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"The Cedars", Croft Cottage in Portnalong, West Coast of The Isle of Skye, Highlands, Scotland

Overview

Property

Updated: 01-Nov-2016
Cottage in Portnalong, Carbost, Isle of Skye, Scotland - last croft on the headland, minutes walk to the shore, with it's wildlife and rocks to fish from

Set mid-way up Skye’s west coast, our 1920’s whitewashed croft cottage is uniquely situated, the last cottage out onto the Ardtreck peninsular. Set in fields under a granite bluff splashed with purple heather, with glimpse views of the sea just minutes walk away. I've seen seals, otters and even a Minke Whale while fishing for mackerel off the lighthouse. Here you are really living in nature, whether relaxing in the cottage, at the picnic table in the garden or out and about on the headland. The 15 minute walk to the lighthouse on the tip of the peninsular is a spectacular and invigorating treat in wild weather and calm sunshine alike. Enjoy feeling away from it all without being too remote, with two pubs and some of the best live music on the west coast, a well stocked village shop for fuel and supplies, even Talisker distillery to visit, all within a ten minute drive. Many beautiful walks, hillside, coastal, beaches and the Cuillin are all at your doorstep. We can now offer tenants the comfort of a lovely new summer house with a glimpse view of the sea, perfect for relaxing out of the wind with a drink and nibbles in the evening.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We live in Beirut and bought the cottage in 2007 after a holiday on Skye in 2002, and a long search to find the right cottage for us, and we hope for you. It is our home on our brief visits to the UK, and we hope will feel like your home for the time that you are there. I am English and a Landscape Architect, my wife Neda is a Lebanese Architect, our daughter Zalfa is 20 and our son Nessim 23. The profile photo shows Neda and Zalfa enjoying a rare (for us) walk in the rain to the lighthouse, always a treat no matter the weather..

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just would like to tell you that we really had a great time and your cottage was perfect!
Jul 2015
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews

5

Just perfect.

  • 5 of 5

The Cedars is in a wonderful location a short drive from the village of Portnalong. The setting is peaceful with stunning views towards the sea and the surrounding countryside. The cottage offers cosy but well equipped accommodation. A large dining kitchen with washer/dryer, dishwasher, oven/hob, a cosy lounge, two lovely bedrooms with plenty of storage and a family bathroom. Don't let the fact that there's no TV put you off, you won't miss it at all. All towels and bed linen are also provided.

The cottage has the added benefit of a large garden and a summer house.

It is a short walk to the lighthouse at Ardtreck point and to the Dun (Fort) where there is wildlife to be spotted, we saw two red deer in front of the cottage most days.

The cottage is a perfect home from home, we enjoyed our stay immensely and were lucky enough to have two weeks of unbroken sunshine.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent holiday

  • 5 of 5

We spent three lovely weeks at The Cedars and enjoyed every moment. It is tucked away and so very quiet. It is really good spot for exploring the Cullins and much more. The kitchen is well equipped and the lounge a delight with an open fire. Cooked many fine meals. I can recommend the Skye Oysters shop since they sell a lot more than just oysters. Many great walks nearby especially the one to Talisker bay. Climb the small hill behind to get great views of the Cullins. A good way to see if climbing is on or not. If you are lucky you may see a sea eagle, but certainly a Buzzard hunts in the field with red building on a frequent basis. Take some binoculars.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
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Location

From the Owner

We wanted an escape from the hectic life in Beirut and had fallen in love with Skye from our first visit. The progression of arrival, first over Skye bridge or by ferry onto Skye, then driving first on fast main roads, then onto smaller single track roads onto Minginish peninsula, through Carbost to Portnalong, on to the dead end village road to Ardtreck point, and finally on croft tracks to the cottage, gives a very strong sense that you have arrived at the end of your journey, at the only place you want to be. The variety of destinations to venture out to, either by foot or by car from this location are many and varied. We usually stop at the supermarket in Broadford after arriving on the island and stock up for several days, so that the first day or so can be enjoyed without using the car.

Activity and Interests

Coast/Beach:

A 5 minute walk from the garden brings you to our nearest cove at a break in the low cliffs, and a 10 minute walk with a scramble down a steep path brings you to a larger cove and the low tide isthmus to a high free standing rock in the sea. The walk to the lighthouse takes 20 minutes from the garden, and the wide shell beach at Fiskavaig also takes around 20 minutes. The beaches at Talisker Bay and Glenbrittle are both around 25 minutes drive.

