Built over 200 years ago, the house is the main part of Portree's former grain mill on the edge of the village. Above a burn, flanked by beech trees, it is close to the shore and commands fine views across to the Isle of Raasay. Portree is an ideal base for all Skye's attractions: walking; sailing; climbing; wildlife and bird watching. Equally, you can walk straight from the house into the hills or into the village for a lovely meal. The accommodation is flexible, with two bedrooms (one ensuite) on the ground floor and a studio at the top of the building (with a WC). The house is built on three floors linked by a spiral staircase. The middle floor is a very attractive open plan living area with the original mill stone. It has recently been fully renovated and redecorated, including installation of an eco-friendly heating and ventilation system. There is off-street parking beside the building.
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- Min. Stay4 - 7 nights
House in Portree, Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands, Scotland - Listed Building In A Conservation Area With Sea And Mountain Views. Close To Local Amenities
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About Finlay MacLeod
I am a retired teacher living in Edinburgh. My widowed mother lives in Portree and we find the mill a lovely base for family visits or just a break.
Finlay MacLeod purchased this House in 2003
Why Finlay MacLeod chose Portree
Lucy and I have family and friends who live in and around Portree and we stay regularly in the mill. It has become in part a family home for us and as well as a conservation project. We have owned Number 1, the Old Mill (an Sean Mhuilean) since 2003. We did a lot of work in 2005 changing the layout of the middle floor and installing central heating. In 2012 we carried out further extensive work with 2 new bathrooms on the ground floor and installed an air source heat pump system complemented by heat recovery ventilation. In the long term we will restore the lime mortar pointing on the outside of the building.
What makes this House unique
The mill and the neighbouring cottages were build in 1805. They appear to be the first buildings erected on Scorrybreac Road and were part of an ambitious programme of building by James Gillespie Graham who was Lord MacDonald’s Superintendent of Works. James Gillespie Graham went on to have a very successful career particularly in Edinburgh. There he was responsible for the lay out of much of the later New Town. Pictures and more information can be seen in the mill.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
We loved our time at the Old Mill. Really lovely house and fantastic location in Portree. Everything was in easy walking distance and the town itself was a great base for exploring the island. Only thing I would change is the tin opener (found out the hard way that doesn't work!).
Superb holiday rental
What a wonderful time we had at the renovated Mill! There were 5 of us for part of our stay with lots of room for all of us! What a beautiful old building. Findlay was a very gracious host helping with whatever we needed and giving us a history of the old Mill. It was an easy walk to the centre of Portree and with our rental car we could easily access all the sights from our accommodation. There is also a great public transit system and taxis. I would highly recommend the Renovated Old Mill. Thanks to Audrey for greeting us!
Central location, beautiful views. Just perfect.
Looking for a base to explore Skye with a little bit extra then The Old Mill is perfect. The property has got the ‘wow’ factor. A beautiful house with loads of space and everything you need for a self catering trip, especially towels being included :) My young son slept in every bed in every room throughout our stay! What an adventure he had and even before we stepped out the door!
The Old Mill’s central location in Portree, is near local walks, restaurants, shops and not forgetting the views from the mill itself, was the icing on the cake.
We loved having full on days exploring the beautiful Isle Of Skye and coming back, to then rest and relax, at this property was just perfect.
I would recommend it to anyone thinkIng of visiting Skye. Portree is a great base, as it offers accessible routes to explore this stunning island. A week was not enough so we hope to be back one day soon. Thank you for letting us stay.
Fantastic place, fantastic views
This really is a dream property. Brilliant location, just minutes from shops and restaurants. Incredible views over the Loch. Great decor and equipment. You really couldn't ask for anything more. Hugely recommended.
Beautiful Property and Great Location
The Mill House was everything you could hope for-comfortable, well equipped, warm and cosy in the cold wet weather in February. Ideal location near to a fine Scorrybreac Walk and close to the town centre for shops and restaurants. Lovely views over the bay to Tianvaig.
Not too far from Sligachan where several walks into the Cuillin start but it's a longer walk- in than some from Glenbrittle which is another 12-15 miles distance.
Good for The Storr and Quirang though to the North.
Would definitely stay again.
When "homeaway" makes all its sense. You'll never want to leave.
The Old Mill is an amazing house, complete with a breathtaking view, a great kitchen suitable for Michelin Star cuisine, all 3 rooms with own bathrooms. Shame to write this because we don't want everybody else to flow into our newfound paradise.
The house is on the coast, 50 metres from the shore. Portree is a small harbour town in a splendid setting. Skye offers the opportunity for many coastal and mountain walks.
Road (using Skye Bridge): Inverness 112 miles; Edinburgh 235 miles; Glasgow 210 miles; Kyle of Lochalsh 34 miles.
Train: the nearest stations are Kyle of Lochalsh and Mallaig (for ferry to Armadale).
Bus: regular direct buses to Glasgow and Inverness.
Air: nearest airport is Inverness (112 miles).
Car hire: available in Portree and Inverness.
Portree is the main settlement on Skye, 34 miles north-west from the Skye Bridge.
The centre of the village is 5 minutes walk from the house. There is a range of shops in Wentworth Street, a fishmonger on the pier, and a very good butcher beside the excellent Isle of Skye Baking Company off the Dunvegan Road. There is a large supermarket on the road out of the village and a smaller one within walking distance. There are banks and a Post Office. A small market for local produce is usually held in the village square on Thursdays in the summer. There are a number of local cafes and restaurants. We recommend Sea Breezes for locally caught fish and Café Arriba for coffee and cake or lunch. Further afield is the renowned 3 Chimneys Restaurant.
There is information in the house and available from the local tourist office in the village about: walking and mountain climbing; local guides; historic buildings and castles; watersports; boat trips and wildlife.
Booking Notes: For booking, please contact us. It is sometimes possible to arrange for a shorter stay. Payment will be by cheque, bank transfer or via PayPal. We normally ask for a deposit to secure the booking. Unfortunately we are not in a position to take pets. Changeover Day: Normally Saturday, please ask.