Burra House is a two-and-a half storey detached dwelling which dates from the 16th century, with the addition of a one-and-a half storey side wing and single-storey rear wing. The ‘’B“ listed former manse has five bedrooms and two box rooms. Nestled amidst charming walled gardens, the property offers enchanting, panoramic views over the countryside and towards the Bay of Creekland with Ward Hill as a backdrop. Both the large gardens to the front and the rear are mainly laid to lawn with mature trees and plants. Burra House offers peaceful and secluded accommodation, and enjoys its own woodland area. Located in the garden is a magnificent sycamore tree, which is reputedly the oldest tree in Orkney.
It is reported that Sir Walter Scott, the Scottish historian and novelist, stayed at Burra House in 1814, whilst writing ‘The Pirate’. Further thoughts are that Robert Louis Stevenson, another well-known Scottish novelist, also visited the property. Commander C . C . S . Mackenzie, the last commanding officer of the Scapa Flow naval base, owned the property during the 1960’s and 1970’s. The Commander was a well-known figure, and during his time, the gardens were famous for their production of fruit.
With breath-taking landscape and scenery, Hoy is also steeped in history and offers a range of local amenities including a primary school, shop, swimming pool, hotels with restaurants, cafes, pub and galleries. The Hoy Kirk with regular exhibitions and events is only a short distance away. The island has many beautiful beaches, including Rackwick Bay, and scenic walks. Burra House is situated in the north end of the island and is regularly serviced by a foot-passenger ferry from Moaness pier, which is conveniently close to the property, and a Ro-Ro vehicle and passenger ferry from Lyness.
Stromness, only a short sailing away, has a primary and secondary school, a range of shops, cafes, restaurants, hotels, galleries and travels links within Orkney and to the mainland of Scotland. Kirkwall, with its more extensive amenities and travel links is serviced by a bus from the Houton ferry terminal.
Burra House is not suitable for mortgage purposes and is in need of extensive renovation, there are no warranties or guarantees. The property could be ideal for development, subject to obtaining the relevant Local Authority consents. We highly recommend viewing to see the full potential this property has to offer.
- Combination of single-glazed timber windows with internal secondary-glazing and uPVC double-glazed windows
- Electric storage and panel heaters
- Land extending to approximately 1.36 acres (0.55 hectares)
- Driveway with space for parking
- Range of outbuildings
- Tranquil setting
- Idyllic island lifestyle