Viera Lodge, originally a Dower house for the Trumland Estate, occupies a magnificent coastal position, facing south, with spectacular sea views towards the Orkney mainland and Gairsay. An extensive programme of refurbishment has recently been completed to a very high specification to create a house which is truly unique. Not only is the house beautifully decorated and furnished, the level of technology makes it a hugely comfortable house in which to live. For example there is a heating and hot water control system enabling the services to be adjusted remotely via an App on a smart phone; there is a Lutron intelligent lighting system; there are Unifi access points giving excellent wi fi reception in both the house and garden; extensive exterior lighting operated by a series of PIR. A full specification is available on request. In addition there are a number of moveable hi-tech items including a Sonos sound system and a Bang and Olufsen TV and speakers which can be made available separately, as can much of the furniture and contents.
The main entrance opens into a vestibule which itself opens out into a spacious dining room, with open fire, and off which there is a cloakroom/utility room and separate WC. From the dining room a door leads into a spectacular sitting room which has a stripped timber floor, a wood burning stove to the east and an open fireplace to the west and a magnificent view to the south over the garden and across the Sound to Orkney mainland. Again off the dining room is a spacious, fitted kitchen including a four oven Aga and a Plain English pantry cupboard with integrated fridge. There is also a back door leading from the kitchen into a parking area.
Rousay is the sixth-largest island in Orkney, at just under 12,000 acres, and has a population of a little over 200. It is about two miles north of the Orkney mainland off the north coast of Scotland. There is one circular road around the island, about 14 miles long.
Separated from mainland Orkney by Eynhallow Sound, Rousay is reached by ferry, which runs 6 times a day, from Tingwall pier on the mainland which takes 20-25 minutes.
Rousay is a very well serviced island, with a grocery shop, primary school, resident doctor and surgery, post office, fitness centre, and church, as well as restaurants/ pubs, builders, gardening services, hairdressers, a fuel station and a daily courier delivery service from the mainland. Rousay also has a fire station, the services of which are shared between Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre, as is the ambulance. Orkney’s mobile library continues to make monthly visits. There is also a monthly community newsletter called The Rousay Review.
Rousay has been nicknamed The Egypt of The North due to its richness in archaeological neolithic sites – a total of 166 – including Midhow Broch and Cairn and the Tavasoe Tuick – 4 of which are in the care of Historic Scotland and date back more than 5000 years.
Rousay offers a diverse variety of flora and fauna including many different sea birds, seals, otters and whales. The island is a Site of Special Scientific Interest
On the first floor there is a master suite with bedroom, dressing room and an en suite bathroom with twin basins and separate shower. Off the bathroom there is an enclosed utility area with washing machine and tumble drier. All rooms in the master suite have superb sea views. There are two further bedrooms and an additional bathroom.
From the master suite a staircase continues upwards to a further level which is fully carpeted and provides built in and extensive storage.