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Grebe Cottage

Balvicar, Isle Of Seil, Argyll & The Isles (Ref. 1002290)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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38 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage with everything you could possibly need."

    Communication with the owner was spot on. I would thoroughly recommend a stay at Grebe Cottage.

    Thank you, Alison, for your feedback which is much appreciated. Really glad that you enjoyed your stay at Grebe Cottage and great that you have recommended it to others. Although we are not based near to the property, we try our best to add a personal touch to your stay, with an email full of helpful hints and tips before your stay. We are also very much contactable throughout your stay and proactive if there are any issues. I know there was a small issue with the fridge during your stay which I am pleased we could sort out quickly for you. We very much want our guests to enjoy their time at the property without any worries. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlisonJun 2022

  • "Fabulous cottage!"

    The location was great for our two boys aged 9 and 11, backing on to the football field. The house was spotless, very well equipped and homely. The local information provided was excellent! We know the area well so had a fantastic week visiting our favourite beaches and we enjoyed trips to Oban, Easdale and local walks. We did a Seafari trip to Iona and Staffa which was excellent, we saw a dolphins in the harbour at Ellenabeich and a minke whale on the way back which was a great bonus.

    Hi Catherine. Thank you so much! The cottage is very well positioned for children - the football field and playground are just over the tramway at the back of the cottage. Seafari offer a range of trips from the village - the Iona/Staffa trip must have been amazing and great that you saw some good wildlife - children (and adults!) love going out on the ribs with Seafari and getting wet on the Corryvreckan whirlpool! There have been many sightings this spring of a pod of dolphins around Ellenabeich and Easdale, so future guests keep your eyes peeled. We are really pleased that you had a great half-term break and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CatherineMay 2022

  • "Property was of the highest standard."

    Absolutely faultless. Everything sensible thing you would need. Good communication with the owner. Lots of information about local trips, outings and walks. Would definitely recommend to others. Peaceful and remote - so a little forward planning might be required for supplies and any special personal needs. When the weather breaks, the scenery is spectacular. If you want to get away from the “madding crowd” the location is ideal. The highlight of our trip was the drama and singing performance by local people at the community hall.

    Thank you so much Paul for your feedback. We are so glad that you had a good week up in Ellenabeich and totally made up with your description of "absolutely faultless". The weather has been a bit hit and miss for the past few weeks. I often find the best days are the ones with sunshine and showers - the scenery looks fresh after some rain and when the sun breaks through you often get some fantastic light and skies. The village shop in Balvicar (2 miles) is quite well stocked for its size as I found out the other week when I forgot something that I thought I would have to go into Oban for - but no, Balvicar stores came up trumps! There is an active community on Seil so always worth checking out what is on at the hall - it is only a 2 minute walk from the cottage. Thank you, Paul, once again and we look forward to welcoming you back for a future visit. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulMay 2022

  • "The cottage was beautiful, very clean and well equipped."

    The kitchen had a great selection of crockery, cutlery and utensils which was greatly appreciated. The dish washer was a welcome bonus. Bed linen and towels were of a good quality, the bed was really comfy. The back garden was beautiful as too was the location. There was nothing I would change.

    Jo, thank you very much for your feedback. We are absolutely thrilled by your comment "there was nothing I would change". It must mean we are doing something right! I agree with the comfy bed - when I was up there the other week I slept like a log - it is definitely a bed you can snuggle up in and get warm and comfy! We look forward to welcoming you back for a future visit. Thank you once again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JoMay 2022

  • "What a lovely cottage in an ideal location."

    Very well equipped, clean, comfy, warm and inviting, and has everything you could possibly need. The sea is a stones throw from the back door the hills and dramatic cliff faces are on your front doorstep. Miles enough from anywhere to feel like you have properly escaped, but half an hour to Oban should you need to get back amongst the hustle of a busy place. We've had a lovely time relaxing, walking the dog and generally winding down and having some well earned "us time"

    Thank you so much Tony for your great feedback. We are glad that you were able to have some time to relax and enjoy the surroundings - it really is a good place to come to unwind and escape. I am writing this response from Grebe Cottage where I am staying this week myself and all I can hear are the waves, the wind(!) but more than anything the birds singing in the garden where we have some fledgling sparrows just ventured out of their nest this week! We look forward to welcoming you back for some more rest and relaxation in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by TonyApr 2022

  • "Although this is a terraced property, it was very quiet and private."

