The Old Post Office
Kylesmorar, Loch NevisGuest Rating
According to Norman, (of whom more later) grown men have been known to cry when they have to leave Kylesmorar at the end of their stay here. And you can quite believe it, for Loch Nevis or 'The Loch of Heaven' in Gaelic must surely be one of the most remarkable and unforgettable holiday destinations imaginable.
|Sleeps: 4/5||Bedrooms: 2|
|Changeover Day: Fri||Pets Allowed: Yes (3)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 1|
Accessible only by boat, the estate lies east of Mallaig on the west coast of Scotland, on the remote shores of Loch Nevis, round which no roads run. Once a thriving crofting community, the original inhabitants are long gone but from the former crofting township however, three principal buildings, The Bothy/Schoolhouse and the Old Post Office, have been spectacularly converted into holiday homes using local craftsmen and materials. They now offer most comfortable and beautifully appointed accommodation furnished with great style and originality. Each stands just a few yards from the water's edge, nestling right at the foot of some on Scotland's most majestic mountains.
You reach Kylesmorar via the friendly little ferry from Mallaig. It will drop you at Tarbet (over the side into an estate boat, so you have to be fairly nimble!) and you'll then be taken onward for the 5 minute passage round the headland to Kylesmorar itself. Tenants are also welcome to bring their own boats and make use of the jetty and visitor mooring at Kylesmorar at their own risk.
This is the ultimate place to chill. You can curl up in front of a roaring log fire, take leisurely strolls along the beach, perhaps picking up a few shellfish for lunch as you go, while the resolutely active can tackle some of the Munros in the area. Weather permitting, there will be the chance of a scheduled lift with the Estate boat to one of three spots that serve as the starting points of some lovely walks, or to Inverie on the Knoydart peninsula, where you could have lunch at the local pub or tearoom, before getting the afternoon ferry back to Tarbet.
The Old Post Office has now been completely renovated and refurbished and, just a few yards from the water's edge, has uninterrupted views over Loch Nevis to the Skye Cuillins. Inside this traditonal whitewashed cottage the spacious sitting room has exposed beams, stone walls and a cosy log-burning stove. This room opens on to a farmhouse-style dining kitchen with a large pine table and oil-fired stove, while upstairs there are double and twin bedrooms, both of which face the water. A shower room with power shower completes the accommodation. There is an extra fold-down cabin bed above the staircase!
Please note that there are no shops on Kylesmorar and provisions should be brought in with you. Mobile reception is very patchy indeed; however you will be provided with a two-way radio receiver, so that you can contact your hosts at any time with any queries or problems.
The friendly crew on the ferry which brings you over from Mallaig set the tone for the people you will encounter during your stay, and it only gets better.
You will be greeted by Mandz, who looks after your comfort here and tends the thriving vegetable gardens, or Norman, who just seems to know everything and do everything that needs doing in terms of repairs, upkeep of boats and matters mechanical. They are now ably assisted by Tom, who having spent two summers helping Norman, now works on the Estate full-time.
All three are based round the headland at Tarbet, but are happy to help at any time. Your other neighbours will be Babe and Mac, the two magnificent pigs who live on the lochside. Babe usually has a litter of enchanting piglets in tow and is the friendliest animal imaginable, always ready for a chat (yes, really!) and to have her back and ears scratched.
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/(no reception)/DVD and CD player and i-Pod dock
Dining kitchen with oil fired stove, fridge-freezer etc.
Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is by common generator and inverter system (INCLUDED). Heating is by radiators powered by the oil stove (INCLUDED) and wood-burning stove (fuel INCLUDED). A maximum of 3 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (2 large, 2 medium or 3 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).
- Save 5% - Half Term 2017 From 10/02/2017 to 16/02/2017
Changeover Day: Fri
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 5|
|10 Feb 2017 - 16 Feb 2017||£680.00|
|03 Mar 2017 - 06 Apr 2017||£680.00|
|07 Apr 2017 - 20 Apr 2017||£735.00|
|21 Apr 2017 - 04 May 2017||£680.00|
|05 May 2017 - 25 May 2017||£735.00|
|26 May 2017 - 01 Jun 2017||£790.00|
|02 Jun 2017 - 29 Jun 2017||£735.00|
|30 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017||£790.00|
|01 Sep 2017 - 21 Sep 2017||£735.00|
|22 Sep 2017 - 12 Oct 2017||£680.00|
|13 Oct 2017 - 26 Oct 2017||£735.00|
|06 Jan 2018 - 05 Jan 2019||POA|
|06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020||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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Amazing location, amazing holiday
This is such an amazing place to stay. It's beautiful and Norman and co are incredibly gelpful. We'll be going back. Ple...Read More
Simply the best
A little part of paradise.
my second visit, cant wait to get back next year, I want to book it for the next ten years,