Saturday, 2 February 2013

One-Third Off

The auction for Hurdiback, Papa Stour, took place on Friday night and bids could be made in person, by phone or internet. The telephone box outside the former-hostel section of the crofthouse (above) was not in action, however. The property was featured here on Friday 4 January and had a guide price of £120k. The hammer came down at £80k, although the buyer remains anonymous at present. The factors that would repress the price of any property, probably included the expense of undertaking renovation work on an extensive, remote off-shore island croft; the declining population of Papa Stour; the future of its, and other island ferry services, that will be decided at a full Shetland Council meeting on Monday 4 February. The place certainly has its attractions, however, with compelling land- and sea-scapes, an infrastructure, a 'mothballed' school and a kirk that has been its present size since 1806, with re-roofing in 1930 and restoration work in 2006. It has withstood changes.

Scottish Islands Explorer - aware of sales and sailings


Richard Evans said...

Traditional farmhouse with 120 acres of ground. 2/3 bedrooms, cloakroom , kitchen, lounge, utility, bathroom, storeroom, Oil heating and Double Glazing.

Detached bunkhouse with two bedrooms, sitting room/kitchen, WC and shower.

Wide range of outbuildings, greenhouse and barn.

A bargain at £80,000 to a mystery buyer.

Scottish Islands Explorer said...

Richard has made a correction and amended the size of the croft from 120 to 180 acres. That's a one-third increase at the press of a computer keypad!