead of a building warrant which is acceptable to building societies etc. To obtain a full building warrant a new building warrant application would have to be submitted that met current building regulations but I feel certain that the insulation values of the house, as built, will exceed even the latest building regulations. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information to clarify the planning and building warrant issues or for contacts in Orkney Island Councils departments. A new ‘building warrant’ is now being applied for. This will now mean that any purchaser can finish the house off to their own design taking in all / any changes they would like to make. A full completion certificate would be issued when the house was completed. The new warrant would last for up to five years. I will cover all costs of the warrant. The house would not have to be completed as part B & B. Photo Gallery of the New House at 'Castles' on Eday, Orkney - Inside views Click on any photo in the gallery to enlarge. __________________________________________________________________ Beach 'Castles', Eday, Orkney, KW17 2AB Mobile: 07748 495528 or 07967 772341 'Castles' Beach on the Orkney Island of Eday To the front of 'Castles' and the new house is ‘Castles Beach’ which stretches from boundary to boundary and is accessible from both sides of the property. It truly is a magical place loved by young and old alike with beautiful white sand, caves and clear, clear water. Photo Gallery of 'Castles Beach' on Eday, Orkney Click on any photo in the gallery to enlarge. __________________________________________________________________
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