History & the Macquarrie connection
The house dating back in parts to the 1600’s, has been a Drover’s inn, farmhouse and Victorian sporting lodge. It was part of the Estate bought by Major General Lachlan Macquarrie, on his return from Australia, and in its rooms he celebrated with the Islands Gentry, his purchase of the estate, which he called Jarversfield in honour of his wife (now known as Glenforsa), with his mausoleum and house over the hill at Gruline.
The house came into my mothers family in the 1840’s and was used by them at various periods until it was sold along with the Estate of Glenforsa in 1946, my parents bought the house back in the mid 60’s. It had not been inhabited for a number of years and we did it up ourselves. Keeping as much of the original interior as possible.
The house is situated on a working farm, with magnificent highland cattle and black faced sheep. The working sheepdogs are kennelled in the steadings (farm buildings) nearby, and are within earshot of the house.