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Wonderfully secluded substantial house by sea shore overlooking Skye

People7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview


Details
Property
house
People
7
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Kyle

3 Bedrooms, 2 double & 1 single; 1 bathroom, sleeps 5-7

Standing above Lochalsh in its own secluded grounds and surrounded by the National Trust for Scotland woodland gardens. South facing and in a magnificent setting with wonderful views of sea and the mountains of Skye rising to over 1000m. Although extremely private, lying along its own track of around 300m, it is only 3-4 minutes by car to Kyle of Lochalsh which has a railway station (the scenic railway line to Inverness really is world famous!) a bank, shops and an excellent supermarket. There is also a smaller supermarket and Post Office about a mile away. Our garden has a large lawn and is planted with Magnolias and mature species Rhododendrons from Bhutan, China and Nepal and which flower from February until August.

Doubled glazed with fitted carpets throughout; night storage heating and wood/coal burning stoves; both off-peak and instant electric hot water. If you want to keep in touch, we offer free Wireless broad band WiFi. It is a wonderful location with great privacy.

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Anna Fraser
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, German, Italian, Czech
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Calendar last updated:
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Guestbook comments from the manager

This is truly a perfect place for 'get away from it all' type of holiday. A really welcoming house set in its own grounds far from the madding crowd! Spotlessly clean with everything you need, plenty of hot water, cosy log and coal burning stoves and great comfortable beds, much appreciated after a day spent hiking in the surrounding areas. I feel that the house has a real friendly character and would lend itself over to whoever stays there.



The views of the sea and surrounding hills are stunning from the lounge and dining room through to all bedrooms. Leave the windows open and you can hear the waves lapping and on a clear moonlit night the moon reflecting on the water is stunning.



If you like walking, history, good food and beautiful scenery this is the place to stay. We had some delightful and interesting walks during the week in the mountains behind Balmacara, and around Glenelg, Skye, Applecross and Sheldaig. We encountered some stunning scenery ranging from deep dark lochs, emerald green forests through to bright blue seas both during our walks and car journeys.



Eating out was a delight with the Plockton Inn, at the pretty village of Plockton nearby, serving some great fish dishes and the cream tea at the Plockton Hotel was scrumptious! The Tingle Creek Hotel in Lochalsh served great fish and chips and had very friendly staff. Glenelg Inn was really charming and good for food too. The Kyle of Lochalsh Hotel was good for watching the fishing boat activity over a nice glass of wine. There are many more excellent eating and drinking places within the area, just not enough time in one week to visit them all!



Delicious sirloin and venison steaks were bought from the butchers in Lochalsh, who also sell fresh fish. Try the butchers at Lochcarron for fresh tasty monkfish, scallops and Aberdeen Angus steaks. While Portree, Skye has a great fishmonger but it is closed at the weekend and on a Monday. The Coop at Lochalsh stocks everything you need.



We would definitely recommend this house and the area for a great holiday and we hope to visit again soon!
Sep 2010
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Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)

Wonderfully secluded substantial house by sea shore overlooking Skye
average rating of 4.571429 based on 8 reviews
Edinburgh
5

Balmacara Bliss

  • 5 of 5

The owner's description emphasised the views from their cottage, but the wonderful panorama that all the rooms have (except bathroom and kitchen) across Lochalsh is wonderful.

The addition of seal and otter spotting while admiring the view is a bonus.

Blythswood is secluded, being at the end of a short forestry track (easily traversed by any car), with only one other cottage on the track. The cottage lies on a hillside, with the shoreside hamlet of Glaik below, on the shoreside, and Lochalsh woodland (an NTS walk ) behind.

The Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh road runs further up the hill with occasional glimpses of vehicles possible ( I suspect once the leaves are on the trees this is not the case).

The benefit of being near to the road is that it is only a few minute drive to Kyle where there is a well stocked small supermarket, and a few restaurants, even closer is the Spar at Reraig, also well stocked.

The cottage is a wonderful mix of a traditional cottage with modern convenience, for example the small kitchen has an original Belfast sink and built in cupboards, but coffee maker, microwave and modern electric cooker and fridge freezer.

The wifi was great and surprisingly speedy given the rural location (no problem streaming movies).

There is only one bathroom, but it is spacious with lots of space for multiple toilet bags and a modern electric shower and towel rails in addition to original sink and bath.

There are two solid fuel stoves and ample electric heaters to keep the cottage cosy.

