A Little about West Manse ....
West Manse was built around 1844 as the home for the minister of the United Free
Church which was established following the Disruption of 1843. The photo above is
thought to have been taken in 1865 and shows the West Manse in the foreground with
the Free Kirk, the church school and schoolmaster’s house behind it. Whilst the
church and school buildings are now ruinous, the Manse itself looks remarkably unchanged.
The house has a modest but interesting history that more than anything reflects the
social and religious changes of the last two centuries -
This slightly quirky house is large enough to give everyone the space they need,
small enough to be cosy and has thick walls in all the right places to give amazing
sound proofing. We have spent the last two years renovating, modernising, decorating
and landscaping -
The garden covers just over an acre and creeps into the adjacent wood. The large pond is fed by a burn and was originally built to stock trout. Today it attracts newts, frogs, damsel and dragonflies. The birds are all you could wish for in a woodland garden; great, coal and blue tits; siskins, goldfinches, greater spotted woodpeckers, chaffinches and greenfinches all nest around the garden and the woods and are constantly on the bird feeders. Bats flit through the air during the summer evenings, foxes and deer are occasionally seen passing by, whilst badgers and pine martens live in the adjoining woodland and drop by for their peanut butter supper. There are plenty of seating areas around the garden, a hammock under the trees to unwind in and a croquet set if you’re feeling aggressive!
... and Chris & Pete
We moved to West Manse in 2009 after living on Eday, one of the outer north isles
of Orkney for 45 years between us. In Orkney we farmed 200 acres with sheep and
cattle, ran a cafe and B&B during the summer months and worked at the harbour where
Pete was piermaster for many years. When the children grew up and moved away, we
made the difficult decision to move back to mainland Britain. However as soon as
we saw West Manse we were smitten -
We are both quite practical people -
We have one dog -
West Manse, Deskford, Cullen, AB56 5YJ Scotland
Tel 01542 842778