Possibly one of the most remote holiday bases in the British Isles, this beautifully restored Georgian mansion on the tiny island of Unst is for those determined to find the quiet life, however brief!
The house overlooks the Bluemull Sound, the strait of water that runs between Britain’s two most northerly isles, Yell and Unst so a stay here is likely to involve sightings of the wildlife that call Shetland home: seabirds, otter, seals and porpoises as well as native ponies. The house was built by local landowner Thomas Mouat in 1775 and though updated still bears typical period features. Each room has been presented for the weary traveller in mind: excellent kitchen facilities in the hand-built kitchen, a family room (with sofa bed), a magnificent drawing room, and the ultimate view found in Mouat’s writing room with its tall Venetian windows overlooking the sea and islands beyond. A large child-friendly garden runs from the front of the house down to the Sound and the pier at Belmont, where the Yell ferry docks. Those keen on cooking will find Unst has a rich offering of good food including local lamb, shellfish and beef, and more besides if your visit coincides with the fortnightly Farmers’ Market. Most guests are keen to make the most of their surroundings and guided walks, fishing trips, bird watching and tours of the island are easily arranged.
5 bedrooms, sleeps 12