There are far worse things than being asked by your brother to housesit such a beautiful fishermen’s cottage.
One look around this 150-year-old quaint cottage and it is clear to see why schoolteacher Imogen Davidson, who works at Mackie Academy, has been happy to oblige big brother Stephen Johnson.
Imogen said: “What I love most is the timeless natural setting, especially the sound of the sea and the occasional barking of seals who bark at the moon. It’s been a great place too for parties as it is cosy and snug in stormy weather.”
Stephen, 52, who now lives in Sydney, Australia, and works as an engineering manager with Allnex, made the move with wife Miriama and son Magnus, seven. Second son Hugo was born in Australia three years ago.
Having spent his formative years growing up in Shetland, Stephen always had a seascape yearning so when the opportunity arose 12 years ago to buy the coastguard cottage, he jumped at the chance.
The three-bedroom home has been extensively refurbished by Stephen, who wanted to accentuate the natural materials such as the stone and wood. And it’s clear Stephen’s design credentials have been put to good use.
The kitchen with its Shaker style units boasts a reinforced flagstone flooring and is his favourite space. Is it any wonder?
With no plans to leave Australia, it is with a heavy heart Stephen has decided to sell his dream home.
He said: “I loved the living space, having a boat moored in the harbour, watching the tides and looking for opportunities to get out on the water.
“My favourite scene is always the moon casting its moonbeam through the bay, inviting adventure. I formerly did some ocean sailing and it is one of my fondest memories to sail down a moonbeam.”
Stephen also misses the community spirit of Catterline as he misses the banter in the local pub.