Island getaway that is Holy appropriate; lindisfarne life up for grabs with stunning bungalow.
IT'S not often that a house on Holy Island comes on the market.
But when it does, you can be sure of one thing - spectacular views of one of the most picturesque parts of the North East.
Whoever buys Belvue at Chare End will not only get a three-bedroomed detached bungalow, but will be surrounded by history and a view of the castle.
Add in the wildlife and you have a perfect location for nature lovers.
The house is on the market by Coast and Castle, of Alnwick, Northumberland, with offers in the region of PS485,000.
It follows the death of previous owner Tom Bell, 90, originally from Annfield Plain, County Durham, who retired to the property to indulge his hobby of watching the local sea birds.
Tom's daughter Julia Duffy, of the Isle of Man, said she and her sister were selling reluctantly because the property meant so much to him.
She said: "The house was built in 1962 and dad had it renovated in 1985 to increase the number of windows to maximise the views.
"Dad was 90 when he died and it's a bit too big for my sister and I to keep it going from a distance.
"He had his binoculars and loved to simply sit and watch the birds fly overhead.
"Dad had loved sailing in his earlier years and that's when he fell in love with Holy Island."
Julia said the house was interesting from an architectural point of view.
She said: "It is a one-off architecturally designed property with one of the best views on Holy Island.
"It was going to be built on stilts by a North East businessman but the county council would not let him.
"It is actually a split-level bungalow with gardens front and back.
"In a sense the front of the house is the back and there is a huge raised terraced area.
"The house was originally called the Chalet and my dad changed it to Chare Ends."
Coast and Castle say the local wildlife is a major attraction.
"Apart from its historical pedigree, Holy Island has an exciting and varied array of wildlife," said a spokesman.
"Its island status protects tidal mudflats, saltmarshes and dunes which together form the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve.
"Rare plants and an abundance of food supplies attract visiting birds from thousands of miles away.
"In the autumn, pale-bellied brent geese fly in from Svalbard,, pink-footed and greylag geese, widgeon, grey plovers and bartailed godwits are just some of the islands other visitors.
"Grey seals bob in the waters and can be spotted sunning themselves on the sands, joined by the occasional common seal."
Highlights of the property include high ceilings and full-length windows.
"The first room you arrive at is the fabulous lounge/diner, set around a central chimney breast," the advert says.
"This open plan room benefits from semi-vaulted ceilings with exposed beams. A brick hearth houses an attractive open fire and wood store.
"The spacious formal dining room lies on the other side of the chimney breast, and a stunning bank of full height windows at the back of the room offer enviable views over the castle and the sea for as far as the eye can see.
"All bedrooms have the benefit of en suite facilities.
"Externally, to the rear, is one of the most impressive and breathtaking aspects on the island."
The house on Holy Island offers spectacular views
One of the three bedrooms in the bunglalow
The bungalow on Holy Island and its views