The cottage is clearly well used by the owners with everything you need for a comfortable stay, but don't expect a modern 'show home'.

We have a dog and the large enclosed garden and woodland walks on our doorstep were great, with a small stoney beach also very near.

The master bed room was very spacious with the other double and single bedrooms smaller, all with comfy modern beds and great views.

It is a fairly lengthy drive from Central Scotland but as it passes through the most spectacular scenery in the UK who's complaining?!

We look forward to returning.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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4

Wonderful Location, lovely house with super garden

  • 4 of 5

We had a super weeks holiday at Blythswood. The house is great with everything you need for a comfortable holiday. The gardens are beautiful and plenty large enough for our children and dogs to play in. There is now a neighbour,(newly built house), but does not detract from feeling secluded at all.

The owners could not have been more helpful and also a very helpful housekeeper who provided sheets for us at a small cost....not a lot of room in our car!!

We had a lot of fun in the Bay and Sound of Sleet in our Dinghy, catching plenty of Mackerel, and watching the Seals and Dolphins.

Plenty to see and do in the area. Highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK
5

A perfect place

  • 5 of 5

This is truly a perfect place for 'get away from it all' type of holiday. A really welcoming house set in its own grounds far from the madding crowd! Spotlessly clean with everything you need, plenty of hot water, cosy log and coal burning stoves and great comfortable beds, much appreciated after a day spent hiking in the surrounding areas. I feel that the house has a real friendly character and would lend itself over to whoever stays there.

The views of the sea and surrounding hills are stunning from the lounge and dining room through to all bedrooms. Leave the windows open and you can hear the waves lapping and on a clear moonlit night the moon reflecting on the water is stunning.

If you like walking, history, good food and beautiful scenery this is the place to stay. We had some delightful and interesting walks during the week in the mountains behind Balmacara, and around Glenelg, Skye, Applecross and Sheldaig. We encountered some stunning scenery ranging from deep dark lochs, emerald green forests through to bright blue seas both during our walks and car journeys.

Eating out was a delight with the Plockton Inn, at the pretty village of Plockton nearby, serving some great fish dishes and the cream tea at the Plockton Hotel was scrumptious! The Tingle Creek Hotel in Lochalsh served great fish and chips and had very friendly staff. Glenelg Inn was really charming and good for food too. The Kyle of Lochalsh Hotel was good for watching the fishing boat activity over a nice glass of wine. There are many more excellent eating and drinking places within the area, just not enough time in one week to visit them all!

Delicious sirloin and venison steaks were bought from the butchers in Lochalsh, who also sell fresh fish. Try the butchers at Lochcarron for fresh tasty monkfish, scallops and Aberdeen Angus steaks. While Portree, Skye has a great fishmonger but it is closed at the weekend and on a Monday. The Coop at Lochalsh stocks everything you need.

We would definitely recommend this house and the area for a great holiday and we hope to visit again soon!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Paris area, France
5

Two lovely weeks at Blythswood

  • 5 of 5

A French couple with our grown-up daughter, we spent two wonderful weeks at Blythswood Cottage in June 2010. The house makes you feel at home, thanks to the comfort and everything which is available there. The garden is lovely and the view is just baffling. The location is secluded and quiet even though it is near the main road to Kyle of Lochalsh, which offers all facilities just 5 km away.

The house is well looked after by a lady living in Balmacara village, who was very helpful. She provided us with bedsheets and towels at quite a reasonable cost, which was appreciable as we came by air.

Blythswood is a good base for exploring Skye and the Lochalsh area, knowing that driving is slow on the secondary roads (and it has to be because the landscapes are fantastic). We still had not done all we wished to in the area when leaving. A special mention to Glenelg, its ferry and its brochs, the boat trip to Loch Coruisk and a hike over there below the Black Cuillins, the steam train from Mallaig (accessible via ferry from Skye) to Ft. William, the family memories in the castles of Eilean Donan and Dunvegan, the glass-bottom boat in Kyle, Plockton village, and a number of nice walks which are described in local guides.

We would like to mention the Glenelg Inn and the Hebridean Hotel in Broadford, both for food and the first one for its special atmosphere.

We confirm all the positive comments made earlier on this ad. Not only would we recommend the house, but we would love to return there.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Co Durham
4

Truly magical location.

