A remote countryside home for sale in the Shetland Islands has been lauded for its similarities to sitcom favourite Father Ted’s fictional house.
Surrounded by gorgeous views of the Loch of Gutcher and Bluemull Sound, the 200-year-old house, named Ferncliff, is on sale for less than £100,000.
Located on the isle of Yell, the unique property boasts sturdy architecture and a magical charm.
‘The house was obviously built to last by someone who knew something about making a warm, dry, comfortable and comforting place to live,’ says owner Andy Ross.
When Andy and his partner – who bought the house in the late 1990s – added the listing of the charming property to Facebook, people were quick to associate it with the fictional dwellings of Father Ted, Father Dogual, Father Jack and their housekeeper Mrs Doyle.
‘My brain might be playing tricks on me but is this the house from Father Ted?’ one Facebook user asked.
Another said: ‘I bet Father Jack is still sat in his chair inside as part of the furniture.’
The real house used in the famous sitcom is actually located in County Clare in Ireland, but Andy was happy to see his house gaining traction on the social media site – although he hopes Ferncliff can go to someone who ‘loves it as much as we have done.’
Andy says: ‘Social media has sort of made the house out to be a Father Ted look-alike. It is gratifying to see how many people around the planet have viewed the property.
‘Of course, that is no guarantee of actually selling Ferncliff but the fact that it has garnered such interest surely proves what a lovely house in such a beautiful location it is.
‘There are plenty of houses in the islands that look like mine, but Ferncliff is unique. I think that all this publicity is great, but it would be wonderful if the house went to people who loved it as much as we have done and would continue to give it life and soul.
‘I have been so lucky to own Ferncliff. The house was obviously built to last by someone who knew something about making a warm, dry, comfortable and comforting place to live, and we have been very happy to be a part of that history.’
Andy stresses that, 200 years after it was built, the house still feels ‘magic’ – just as it did when he purchased it more than two decades ago.
‘I hope whoever buys it can continue to add to the story with their own touches and ideas. It is a part of the history of the isles and deserves to be lived-in and loved,’ he adds.
The house is open to offers until Monday September 13, so prospective buyers shouldn’t wait around – but not before a nice cup of tea.
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