It is often named as one of the best places to live in Britain, and now there is a chance to live in an off-grid house on the Orkney Islands for less than the average house price.
The architecturally designed eco-property boasts solar panels, a wind turbine and a borehole water system.
The house is called Tirlot – pronounced Tirloe – and sits on a plot of land of 1.5 acres, with stunning sea views. It is on the market for £210,000, which is 25 per cent less than Britain’s £277,000 average house price, according to Halifax.
This unique three-bedroom detached property in Orkney is on the market for £210,000 via Monster Moves estate agents
The bow-shaped glazed wall in the property’s living room has sea views towards neighbouring islands, including Wyre, Egilsay, Westray and Eday
The isolated group of islands known as Orkney are famed for their spectacular landscapes and often feature in the best places to live in Britain.
They score well on several factors in terms of the best place to live, including high employment levels, a low crime rate, strong exam results and good levels of health and happiness.
The unique property for sale has a glass front that helps to make the most of the sea views towards neighbouring islands, including Wyre, Egilsay, Westray and Eday.
As well as the solar panels and wind turbine, there is also a workshop, a large garage and a greenhouse on the property.
The current owners designed and built Tirlot, which is on the island of Rousay, and a short sea crossing from Tingwall pier.
They are keen sailors and have a mooring and boat house on the neighbouring island of Wyre, which is available by separate negotiation for offers of above £15,000.
The current owners designed and built the unusual property, which is on the island of Rousay and a short sea crossing from Tingwall pier
The isolated group of islands known as Orkney are famed for their spectacular landscapes and often feature in the best places to live in Britain
The remote property is currently connected to the electric grid, but was ‘self sufficient until recently’ and could easily revert to being fully off-grid
The house is called Tirlot – pronounced Tirloe – and sits on a stunning plot of land in the Orkney Islands of around 1.5 acres
As well as three bedrooms, the property has a large country cottage style kitchen with wood work surfaces and flooring
The house has three bedrooms, and is close to schools and local amenities. It has a log burning in the main living room and a vaulted main bedroom.
It is being sold by estate agents Monster Moves, which explained in the property’s advertising literature that it is now connected to the electric grid, but was ‘self sufficient until recently’.
It added that the property can easily return to being self sufficient if the new owners are looking to live completely off-grid.
Being off-grid is a way of life that has grown in appeal during the pandemic as people seek more space and self-sufficiency.
Daniel Copley, of property website Zoopla, said: ‘An architecturally designed eco house, this truly bespoke property provides those in search of a peaceful life the opportunity to be completely self-sufficient.
‘Panoramic sea views – thanks to the statement grand bow glass wall – offers pure tranquility on the picturesque island of Rousay with acres of space to admire the nearby Orkney islands.’