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Buness House

Buness House
A listed Building, on a site occupied since Viking times

     Buness is a sixteenth-century listed family house, situated close to the sea on the northernmost Shetland island of Unst.

This Four Star hosted home offers four comfortable bedrooms overlooking the bay, with ensuite or own bathrooms, a restful drawing room   . . .

Drawing Room
The Conservatory
. . .   a sea-facing conservatory from which, in the wonderful light of long summer evenings, you can watch birds, seals and sometimes otters while you dine, enjoying deliciously cooked local sea and land produce . . .
. . . or you can browse through the books in the interesting and well-stocked library.
The Library

     Buness House is set in unspoilt, accessible countryside, and is ideal as a relaxing haven by the sea for those with a love of the outdoor life. Trout and sea trout fishing are both available for guests.

     Two National Nature Reserves are situated nearby. The first of these is Hermaness, which remains within the Buness Estate, and where the conservation of the Great Skua (or 'bonxie') was established during the 1830s. The dramatic west-facing cliffs of the reserve (from which you may be fortunate enough to see whales and porpoises) teem with two species of Skua, gannets, and many other breeds of bird - not forgetting the appealing and approachable puffin, whose antics have enthralled thousands of visitors over the years.

     The second nature reserve is that of the Keen of Hamar, with its unique geology and its rare species of plant life. One of these species (which grows nowhere else in the world) is Edmondston's Mouse-Eared Chickweed, named in the 1830s in honour of its discoverer, Thomas Edmondston, a family forebear.

     During the summer, Shetland ponies (with their foals at foot) can be seen wandering freely on open land which is ablaze with wild flowers.


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