    The cottage was very well equipped and comfortably furnished. We had everything we needed and more besides. Housekeeping standards were excellent. The owners were happy to be contacted with any queries and responded very quickly and effectively when we got in touch. The only down side (or is it an advantage?) is the very patchy mobile reception in the village but that is just how it is in this remote community. This is a property that we would be very happy to return to.

    Thank you so much Helen for your great feedback - we look forward to welcoming you back. We get around the mobile phone reception issue by using wi-fi calling when in the property but I know that this isn't accepted on all phones or networks. It is good sometimes to be able to go out and enjoy the surroundings knowing that your mobile phone won't go off! Property Owner

    Reviewed by HelenApr 2022

  • "The cottage had everything that we needed for our holiday."

    We had an excellent stay and are really happy that we picked Grebe Cottage for our Easter break. We would recommend this cottage to others as it’s in an lovely part of Scotland.

    We are so pleased, Stuart, that you enjoyed your Easter break at Grebe Cottage. It is in a beautiful part of Scotland - we love being surrounded by the sea and all the islands around. Thank you ever so much for your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by StuartApr 2022

  • "Had a great break."

    A beautiful cottage in a beautiful spot. Has all the bits and pieces you will need and the fire (which is very easy to use and to clean) makes it so cosy. Only slight complaint is that the 9am leaving time is a bit too early.

    Thank you Lynn for your great feedback. The wood burner has certainly proved popular in the autumn and winter months. We are going to look into the possibility of a later leaving time from the property - it is driven by availability for the changeover but we will see if there is something we can sort out in this regard. We will look forward to welcoming you back if you wish to visit Ellenabeich in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LynnMar 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in a beautiful area"

    Linda, thank you very much for your feedback. Really glad you had a good stay and enjoyed the cottage and the surroundings. We will look forward to welcoming you back should you wish to return. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LindaMar 2022

  • "Our 2nd trip to Grebe Cottage and we loved it just as much as the first time."

    The loveliest cottage in such a beautiful part of Scotland. We will definitely return again

    Lucy, thank you - you were our second guests when we started to rent out the cottage in 2019 and now in 2022 you have been our first returnees which is such a great endorsement of the cottage. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay as much as the first time and look forward to welcoming you back. You have clearly fallen in love with the area which isn't surprising as it is a beautiful part of Scotland! Property Owner

    Reviewed by LucyMar 2022

  • "February week break together (my pet poodle came too) and had to get straight onto review it… this rental is simply 5-STAR!"

    The cottage is beautiful, set in a lovely location, an easy short drive to Oban and the surrounding area and from Oban, a relatively short ferry to the Isle of Mull too. The cottage is a very short walk to the Oyster Bar pub where there is always a fire roaring, or a short drive to the Tigh an Truish Inn where food is superb. It is situated in the heart of the nicest village on the island. Shops, even a corner store, are few and far between but we knew this before we arrived so we stocked up on all essentials before arriving. The cottage is really pretty. Rooms are stunning, two lovely bedrooms and the outdoor rear garden is lovely too. Facilities are top rate including superb internet connectivity. We’ve stayed in some really gorgeous rentals in the UK and USA over the years but this is something special. The hosts communication make what is a very good rental into an amazing experience, top rate and great travel tips too! Their attention to detail is simply superb. The welcome pack inc. tons of logs for the fire, guides and books to read, CDs to listen to… the list is endless. All facilities are sharp, and in tip top condition, no worn out novels and guide books here, all is perfect. If you have stayed in 5-star rentals before come to Grebe Cottage on the Isle Of Seil, and see what 5-star really looks like!

    Thank you so much Anthony for your fantastic feedback. We are made up that you had such a good week at Grebe Cottage. We love the cottage and try our very best to make sure that our guests have a great experience. Every time we visit something gets replaced, tweaked or added to ensure that the cottage stays fresh and our housekeeper does such a good job at looking after the property for us. So glad you appreciated it. We would love to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AnthonyFeb 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage, well maintained and modern feel."

