Galbraith, is selling a modern architect-designed family home on Coll, the island made famous in the Katie Morag books.
Mairi Hedderwick, the author and illustrator of the hugely popular Katie Morag series of children's books, lived on Coll for many years. In the books, including Island of Adventure, Coll is known by the fictional name of the Isle of Struay. The author described her years living on the island as "...a magic time on the island of Coll, bringing up small children. I mean, where better?"
Ceol Na Mara is a spacious family home with stunning views in a sought-after location on the edge of the village of Arinagour and within walking distance of the local primary school. The property is ideally suited for permanent use and would make a lovely family home.Ceol Na Mara is situated in an elevated position to maximise the sea views to Arinagour Bay, the Treshnish Isles and Dutchman's Cap.
Nicky Archibald, who is handling the sale for Galbraith, said:
It is rare for a property that is only ten years old to be available on Coll, especially one that is so spacious and situated very close to Arinagour, with lovely views and a large garden. The purchaser will be able to benefit from a very attractive and practical family-oriented lifestyle among an established community, or indeed could choose to let the property as a holiday let or on a longer-term basis.
Ceol Na Mara, which was built to a high standard by the current owner, has three double bedrooms, one with en-suite, a further single bedroom or study, a sitting room, a well-appointed kitchen and spacious dining room. The latter offers scope to be easily converted into a generous dining kitchen with the current kitchen providing useful utility space. The garden, which extends around the property, has a good sized decked area, large lawn and a rocky outcrop forming a very attractive natural boundary with the land beyond. The option also exists to acquire a further area of adjoining land by separate negotiation with the owner.
The Isle of Coll is known for its beautiful sandy beaches, large sand dunes and its population of rare corncrakes. These birds have continued to nest and breed on Coll as traditional farming practices are favourable for these ground-nesting birds. There is an also extensive RSPB reserve on the island.
Coll's community centre, An Cridhe, hosts a series of annual events such as a half marathon, a basking shark festival, a bird festival and a chamber music festival, as well as other cultural events throughout the year. In December 2013 Coll secured dark skies' status. The island has no street lights so offers excellent prospects for star gazing on clear nights. In winter it is possible to see the Milky Way or the Northern Lights.
Ceol Na Mara on the Isle of Coll is for sale at a guide price of 300,000.