If you've ever dreamed of leaving your day job behind and getting into the vacation rental (or holiday let, as the Brits say) business, you might just want to take a look at this listing for an entire Scottish village on the Isle of Skye.
The sale is for "Mary's Cottages," four thatched stone structures in Elgol, a secluded fishing village on the picturesque Isle of Skye. Over the past 20 years, two of the traditional Scottish blackhouses have been restored from ruins, while the other two have been newly built to match the originals. All four are classically decorated with built in "boxed" king beds, vaulted ceilings, underfloor heating, Caithness slate floors and oil stoves. Each cottage has an additional two single beds tucked under the eaves on the mezzanine, allowing each to sleep a family of four.
Also included is the owner's house, a more modern five bedroom, four bathroom brick structure with a greenhouse. It can also be converted to a guest lodge instead if the new owners don't want to live on the premises. But if they do, the new neighbors include dolphins, otters, eagles and basking sharks in the nearby bay.
Though nearby Loch Coruisk might also have a different kind of wildlife: it's "reputed to be the home of a water horse, or perhaps better known as 'Kelpie', the Scots name given to a shape-shifting water spirit inhabiting the lochs and pools of Scotland." Ferries run daily from the jetty in Elgol to Loch Coruisk and the picturesque Cuillin Mountains.
The property is listed with Strutt & Parker, and is considering offers over £1.25 million ($1.59 million).