|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Shore Croft was built to take full advantage of its unique situation, facing south with direct access onto a pebble beach on Loch Ewe, with panoramic views out to sea. The house has a very large enclosed garden with various seating areas which allow for superb wildlife viewing.
The whole interior is beautifully designed, arranged and maintained. It is light, modern and luxurious. The sitting room and dining room/kitchen open onto wide decking from which a path leads to the garden gate which opens directly on to the beach. The house is extremely well equipped with an open fire in the sitting room. There are 4 bedrooms. A master bedroom with an en suite wet room and either 3 twin bedrooms or 2 twin and a king. There is a full bathroom / wet room upstairs as well as a downstairs loo. The kitchen / dining room is extremely large and very well equipped with a large modern range cooker and American fridge freezer.
There is an extremely large (approx 1 acre), fenced garden which has a wonderful wildlife viewing area. The wildlife sightings from this viewing area are exceptional and include otters, common dolphin, harbour porpoise and several different rare sea birds. There is also a seating area around a fire pit.
This is a romantic retreat for couples or a holiday home for up to 8 people.
Stunning Location: A twenty-minute drive over the headland from Gairloch takes you to the little village of Poolewe on the sheltered south side of Loch Ewe where the River Ewe rushes down from Loch Maree. Across the bay from Poolewe are the famous Inverewe Gardens, designed and planted by Osgood Mackenzie. Carry on along the coast for another 5 miles and you will come to the small village of Aultbea and then onto Mellon Charles at the head of the loch. From Shore Croft there are views to the Torridon mountains and out to the open sea, where on a clear day you can see the outer Hebrides. Shore Croft and the small bungalow next door share the pebbly beach, and are on the furthest edge of the settlement.
Superb Facilities: The house is fully centrally heated with under floor heating in both bathrooms. Open fire in the sitting room. Washing machine, tumble drier, large American fridge freezer with ice maker. Range cooker, microwave, dishwasher, music system, large LCD television with full Sky package including all film channels and sport. Also there is a DVD player with surround sound and broadband internet connection for your own lap top is available. Books, games and a selection of CDs and DVDs. Easy access to the beach and fishing. A high chair and cot are available.
Please note that Shore Croft is a non smoking house.
Interior Design: The house sleeps up to 8 people in 4 bedrooms with 1 bathroom (with bath and shower) and 1 en suite shower room. There is a very large kitchen diner and a large sitting room.
Large vestibule with coat hooks. Inner hall. Utility room with washing machine and tumble drier. Space for boots and drying cupboard. Very large kitchen / dining room with American fridge freezer, range cooker, dishwasher, microwave and music system. Table seating 8 people. French doors open onto decking with beautiful loch and sea views.Sitting room with open fire and French windows leading to decking area. Views out to open sea. TV, DVD player with surround sound. Downstairs loo.
Master bedroom with en suite shower room and separate dressing room. Additional 3 twin bedrooms or 2 twin plus a double, all with built in wardrobes. Bathroom with bath and separate walk in shower. Beautiful views from 3 bedrooms.
Large decking area with garden furniture and barbecue. Enclosed fenced garden with gate down to the beach.
The most immaculate modern but cozy house we have stayed in after many many visits to Scotland - with outstanding views. Little touches like champagne and smoked salmon in the fridge on arrival just make the holiday that bit more special. Everything you could ever need is provided in the house even down to beach towels, unfortunately, it was a bit cold to use them!! There is plenty to do in the area, lots of nice walks and a great shop in the next village. It is also a good base to explore Ullapool, Lochinver and the far north-west. But to sum up we spent more time in the house relaxing beside the roaring log fire this holiday because it was such a beautiful place to be.
