Bonnyvoe, St. Margaret's Hope, Orkney, KW17 2RL
Situated on the island of South Ronaldsay, Orkney, the property (aprox 1670sqm, roughly 1/2 acre) has easy gated access for heavy vehicles on a hardcore track, the boundaries are clearly marked by stock fencing, and mains water and electricity are installed to the site.
The private sceptic tank (suitable for up to four people) drains to a reed-bed soak-away, and the site has been mostly levelled. The site has the advantage that no spoil from construction need be removed from site as there is ample space to distribute spoil for landscaping.
Bonnyvoe has full planning for a single storey dwelling, but this can be amended by the new owner. The site also enjoys full 4G mobile internet.
Bonnyvoe overlooks Newark Bay with stunning elevated views across the North Sea from the north to the south east, with open farmland everywhere else. The headland of Grimness sits at the opposite side of the bay with Weddel Sound beyond, and in the distance Point of Ayr on Deerness and the island of Copinsay with it’s lighthouse guards the eastern approaches to the archipelago, with ships of all sizes frequently seen on the horizon.
The South Ronaldsay footpath - perfect for walkers and dog owners - is about 120m from the property and gives easy access (about 5 minutes walk) to the beach. The path continues past small coves where Atlantic grey seals haul out in the late autumn to give birth to their pups, and orca, fin whale, minke and humpback whales are often glimpsed. The coast path continues on to the south of the island with spectacular views out to sea and of the cliffs and sea-stacks.
The list of wildlife seen from the property is extensive, including the famous Orkney vole. A perfect home for bird enthusiasts, the birdlife includes migrants such as Bonxie or Great Skua, with the worlds biggest breeding colony of these huge birds just down the coast. In the summer, swallows and house martens swoop and dive in search of food and short-eared owls, merlins and hen harriers course the banks and fields. Curlew, oystercatchers, geese are both migrant and resident all year - the list goes on.
The mid-summer sun rises over Point of Ayr, then sets in spectacular fashion over Aikers Farm on top of the brae, and the full moon rises over the eastern horizon with its misty blue cloak. The Merrie Dancers (aurora borealis) are frequent visitors as they light up the waters of Newark Bay with their surreal glow and wave hello with green and red curtains. Inspirational sunrises and sunsets are routine with the wide open sky, with flame reds and soft grey purples.
This far north Polaris is nearly overhead, and meteor showers and the Great Snowy Road (Milky Way) light up the dark winter nights, while mid-summer nights are light and bright with elusive noctilucent clouds glowing in the late evening sky.
To the south of the property there is a SSSI which is home to some very rare plants and a neolithic standing stone.