Thursday, 10 February 2022

Winifred Cary's House for sale


At least I think this is the house where she and her husband, Basil, lived for many years at Strone, high up and overlooking Urquhart Bay. Winifred Cary was one of those colourful characters that made up the rich tapestry of Loch Ness Monster personalities during the 1960s and 1970s. I wrote a biopic of Winifred and her many monster sightings back in 2020 and she was one of those people who had one foot in the psychic and paranormal world when one considers the story of the monster.

The three bedroom property and converted barn are available for offers over £385,000. The property can be viewed at the estate agent's website. Her house hosted many a Nessie hunter over the years and one in particular was Ted Holiday who alleged a supernatural encounter in her house and then a curious encounter with a person dubbed today as a Man In Black. I covered that one back in 2011.  But one room pictured below from the sale website that interested me most was the sun lounge, for it is here that I think an extraordinary incident occurred as related by Ted Holiday in his book. "The Goblin Universe":

At that precise moment there was a tremendous rushing sound like a tornado outside the window, and the garden seemed to be filled with indefinable frantic movement. A series of violent thuds sounded as if from a heavy object striking either the wall or the sun-lounge door. Through the window behind Mrs. Cary I suddenly saw what looked like a pyramid-shaped column of blackish smoke about eight feet high revolving in a frenzy. Part of it was involved in a rosebush, which looked as if it were being ripped out of the ground. Mrs. Cary shrieked and turned her face to the window. The episode lasted 10 or 15 seconds, and then was instantly finished. I still sat there, staring at the window, feeling alarmed and rather peculiar. Basil, who was preparing his drink, had heard nothing and he turned in amazement when his wife screamed. Dutifully he searched the garden but found it silent and quite normal.

Paranormal incident or freak weather event? If you don't place much credibility in those things, at least it has a great view of the loch. Place your bids!

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  1. I read with fascination the articles about this lady and her sightings.
    To me, her and others who witnessed things from the houses amazing panoramic views ,remain among the best evidence for some kind of unknown creature in the loch.
    I tend to ignore psychic issues and any link with an unknown species.
    It would be a pity to conflate the question of creatures with any paranormal phenomena. They are completely unrelated in my opinion.
    I think it just gives ammunition to the arch sceptics.
    I would encourage others to read the the previous articles on Mrs.Cary and her family and friends.
    It seems that the movements,direction and speed of the creatures she witnessed over many years suggest very large ,bulky animals.
    These themselves appear unrelated to the many other encounters ,both on land and on the loch itself,and simply add to the overall mystery within the huge loch.

  2. Knowing nowt about house prices, is that a bit pricey for a but n ben with knobs on ?

    Or are you paying for the location and view ?

    1. There is also a renovated barn that is more like a second house. Given the two houses, size of the lot and the location, it isn't a bad price.

  3. Fantastic views!Mrs Carey had a few sightings including the famous one with Bob Rines if I'm right.. when a total of 5 people saw a hump at night.. She wud always have a good chance of spotting summit there and able to watch the loch at the best times for a sighting..early mornings and late evenings! I wish I cud afford the house lol.. What a place to live . Cheers

  4. Beautiful house, inside and out. Probably been renovated for sale. You ought to collect a fee for advertising it here GB. I wonder if it's haunted. :)

  5. I remember seeing Winifred in a book about Loch Ness, sitting in the sun room in this house talking about her sightings.

  6. What a glorious home. Imagine being within spitting distance of the loch everyday. Definitely scope for hiring part of it out as holiday accommodation too. Thanks for posting this Roland, if only i had the money but one can dream.

  7. Can't get on with your Facebook page Roland...messages seem to appear and disappear seemingly at random...Will stick with this page of that's ok. ☺