Lybster House and The Old House, Lybster, Caithness


Lybster House, Lybster, Caithness KW3 6AS

A handsome house with an interesting history and some 11 acres of land situated on the outskirts of Lybster with views to the sea. Good spacious accommodation that is well presented to form a fine family home.

Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Study/Bedroom 4, Utility Room, 3 further Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Garage, Outbuildings.

Approximately 11 acres of land

The Old House which is currently undergoing renovation

General Sinclair’s Grave

EPC Rating F25



Although remote in terms of latitude, Lybster has a thriving community centred around the village with its primary school, shops, post office, golf course, bowling club, GP Medical Centre and bank. There are two hotels, restaurant and an attractive harbour. Wick has a greater range of facilities including a small airport and railway station with services to Inverness and the south.

The beautiful countryside with the extensive moors, hills and impressive coastline cliffs give ample opportunity for the walker. The fisherman has plenty of chance for sport in the local rivers with the Helmsdale being particularly well known.

Inverness airport has numerous flights to a variety of destinations including Flybe and Easyjet to London Gatwick, Luton and Bristol. New direct services to Manchester, Southampton and Exeter are being introduced during 2008.


Lybster House dates from the 18th century and is rich in history. The original house is in the grounds and it originates from the 17th century. The present house is full of charm and character with good spacious accommodation to form a fine family home. The grounds extend to approximately 11 acres (4.62 Ha) and include a paddock and an area of woodland. The peaceful setting and proximity to the sea make Lybster House an extremely attractive property.



Entrance Vestibule

Part glass panelled front door. Tiled floor. Inner glass panelled door to:


Staircase to first floor. Understairs cupboard. Double panel radiator. Double cupboard. Double glazed velux window. Single panel radiator. Double glazed window with cupboard under. Door to:

Drawing Room (S) 5.35m x 4.79m

Views to the sea. Open fireplace with marble style surround and mantle. Slate hearth. Display alcove with cupboard under. Double glazed French doors to garden. Ornate cornicing. Picture rail. Three double panel radiators. Small passage with double glazed window leading to:

Dining Room (S & W) 5.35m x 4.31m

Double aspect room with views to the sea and double glazed windows with cupboards under. Open fireplace with Victorian style grate with wooden mantle and surround. Ornate cornicing and ceiling rose. Recessed display area with cupboards under and book shelving to one side. Double panel radiator. Door to:

Kitchen/Breakfast Room (W) 4.88m x 4.21m

Double glazed window with views to the sea. Comprehensive range of fitted floor and wall units. Twin bowl stainless steel sink with mixer taps and single drainer. LPG four ring gas hob with extractor hood over. Plumbing for dishwasher. LPG Double gas oven. Tiled splashbacks. Fitted fridge. Fireplace with cast iron ducks nest gate (chimney inoperative). Wooden mantle. Vynalaire floor. Single panel radiator. Exposed ceiling beams. Display alcove. Second door to Hall.

Study/Bedroom 4 (N) 3.76m x 2.19m

Double glazed window. Shelving. Hatch to roof space. Single panel radiator.

Side Lobby

Back door with small window. Wall panelling. Coving. Single panel radiator. Door to:

Utility Room (W & N) 4.36m x 3.73m

Two double glazed windows. Fitted floor and wall units. 1½ bowl stainless steel sink with mixer taps and single drainer. Plumbing for two washing machines. Gas fired boiler for central heating and hot water. Shelving.

Bathroom 2 (W) 2.92m x 2.60m

Double glazed window. Roll top cast iron bath with Victorian style taps and shower attachment. Hand basin. Low level WC. Single panel radiator. Coving.

First Floor


Two double glazed windows. Three single panel radiators. Two hatches to roof space.

Bedroom 1 (W) 6.54m x 4.06m

Two double glazed windows with views to the sea. Two double wardrobes with fitted dressing table in between. Two double panel radiators. Coving. Picture rail.

Bedroom 2 (S) 5.32m x 4.16m

Double glazed window with views to the sea. Double panel radiator. Slightly coombed ceiling. Hatch to roof space.

