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Historic Former Officers' Mess On Orkney Up For Sale

An impressive C-listed traditional house on Orkney, Oglaby, which served as the Officers’ Mess during World War II, is now for sale through Galbraith.

The Orkney Islands lie about 20 miles north of the Scottish mainland and are famous for their ancient historical sites and for the pivotal role they played in both world wars. 

Scapa Flow was the main anchorage and headquarters for the Royal Navy’s battle fleet during World War I and II, due to its strategic location and natural defences.

Oglaby has been in the same family since it was built in 1894 and has never before been brought to the market.

Phiddy Robertson of Galbraith, who is handling the sale, said:

For over 125 years, Oglaby has remained within the same family as a much-loved family home. This is the first time that it has ever been offered for sale and thus presents a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most impressive properties on Orkney. The house has beautiful architecture inside and out, with spacious rooms and many original features that will appeal to a wide range of buyers. In addition, the paddock and the potential to restore the walled garden for ornamental plants or as a kitchen garden are wonderful assets.

Oglaby lies close to Stromness, the second biggest town on the Orkney mainland. The house is on an elevated site with stunning views over the town to Hoy Sound, Hoy and Scapa Flow.

The house is now in need of some modernisation, but retains much of its original interior with well-proportioned rooms, wood panelling, a gracious staircase, plasterwork, fireplaces and tower room. 

On the ground floor the two reception rooms have beautiful water and island views, while the kitchen and pantries lie to the rear. The first-floor landing leads to the four bedrooms, one with a tower dressing room. The extensive floored attic is reached via a staircase from the landing.

Outside there is a walled garden, currently laid to grass, a paddock, two greenhouses, a garage and garden stores. There is an additional small field (about half an acre) which lies on the opposite side of the public road in front of the house.

The Orkney landscape is of undulating hills dotted with small farms and a spectacular coastline of high cliffs and wide beaches.

Stromness is a charming town with flagstone streets and lanes centred round its harbour. There is a good range of shops and amenities including schooling up to secondary level, a leisure centre, golf course and the ferry terminal, while the town is also host to annual arts festivals. Kirkwall, the main town on the island, is characterful and historic with narrow streets, its harbour, and the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral at its heart. The town has a wider range of amenities including a hospital and airport.

Oglaby is for sale through Galbraith for Offers Over £420,000. For further details please contact Galbraith.