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  • 6 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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12 Customer Reviews

  • "Perfect for our weekend stay - very comfortable beds"

    Reviewed by Karon5.0May 2024

  • "This place has great potential and the location is good."

    However its on a path to a shop and so passerbys often look in, curbing the privacy. Things were broken (toilet, blind, furniture, crockery), and everything needs a very good clean - we had to deep clean it upon arrival to make it liveable, with what we had. There was old food in the freezer and cupboards, stained cups and possibly damp in one bedroom. Really unacceptable state. The owner contacted us earlier in the day to explain how to access the key which was helpful, he told us then about one toilet not working - it would have been helpful to know in advance one toilet was not working (without the excuse that plumbers are hard to come by) as one working bathroom between 6 is not OK and we may have reconsidered staying. We won't be back to this let.

    Reviewed by Jen1.9Mar 2024

  • "This is a great spot - it is quirky and lived in, which is what we all enjoyed about it."

    It is really convenient - walking distance to the ferry, the beach (great for dog walks), shops, pubs and the Co-op across the road is handy for all those things you forget. It has a maze of rooms which bring privacy, with the lounge as the meeting point. Mitch is great and accommodated our upside down travel plans. I would recommend this for families with teens, those travelling with dogs, or the muddy outdoor adventurer.

    Reviewed by Kerryn4.1Dec 2023

  • "I would only suggest you put up net curtains up in the living room and kitchen ..."

    I would only suggest you put up net curtains up in the living room and kitchen with the amount of people who go into the shop next door

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Aug 2023

  • "Excellent location lovely accommodation all on one level so no stairs."

    Only downside to the property is there is no washing machine which is a hindrance. Apart from that it was lovely and we have booked again for 2024

    Reviewed by Glyn4.1Jul 2023

  • "Didn't appear to have been cleaned, dead woodlice and woodlouse powder in bedrooms, constant sound of running water from under floor, we even had 3 Scottish Water engineers around but this was just to find the external stopcock."

    What a let down, not as advertised. Tried to find the complaint section on Sykes website to upload photos to them to no avail.

    Reviewed by Gavin1.9May 2023

  • "The cottage is a great location for shops walking, SUP and pizza parlour but the landlord needs get the mains water leak sorted ASAP, the bubbling sounds was annoying."

    The cottage was great for dogs and I would stay again but the water problem needs fixing. Great holiday!

    Reviewed by Will3.1May 2023

  • "Nice and homely place to stay, we really enjoyed our stay and would recommend to anyone."

    Reviewed by James4.4Apr 2023

  • "Property Reference 1109921 Portland, Brodick, Isle of Arran."

    We have just returned from a 2 week stay at the above property and I feel I must air my complaints to you about the state of the place. The kitchen....The oven, dishwasher, microwave and fridge were what can only be described as disgustingly dirty and had, obviously, not had a clean in weeks or even months. The first thing that hit you as you entered the property was the damp smell and how extremely cold it was. I had to deep clean all appliances (except the toaster – which was broken) and proceed to wash every item of crockery, glassware, pots and pans and cutlery and also wash out the cupboards. Lots of the pyrex type plates were badly chipped and we could only use 2 or 3 of them. There were several items that I would have expected to be there which were missing ie tongs, paring knife and a baking tray. A filthy dish cloth and well used sponge /scourer were left on the brown stained sink. The lounge.... Not so bad, apart from the tub chairs both have wobbly legs, the furniture is well used and the soft furnishings were much in need of a good wash/clean. I found bottle tops, peanuts and other detrious in between the cushions on the sofa. Bedroom 1 (with patio doors)...The main bugbear (pardon the pun) was that around a dozen or so wood lice appeared every evening between 8.00 pm and 11.00 pm, which I had to deal with. This left me having difficulty sleeping, wondering if more were going to arrive as I lay there. The corrugated plastic roof over the lean to attached to the bedroom needs fixing as it rattles away with any wind and it is very dirty. The patio furniture below it can only be described as being fit for the tip...disgusting! There are two bedside rugs that are smelly and feel damp to add to the misery. Second double bedroom....Carpet edges have not seen a cleaner for some time, the bed should carry a warning to watch your legs as it has sharp wooden corners and very little room to get from one side of the room to the other. The bedroom window could not be opened and the room smelt quite musty. Single bedroom (with the step down) ....Wallpaper hanging off the walls, very musty smell and that window could not be closed. 2nd Single room......Should carry a health warning as the smell of mold was overpowering. Shower room.... Very smelly, and very dirty flooring and the toilet seat tries to throw you off when you use it. There were also visiting wood lice present here. Lack of anything to stand soap, shampoo, gel etc on and slippy shower floor, with no shower mat to help prevent slipping. Bathroom.... The bath was so dirty and streaked and could not be used until I gave it several goings over with ciff cleaner. I would also question the light sockets as being unsafe, and probably not allowed in a bathroom. The toilet seat in here was not even attached (husband managed to fix it). I spent a considerable amount of money on cleaning products, scrubbing brush, dusters, J. Cloths, scourers, brillo pads, shower mats, shower caddy, Toaster, iron (which I would thought was a necessary item), and coat hangers (as there was only 10 between all 4 bedrooms. I was also surprised that there was no hand gel available and no Guest book, which usually has important emergency contact telephone numbers, and operational manuals etc, etc. The whole place was very unwelcoming, with dust and cobwebs everywhere. The vacuum cleaner was totally full and the smell was terrible when in use and there was no kind of mop for the lino floors, so it was on hands and knees with a scrubbing brush. I suspect that Health and safety inspectors would have quite a list of items that need attention. Suggestions .....Vertical blinds for the lounge and kitchen windows as the path past them leads to a very busy hardware shop, and lots of people look in, which is not so good. A first aid kit would be a useful addition, along with other items I have mentioned. I did speak to the owner about these problems and he apologised profusely and admitted that the cleaner was ‘not very good’ and he would speak to her. He said that he did not know anything about the wood lice, and I wished that I had saved all the carcasses for him to count, which must have been well over a hundred during our 2 dismal weeks. He returned an hour or so later with more apologies and a box of chocolates for our Golden Wedding!!!! We had two friends staying with us for a couple of days and I understand that she is going to or has raised the state of the place to various official bodies and feels strongly that this holiday let needs serious attention or letting license revoked. It was actually our Golden Wedding anniversary and Arran is where we stayed on our Honeymoon 50 years ago. It is such a shame that this visit has left us only with great sadness. We would have left the island or tried to find somewhere else to stay, but being disabled and ground floor accommodation is our only option, together with there not being any ferry crossings available, due to problems with rough seas, cancelled ferries and available ferries being fully booked up. We just had to make the best of a very bad job. We feel very strongly that some sort of compensation should be considered for all we have had to endure, and hope that we get a favourable response from you. You will see from your records that we are fairly frequent customers of yours and hope that this will be taken into consideration.