Bedroom 3 (S & N) 5.34m x 4.58m

Double aspect room with double glazed window with views to the sea. Double glazed velux window. Single panel radiator. Fireplace with wooden surround and mantle. Tiled hearth. Slightly coombed ceiling.

Bathroom 1 (E) 3.18m x 3.14m

Double glazed velux window. Corner spa bath with electric shower over. Close coupled WC. Pedestal basin. Single panel radiator. Wall tiling. Wall light with shaver point.


Long sweeping gravelled drive gives an impressive approach to the house via a stone arch. Turning area at front of house with space for the parking of several cars.

Garage 5.52m x 3.38m

Stone construction with corrugated iron pitched roof. Double wooden doors.

Garden Store 4.67m x 2.02m

Wooden Garden Shed
2.34m x 1.82m

Wooden Garden Shed
2.42m x 2.98m

The grounds extend to approximately 11 acres (4.62 Ha). It is mainly wooded with a paddock and an area of formal garden around the house. A gate leads from the garden to the paddock. The garden has a southerly aspect with views to the sea.

The Old House  9.16m x 3.90m 

It is understood that the Old House dates from the 17th Century and was the original home for General Sinclair.  The property is currently being renovated and had had a new roof and windows,this would be an ideal holiday letting business right on the doorstep.

General Sinclair's Grave

The Sinclairs of Lybster have long roots running back to the Sinclair earls who ruled Caithness that was once a much larger area taking in much of Sutherland. Tracing further back the family has connections to the Norwegian earls who controlled the north of Scotland for centuries.

General Patrick Sinclair is buried as he wished near to his house. The grave is some distance from the back of Lybster House where he lived. In 1936 a gravestone was erected by his great-grandson David A Laing and his granddaughter Isabel when she was 100 years old. Previously the grave had been marked by a cairn.

The inscription on the stone reads:

Sacred to the memory of Patrick Sinclair V of Lybster, Lieut-General. Born 1736. Died 1820.

While in the Black Watch he saw active service in the West Indies and was at Gaudeloupe; then went to North America with General Amherst. He was in command of the Great Lakes, and later Lt Governor of the Fort of Machilimackinac. He was buried here on his own property at his express wish.



To be by mutual arrangement.

Viewing Arrangements

Strictly by appointment with the selling agents.

Fixtures and Fittings

All fitted carpets will be included in the sale.
Other extras may be available by separate negotiation.

Council Tax

Lybster House is in Council Tax Band E.


Mains water and electricity. Private drainage



From the south follow the A9 north passing through Golspie, Brora, Helmsdale and over the Berriedale Braes. At Latheron turn right on the A99 at the Thurso/Wick junction. Continue through Lybster passing the Portland Arms Hotel. At the edge of the village there is a wood and the entrance to the property is at the far end on the right.


Get in touch

22 Market Brae, Inverness IV2 3AB Telephone: 01463 717 799
Fax: 01463 716 699

Closing Date

A Closing Date may be fixed and we would advise prospective purchasers to register their interest with 22 Market Brae, Inverness, IV2 3AB.

Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that parties having registered their interest will be notified of a closing date this cannot be guaranteed. It should be noted that the vendor reserves the right to accept offers prior to a closing date being set.

Important Notice

These sale particulars were prepared on the basis of information provided to us by our clients and/or our local knowledge. Whilst we make every reasonable effort to ensure that they are correct, no warranty or guarantee is given and prospective purchasers should not rely upon them as statements or representations of fact. Furthermore neither Bell Ingram Limited nor its directors or employees assume any responsibility therefore. In particular –

(i) prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves as to the structural condition of any buildings or other erections and the state of repair of any services, appliances, equipment or facilities;

(ii) any photographs included in these particulars are for general information only and any furniture or contents shown in these photographs are not included in the sale unless this is expressly stated in these particulars; and

(iii) any descriptions, measurements or dimensions quoted are approximate only and references to conditions, planning permissions, services, usage, construction, fittings & fixtures and moveable items are for guidance only.