Built over 200 years ago, the house is the main part of Portree's former grain mill on the edge of the village. Above a burn, flanked by beech trees, it is close to the shore and commands fine views across to the Isle of Raasay. Portree is an ideal base for all Skye's attractions: walking; sailing; climbing; wildlife and bird watching. Equally, you can walk straight from the house into the hills or into the village for a lovely meal. The accommodation is flexible, with two bedrooms (one ensuite) on the ground floor and a studio at the top of the building (with a WC). The house is built on three floors linked by a spiral staircase. The middle floor is a very attractive open plan living area with the original mill stone. It has recently been fully renovated and redecorated, including installation of an eco-friendly heating and ventilation system. There is off-street parking beside the building.
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- Min Stay4 - 7 nights
House in Portree, Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands, Scotland - Listed Building In A Conservation Area With Sea And Mountain Views. Close To Local Amenities
- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 17, 2018
About Finlay MacLeod
I am a retired teacher living in Edinburgh. My widowed mother lives in Portree and we find the mill a lovely base for family visits or just a break.
Finlay MacLeod purchased this House in 2003
Why Finlay MacLeod chose Portree
Lucy and I have family and friends who live in and around Portree and we stay regularly in the mill. It has become in part a family home for us and as well as a conservation project. We have owned Number 1, the Old Mill (an Sean Mhuilean) since 2003. We did a lot of work in 2005 changing the layout of the middle floor and installing central heating. In 2012 we carried out further extensive work with 2 new bathrooms on the ground floor and installed an air source heat pump system complemented by heat recovery ventilation. In the long term we will restore the lime mortar pointing on the outside of the building.
What makes this House unique
The mill and the neighbouring cottages were build in 1805. They appear to be the first buildings erected on Scorrybreac Road and were part of an ambitious programme of building by James Gillespie Graham who was Lord MacDonald’s Superintendent of Works. James Gillespie Graham went on to have a very successful career particularly in Edinburgh. There he was responsible for the lay out of much of the later New Town. Pictures and more information can be seen in the mill.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Couldn't have been better!
The home is amazing! Tons of character, cozy, warm, perfect location, roomy, well-equipped kitchen, easy to find and good parking. The owner and caretaker were both incredibly kind, welcoming, and responsive. I would stay here again in a heartbeat!
One caveat: this would not be a good house for people who have any trouble with stairs since two bedrooms and both full bathrooms are on the ground level, the main living space is up one level, and the third bed and half-bath are at the top of a spiral staircase. The layout makes for spectacular views - especially from the top. Definitely worth navigating the stairs to wake up to the view of the bay!
Great place to hang out with family
We enjoyed this historic old mill. It was a great place to connect with family. We had lots of room and it worked well for our family.
Very nice house
We stayed here for a week and enjoyed it very much. It is close to the centre, you can walk to the restaurants, yet very quiet. The house is very spacious, it has a beautiful view on the bay. Everything you might need is there, including a large multi-component stove and lots of kitchen utensils. Skye is very beautiful, we can recommend a trip with the Seaflower.
Super nice house with lots of character, comfort and space!
The old Mill is a spotlessly clean, spacious place with great books for exploring skye, great location in portree and with a sea view. We enjoyed the cosy interior for the less sunny days and cooked our dinners often in the very well equipped kitchen, with fresh fish bought from the local fishermen. Would definitely stay here again!
We loved our time at the Old Mill. Really lovely house and fantastic location in Portree. Everything was in easy walking distance and the town itself was a great base for exploring the island. Only thing I would change is the tin opener (found out the hard way that doesn't work!).
Superb holiday rental
What a wonderful time we had at the renovated Mill! There were 5 of us for part of our stay with lots of room for all of us! What a beautiful old building. Findlay was a very gracious host helping with whatever we needed and giving us a history of the old Mill. It was an easy walk to the centre of Portree and with our rental car we could easily access all the sights from our accommodation. There is also a great public transit system and taxis. I would highly recommend the Renovated Old Mill. Thanks to Audrey for greeting us!
The house is on the coast, 50 metres from the shore. Portree is a small harbour town in a splendid setting. Skye offers the opportunity for many coastal and mountain walks.
Road (using Skye Bridge): Inverness 112 miles; Edinburgh 235 miles; Glasgow 210 miles; Kyle of Lochalsh 34 miles.
Train: the nearest stations are Kyle of Lochalsh and Mallaig (for ferry to Armadale).
Bus: regular direct buses to Glasgow and Inverness.
Air: nearest airport is Inverness (112 miles).
Car hire: available in Portree and Inverness.
Portree is the main settlement on Skye, 34 miles north-west from the Skye Bridge.
The centre of the village is 5 minutes walk from the house. There is a range of shops in Wentworth Street, a fishmonger on the pier, and a very good butcher beside the excellent Isle of Skye Baking Company off the Dunvegan Road. There is a large supermarket on the road out of the village and a smaller one within walking distance. There are banks and a Post Office. A small market for local produce is usually held in the village square on Thursdays in the summer. There are a number of local cafes and restaurants. We recommend Sea Breezes for locally caught fish and Café Arriba for coffee and cake or lunch. Further afield is the renowned 3 Chimneys Restaurant.
There is information in the house and available from the local tourist office in the village about: walking and mountain climbing; local guides; historic buildings and castles; watersports; boat trips and wildlife.
Booking Notes: For booking, please contact us. It is sometimes possible to arrange for a shorter stay. Payment will be by cheque, bank transfer or via PayPal. We normally ask for a deposit to secure the booking. Unfortunately we are not in a position to take pets. Changeover Day: Normally Saturday, please ask.