The House

Millhaugh is a traditional stone built croft house. The present house was built around the turn of the last century, but there has been a house on the site for at least three hundred years, and probably much longer.

The name Millhaugh is Old Norse and means "The mill by the mound" The mill is about a hundred yards from the house (now ruined) and the mound is next to it - a drumlin formed by glacial action.

The house is a but & ben - a kitchen/dining room and living room downstairs, with a bathroom added sometime in the fifties when mains water came to Sandness. There are three bedrooms upstairs - a double, a twin with bunk beds, and a small single room.

Original features are three feet thick stone walls - which gives admirable insulation; original V lining in much of the kitchen; open beam ceiling and a large fireplace made from beachstones. Several dressers and items of furniture were home made by previous generations of crofters from beach wood and packing cases.

There is an oil fired Rayburn (Aga) in the kitchen, and a solid fuel stove in the living room. (Our own hand cut peats are available).