|Minimum Stay||6 - 7 nights|
Set in an isolated location of outstanding natural beauty, the cottage enjoys exceptional timeless views, which leaves one with an unshackled feeling of having left the everyday behind, and a luxurious degree of comfort and ambiance with an exceptional degree of comfort. Outdoors provides a wealth of opportunity to soak up the character of the Applecross Peninsula and indoors every modern comfort.
I live in Applecross at the south end of the Peninsula, in Applecross Manse, just beside Camusterrach Pier, which was formerly a stopping point for the MacBrayne's ferry which serviced Applecross and the Hebrides. Now the famous Beallach nan Ba road over the mountains is the main artery.
I have a croft which I use for managing my herd of Highland cattle. The cows for the most part calf on the croft from mid-May, but, to the delight of tourists, they wander the hills and are seen wandering readily. Once a year they walk to Applecross Estate and provide a rare photo opportunity as cows and weeks-old calves plunge into the Applecross River and swim to the Estate on the other side. There is a bridge but they refuse to cross it!
Dr Mark K. Stewart purchased this cottage in 1992
The property was formerly a corrugated iron Church which served the hamlets around Fearnmore. Before the First World War the population of the village approached 150, but both wars robbed the coastal villages of their menfolk and the crofting way of life fell into decline, nevertheless, the church was then an important focal point for Highland life and reflected the integrity of its people. Today there are 7 cottages in the village with two permanent residents. The Church is outside the hamlet in an isolated and elevated position.
This part of Applecross has a timeless charm beyond words. It leaves one feeling unshackled from the everyday and staggered by the moods and drama of its surroundings. One is instantly smitten.
Fearnmore Church"s charm is partly in its unique character as a romantic hideaway for two set amongst the staggering beauty of the sea and the Torridon Mountains. It's isolated position means that no other dwelling is in view from it, only mountains and sea. And it sits in its own 21 acres.
Visitors are surprised on arrival at its dimensions. Its photographs fail to convey adequately the sense of space and light, and, the outside flooding into the cottage so that one is always connected to it. It is an unconventional build modelled on the corrugated iron church which preceded it.
There is access to the shore and the old drystane harbour in the hamlet behind where otters sometimes appear.
Jesica & Baber - The peace and quiet, the views from the windows, the coal fire, the big bath with a view, fresh flowers in every room...I noticeably look healthier here, also I haven't needed any hayfeaver medication, which I always use in London. This breathtaking scenery is something that will stay with me for a lifetime and will never be beaten. No words or pictures can describe this place:you have to feel and see it for yourself.
Sheila & Alistair - Fabulous views, constantly changing. they have made us lazy and we've done a lot of sitting and staring. Best cottage ever! You are the King of Self-Catering Mark! So many thoughtful touches that we have never seen anywhere else. We have been very happy here and loved every minute. Sad to leave!
Tony and Sheena - the site of an old church seems a very appropriate place to experience a little bit of heaven. The utter peace and tranquility, watching the ever changing play of light on the mountains and loch has been wonderful.
I stayed five nights over Christmas and couldn't have picked a better place. The house is beautifully converted from what older OS maps call a mission hall. I can pay it no higher compliment than to say that if I was moving in permanently, there is little I would change. It is warm and comfortable and the kitchen is very well equipped. The large double bed is very comfortable and the bed linen good. Plenty of towels and toiletries too. Fresh roses and lilies in each room indicate a degree of care about the place and the welcome given. The location is stunning - amazing views in all directions and plentiful walking and climbing in some of the most stunning mountain and coastal scenery anywhere in the UK. Thoroughly recommended.
We had a lovely weeks break in The Church. The owner, Mark's, description of the property is accurate, if anything he undersells The Church, which we found to be absolutely delightful, it feels very spacious for two, with a large sitting room and a lovely bedroom and a really comfy bed on the mezzanine floor. The highlight for us was the coal fire and the spectacular views looking over towards the Torridon mountains. The Church was very clean and warm on our arrival and was well equipped with everything we needed for the week, including fresh flowers, toiletries and plenty of fuel for the fire.
Mark was very quick to respond to our questions before we arrived and came round on our first evening to make sure we had everything we needed.
The surrounding area is truly beautiful, with plenty of things to do, we'd recommend the boat trip from Sheildaig, when we took it we saw the resident Sea Eagle, to buy some local smoked salmon from The Applecross Smokehouse and to eat at The Walled Garden restaurant. We also visited the Applecross Heritage Centre which gave a wonderful insight into what Highland life was like hundreds of years ago, there were some lovely old photographs of local residents and we even got to try spinning wool from local sheep.
I'd definitely recommend The Church and the whole area of Applecross.
If you're a wildlife lover, you'll enjoy the nightly visits from a Pine Marten which came to eat the nuts and peanut butter we put out for it.
Glen and Sara
The shore is 300m from the cottage and within the site.
2 hours drive to Inverness airport or to Inverness Railway station and bus terminal.
40 minutes drive to the railway station at strathcarron.
Applecross House and facilities 13 miles.
Applecross Inn and local facilities 14.5 miles.
For links to local facilities and other tourist information please consult the cottage web site at www.ApplecrossCottages.com
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Booking may be by arranged email using the booking's page of the cottage web site : www.ApplecrossCottages.com.
A deposit is required for a reservation within 56 days of the commencement of the holiday. Otherwise the full amount.
Changeover day is Saturday.
Notes on prices:
The cottage rental prices range from £585 to £750. Full details are available from the 'bookings' page of the website.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.