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COSY MODERN COTTAGE, glorious sea & mountain views

Overview

Property

Updated: 23-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards

About the property

Sleeps 2. Adjacent to ancient woods, 10 minutes' walk to the sea

SPECIAL RATES AVAILABLE! BOOK A STAY OF TWO WEEKS AND GET 20% OFF.

Fìor Sgeir Cottage is a light, bright, modern holiday home on Sleat, the 'garden of Skye', in the Scottish Highlands. It is easily reached from the mainland via the Skye Bridge or the Mallaig-Armadale Ferry.

Designed for two people with a comfortable, restful interior and far-reaching mountain and sea views, the cottage provides the perfect haven for unwinding from life’s stresses and reconnecting with the natural world. It is ideal for nature lovers, writers, artists and outdoor enthusiasts, with opportunities for walking, climbing, kayaking, biking and fishing, whilst excellent pubs, restaurants and local facilities are available 8-12 miles away. Designed to high ecological standards by Skye architects Rural Design, the cottage has an open-plan living-dining area that is flooded with light from its floor-to-ceiling double-glazed Scandinavian windows and skylights. From here you can enjoy the view across Tokavaig Bay and the ruins of Dunscaith Castle to the magnificent Cuillin Mountains, and watch the sun set behind the islands of Canna and Rum. A wooden deck, accessed from the living room, provides a private, sheltered spot for sitting outside.

The cottage is warm and cosy in winter, with thermostatically controlled electric radiators and a wood-burning stove for extra ambiance. Underfloor heating keeps the bathroom toasty, and hot water is provided via an immersion heater and solar panels. For entertainment there is a CD player, iPod/iPhone docking station, and a TV with free-sat channels and DVD player. Choose from our selection of classic and modern DVDs, or curl up with a book from the cottage’s library. There are also games for rainy days, as well as maps and information on places to visit, things to do, restaurants, excursions and transport.

The kitchen is equipped with electric hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher and fridge with freezer compartment. There is a washer-dryer machine. The bathroom features a large bath with shower, heated towel rail, and non-slip ceramic floor tiles with under-floor heating.

The bedroom has a comfortable, medium-firm, super-king bed 180 cm wide and 200 cm long (6 foot wide, 6 foot 6 inches long) which can be converted to two single beds if required. We can provide separate single duvets or one super-king duvet, according to your preference.

There is a dedicated flat parking space next to the cottage. The cottage is accessible for wheelchair users.

The owners, Dorothy and Andy, live next door to the cottage and are at hand to provide information and help if needed. Nous parlons Français. Wir sprechen Deutsch.

As the nearest mobile phone signal is 3 miles away, the cottage has a telephone allowing free calls of up to one hour to UK landline numbers, 0845 and 0870 numbers. Telephone usage beyond this will be billed at the end of your stay. The cottage does not yet have broadband. From the cottage deck, guests can access the wifi signal from our house next door. There is also wifi access at hotels, restaurants and other locations nearby.

We regret that pets are not allowed at the cottage.

The cottage is a NON-SMOKING property.

LOCAL INFORMATION

Fìor Sgeir (pronounced FEE-or skirr) Cottage is ten minutes’ walk from Tokavaig Bay, where lie the ruins of the oldest castle on the Isle of Skye, Dunscaith Castle (the Fort of Shadows). The castle was occupied by the MacAskills and the Macleods before it became the principal seat of the Macdonalds. Legend has it that Queen Sgàthaich built Dunscaith in one night and that here she taught the great Celtic hero, Cù Chulainn, the arts of war.

Ancient Atlantic oak woodlands with veteran oak trees, birch and hazel stands, and lush ferns, mosses and lichens, give Tokavaig its special character. Our croft, 300 metres up the road, encompasses part of this rare and wonderful habitat. We have begun a programme to restore the woodlands which have been damaged by overgrazing. Guests are welcome to walk on our croft and soak up the magical atmosphere of the gnarled trees, the ruined black-houses built by previous generations of crofters, and the nearby Bronze-age sites.

In the summer and autumn months, cattle roam across Tokavaig’s traditional crofting landscape. Red deer and pine martens live in the woods, and otters fish around the castle when the tide is right. At Tokavaig and nearby you can see golden eagle, white-tailed eagle, merlin, hen harrier, whooper swan, great northern diver, red-breasted merganser, turnstone and purple sandpiper as well as many other woodland birds, waders and wildfowl.

Tokavaig is one of four hamlets on the southern shores of Loch Eishort linked by a single-track road which loops across wild, heather-covered moorland with stunning views of the Cuillins and the Knoydart Hills along the way. The beach at Ord, one mile up the road, is perfect for launching canoes, and three miles the other way you’ll get a lovely view of Tarskavaig’s neat houses and crofts nestling in a green hollow with the Cuillins beyond.

GETTING TO THE COTTAGE

The cottage is easily accessible by car from the Scottish mainland via the Skye Bridge from Kyle of Lochalsh, or two ferry services - the Caledonian MacBrayne service from Mallaig to Armadale, and a community-run, 6-car ferry with a manual turntable, from Glenelg to Kyleakin (Easter to October). Detailed directions will be provided on booking.

