Update - 2019 Moving into a New Season
An opportunity has arisen that might be of interest to anyone wishing a serious change of lifestyle and location. Easter Craigs, the house detailed below is coming on the market in the Spring. It sits at the Northwest corner of our croft at Backies. The description speaks for itself but we could emphasis the fantastic views looking South over the croft, across the Moray Firth towards the distant Cairgorm mountains. We would love to acquire the house as a retreat facility but it is way beyond our budget. Second best option from our perspective is to ensure that the new owners are kindred spirits hence the reason for our interest in this sale. It’s a long shot! But if you or anyone in your ken is of a notion to move to the Northeast coast this could be a wonderful opportunity to make a home in a unique and very grand location with neighbours who have a strong spiritual orientation and a keen interest in sustainable living. You are welcome to contact the sellers direct.
Introducing Easter Craigs
Easter Craigs is a secluded south-facing two-storey detached family house situated 2 miles north of Golspie in the small township of Backies in Dunrobin Glen.
The house stands on approximately three-quarters of an acre of decrofted land and lies at approximately 600 feet above sea level with spectacular views over the Moray Firth.
- Water is provided by a recently installed borehole. The septic tank is fully registered with SEPA.
- The timber-framed house was built in 1984 on the site of an old croft house some walls of which have been retained as part of the garden.
- A tiled roof sun room and a separate garage/workshop have been added.
- The ground floor comprises an open plan arrangement of kitchen, dining room, sitting room and sun-room which can be separated by sliding doors.
- In addition there is a study/bedroom, utility room and shower room with WC.
- Upstairs there are two double and one single bedroom which are coombed and a bathroom with WC.
- Central Heating is provided by a recently installed exterior oil-fired boiler. There is an oil-fired Rayburn in the kitchen for cooking which also provides background heat.
- The sitting room has an open fire with back boiler.
- To the rear is a mature walled garden with a rockery, shed and fruit cages.
- At the front is a fenced vegetable garden with raised beds and a 20 foot long polytunnel.
- The house is well protected from winds by mature trees.
Offers over £240,000 are invited.
To view, or for more information please contact John and Anne Ford on 01408 633 193 or email@example.com.
Things continue to evolve at our Backies site. As it was bought as an official croft, being mindful of crofting legislation we have decided to sub-divide the land into several individual crofts. We are pleased to announce that our first residential crofters, both long-term friends of Anam Cara, have taken up the challenge. Vanavasen, an ordained Buddhist within the Triratna order, will take one of the crofts, with Dominic Andrews and his partner Cecile Mustiere, taking another. Vanovasen is already on site with a small touring caravan as a prelude to a more permanent structure, and Dominic is looking into the acquisition of static caravans. It is still our intention to be as off-grid as possible; we have commissioned the installation of a small-scale solar power unit and also intend to tap into an existing spring at an elevated position on the croft, to provide gravity-fed irrigation to the rest of site. We intend to use the croft as part of our 2019 programme, so watch this space for more news.
Anam Cara Woodland Croft
Update - November 2017
Overlooking the north sea this beautiful piece of land hosts a wide range of habitat with mature Scots pine forest, open heather hill and wetland, which supports a population of roe deer, fox, pine martin, adders and wood ants to name but a few.
We have in the interim commissioned a very interesting ecological survey of the croft, which indicated flora and fauna typical of Northeast Scotland but interesting for its diversity in what is a relatively small land area. For those who are interested, you can view the vegetation survey report here:
The coming season will focus on developing the infrastructure, which will include the construction of log buildings with material cut from our forest. Although we are not sure when the construction will happen, we are keen to establish a list of people who might be interested in learning the noble art of log building. If you are interested please submit your contact details so we can keep you posted on developments and possible volunteering opportunities.