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Highland ‘micro estate’ marketed in Sutherland

July 7 2022

Highland ‘micro estate’ marketed in Sutherland

Lucid Architecture is marketing a bespoke four-bedroom home for sale in the village of Kylesku, Sutherland, on the North Coast 500 route.

The well-insulated shorefront home employs renewable energy and occupies its own ‘micro estate’ of 3 acres with direct access to the sea, as well as a beach shelter, studio and guest quarters. A jetty could also be built on the site which nestles in a secluded valley with open aspects to the loch and the Kylesku bridge.

Finished in corten steel cladding under a thick green roof the home employs locally sourced timber cladding with zinc roofs specified for secondary structures.

In a statement Lucid Architecture wrote: “The layout is generously open plan in the main living areas yet private and secluded at the main bedrooms with a separate bedroom corridor. All main accommodation is on one level for easy access.

“Your house has 7 large apartments including 3 interconnected and flexible living areas, formal living, dining kitchen and library, all commanding perfect views of the beautiful terrain down to the expanse of the sea loch to the front from their own balcony style windows and doors.”

The project is marketed for sale in the hope of finding a client to bring it forward for delivery.

Lucid invite you to live like a Highland laird, without the need for a Land Rover
Lucid invite you to live like a Highland laird, without the need for a Land Rover


#1 Posted by Mark on 11 Jul 2022 at 11:24 AM
Raises lots of questions.

Wasn't the train of thought with rural Planning to move away from one-off newbuild houses in unspoilt wild places, and try instead to upgrade existing houses, especially by refurbishing them as affordable housing which bolsters existing communities? Can't imagine this will be "affordable" to local buyers by any means.

If this is the site beside the Kylesku holiday lodges, won't it just become a second home, occupied for a few weeks each summer? Or perhaps an AirBnB, as the linked website mentions "high end tourist lettings".

The proposal might use renewable energy, but an open fire isn't very energy efficient, and how is sewerage dealt with? A tail drain into the Kyle? A tanker that pumps out the Klargester?
Fat Bloke on Tour
#2 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 11 Jul 2022 at 13:44 PM
Is this UR or Rightmove?

Loving the railway carriage design vibe.
Re-purposing in a grand scale?
#3 Posted by E=mc2 on 12 Jul 2022 at 20:39 PM
Not sure that kite is going to be big enough to drop the house onto the site
#4 Posted by Lovely on 17 Jul 2022 at 16:50 PM
Having a nice or unusual house and/or making money from letting it or the accompanying wee house alongside is not illegal (yet). Am sure it will be soon though, unless you are a large corporate entity. In which case the most rapacious forms of landlordism will be very much encouraged and facilitated, especially by wannabe architects. The solution to the localised housing shortages in high demand tourist areas would not be less houses in a village but rather decent sized developments of new build housing or increased legislation around tourist lettings, which is in the pipeline anyway but will be at best a small sticking plaster. This is all largely irrelevant anyway unless the supply and demand equation is tackled properly, this is v unlikely without the de-corporatisation of politics. Meantime life goes on....

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