|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
A charming traditional stone built crofters cottage modernised on the inside giving a feeling of light and space. A narrow spiral stair case leads to a balconied sleeping platform with twin beds. Downstairs is open plan with a kitchen/dining area to the right, a small passageway leading to a bathroom/shower in the middle and a sitting area with a large double sofa bed to the left. Wood burning/solid fuel stoves stand at either end and there are night storage heaters in both downstairs areas. The kitchen area is open to the ceiling giving a feeling of space and light.
We took over Wester Doune Cottage as a ruin way back in the late 70's. Renovated it over a period of 5 years and finally started using it as a holiday home in the mid 80's. My grandmother was from Strathoykel (the cottage next to mine) and so the family returned every summer for holidays.
I moved to Strathoykel permanently 4 years ago and was living in the cottage until last August when I moved into a new house.
Margaret Holroyd purchased this cottage in 1979
There is something about Strathoykel that is timeless. Few changes have taken place here over the last century. It has an unspoilt quality about it. The cottage is on a single track road which ends about a mile to the west. Postie is sometimes the only vehicle to be seen on a daily basis.
The tranquility. The slow pace of everyday life giving one time to think, reflect on what matters and to dream. It is totally relaxing. It also lies in the heart of beautiful unspoilt country with plenty of interesting places to visit and a great mixture of activities to enjoy. Simply watch the herons, oyster catchers, buzzards and osprey patrol the river
Beautiful cottage in the centre of northern Scotland, the north, east and west coast are relatively close-by. Both the coasts and the cottage come with spectaculair views. Close to Bonar Bridge and Lairg. The cottage was very clean and properly maintained. Complete with a washing machine, refrigerator with freezer and a very lovely, friendly and hospitable landlady Margaret who lives close-by. It comes with two fireplaces, one in the sitting room and one in the kitchen. Plenty of firewood to chop in the shed, which you reach by crossing this ridiculously idyllic little stream that runs to the side of the cottage. Make sure to drop by the Achness Hotel in Rosehall for good company and the best Indian Pale Ale.
9/10, would definitely recommend. It's a 9/10 because we couldn't stay any longer. Will definitely come back soon.
P.S. Mind the sheep. Don't come to Scotland if you don't like sheep, whether it be for supper or for petting.
Strathoykel lies between Ullapool on the West Coast and Dornoch on the East Coast. There are many places of interest in the area with golfing, forest walks, biking and cycle routes, fishing, bird watching, salmon leaps. Wester Doune Cottage is situated on the south side of the River Oykel 2 miles west of Rosehall. It can be approached turning left off the A837, over a Bailley Bridge. At the top of the hill turn right towards Brae for 1.5 miles.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
The rent for one week is £350. A deposit of £75 is required initially to secure the booking. The remaining rent of £275 is payable 6 weeks before the start of the rental period. The cottage should be left in a clean and tidy state. If not, any damage to the property or its contents will be charged in addition to the rent on departure.