PROVISIONS

The nearest grocery store is 10 miles away in Ardvasar, so you may wish to arrive with provisions for the first day or two. You can also stock up at the Co-op and local shops in Mallaig (if coming by ferry), the Coops in Kyle of Lochalsh and Broadford, or the Ardvasar Stores near Armadale. More information will be provided on booking.

More Details

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About the Owner

Dorothy Jackson
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Vielen Dank für das herzliche Willkommen. Wir haben uns im Haus von Anfang an heimisch gefühlt. Selbst das Wetter kann an unserer Verbundenheit zu Skye nichts ändern… we’ll be back !!!



(from the guest book)



Translation:



A warm welcome.

Many thanks for the warm welcome. We immediately felt at home in the cottage. Even the weather can't change our attachment to Skye...we'll be back!
May 2015
  • 1 of 25

Guestbook comments from the owner

Vielen Dank für das herzliche Willkommen. Wir haben uns im Haus von Anfang an heimisch gefühlt. Selbst das Wetter kann an unserer Verbundenheit zu Skye nichts ändern… we’ll be back !!!



(from the guest book)



Translation:



A warm welcome.

Many thanks for the warm welcome. We immediately felt at home in the cottage. Even the weather can't change our attachment to Skye...we'll be back!
May 2015
  • 1 of 25

66 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(66 traveller reviews)

5

Stunning in every way

  • 5 of 5

I can highly recommend Fior Sgeir Cottage! I had the best time. The house exceeded all my expectations, the stunning location and the inspirational landscaped inspired me. Dorothy was a wonderful host. The house was exceptionally clean and lovingly furnished. Thank you for this unique experience!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Most stunning cottage we've ever been

  • 5 of 5

We simply loved it!

You have a great view on the water from the living room: The best place to watch the sundown!

We wil come back if we happen to be around another time. Definitely!

The cottage provides you with everything you need. Alles perfekt! :)

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
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5

Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cosy cottage with everything you need and the views are amazing. I'd highly recommend it. Had a wonderful holiday. Lorna & Phil

  • Review Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
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5

Perfect cabin for a cosy winter honeymoon

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Fior Sgeir for our honeymoon in February. Although the weather on Skye was wintery, the cottage was beautifully warm and cosy and we loved sitting in front of the stove watching the weather blow in across the sea. The cottage is very well equipped and we found the collection of local maps and walking guides really helpful. The one minor disappointment is that wifi to the cottage is limited which made it difficult to find out which restaurants in the local area were open at that time of year.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
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5

Fantastic little cottage

  • 5 of 5

Amazing views in this recently built cottage. Underfloor heating in the bathroom, wood fired stove and really comfy firm bed. Great, helpful owners on site who gave us our own space. Can't recommend this place enough.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
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5

Heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing weekend at this lovely, well equipped, very well taken care of cottage. Waking up to wonderful view of sea and mountains, spending quiet evening in warmth of wood burner and start gazing made us not even want to leave the house for sightseeing. We have absolutely fell in love with this house and island. Andy and Dorothy made us feel very welcomed, wine and cake were nice surprise after long drive from Swindon. Thank you for your hospitality. We could not imagine better place to relax and we will definitely come back.

Kat and Mariusz

  • Review Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Inverness at 177 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Isle Ornsay Hotel (Hotel Eilean Iarmain) at 13 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Armadale (for Mallaig) at 14 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Isle of Skye Golf Club, Sconser at 48 Kilometres Nearest Train : Kyle of Lochalsh (also at Mallaig) at 35 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : M90 at Perth at 260 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Isle Ornsay Hotel (Hotel Eilean Iarmain) at 13 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Ben Nevis (Glencoe 72 miles) at 100 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Tokavaig Bay at 400 Metres Car: necessary

LOCATION

Fìor Sgeir Cottage is in the crofting hamlet of Tokavaig, on the Sleat peninsula of southern Skye. With its dramatic scenery, rich history and culture, art galleries, live music and excellent restaurants Sleat offers something for everyone. Sleat is easily reached from the mainland via the soaring Skye Bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh, or by the Mallaig-Armadale ferry. During the summer, a smaller community-run ferry crosses the fast-flowing narrows between Glenelg and Kylerhea.

THINGS TO DO

Sleat’s beautiful mountain views, ancient woodlands, rugged hills and intricate coastline provide the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with many wonderful walks suitable for all abilities, as well as kayaking, biking, fishing, quad biking and sailing. Artists and photographers will be inspired by the ever-changing light, and nature lovers will also find plenty to see. Aird of Sleat, with its lighthouse and views of Eigg, Rum and the Lochaber coastline, is good for watching sea birds and spotting migrants. Take a guided walk led by a local ranger or go on a boat tour to spot whales, dolphins, seals and, if you are lucky, basking sharks. For otter fans there is the Kylerhea Otter Haven and the Brightwater Visitor Centre at Kyleakin, near Eilean Ban where Gavin Maxwell lived. Star gazers will enjoy Sleat’s wonderful night skies, unpolluted by artificial light. Other attractions include boutique shops, artists’ studios, galleries and craft workshops. The excellent Sleat Community Trust website (www.visitsleat.org) gives contact details for attractions and activities.

