Sea Wrack House on Skye is a superb new property on Isle Ornsay Bay, just 15 minutes drive from both the Skye Bridge and the Armadale car ferry. It stands just along the bay from Tides Reach, with which it shares parking (two spaces for each property), but the other house is completely screened from it, so both retain total privacy. The house is situated just a few yards from the rocky shore, and from its upstairs balcony and downstairs terrace there are the most incredible views across the Sound of Sleat to the mountains of Knoydart beyond.
Designed, furnished and equipped to a very high specification, inside it is light and airy, with lots of natural wood. There is a spacious open plan kitchen/dining room, a comfortable sitting room with wood burning stove, two double and two twin bedrooms, one with en suite facilities, and a further bathroom and a downstairs shower room. The cottage is within easy walking distance of the Eilean Iarmain Hotel, (restaurant, ceilidhs) and the Prabann na Linne Gaelic Whisky Company is also close by.
The Sleat peninsula is an uncharacteristically fertile part of the island,for which reason it is also known as 'the Garden of Skye'. It is well worth taking a ride over the tortuous single-track road to the scattered settlement of Taskavaig, where there is a little sandy beach. Here and nearby Ord, where there is another sandy beach, offer arguably the best views in all of Skye of the mighty Cuillins.
On the east coast, near the cottage, there is also a Stevenson lighthouse on the tidal Isle of Ornsay at the point. The area offers plenty of scope for walking, cycling and exploring the island by car. The nearest town is Broadford (9m, shops, restaurants, hotels). The nearest golf course is at Sconser, 22 miles away, from where it is also possible to catch the little ferry which plies back and forward to the delightful island of Raasay.
Wildlife watchers will find plenty to interest them at Sea Wrack itself, which could double as a hide for watching the birds, seals, deer and even otters at the water's edge. The best place to see otters, however, is at Kyleakin (14m), where the Bright Water Visitor Centre commemorates Gavin Maxwell of Ring of Bright Water fame. A good option for a rainy day, it offers lots of hands-on things for children to do. At Kylerhea, 4 miles down the coast from Kyleakin, there is a Forestry Commission otter hide, where you may also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of these elusive creatures.
Bed linen is INCLUDED and towels are available for hire. Heating is by wood burning stove (logs included) and oil central heating is included to the value of £20.00, any excess to be paid to the Caretaker on departure from the property.
Pets are welcome by arrangement. A householders deposit of £200 is required for all bookings. There is an i-Pod docking station. Wi-Fi is available, subject to provider. Smoking is not permitted in the house.
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