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

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

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, or step out of the living room French doors onto the deck and sit at the picnic table with view of the sea and outer Hebrides, or feel snug in the summer house also with glimpse sea view, perfect for relaxing out of the wind with a drink and nibbles in the evening, or just out and about on the headland. The 20 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.


Owner
Mr Graham Stevenson
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
13 August, 2017

About Mr Graham Stevenson

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..

Mr Graham Stevenson purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Mr Graham Stevenson chose Scottish Highlands & Islands

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.

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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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Isle of Skye in Highland

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
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
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with wc, washbasin, bath with shower over
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • bay fishing
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.

Reviews

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"The Cedars", Croft Cottage in Portnalong, West Coast of Skye Island, Highlands, Scotland
average rating of 4.888889 based on 12 reviews
5

Wonderful homely place to stay off the beaten track.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to stay with our teenage boys. . . We specifically wanted a homely place and we got that at the Cedars. Off the beaten track, without wifi and clearly a home as well as a holiday cottage it suited us and our teenage boys perfectly. We easily got to all the places we wanted to visit and walk but felt comfortable and happy in this lovely cottage. Graham the owner was very helpful with information about fishing beforehand which was helpful for us. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting the simple life away from technology! It was great!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Bliss!

  • 5 of 5

Homely, lovingly decorated and equipped cottage - you realize it's used by owners themselves!

Stunning surroundings, remote, tranquil, beautiful!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Delightful croft cottage in Portnalong

  • 5 of 5

We booked this cottage at short notice having been told we were double-booked at a property we thought we had secured 11 months earlier. We were hugely relieved to find this lovely croft cottage was available, so we could still stay in the area we had originally planned. We found the setting as beautiful as in the photo, with blue skies and sunshine. We felt very welcome, with biscuits, tablet and delicious eggs left for us on arrival. The cottage was well equipped for self-catering and ideally located for peace and quiet (no TV, internet or phone signal - wonderful) and coastal walks, with only a short drive to Glen Brittle, from which we tackled some Cuillins.

Plenty of wildlife about too, including willow warblers in the garden.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Away from the rat race

  • 5 of 5

Our second stay here, ideal for complete solitude with nature on the doorstep. Luck was in with the arrival of the first cuckoo.

In spite of the snow, hail, rain, mist and cool temperatures walking locally to the coast, local broch and further still Adtreck lighthouse was exhilarating with most rewarding views of northern divers and gannets.

The cottage is well equipped in every way, kitchen, living room and bedrooms.

The new addition of patio doors in the living room add a new dimension with increased light coming in plus the opportunity to sit out and enjoy the open view towards the open sea (weather permitting)

The supply of informative books and literature is a much appreciated touch.

Yet again we did not use the car once, happy to appreciate the peace and solitude with no television or internet connection. Mobile signal poor but accessible if you wander up hill.

Recommend this cottage for a quiet life

  • Review Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage in great location

  • 5 of 5

Myself, my partner and two friends have just returned from a lovely week spent at this fantastic cottage on the isle of skye. It was our first visit to skye and it did not disappoint.

The cottage is very cosy, with a lovely log fire and sea views from most rooms. The kitchen is well appointed with lots of bowls and cups and a good larder. The bedrooms are both spacious and the beds very comfy. The cottage has an excellent library and supply of maps, books and information about Skye.

The cottage is remote but well located for getting to other parts of the island. We managed to visit all the main sites in a week. The pub - a 30 minute walk away in Portnalong - is worth a visit.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a base to explore the misty isle.

Thanks,

Jess Sommerlad

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cosy cottage

  • 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay over Christmas. Thank you for the decorations and huge yule logs for the fire.

The Cedars is clean, well equipped and very cosy with some lovely views. The large open fire was a delight during our stormy winter nights. Both the kitchen and lounge storage heaters had booster switches so the cottage, although cold when you first arrive from trips out, heats up very fast.

Due to two storms back to back and also the fact it was winter we didn't get to enjoy the garden or summerhouse, but I'm sure they're wonderful in the other three seasons. Our son loved watching the sheep on the croft beyond the garden. Who needs a TV!!

The reason for 4 and not 5 stars is only a small matter. The bathroom got very damp after our first shower and remained that way during our stay. I appreciate that in warmer months this may not be a problem because the window can be opened. We couldn't due to gale force winds. Perhaps an extractor fan could resolve this. There is a vent but it never quite did its job.

The fact that we had atrocious weather but stilled enjoyed our stay, says a lot about "The Cedars" merits.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this positive review. We're delighted that the Cedars' merits gave you such a good time in this awful weather. The gales must have been more than the existing bathroom extract fan (goes on and off with the light switch), could cope with, so I shall replace it with a more robust one on my visit next month.
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Location

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.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Isle of Skye, Scotland

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
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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