Local facilities include a small grocery shop at Ardvasar, and a garage, filling station and post office at Armadale run by the Sleat Community Trust, which supports sustainable community development.

FURTHER AFIELD

From Fìor Sgeir Cottage you can explore many other places nearby. From Armadale, tour the Small Isles (Eigg, Muck, Rum and Canna) by CalMac ferry. During the summer, take the community ferry from Kyleakin to Glenelg to explore the impressive Iron Age brochs. From Broadford, walk along the line of the old marble railway to the deserted villages of Boreraig and Suishnish whose inhabitants were evicted 160 years ago to make way for sheep. Near Torrin, a few miles further on, lies the start of one of the routes up Bla Bhein, an outlier of the Cuillins. From Elgol at the end of the road there are boat trips to Loch Coruisk in the heart of the Cuillins and to the Small Isles. Further north at Sconser, take the ferry to the lovely island of Raasay. Sligachan Hotel (with over 350 malt whiskies to sample) and Glen Brittle are starting points for climbing the Cuillins. From the Glen Brittle campsite, walk down to the tip of the Rubh an Dunain peninsula to the remains of a Viking boatyard, fort and prehistoric chambered burial cairn.

CULTURE

Gaelic is spoken by almost half the population of Sleat. Sabhal Mòr, Scotland’s Gaelic College at Ostaig, has courses in Gaelic at all levels, as well as in traditional music and culture, and an artist-in-residence programme. Sabhal Mòr and other venues on Sleat host a lively programme of ceilidhs, concerts and plays, films, poetry readings and visual arts.

Sleat’s rich cultural heritage dates back 8000 years with a Mesolithic hunter-gatherer site at Aird of Sleat and recent finds of a Bronze Age burial site at Armadale, as well as many other prehistoric sites including four Bronze Age graves close to Fìor Sgeir Cottage. The Museum of the Isles at the Clan Donald Centre in Armadale documents medieval ruined castles, tales of feuding clans and the story of how poor smallholders finally got more secure land rights through the crofting system. The Clan Donald Centre also has a library and archive centre with resources for genealogical research along with a castle, café, gardens and woodland trails.

EATING OUT

After a day in the fresh air, have a meal out and enjoy Sleat’s fresh local produce and seafood. The picturesque Eilean Iarmain Hotel overlooking Isle Ornsay harbour has a restaurant and wood-panelled bar (often with live music). Next to the hotel you can taste traditional (unchillfiltered) blended malt whiskies. The Ardvasar Hotel also has pub and restaurant menus, and for fine dining try the Toravaig Hotel, Duisdale Hotel or the Michelin-starred Kinloch Lodge Hotel run by renowned cookery writer Lady Claire MacDonald. There are also cafes at the pier at Armadale and at the Clan Donald Centre.

The nearby towns of Broadford and Kyle of Lochalsh have several restaurants and cafes, as well as supermarkets and food shops, hardware shops, chemists, banks and tourist information.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Spring/early summer
1 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£460
for 7 nights
£460
 
 
Summer
3 Jun 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£510
for 7 nights
£510
 
 
Late summer/autumn
9 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£460
for 7 nights
£460
 
 
Winter
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£261
for 3 nights
From
£87
£395
£1,185
 
 
Christmas/New Year
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£520
for 7 nights
£520
 
 
Winter
6 Jan 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£270
for 3 nights
From
£90
£405
£1,215
 
 
Spring/early summer
24 Mar 2018 - 25 May 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£485
for 7 nights
£485
 
 
Summer
26 May 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£535
for 7 nights
£535
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

**NOTE** THE WEBSITE QUOTES ARE NOT ALWAYS ACCURATE FOR STAYS OF LESS OR MORE THAN 1 WEEK. CONTACT US FOR PRICES AND AVAILABILITY.
Spring-Summer-Autumn: minimum price is one week's rental; shorter stays cost the weekly rate. Changeover day is Saturday.
Christmas & New Year - reductions for 2 week's stay - contact us for more information.
Price includes bedlinen, towels, electricity and firewood.
Refundable security deposit: £100
Arrive after 4 pm; leave before 10 am
CANCELLATIONS – Cancellations must be notified to the owner by telephone and/or email.
o If you cancel your booking more than 10 weeks ahead of the check-in date, there is a cancellation charge of £50.
o If you cancel your booking between 10 and 6 weeks ahead of the check-in date, we will retain 50% of the rental fee.
o If you cancel your booking 6 weeks or less from the check-in date, we will retain 100% of the rental fee.
o If you have to cut short your stay we will not refund any of the rental fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Video Library

Suitability

  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 40 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • The super-kingsize bed (1.8 m wide by 2 m long, or 6 foot wide by 6 foot six inches long) can be converted to twin beds, if required. With the bed in king-size format, we can provide two single duvets if preferred to a king-size duvet.

Outside

  • Binoculars
  • Wood Decking

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children

Notes:

  • Fìor Sgeir Cottage ist NON SMOKING. Guests have a dedicated parking space next to the cottage, within the steading.

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