House on Tobermory's painted street goes up for sale

What's the story, Balamory?

The front of the house

It's one of the most famous streets in Scotland - not least because of its starring role in the children's television programme Balamory.

And now, there's the chance to buy into the sea-front parade of brightly coloured houses in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.

A seven-bedroom former bank facing the harbour and with stunning sea views is up for sale for £395,000. Recently used as a bed and breakfast, it also boasts a three-bedroom annexe at the bottom of the garden with its own entrance.

The main house has been given a thorough renovation over the last few years, with the roof retiled, plumbing replaced and en-suite bathrooms added to most of the rooms.

Two new oil fired boilers have been installed to help cope with the Scottish weather, along with remote controlled heating and hot water.

A view of the harbour

But it's the location that really makes the house special.

"Number 27 Main Street enjoys a superb aspect with the picturesque Tobermory harbour directly to the front of the property and is conveniently close to the town's shops, restaurants, cafés, distillery and other local attractions," say agents CKD Galbraith.

"The property has been renovated to an extremely high standard by local crafts people and retains many original features."

Tobermory was built as a fishing port in the late 18th century and is now the main town on Mull. The only way on and off the island is by ferry.

The kitchen

The town enjoys a steady stream of tourists through the year and has become a popular place for weddings. Tourists also come to spot whales, white-tailed eagles and other wildlife

As a result, the property has apparently been very successful as a guest house.

"Number 27 Main Street has been designed to appeal to the growing number of visitors looking for high end accommodation and is one of only a few in the town to provide this," the agents say. "The property offers the potential for excellent rental income throughout the year."

But it would also make an excellent family house - and would no doubt delight any small children, whose only disappointment might be to find that the nursery school isn't really run by Miss Hoolie after all.

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