Argyll and Bute

A two-storey whitewashed farmhouse and estate in the NE of the island of Jura in the Inner Hebrides, Barnhill lies 22 miles (35 km) north northeast of Craighouse and 23½ miles (38 km) northeast of the ferry slip at Feolin. It is accessible via a 3¾-mile / 6-km rough track which extends from the end of the public road. The estate is subordinate to neighbouring Ardlussa. Constructed of stone with a grey-slate roof, the house has a pair of single-storey wings which give it a U-plan layout.

The house was notable rented by the novelist George Orwell (1903-50), who lived there intermittently between 1946 and 1949, when he was admitted to a sanatorium to receive treatment for tuberculosis. Here he sought seclusion to write and clean air to help his condition, and it was at Barnhill that he wrote his final and most famous novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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