Immaculate house in iconic location with two extra cottages; superb letting potential

  • Offers Over £850,000
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Key Selling Points

  • One and a Half Storey Detached Villa, with Attached Annexe and Detached Bungalow
  • 7 Beds in Main house and 2 Bedrooms in each Cottage
  • Major Tourist Area all Year Round
  • Sought After Location
  • Must be Viewed to be Appreciated
  • Exceptional Letting Potential
  • Oil Fired Central Heating
  • Fully Double Glazed
  • Large Attractive Gardens
  • Ample Parking


This pristine and extensive property consists of a large, detached house and two further self-contained cottages. It offers a large and beautifully appointed family home, as well as an outstanding opportunity to invest in a well-established holiday letting business with fantastic reviews in one of the world’s most iconic locations.

Within walking distance of Portree, and close to the River Chracaig which runs just behind the gardens, Tarven is at the end of a long, shared driveway. The property’s boundary is enclosed by an impressive natural stone wall, and gates lead into a large gravel parking area with herbaceous borders.

The main house is generously sized, with 251 m2 of interior space and seven bedrooms. A large vestibule opens into a spacious hallway featuring an attractive timber staircase and a tongue-and-groove wainscot.

The living room is decorated in a neutral palette and has a wood and tiled mantelpiece housing a wood-burning stove. This room is large but retains a welcoming ambience, making it somewhere to comfortably retreat to. There is a view into the pergola, and large glazed doors lead to the expansive triple-aspect dining room, which is filled with light and has fabulous views of the garden which can be reached through its patio doors.

The kitchen has windows on two walls and is generously proportioned with cabinetry surrounding a small central island with a useful preparation sink. Double ovens, a large gas hob, and a substantial amount of storage make this a practical kitchen. And its granite topped arrangement of wooden fronted wall cabinets, and walls finished with earth-toned tiles, means the kitchen is well-designed aesthetically, too.

A large sunroom has windows on three sides, with double patio doors opening to the lawn. This generous room is laid with timber flooring with a smaller area of fitted cabinetry, providing helpful storage for tableware, giving this space potential as a dining or breakfast room for guest use.

A passage leads to three ensuite bedrooms, creating the opportunity to offer bed and breakfast facilities that is just confined to the ground floor. All the rooms have fabulous views of the gardens and include tiled ensuite shower rooms with WCs and wash-hand basins. Two have simple but attractive neutral colour schemes, and the third is painted with a pretty green hue

A separate ground-floor bathroom is finished with a soft grey and tiled mostly in white. It has a large bath, a separate panelled shower enclosure, a WC, and a wash hand basin. Two windows are high on the wall, creating plentiful natural light but positioned to retain privacy.

Stairs lead to a large landing and passageway on the first floor, with white walls, panelled wainscot, and built-in cupboards. There are four further bedrooms offering the potential, if the house was run as a B&B, to retain this floor as private sleeping area for the family. The bedrooms are in the eaves, giving them charming coombed ceilings, and they are individually decorated in soft colours, all with good natural light; three rooms have large skylights.

The generously sized family bathroom is tiled in white and coombed on one side, providing character, but comfortably includes a curved shower enclosure, WC and wash hand basin.

The main house gives direct access to an immaculate east-facing lawn, which features four mature trees in its centre. The lawn is edged with a gravel pathway and tidy hedge. A flagstone patio and pergola adjoin the house.

The main house is beautifully designed and has been maintained to an exceptional standard, making it an outstanding home for a large or multi-generational family. However, it also has potential as a successful and well–established bed and breakfast business that can be operated from the principal house, and the benefit of two further cottages available as self-contained holiday lets.

Tarven Cottage

This delightful cottage is close to the front of the property and is accessed through an arch, lending it an attractive mews-type ambience. Tarven Cottage is 65 m2 and has an open-plan ground floor, making it easy to clean and maintain.

A small hallway opens into the kitchen, which is defined with walls tiled in mosaics. It is fitted with wooden cabinets in a U-shape arrangement that separates the space from the dining area and provides ample space and services for appliances.

The living and dining areas are neatly appointed and pleasantly but simply decorated. A pair of windows look to the rear of the property but still allow the main garden to remain private. A mantelpiece and living flame fireplace lend additional character.

A tiled bathroom is located close to the front door. It has a bath with a shower over it, a WC, and a wash hand basin.

