October 4, 2009 § 3 Comments
Murdani Mast aka Murdo Kennedy is a bard from Marbhig, South Lochs who composed all his ballads and songs orally. A retired seaman, fisherman and whaler, his verse compositions are witty and contemporary in the true spirit of village poets.
You can listen to several recordings of his here at the excellent Angus MacLeod Archive.
(If anyone has any more more information on him I’d be happy to receive it.)
October 2, 2009 § 15 Comments
Very rarely do I see a perfect house for sale on the island. The first one was back in 2005 when we drove past Talla Choinneachaidh in Breanish as it was being built and peered through the windows enviously. Yesterday I found Tigh Chladaich. Maybe it’s haunted, has an earwig infestation or is simply subsiding into Loch Roag but whatever it’s hidden faults I don’t want to know. It’s enough to make one sell up and ship out right now.
Situated 1/4 of a mile off the main village road this secluded detached property offers a degree of privacy. Tigh Chladaich translates to Shore House, an apt name for this beautifully presented home offering fantastic views across and access to East Loch Roag.
The accommodation extends over two levels to comprise of hallway, lounge, breakfasting sized kitchen, dining/studio area, two double bedrooms and bathroom.
The property is single glazed throughout with the exception of the studio/dining room which is double glazed. There are spacious gardens to the front, sides and rear of the property.
The present owners of the property have completed an extensive refurbishment program to include re wiring and a new plumbing system. The roof has recently been replaced. The original floorboards have been stripped and stained throughout. The biggest attraction to the house is the maintained traditional features throughout, the exposed stone work in all main rooms is seldom seen in such good condition.
Prompt internal inspection of this detached property in its unique setting is highly recommended to avoid disappointment and to fully appreciate the accommodation on offer and the way in which it is presented.
The property is accessed initially from the village road via a stone track extending to approximately 1/4 of a mile.
A wooden door with inset glazed panel offers access into hallway. Access to lounge and kitchen. Stairs to upper landing. Good sized understairs cupboard.
Lounge: 4.62m x 3.92m
Good sized public room with feature wall and focal point original fireplace with inset solid fuel burning stove. Window formation to front with loch views. Access to dining room.
Dining Room: 3.80m x 3.80m
Excellent sized dining room currently used as studio. Window formation to each side with additional Velux. Excellent loch views from picture window. Fireplace.
Kitchen: 3.97m x 3.50m
Breakfasting sized kitchen with window formation to front and side with loch views. ‘Belfast’ style ceramic sink set into wooden work surface. Ample space for table and chairs if required. Space for free standing cooker. Cupboard housing electrical switchgear. Fireplace.
Accessed via wooden staircase with banister to one side. Original tongue and groove V lining. Access to two bedrooms and bathroom.
Bedroom One: 4m x 3.68m
Double bedroom with window formation to front and side. Fireplace. Original floorboards. Loch views. Feature stone wall.
Bedroom Two: 4m x 3.68m
Double bedroom with window formation to front. Feature stone walls. Fireplace. Original floorboards. Loch views.
Bathroom: 3.30m x 1.81m
Fitted suited consisting of wc, wash hand basin and bath. Velux window formation to front. Original stripped and painted wooden floor. Decorative Victorian tiles. V lining.
So offers over £140, 000 thanks and if you do decide to go ahead and buy it please at least live in it, don’t treat it as a holiday home or rent it out to intermittent holidaymakers like the beautiful one in Uig. A place like this deserves to be lived in year round.