  • 4 of 5

We spent a week over New Year at Blythswood Cottage, the weather was fairly extreme so it took a couple of days to warm the cottage through but after that it was very comfortable. The views are breathtaking and it's very well situtated for walking and visiting Skye. The gardens are particularly lovely. Blythswood offers a very peaceful retreat.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 12, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2009
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Buckinghamshire
5

Excellent location & even better views!

  • 5 of 5

The directions were very good, I had no problem finding the cottage (there's a longish track to access the property, & would recommend arriving in day-light, as no street lights). The views you get upon arrival are spectacular across the Loch & the Isle of Skye. I wouldn't suggest you attempt the track in a sport car.

The house is set in it's own substantial grounds & clearly the owners love flowers/plants as it's well tended. Well worth a walk through the garden - very calming after a long drive & best of all quiet - no neighbours, no traffic - absolute peace. It's surrounded by the National Trust estate which is mostly woodland that borders the property (worth a visit only a short walk down the road).

The house itself is a mature property, details are accurate - very clean and tidy, with all of the facilities you would need for a holiday - great new bathroom, cooker, microwave etc. We used the Danish stove in the lounge on a couple of evenings which warmed the room up beautifully.

I was a little surprised to be asked to take our own bed linen having used many properties via holiday-rentals in the past, but the location/views more than made up for the hassle.

You also pay for the electricity you use - we were a family of 4, & it came to £15 for the week which I didn't think was too bad - we didn't sit in the dark or not shower.

We'd stopped off in Fort William (last Morrisons) & Oban (last Tesco) for cheap fuel & supplies so we didn't arrive completely empty handed. The area is well served by the Co-Op group with a reasonably sized store in Kyle itself about 3-miles up the road. There's an even bigger store in Broadford on Skye itself - about 20-mins away.

We ate at the Seafoood Restaurant at the railway station in Kyle - good food, portions not massive, so another course req'd. The chip shop also very good if you need a quick meal (kids starving).

Other restaurants - Loch Duich Hotel (overlooks Eilean Donan castle) - good food. The 'Taste of India' just on the other side of the Skye bridge is good (btw no longer a fee to cross the bridge so eating on Skye is no problem). The Cuillin Hills Hotel, Portree is good - not a fantastic choice. great views. Good for lunch - Sligacan Hotel.

Great base for walking or sightseeing - we ventured into Skye many times, did lots of hill-walking. It was great to going to the beach/loch shore each morning with the kids.

Highly recommend this property a great base for exploring this magnificant region.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2008
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2008
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Location

Nearest Airport
140 Kilometres
Inverness
Nearest Ferry
4 Kilometres
Kyle
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Kyle
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
Car: necessary

Blythswood lies about 40 m back from the shore and faces due south overlooking Lochalsh and Skye. We are situated at the end of our own 300m private track, surrounded by the National Trust for Scotland Woodland Garden at Glaick in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The views are truly spectacular. Because of our privacy, Blythswood is a place with enormous peace and freedom and being raised up, it is nearly invisible from the shore.

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Kyle, Isle of Skye & Lochalsh

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
December
1 Dec 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£390
for 3 nights
From
£130
£530
 
 
Christmas
17 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
£650
for 5 nights
From
£130
£550
 
 
New Year
28 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
£650
for 5 nights
From
£130
£610
 
 
January
5 Jan 2017 - 31 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
£390
for 3 nights
From
£130
£490
 
 
February
1 Feb 2017 - 10 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
£390
for 3 nights
From
£130
£490
 
 
February Half Term
11 Feb 2017 - 25 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
£580
for 7 nights
£580
 
 
February
26 Feb 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
£390
for 3 nights
From
£130
£490
 
 
March
1 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£550
for 7 nights
£550
 
 
April
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£580
for 7 nights
£580
 
 
May
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£690
for 7 nights
£690
 
 
June
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£700
for 7 nights
£700
 
 
July
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£820
for 7 nights
£820
 
 
August
1 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£840
for 7 nights
£840
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Christmas and New Year Rates are High Season and are shown on our own website. Please contact us for further details. Thank you.

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100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Kyle in Scotland

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 110 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Tiled Stove
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • Recently renovated, we preserved the full size traditional enamel bath and it is surrounded with Italian travertine slabs. In addition to the off-peak hot water, there is a new power shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • The bedrooms are equipped with modern wood-slatted beds and high quality mattresses and continental duvets.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
Outside:
  • Garden
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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