Travel:

There are flights to Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh. All airports have car hire nearby and the drive is around 3 hours to the cottage from Inverness, heading to Kyle of Lochalsh and over the bridge onto Skye, or 5 hours from Glasgow or Edinburgh, either driving to Kyle of Lochalsh and over the road bridge onto Skye, or book ahead of time on the ferry from Malaig to Armadale or from Glenelg to Kylerhea. It is also possible to arrive by train or bus to Kyle and Portree and then taxi or Hire Car.

Distances:

There is a pub and village hall in Portnalong, 5 minutes drive, and the nearest village with shop, clinic, pub and Talisker distillery is around 10 minutes drive. The island capital Portree is around 40 minutes drive, and Dunvegan Castle is around 30 minutes drive. The whole island offers a wealth of spectacular walks with a great variety of characters and views.

Further Details:

Our location combines the advantages of being relatively central on the island with being on the coast. Travel times are thus around the same to both northern and southern tips of the island (allow at least an hour in each case). All the west coast attractions, the Cuillin, Glenbrittle, Dunvagen Castle and village restaurants, and the fantastic walks up and views from the Macleods tables are only 30 minutes drive away. There is a good range of shops in Dunvegan, and full range of shops and supermarkets in Portree.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 20
27 Nov 2016 - 24 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£300
for 7 nights
£300
 
 
Rate 21 Christmas & NY
25 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£495
for 7 nights
£495
 
 
Rate 22
8 Jan 2017 - 4 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
£345
for 7 nights
£345
 
 
Rate 23
5 Mar 2017 - 1 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£425
for 7 nights
£425
 
 
Rate 24
2 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£475
for 7 nights
£475
 
 
Rate 25
30 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£540
for 7 nights
£540
 
 
Rate 26
28 May 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£590
for 7 nights
£590
 
 
Rate 27
2 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
Rate 28
3 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£560
for 7 nights
£560
 
 
Rate 28
1 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£475
for 7 nights
£475
 
 
Rate 29
29 Oct 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£425
for 7 nights
£425
 
 
Rate 30
26 Nov 2017 - 23 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£345
for 7 nights
£345
 
 
Rate 31 Christmas NY 2017
24 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£750
for 7 nights
£750
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please complete the booking form and email, or call us with any questions. We ask for a 10% deposit payment to secure the booking and the balance to be paid one month before your visit.

Changeover Day:
Our changeover day is Saturday and we ask new guests to arrive after 3pm, and to leave on their last day by 10am to give our caretakers time for the full clean and change of linen and towels.

Notes on prices:
We usually require a minimum 7 nights stay but would consider shorter lets in special circumstances, please email or call us with your requirements

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • cottage

General

  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with wc, washbasin, bath with shower over

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, Bedroom 2 with double bed, both rooms with original 'V' lining timber panelled walls and ceiling.

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Please note that it has been our long term policy not to accept pets, partly due to the 'cosy' size of the cottage and partly personal preference, and also we have no TV, as we encourage the 'leave it all behind' feeling which is exactly what this cottage provides. There are boot friendly timber floors to hall and kitchen with the remainder of the cottage fully carpeted, so please leave boots in the hall. Night storage heaters in all rooms and several with booster convection heaters. With spectacular evening sunsets the cottage is a haven to return to after a day's walking, for a good hot shower, hearty meal and a warming whisky by the fire. Come and let nature and Skye’s spectacular weather and scenery dissolve all your cares and recharge your batteries. Outside: The neat garden includes a beach garden, sloped grass lawn, bench in the lee of the windbreak hedge, summerhouse, cedar trees and picnic table on a raised area with a glimpse of the sea. Access to the croft fields and natural headland are directly from the garden, with Dun Ardtreck, a small fortification and the lighthouse on the point being local landmarks on walks from the cottage. Longer walks from the cottage can take in Portnalong harbour and village, Fiskavaig bay and even the drover's track to Talisker bay. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen and towels are included, and are changed along with cottage cleaning at the weekly change overs. Electricity is included with a starter basket of logs for the fire, more logs available at the village shop in Carbost or as driftwood from the shore Other: The entrance hall includes a storage cupboard with a small freezer.

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