Dunnet Estate, near Thurso Scotland, offers stunning views across the Pentland Firth towards the Orkney Islands and brings a hugely exciting opportunity to create a desirable tourist destination resort by using the existing properties, stunning grounds and scenery to their fullest advantage. The estate extends to more than 1800 acres of land with the focal point being The House of the Northern Gate, a 10 bedroom mansion house steeped in history and, through its various owners, has hosted an impressive visitor book including Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 1953. When the property, having been run as a hotel between the late 1960s and early 70s, came onto the market in 1974, interest was shown by the rock band Led Zeppelin and even Woody of the Bay City Rollers showed interest as a buyer. Of more infamous nature, the outside of the House was used as an eery backdrop to a horror film in the 1970s. Whilst the House is in need of modernisation/refurbishment the numerous development options (subject to any required permissions) could include a hotel, bed and breakfast or serviced apartments all geared towards the strong demand for local outdoor pursuits as well as taking advantage of the hugely popular North Coast 500 route which passes within a stone's throw of the House and Estate. Of course, another option would be to become Laird of The Manor and create a stunning family home. Also contained as part of the Estate are 6 lochs suitable for brown trout fishing, 1750+ acres of heather hills for sport and grouse shooting. The area known as Peedie Beach is roughly 200m (656'2") and whilst this stretch of beach is within the title of the property and could be referred to as private this does not change the fact that Scottish law allows for public access to all such areas. Further scope for income relates to a six acres section on the Estate which has planning approved for the erection of 10 x timber lodges. These lodges could be built and rented/sold by the new owner or, alternatively, an offer has been made by Cottage and Castle to enter into a 25 year ground lease at £20,000 p.a. and assume the build costs and ownership of the lodges themselves. Further details of the planning and lease agreement can be provided on request. The final part of this treasure trove of opportunity is planning approval for a new build detached house. Again, further details on request.
Vast estate grounds for tourist development Numerous business or residential options Within reach of the North Coast 500 route Outstanding location with stunning views Planning approved for timber lodge development Area Dunnet Estate enjoys spectacular setting on a peninsula of the most northerly coastline of the Scottish mainland, overlooking Dunnet Bay to the west and over the Pentland Firth and towards Orkney Islands to the north. The town of Thurso is six miles to the west and offers a range of retail and leisure facilities with a greater range available in Wick being 18 miles to the south. Road and rail links effectively link the area to Inverness, Wick and Caithness, with Wick offering daily scheduled flights to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and would also accommodate a private jet or helicopters. The Orkney Islands is seven miles to the north with daily car ferry services operating throughout the year.
Local Authority Highland Council
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House Of The Northern Gate, Dunnet Estate, Thurso, KW14 8YD
10 bedroom mansion house
Type: House, Residential
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