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Ach-Na-Mara (Meadow by the Sea)

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Fiskavaig, Isle of Skye, Isle of Skye
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Superb views, summerhouse and sauna - only 110m to the beach.

Superb views, summerhouse and sauna (only 110m to beach)

Try something different! Experience crofthouse living with modern comforts, a summerhouse and sauna. A cosy detached cottage with an open fire, near to the beach. It is very well equipped, in a splendid location, and traditionally furnished with a contemporary kitchen, stylish bathroom, and laminate flooring in the living room and inner hall. Enjoy a double glazed, heated summerhouse with sauna! It faces the bay, and this welcoming space can be used for reading, birdwatching, drawing, photography, family time, or simply relaxing and watching the sun go down. Outside, a patio allows the panorama to be enjoyed. Inside is a private far infra-red two-person sauna and twinkling starlight ceiling to savour the moment and admire the panorama in all weathers.

Fiskavaig Bay offers views across Loch Bracadale to MacLeods Tables and Oronsay Isle. The cottage provides a splendid base for touring and walking, or even just relaxing by the open fire after exploring the beach and bay. Spectacular scenery and wildlife may be seen, including eagles, deer, otters, seals, and buzzards. Touring options include coral beaches, The Fairy Pools, Quiriang, Old Man of Storr, castles, waterfalls, lighthouses, Talisker Distillery and the famous Cuillin Hills. Cycling, fishing, horse riding, bird spotting, canoeing, sailing and climbing are all possible. P.O. 4½ miles. Shop 4½ miles, pub with food 1½ and 4½ miles.

2 small steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining area. Kitchen with breakfast bar and tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Freesat HD TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. 2 USB charging stations. Selection of board games and books. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patios and furniture. Summerhouse with far infra-red dry sauna. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Please note: This property has a security deposit of £100.

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  • Bungalow
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Sea View
    Sea View
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Satellite TV
    Satellite TV
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Green Scheme
    Green Scheme
  • Coastal within 1 mile
    Coastal within 1 mile
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/09/2017
    We had one of our best holidays at Ach Na Mara which is in a wonderful location with breath-taking views and on a quiet one track road right next to the bay. You have views of the bay and the surrounding landscape from the summer house and the lounge window, and also if you open the kitchen door whilst in there! The cottage and summer house were squeaky clean, fully equipped and well thought out. The heating facilities had us toasty warm on the cool evenings and we were lucky with bright sunshine throughout the day. The shower isn't a power-shower, but worked fine and the heated towel-rail kept the bathroom warm. There are deliberately no clocks around and we took our watches off. As there is no internet connection and no mobile phone signal we felt like time had stood still and we managed to step away from our busy life into the most peaceful tranquil holiday we've ever had. The summer-house is fab, we used the sauna every day (give it about 20mins to heat up first and it works a treat). We also spent a couple of evenings in there with a glass of wine watching the sun go down over the bay. The garden is lovely and the walk to the bay about 3 mins so we wandered down there many times. The bay has mussels that you can gather each morning and lots of exploring if the tide is out. We have recommended this cottage to our family and friends and will definitely be returning, hopefully early next year. If you haven't been to the Isle of Skye before then you need to go, it is Heaven on Earth and Ach Na Mara is the place to see it from.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you both for your wonderful feedback both here and via your emails. It`s nice to know all our efforts are so appreciated & valued. Yes you are correct:- There are no clocks (on purpose), nor internet connection in the cottage (on purpose). There is however mobile phone signal in the garden, at the summerhouse & fifty metres up the lane. Here, guests can get back "on the grid" if they wish to make reservations, research visits etc. Phone mast upgrades (to 4G I believe) are being phased in across Skye so I guess occasional interruptions may happen while this work goes on. BIG thanks - "Haste Ye Back."

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 16/09/2017
    Great clean cottage with beautiful bay less than a minutes walk away. Ideal for people who like to get away from the crowd. Facilities Inc sauna hard to beat.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 05/08/2017
    We had a fantastic week at this cottage and would definitely stay again. In particular we enjoyed the Sauna and Summerhouse which had great views across the water(binoculars would be good in here) and offered welcome relief from the midges. The house was warm and comfortable and well equipped;no need to pack a cafetiere or hairdryer. Don't forget you need to take towels for your stay and also for sauna use. It would obviously be better if these were provided as like most people we had limited space in our car when travelling to the destination. Wellies/swimming shoes would be useful for exploring rock pools etc; we wished we had taken these. Ach Na Mara did feel like a home from home-the only issue we had was the electric shower. It was very inconsistent, not much power and often ran cold. The surroundings were beautiful - good base for exploring the island too.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; So pleased you had such a great time at the cottage & thanks for the positive email sent to me personally. Regarding the shower: It was renewed in spring of this year and is the most powerful allowed by the electrical supply to the cottage. I also send out a detailed "information email" to guests so that they are reminded about towels, and in it wellies are suggested for beach playtime (old or young). Hope your missing shorts found their way back to you in the post ok too. I have added a note in the visitors book to advise that if guests run the cold water in the kitchen, thus reducing water flow to the shower, then the anti-scald feature of the shower will be activated, affecting shower performance.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 08/07/2017
    Stayed here for a week in July and loved it. The cottage feels cosy and secluded and is enveloped in absolute silence. It was the perfect size for just two of us, spending daytimes exploring the island(s) and evenings cooking and sinking a few glasses of wine in front of the fire. The location is within easy reach of all sides of the island - in the high season I'd recommend avoiding the tourist hot-spots and getting across to the islands - Raasay, Canna and Rum were all stunning and well worth a visit. Otherwise, have a look through all the walks presented in the folder on the shelf in the cottage (perhaps this could be left on the table? We only found it on the penultimate day) and get off the beaten track. Could not ask for anything more in the cottage and would definitely return. The only thing I would suggest is that it be made more clear that towels aren't provided - this is subsumed in the directions to the cottage from the agent and so could be more explicit. Otherwise, a lovely cottage in a fantastic place.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 01/07/2017
    Remote place with extra summerhouse facing the seaside, the ideal place for enjoying sundowns or warming up after a drizzly day out; we really liked the infrared sauna;

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9.1 out of 10 – based on 11 reviews collected by Reevoo
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