The carpeted timber staircase leads to two charming attic-style bedrooms with coombed ceilings and double-aspect skylights overlooking both sides of the property.

A small garden lies to the front of the cottage, which enjoys a delightful westerly view, giving visitors the potential to watch the sunsets the area is famous for.

Rose’s Cottage

Also at the front of the property to ensure the privacy of the main house and garden, Rose’s Cottage has a ramp leading to the entrance and a substantial ground-floor wet room, making the house accessible to disabled guests.

This slightly larger, single-storey cottage has an interior space of 85 m2, and a wide corridor that opens into a stunning L-shaped kitchen-dining room. The kitchen is fitted with white-painted floor and wall cabinets with cup handles and a wooden worktop, and the walls are finished in a delicate ice blue. There is a separate utility room close to the entrance.

The living room is comfortable, with a mantelpiece and a living flame fireplace. Large patio windows provide natural light and give access to a small, enclosed timber deck.

The two bedrooms are elegantly finished with white joinery that offsets their striking colour schemes. One room is finished with a gentle spearmint colour, and the other is in a delicate but modern lavender hue; these rooms are both pretty, yet still feel grown up and contemporary.

The wet room has a sizeable full-access shower lined with panels. There is also a vanity unit with a wash hand basin and WC.

Tarven is very special property, and further consideration is needed to explore its many wonderful features.

As a business, it enjoys outstanding reviews from visitors from across the world, and benefits from two immaculate and delightful cottages, offering considerable investment potential.

It also has scope to be a large and fabulous home for an extended family who would prefer to keep its immeasurable attributes for their private use.

Whichever of these is considered most attractive, early viewing is recommended.

About Portree

Portree is located on the Isle of Skye and offers the perfect blend of urban convenience and rural charm. The town is known for its stunning natural beauty and vibrant community, making it ideal for experiencing both the tranquillity of countryside living and the vibrancy of a bustling city.

Portree has a range of property styles, including traditional croft houses and cosy cottages, modern apartments, and new developments. The housing options cater to a wide array of preferences and budgets. This variety fosters a welcoming and inclusive community enriched by a wealth of services and amenities all within a convenient distance, despite a modest population of about 2500.

Portree is famed for its picturesque harbour, framed by cliffs and dotted with brightly painted houses, which draws visitors from all over the world. The town serves as a gateway to exploring Skye, including the Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing, and the Cuillin mountains. Additionally, Portree boasts its own share of local attractions, such as the Aros Centre, which offers cultural events, a cinema, and exhibitions celebrating Skye’s heritage.
The education and healthcare facilities in Portree are excellent. There are several primary schools, Portree High School, a well-equipped medical centre, dental practices, and a leisure centre complete with a swimming pool. The town also features various places of worship and a range of independent shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants, including some with worldwide acclaim.

Portree is an excellent base for commuting to other parts of the island and mainland Scotland thanks to its central location on the Isle of Skye. This accessibility, combined with its rich cultural life and natural beauty, makes Portree a wonderful place to live, work, and visit.

General Information:
Services: Mains Water, Electric & Oil
Council Tax Band:
EPC Rating: D (67)
Entry Date: Early entry available
Home Report: Available on request.
Viewings: 7 Days accompanied by agent.

Included in the sale:
All floor coverings, blinds and all white goods.

Anti-Money Laundering Legislation
As with all Estate Agents, Hamish is subject to Anti Money Laundering Regulations. These regulations require us as selling agents, to perform various checks on the property buyers and any offer presented to us must be accompanied by the current address, date of birth, and of proof of funds for all purchasers and of any family members who may be gifting deposits. From time to time, certified photographic evidence of the buyer’s identity and proof of address may also be required. We are unable to progress any sale to completion, until these requirements have been fully satisfied.

It is important your solicitor notifies this office of your interest otherwise the property may be sold without your knowledge. Hamish strongly recommend that you discuss any particular points regarding the property which are likely to affect your interest in the property with them prior to viewing. Interested parties are advised to notify their interest, in writing, with Hamish as a closing date for offers may be set. The seller reserves the right to accept an offer made privately prior to any closing date and further, the seller is not bound to accept the highest, or indeed, any offer. These particulars, whilst believed to be correct do not and cannot form part of any contract. The measurements have been taken using a sonic tape measure and therefore are for guidance only.