Greenland House is an impressive and substantial villa enjoying a most prominent location on a major route from Thurso to John O’Groats. Dating from 1895, the property depicts many original Victorian features including cornicing, ceiling roses and high skirting boards. Greenland House has 8 bedrooms (5 en-suite) and is a charming property with spacious public rooms and excellent living space. Although in need of some decorative upgrades the property is in generally good condition.
The business had traded as a bed and breakfast for many years under a leasehold agreement and was then leased out to a family foster home. As the lease has come to an end the owners have decided to put Greenland House to the market and allow new owners to develop the property in whatever direction they choose.
Though the previous guest house tenants have not left trading accounts Greenland House was an established Guest House, prior to this tenancy the present vendors can provide historic accounts from the period they ran the business pre 2008. Such is the prominent site and stature of the building that it is an easy-to-locate premises for both those who have booked via the internet and for the casual passer-by seeking accommodation. The business has operated on a purely bed and breakfast basis in recent times, however meals were provided previously for guests only, and there is scope to drive income further should new owner’s be motivated to provide catering. The fixtures and fittings particularly in the bedroom areas facilitate trading as a guest house, these have been left within the property. The present owners no longer reside in the county of Caithness and are retired from the hospitality trade resulting in the presenting of this opportunity to the market.
Of traditional construction Greenland House is a substantial detached property, stone built under a pitched slate roof with a more modern extension to the rear built in 1980. The property has accommodation across three floors. Entry to the property is via an attractive posted driveway into a spacious hard-standing parking area.
The main entrance to the house is via a solid wood outer door which leads into a vestibule with Caithness slate flooring. An inner partially glazed door leads to a splendid hallway, which is spacious and is representative of the ambience and charm of this substantive property. This hallway and the dining room feature attractive oak flooring and are brimming with character, the high ceilings and many original Victorian features are reflective of the character observed in most rooms. To the left is the bright and spacious lounge with double aspect windows and a charming fireplace. This tastefully presented room enjoys a high ceiling and cornicing, all in keeping with a period property of this nature. To the right of the hallway is the commodious dining room which comfortably sits 12 guests. This charming room also has double aspect windows and the benefit of a fireplace. Off the breakfast room is a small ante-room which is known as the music room but could be used for a range of purposes. There is a guest WC off the main hallway. A sweeping staircase leads from the spacious hallway to the 8 comfortable bedrooms configured as follows:
Room 1 – Single standard
Room 2 – Family room with en-suite bathroom
Room 3 – Double standard
Room 4 – King-size and single beds with en-suite shower room
Room 5 – Double with en-suite shower room
Room 6 – Double and single beds with en-suite shower room
Room 7 – Single standard
Room 8 - Double and single beds with en-suite shower room
Rooms 1 – 5 are situated on the first floor with rooms 6 – 8 being situated on the second floor. A bathroom on the first floor is available for use by the standard rooms.
Situated to the rear of the subjects is a sunroom which opens onto a lovely decking area. The sun room leads to a well-presented kitchen which has Ashley Anne designed units plus a tiled floor. There is a boiler room and also a compact laundry room.
Greenland House is a substantial property and benefits from mature gardens with a range of plants, shrubs and lawn. The grounds have a good level of privacy as there is an attractive stone wall to the rear and side of the grounds. There is private parking for up to 8 cars plus there is a modern double garage. Within the grounds is a hard-standing for a mobile home with drainage, water and power cables. Also available is Greenland Cottage presently let out on a long-term let, details are available on request.
The property benefits from mains electricity, oil central heating, water and drainage.
LPG gas is used for the hob in the main house kitchen and for the fire in the lounge. Greenland House is fully compliant with extant fire regulations.
The business is not presently trading and accounts are not available.
Greenland house has an EPC rating of E.
The village of Castletown has a number of shops and social services. Additionally, the town of Thurso, which is located 5 miles away, boasts a broader range of excellent facilities. Caithness itself is an area tremendously rich in opportunities for both the resident population and holidaymaker alike. Breathtaking cliffs host innumerable seabirds including the puffin, one of the ornithologist’s favourites. Beautiful golden beaches stretch for miles, none more so than nearby Dunnet Bay with its high dunes. Indeed, such is the setting that the area is a well-known destination for surfers and hosts many national competitive events. Sea excursions are available, whether to watch seabirds, Grey Seals, Pilot Whales or Dolphins. Nearby passenger and car ferries offer a choice of day trips to the popular Orkney Islands. Genealogy research, ancient Brochs or perhaps the local Camster Cairns are aspects that appeal to guests. For history enthusiasts, the 16th Century Castle and Gardens of Mey is one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions and remains to this day a striking architectural achievement and a fascinating day out. For those interested in fishing the excellent Caithness trout and salmon fishing is renown; the rivers Thurso, Wick and Forss are all well-known and are highly productive as are loch’s St John’s, Heilan and Watten. During the winter months the county is also popular with wildfowlers and several nearby sporting estates offer deer stalking and the opportunity for both walked-up and driven shoots, these activities undertaken outside the general tourist season. Staying on the sporting front there are several 18-hole golf courses within comfortable reach, namely Thurso, Wick or the links course at Reay.
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