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Visit our cosy, traditional crofter's cottage, for the most relaxing holiday

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cosy 2 bed cottage, close to the beach and mountains, and wonderful wildlife

Cornhill is a traditional stone cottage situated in the village of Talmine on the west side of the Kyle of Tongue, Sutherland. That’s in the middle at the very top of Scotland! The cottage is comfortable and well equipped, and sleeps four adults (1 double, 1 twin). There is one bathroom, a well equipped kitchen with range cooker, and sitting room with TV/DVD. It is a 10 minute walk from the beach, and just 200m from the village shop/post office which stocks a good range of fresh and frozen food, and other essentials. Further local amenities (bank, fuel etc.) are available in Tongue, approximately 5 miles away.

Please note I very much value having personal communication with my guests. I am happy to answer any queries, and will endeavor to make your holiday amazing!

(And, unfortunately, there is no wifi available at the cottage, but internet access is possible in some local hotels and cafés.)

More Details

Sarah Bird
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 August, 2018

About Sarah Bird

I grew up in Cheshire, and currently live in a cottage in rural North Wales. I currently work for the UK's best zoo, on conservation projects in Britain, and am thrilled to have links with projects on wildcats and pine martens in Scotland. I love all things wild and natural, that's why I love northern Scotland.

Sarah Bird purchased this cottage in 1980

Why Sarah Bird chose World

I have been visiting Cornhill for over 30 years now, it is my favourite place, and I still find new experiences each time i visit! I have climbed Ben Loyal and Ben Hope many times, and know the coast very well. My interest in wildlife was stimulated there, and my dream to work in conservation definitely started there. I particularly love the wild flowers - Scottish primrose is a delight, and there are many orchids in the summer. Its also a good place to see eagles - both species!

I now visit Cornhill at least twice a year, to look after the cottage and also to refresh and recharge my batteries. If you need to get away from it ALL this is the place!

What makes this cottage unique

Cornhill is special because of the clean air, the amazing - constantly changing - views of sea and mountains, the long summer days, the northern lights (if you are lucky!), and dark starry skies... The nature is just amazing, and the community is very friendly.

The lack of internet can also be seen as a positive!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We come from France where the summer temperature is 30-35 C, but this place is for me the most beautiful, wild, poetic in the world! The cottage is fantastic - so well equipped, like being in the house of my grandmother. I really hope I will come back to Talmine and to Cornhill cottage most of all.
Jul 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the World around the

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Dogs must stay in the large porch and are not allowed in the house unless completely clean and dry. Dogs are not allowed upstairs at any time.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower attachment in the bath
  • The bathroom is up a short flight of stairs.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Dressing table, drawers
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Dressing table, drawers
  • The two bedrooms are upstairs.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • forests
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • surfing
Please note there is NO wifi available at the cottage, but internet access is possible at local hotels and cafes. Broadband cable has not been laid into the remote villages yet!


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average rating of 4.3 based on 12 reviews

Cozy cottage with splendid views

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the cottage was amazing, we loved the kittchen with the traditional stove and spent most of the nights sitting around the table in the kittchen and enjoying a glass of wine. The views of over the Kyle are splendid and we had lovely weather throughout our stay to explore the wild and stunningly beautiful coastline. Given that the caretaker lives right next door, we felt comfortably in case we needed any assistance. Sarah also very much helped us out since we booked the cottage at short notice. We hope we can return soon to this amazing place! Best wishes, David

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you David, i am so glad you enjoyed your stay, and i hope you are able to visit Talmine again soon.
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Great location for exploring the area, a well equipped and comfortable cottage.

  • 4 of 5

Very nice little cottage set at the back of the village so peaceful. Close to the village shop which is handy. Some nice local walks with no need to do much driving.

Liked the Sandyford cooker which gave out warmth as well as did the cooking efficiently.

The only thing missing was the internet which, even though we might want to get away from it all, is pretty essential for dealing with the day to day issues that inevitably arise.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. I am glad you enjoyed your holiday. We will continue to seek a wifi solution.
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Requires a lot of updating and a garden overhaul so you can hang out washing or sit outside

  • 2 of 5

By the photos, you can see that the cottage is an old style, but a lot of painting, upgrading and de cluttering is needed.