    Reviewed by James1.9Mar 2023

  • "Lovely relaxing stay."

    Cottage ideally situated for exploring around town. Cottage clean and comfortable. It could do with updating and redecorating.

    Reviewed by Gail4.7Oct 2022

  • "Great place, very good value, although no views from the property only a few steps to the main Brodick street where there are spectacular views over the bay and mountains."

    Friendly owner who met us and let us into the property. Had good heating system and copious hot water! Altogether very satisfied.

    Reviewed by Philippa4.7Sep 2022

  • "All in all a great stay."

    Everything we needed and wanted. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Aug 2022

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  • Ground-floor apartment
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x double, 2 x single
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Electric panel heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking
  • Enclosed rear garden with patio and furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: There are steps to the interior and exterior of the property

The property

Set in Brodick, a harbour village in North Ayrshire, is this ground-floor apartment, Portland.

Well-positioned near local amenities and the coast, whilst boasting four bedrooms, two bathrooms, an enclosed patio, and an abundance of storage, Portland is suitable for a large group trip, welcoming six guests and two well-behaved dogs; popular walking trails and hikes are in proximity, ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.

Feel at home whilst settling into your time at Portland, featuring a well-equipped kitchen, an inviting sitting area with Smart TV in tow, plush bedding, offering flexible sleeping arrangements, and the perfect setting for alfresco dining, by travelling outdoors to your very own suntrap.

Eager to explore the village, be welcomed by an array of eateries, local businesses, and shops, to fulfil your self-catering needs; enjoy tapas at Eighteen69, brunch at Little Rock Cafe, and stock up on your must-haves at the local Co-op.

Just a short drive away, head to Brodick Castle, a 19th-century building with stunning grounds, Glen Rosa circuit, following its circular walking trail, or perhaps prepare for a hike up Goatfell, recognised as the highest point on the Isle of Arran.

Further hidden gems include Devils Punch Bowl, a recommended route for avid walkers, King's Cave, displaying both coastal and woodland views, and Drumadoon Point, offering dramatic cliff top views of the bay.

Arran Heritage Museum is also nearby, ideal for educational trips or for those who appreciate historical tours, whilst Arran Coastal Way, set over 65 miles, offers a challenging activity, enveloped by Scottish shores and hills.

Enjoy the outdoors by using Portland as your base in North Ayrshire.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £450.

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About the location


Lamlash 3.5 miles; Sannox 7.8 miles.

Brodick is recognised as the main village on the Isle of Arran, resting between Sannox and Lamlash in Scotland. It’s known for its connection to Mainland Scotland, through its bustling harbour, along with its resident castle, a previous seat of the Dukes of Hamilton. Enjoy tours of Brodick Castle, competitive afternoons at the 18-hole resident golf course, and educational trips to Arran Heritage Museum whilst visiting the village. Dining options include bistro-style dining at Crofters Arran and Cruize Bar Brasserie for a spot of lunch, while you can stock up on the essentials at the nearby Co-op. Just outside of the village, be welcomed by an array of countryside walking routes, including Devils Punch Bowl, and hikes up Goatfell Mountain, whilst travelling to Tormore will offer clifftop tours, and visits to historical landmarks, including Machrie Moor Standing Stones.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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  • Christmas