£225,000 for a house with no power or water


The cottage

A remote Scottish cottage has gone on sale for £225,000. If you want to move in, you'll need to contend with a number of challenges. Not least there's the fact that there's no gas or electricity at the property. Then there's the lack of road access, and the fact that in the winter you can only reach the cottage by boat.

So who could possibly want to live there?


The Rubha nan Gall cottage is on the Isle of Mull off the coast of Scotland. It's a mile from the nearest village, Tobermory, along a narrow path. The estate agents Bell Ingram say in the description that in the winter the path deteriorates to a muddy slush, which makes the only sensible approach by boat.

There's no running water, so you have to fetch water from the spring, and because of the lack of a power supply, the only light is from paraffin lamps and the only heat from the fire and the solid fuel stove. Perhaps unsurprisingly no-one has lived in the cottage for years.

So how could it possibly be worth £225,000?

For this sort of money you could buy a modernised home of the same size in a nice part of Tobermory - which is secluded enough for most people.

However, with Rubha nan Gall, the four-bedroom property is not the only thing that you get for your money. It also comes with 80 acres of land and a mile of coastline - which is a real rarity in Mull. The cottage is in fact an old lighthouse keeper's cottage. The Herald reported that it was actually designed by the father of Robert Louis Stevenson.

The estate agent will hope to sell to someone with the appetite for renovation, who will relish the isolation and the views. A spokesperson told the Daily Mail that: "This is definitely a unique property which offers superb potential for a buyer who is really looking for the ultimate get-away-from-it-all property, or the buyer who is looking for a property in a stunning setting that can be developed into a luxury home."

Other options

And while this may seem like an odd purchase - even for someone who wanted to get away from it all - there are far odder ones out there.

The estate agents in question also have the Island of Wiay in the Outer Hebrides, on their books. It's up for sale for £500,000. For your money you get 970 acres, planning permission to renovate an old cottage, and "spectacular scenery and extensive wildlife."

If you have more cash to play with, you can have a bit more luxury with your seclusion. There's always the £3 million island of Eilean Righ, in the middle of Loch Craignish - a sea loch on the Argyle. It comes with a helicopter hanger, boat house, private beaches and high speed broadband.

Or there's the £2.5 million Tanera Mor, in the Summer Isles off the North West coast - complete with The Old School House to live in, a tourist fishing business, and a small community.

But what do you think? Would you pay a premium for seclusion? Or does it seem like too much hard work?