Backaskaill Farmhouse, Sanday, Orkney KW17 2BA

£275,000 OIRO
  • Ref: MMKW17020220KA
  • Type: Detached House
  • Availability: Sold
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Reception Rooms: 3
  • Parking: Off Road Parking, Triple Garage
  • Outside Space: Front & Rear Garden, Private Grounds
  • Tenure: Freehold

Property Features

  • 3 Bedroom detached property with sea views, located 2 minutes from the beach
  • Additional one bedroom apartment
  • Appox one acre of mature garden and paddock
  • 3 stables and workshop with services and large garage
  • Home report and floor plan on Monster Moves website

Property Summary

Monster Moves are delighted to bring this traditional Grade B listed farmhouse to the market, which is located on the picturesque Island of Sanday, a two minute walk to the beautiful sandy beach. Backaskaill was built in the 18th century and is full of traditional features throughout. With the renovations made over the last few centuries, it is impressive to see that Backaskaill has remained fully in keeping with its historical heritage.  The staircase in the farmhouse is original and one of a kind, offering a spectacular feature in the centre of the property. feature in the centre of the property.  It presently has three bedrooms, kitchen/dining area, living room, guest dining room and a conservatory in the main house along with a self contained one bedroom apartment which is easily accessible from the main house.
Backaskaill Farmhouse is currently being run as a B&B and a restaurant but this is being sold as a private house. If you are interested in continuing to run it as a B&B, there are 9 years of audited accounts available, plus the opportunity to purchase crockery, linen, furniture etc to get you established. The owners are happy to offer any help or advice if required in this area.

The annexe/apartment is a great added bonus for this property.  Newly renovated with kitchen and bathroom along with the neutral decor makes this a perfect addition to the property.  Easily accessible from the farmhouse but also with the added benefit of its own front and rear entrance and gated garden area. The apartment offers open plan living with a newly installed kitchen and bathroom along with central heating. The property is set on approximately one acre of land with a stable and workshop area, both of which have water and electrical services.  There is also a paddock located to the side of the property. The property lends itself to a B&B lifestyle or a magnificent family home with the added benefit of a sustainable income.
Sanday is an Outer Isle which is a short sea crossing, or 13 minute flight, from mainland Orkney and is currently one of the larger inhabited islands in Orkney with around 550 people resident there.  Sanday sits on the north coast of Scotland and is well known for its sandy bays and clear sea around it, along with a wealth of wildlife, heritage and archaeology. Sanday has a wonderful community spirit, with an excellent school, two well stocked shops, 2 pubs and a community hub. For the sporting enthusiasts there is a nine hole golf course, football pitches, indoor sports hall, swimming pool and a gym. There is a resident Doctor and two nurses, plus a garage/repair shop. During lockdown the island was self sufficient and supplies were plentiful. Further information can be found on

EPC Rating - F

Council Tax Band - D

Full Details

Backaskaill has a beautiful entrance hall with traditional features which flow tastefully throughout this 18th century farmhouse. The main feature in the entrance hall is the staircase which is a rare monkey tail, cast iron feature. There are high ceilings which also continue throughout the property and original coat hooks which are a very eye-catching feature upon entering the Farmhouse. Ceramic tiles on the ground floor area with carpet on the staircase.

KITCHEN/FAMILY ROOM (6.5m x 4.5m (21"6 x 15"))
The main farmhouse kitchen has been tastefully decorated to a very high standard. The kitchen itself has been designed in a way that fully complements the character of the property. With the added bonus of a Stanley oil stove which provides heating and hot water (plus the original central heating boiler is still functional). This property also offers a gas 6 burner range style cooker which offers a more instant way of cooking. The current owners use this area as a dining/family area. Miele dishwasher is included in the sale.

DINING ROOM/LOUNGE (4.6m x 3.8m (15'2" x 12'6"))
The large neutrally decorated formal dining room is accessible from the hallway, conservatory and the hallway which connects the main farmhouse to the apartment. The dining room is currently lending itself as a breakfast room and restaurant, however, this room has the potential to offer itself as a living room.

CONSERVATORY (4.6m x 2.4m (15' x 8'))
The conservatory is south facing and accessible from the room which is currently the restaurant/dining room. With lovely sea and country views the conservatory opens out onto the garden.

BEDROOM 1 WITH EN-SUITE (4.4m x 3m (14'5" x 10'))
Bedroom 1 is a large bedroom on the ground floor. It has a large window looking onto the countryside at the back of the property. This room has a newly renovated en-suite.

UTILITY CLOAK ROOM (3.1m x 2m (10'4" x 6'4"))
Located just off the main hallway is a large utility room. The utility room also has a toilet, sink and shower in it and is plumbed for a washing machine.

STAIRS AND LANDING (3.5m x 3.0m)
The stairs and top landing offers a very impressive centre to this property. With a large window halfway up the stairs, this offers the hallway a lot of natural light which flows through both levels of the farmhouse. Original monkey tail staircase with cast iron spindles make a spectacular feature. Carpet on stairs and top landing, ceramic tiles on the ground floor. there is an under-stairs cupboard with good storage space and shelving.

LOUNGE (5.6m x 4.3m (18'1" x 14'2"))
Currently, the main lounge is set on the first floor of the property. With traditional features and cherrywood laminate flooring which compliments the traditional wood burning-stove in what's thought to be the original fireplace. The lounge also has an Edinburgh press which has been opened up and has glass shelving. The lounge provides great views from both windows across the stunning bay of Backaskaill.

BEDROOM 2 (4.4m x 3.2m (12'8" x 8'))
A double bedroom neutrally decorated with traditional cornice and picture rail throughout.

BEDROOM 3 (3.7m x 2.4m (14'9" x 10'7"))
Bedroom 3 is located at the front of the property with spectacular views of the sea. Neutrally decorated and is carpeted.

BATHROOM (3.5m x 2.0m (11'8" x 6'4"))
The main bathroom in the farmhouse is on the upper floor. With tongue and groove panelling on the lower half of the walls. White bathroom suite with wetwall panelling around the bath/shower. Original shutters are in working order. Heated towel rail and designer Pergo flooring throughout.

The apartment has one bedroom and is accessible from the main farmhouse but also has its own main entrance and garden area. Pergo flooring throughout the living area. The kitchen has recently been installed and the apartment is neutrally decorated throughout. The bedroom has an en-suite with a newly installed shower room. Wetwall is throughout the en-suite, with a towel rail. A rear door with access to the stable from the apartment.

LOUNGE/KITCHEN (3.3m x 5.0m)
The cream, shaker style kitchen is newly installed with views onto the back garden. With top quality fixtures and fittings and a tiled splashback in place. Plumbed for washing machine.

A double bedroom with neutral decor and Pergo flooring. South-facing window out to the back of the property, with the added bonus of an en-suite.

ATTIC (13.6" x 12.5")
The attic is accessed by a door in the landing and up a flight of stairs. it is boarded out and is an expansive storage space with light and power.

A large stable divided into 3 generous sections for livestock. The stable area has electricity and water with a tack/utility area which formally served as owner accommodation.

A large dry workshop with electric and water.

Backaskaill is set on one acre of land (approx.) which is laid to stone, at the front, with a stone-built summerhouse with electrics and tiled roof and is positioned for evening sunsets and there is ample space for planters.

The paddock is to the side of the house and is approximately a third of an acre and is secured with fencing and stone dyke.

Central heating - Oil central heating

From mainland Orkney there are two ways to get to Sanday. One is via the car ferry and the other is on a short flight from Kirkwall airport.

Property Location

Contact Office

Monster Moves Head Office
Thistle House
Main Street
KW10 6TG


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