Simply stunning were the only words I could think when I first entered Shorecroft! Even after spending a great deal of time gazing at it on the internet, those pictures could not do it enough justice and couldn't portray the instant feeling of welcoming warmth that you feel the minute you step inside. We've just spent our family Christmas there and what an amazing Christmas it was! Arriving on the day Storm Barbara was hitting Britain with 90mph winds, in particular NW Scotland, we were a little anxious what we were heading to. All I can say is those fears were soon cast aside and being cosy and safe inside watching the storm howling around us just made the holiday more enjoyable. Nothing like lighting a log fire sat tucked up in a snug warm living room, leisurely playing games and watching the ever changing Scottish skies across Loch Ewe and its beautiful landscapes. The views from the large kitchen diner windows were just as captivating. It was hard to believe how windy it was outside as the house is so wind/soundproof and cosy. I say cosy but Shorecroft isn't small, the house is deceivingly big with so much cleverly designed space inside, plenty of space for our family of six adults and two dogs to spread out. It's a beautifully maintained home with attention to detail everywhere you look and all the facilities and comfort you could wish for and stunning views from every window. It’s not somewhere you want to leave in a hurry. Having to stay in during the storms was not a chore, it was a privilege.
From the moment I booked the house, owner Hilary kept in touch and was on hand helping with any queries. When we arrived champagne and salmon was waiting in the fridge, a little touch of luxury much appreciated. Wendy the housekeeper is also a credit to Shorecroft being friendly and welcoming and nothing too much trouble. Wendy’s also very knowledgeable about the local area and wildlife; it was reassuring to know a local friendly face was to hand if needed. It was magical waking up at Shorecroft Christmas morning, making a dash to our 'own' beach wrapped up in PJ's, coats and Christmas hats for the obligatory family selfie then opening Santa's stockings in front of a crackling log fire! The whole area is beautiful, Mellon Udrigle is a stunning sandy beach, Gairloch, Red Point and Cove all picturesque, endless views everywhere you look even on the cloudiest winter days. Fire pit and bikes amazing! Cannot recommend Shorecroft enough and can't wait to return!
The house is in excellent condition. It lies direct to the sea with a breathtaking view. It is even better than the description!
This was our first visit to Shore Croft and it blew us away. It is modern design at its best. A beautifully proportioned house, with panoramic views of Loch Ewe from both the kitchen/dining room ( leading out to the decking) and the lounge. It was imaginatively furnished to a high standard, with lovely fabrics and quality equipment, and was very clean and well maintained.
We had a wonderful week, we swam every morning (in our wetsuits!), there were delightful walks, we cycled and lazed on the decking spotting the sea birds and occasional sightings of otters.
Provisions for the week were no problem. The Aultbea General Stores (1-2 miles), deceptively unprepossessing from the outside, had everything we needed and much more, including our deli favourites and wine.
We have vowed to return!!
Having stayed at Shorecroft before I knew what to expect but even so, expectations were (as always) exceeded. It is a truly lovely cottage, so warm and inviting in chilly February weather, and superbly comfortable. There seems to be everything one could possibly want for a relaxed and at the same time luxurious stay. The kitchen is fabulously equipped and the sitting room so comfortable - evenings were spent lounging in front of the blazing log fire! A thoroughly enjoyable stay.
Shore Croft is an excellent property with everything required for a great self catered family stay. There is great attention to detail and the house works really well as an escape to relax and enjoy the amazingly beautiful scenery in the surrounding areas. I would happily return again and again to experience this gem in all the different seasons.
Shore Croft Cottage is very well appointed cottage that sleeps 8.
It has a lovely open plan kitchen diner that has fantastic views out to sea, even the lounge and master bedroom all have great views out to sea.
If you are taking dogs there is the usual weekly surcharge, but this is more than made up by having a fully fenced garden that is secure for larger breed dogs and the property has a good size utility room and hallway where they can sleep at night.
We'll be going back again
A twenty-minute drive over the headland from Gairloch takes you to the little village of Poolewe on the sheltered south side of Loch Ewe where the River Ewe rushes down from Loch Maree. Across the bay from Poolewe are the famous Inverewe Gardens, designed and planted by Osgood Mackenzie. Carry on along the coast for another 5 miles and you will come to the small village of Aultbea and then onto Mellon Charles at the head of the loch. From Shore Croft there are views to the Torridon mountains and out to the open sea, where on a clear day you can see the outer Hebrides. Shore Croft and the small bungalow next door share the pebbly beach, and are on the furthest edge of the settlement.
It is possible to book the house for a short break during the winter months.