Berriedale Beach HouseGuest Rating
Just a stone's throw from the shore, Berriedale Beach House is an immaculate end-terrace cottage on the Welbeck Estate about 9 miles north of Helmsdale in Caithness.
|Sleeps: 5||Bedrooms: 3|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (1)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 1|
To reach it, you come off the A9 Inverness-Wick highway and then take a spectacular road down the cliffs past some wonderful Victorian buildings along the riverside to reach this little terrace of three houses on a short, private road to a very simple, ancient harbour and beach, overlooked by the ruins of Sinclair Castle.
The location is as unusual as it is spectacular. There is a small, fenced-off front garden separate from the house, next to the burn which created this little gorge. A suspension footbridge takes you across that to the shingle shore and behind the house rise the cliffs.
The house would originally have been built to accommodate an estate worker and it certainly wouldn't have been as beautifully presented and well-equipped as it is now. There is a large sitting room with wood-burning stove and wide-screen TV and the farmhouse-style kitchen has plenty of room for dining. Downstairs there is also a small bedroom and WC. Upstairs, are two further bedrooms (a double and a twin/double) and a particularly spacious bathroom with separate shower.
The house is fully insulated and double glazed, with the central heating, that is supplemented by the wood-burning stove, ensuring that it is kept cosy whatever the weather!
This is just the place for a family holiday. Children will enjoy playing for hours in the burn (though care should, of course, be taken both here and at the nearby harbour) while adults can relax in the little garden and enjoy the sea views, or make their way across to the shingle beach. There are two little towers (known as the Duke's Candlesticks) on the top of the hill above the cove, which would make a good destination for an evening stroll.
The cottage is conveniently placed for the A9 and there are endless opportunities for exploring here. Helmsdale, (all facilities) is a delightful little town and it is here that you will probably do essential shopping.
Further to the south are the towns of Brora (visit the famous Clynleish distillery) and Golspie (25 miles).
Just before Golspie is famous Dunrobin Castle, home of the Dukes of Sutherland for many generations and with lots of activities and interests besides the castle itself. There are sandy beaches there too, but for endless stretches of sand, a Championship golf course and a charming cathedral town, (which also has some great eating places) you cannot do better than Dornoch.
If the north beckons, then you are equally well placed for John O' Groats (42 miles), Dunnet Head, the Duncansby Stacks and the tip of the Scottish mainland. From nearby Thurso, or Gill's Bay, there are ferries across to Orkney, or you may prefer to make your way along the northernmost coast, perhaps making a round trip and returning via Kinbrace or even Altnaharra. You could even head for the northwest and the wondrous scenery of Assynt and north west Sutherland. Ullapool is also less than two and a half hours away.
Inland, there is excellent trout fishing both on the Caithness lochs of Watten, Heilan and St Johns, to name but a few, and the Sutherland lochs like Badanloch (full details of contacts for boat hire and bank permits will be available in the cottage). There are plenty of opportunities for walking in Sutherland and the two most northerly Munros (Ben Kilbreck and Ben Hope) are within an hour and a half's drive. Excellent mountain biking facilities are available near Golspie. The ingredients for a great holiday are all firmly in place at Berriedale Beach House!
Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.
Sitting room with wood burning stove, TV/DVD and CD player
Dining/Kitchen with fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier, microwave etc
WC with wash hand basin
Twin Bedroom (converts to double)
Bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC and wash hand basin
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels
- Travel Cot
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating and hot water is by biomass boiler (INCLUDED). Water is from a private source which is UV filtered and regularly tested; however (as is typical in many parts of Scotland) it can become discoloured, particularly after heavy rainfall. Guests may therefore prefer to bring bottled water to drink. WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). A maximum of 1 dog is welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 1 medium or 1 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.
The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).
- 2 Week Discount (£25)
- Save 15% - Christmas 2016 From 19/12/2016 to 27/12/2016
- Save 10% - New Year! From 27/12/2016 to 03/01/2017
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 2||Sleeps 5|
|30 Oct 2016 - 19 Dec 2016||£295.00||£365.00|
|20 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016||£595.00||£595.00|
|28 Dec 2016 - 05 Jan 2017||£595.00||£595.00|
|05 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017||£295.00||£365.00|
|11 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017||£395.00||£425.00|
|18 Feb 2017 - 03 Mar 2017||£295.00||£365.00|
|04 Mar 2017 - 07 Apr 2017||£395.00||£425.00|
|08 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017||£495.00||£495.00|
|22 Apr 2017 - 05 May 2017||£395.00||£425.00|
|06 May 2017 - 26 May 2017||£495.00||£495.00|
|27 May 2017 - 02 Jun 2017||£595.00||£595.00|
|03 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017||£495.00||£495.00|
|01 Jul 2017 - 01 Sep 2017||£595.00||£595.00|
|02 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017||£495.00||£495.00|
|23 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017||£395.00||£425.00|
|14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017||£495.00||£495.00|
|28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017||£295.00||£365.00|
|21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017||£595.00||£595.00|
|28 Dec 2017 - 05 Jan 2018||£595.00||POA|
|06 Jan 2018 - 05 Jan 2019||POA||POA|
Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.
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