The garden is a complete mess and I couldn't get out through the waist high grass, to hang washing out. The front area was full of cracked paving and weeds.

The blackout blind, in the double room, didn't cover the whole of the window and had mildew on it. The tv is no bigger than a computer screen.

In this day and age, wifi needs to be provided, especially as phone signals are so poor, although there was a BT landline phone.

The duvets were 13.5 tog, ridiculous, for the summer even in the north of Scotland, lucky I brought my own thin duvet. The bedding was old and faded looking.

I own a self catering property and would be ashamed to let mine in this condition. I know some people like 'quaint and quirky' but redecoration and smartening up doesn't cost a lot.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Susan, I am sorry that Cornhill fell short of your expectations. I welcome your comments and will take them into account in our plans for the cottage. I have just visited myself from North Wales and have checked that the washing line is now accessible, and we are upgrading the front garden and seating there so that guests can better enjoy the amazing sea views. Wifi is an ongoing issue at Talmine, as the telephone lines are still analogue, but we have joined the local campaign for a cable service. Hopefully this will be resolved soon.
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Fabulous cottage in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

A lovely well kept cottage equipped with everything you need with views that you will be hard pressed to beat. The village has a handy shop and post office, a lovely beach and nice walks and places to potter round without having to bother with the car. Tongue is only a five minute drive away and we alternated days spent locally with days visiting attractions further afield such as Smoo Cave and Duncansby Head Stacks. The flowers and wildlife were fabulous and we saw minke whale in the bay and apparently there had been a pod of orca the week before. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cornhill Cottage - comfortable, spacious and a great location.

  • 4 of 5

Cornhill Cottage is located on a very quiet little lane in Talmine overlooking lovely Talmine Bay with its sandy beach, harbour and great seascape views towards the Rabbit Islands.

The cottage is spacious with two upstairs bedrooms, it has a good bathroom, utility room. a comfortable sitting room and cosy kitchen/breakfast room with an oil fired Sandyford cooker (similar to an Aga) that provides background warmth as well as doing the cooking.

Out of the front of the cottage there is a nice pretty little garden to sit in specially with an early cup of tea as the sun rises.

Very close by (2 minutes walk) there is the convenience of Tom's village shop/post office which stocks everything you will need for your stay.

The location of the cottage is ideal for coastal walking without the need to get in the car. There is a lovely walk to Port Vasgo in one direction and to Skinnet Ard and Skinnet beach in the other, with beautiful views of the Kyle of Tongue and Ben Loyal in the distance.

All in all a great place to stay if you want to explore this part of Scotland.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunningly beautiful sea views from the doorstep

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a week in Talmine exploring the natural world. There are several beaches, mountains and coastal walks within easy reach or a short drive from the cottage. The local shop/post office supplies essentials and are served by a friendly, humorous shopkeeper/postmaster.The decor and facilities are accurately portrayed on the website and the cottage exudes warmth and homeliness. Given the cold weather we really enjoyed the constant warmth of the AGA type stove which we found easy to use and adds to the traditional feel of the cottage. Most appealing is the uninterrupted views from the cottage out to sea. The caretaker only lives next door and although we had no need to approach them it was reassuring to know they were on hand if required. I would definitely recommend the cottage and hope to return again very soon.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, I am so glad you had an amazing holiday. The wildife can be stunning in winter, especially the birds, and its often the best time to see otters. I am so pleased the cottage was warm and welcoming for you, and hope you are able to return to Cornhill cottage soon. Best regards, Sarah
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Nearest Airport
97 Miles
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Craggan Hotel
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
Nearest Train
47 Miles
Nearest Motorway
200 Miles
M90 at Perth
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Craggan Hotel
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Car: necessary

At Cornhill you really do get away from it all! The countryside and wildlife are fantastic and the scenery is breath-taking. It is an ideal holiday destination if you enjoy walking and wildlife, or just want to recharge in a peaceful and beautiful place, collecting unforgettable memories and amazing photographs. There are many lovely quiet beaches close by.

Please note I very much value having personal communication with my guests. I am happy to answer any queries myself, and will endeavor to make your holiday amazing!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £25
Pet Fee £50

Arrival dates are flexible, but bookings run from 4pm on day of arrival to 10:30am on the day of departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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