    Loved our stay.

    Thank you Paul for your great feedback. Really glad you had a lovely stay. We would love to welcome you back should you decide to return to Ellenabeich. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulJan 2022

  • "What an absolute gem this place is!"

    The cottage is clean, cosy, comfortable & has everything you could possibly need for a chilled out week away.

    Thank you Louise for your lovely feedback. Glad you had a relaxing week at the cottage. We would like to wish you and all of our guests all the very best for this festive season and for a happy and healthy 2022. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LouiseDec 2021

  • "The cottage was fantastic all the little thoughtful extras like dog bowls, towels and blankets."

    Clean, good instructions for all equipment, very efficient wood burner and an extremely comfortable bed. Suggested walks, maps, guidebooks etc. Personal email from owners so helpful. I definitely hope to return. The only very small negative was no cupboard space for my food and luckily I had been warned about tiny amount of freezer space. Meal at The Oyster Bar was excellent.

    Thank you Janet for your feedback which is much appreciated. Glad you had a good week and we would love to welcome you back. We are up at the cottage this week and have re-arranged the cupboards to make some additional space for food. Our new front and back doors have also been fitted this week - they are looking really good and it has made a massive difference to the back door so I will no longer have to warn people about its issues in my welcome email! Property Owner

    Reviewed by JanetNov 2021

  • "A fabulous cottage in a great location."

    The cottage was very clean and comfortable and well equipped. The information provided by the owner was very good too.

    Thank you ever so much for your great feedback, Rhona. So glad you had a good week in Ellenabeich. We would love to welcome you back should you decide to holiday here again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RhonaNov 2021

  • "Cottage clean,cozy and well stocked."

    Bed comfy and nice bathroom. Other than the fridge there was no cupboard space for food, if we had been a four it would have been differcult to store everything. Considered another stay next year in August but at £1300 for a week you have to be joking, exorbitant and not worth it.

    Thank you for your feedback which is always appreciated. We are glad that overall you enjoyed your time at Grebe Cottage and were thinking of rebooking - we would love to welcome you back. We have provided a very well stocked kitchen which guests appreciate, but due to the smaller size of the kitchen this does compromise on space for food storage. There is normally sufficient space for the week for food including for four people. However the cupboards do seem to get rearranged over time. We are at the cottage ourselves next week so will rearrange the cupboards to free up more space. Re the prices for next year these are set by Sykes with reference to other similar cottages in the area for the time of year. No doubt market forces will dictate whether or not these prices are reasonable. We have given Sykes the authority to discount the prices if weeks remain unbooked nearer to the time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AnneOct 2021

  • "Could not fault the cottage ,one of the best we have stayed in."

    Cleanliness and comfort superb, quality of furniture, furnishings and kitchen equipment all to high standard. Unfortunately the weather was pretty awful all week so would love to go back again in the summer . We left a day early as it would have been very difficult to leave by 9am , as my husband does not keep good health. It is not a criticism but it may be something to think about giving people in our situation a little longer. Thanks for such a beautiful cottage in a lovely place.

    Reviewed by EileenOct 2021

  • "Perfect cottage and location, will probably book again."

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2021

  • "This is a fabulous cottage - one of the best we've ever stayed in for decor and equipment."

    So comfortable and lots of extra touches. Tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tabs and washing machine tabs and lots of little extras. So much thought and care has gone into it. If I could give it 6 stars I would. The area is incredibly peaceful though the Clachan Bridge is a bit scary first time over. The Oyster Bay bar really nice and the option to take a wildlife tour RIB boat ride from the village is well worth it. Just book it you won't regret it.

    Reviewed by LindaSep 2021

  • "The location was excellent with plenty of outdoor activities available right from the cottage."

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage with everything you could need in it."

    Spotlessly clean & very comfortable. Beautiful village and local people all very friendly & helpful.

    Reviewed by MatthewJun 2021

  • "Absolute gem."

    Fantastic cottage in a beautiful location. The cottage was so well equipped with everything you could wish for and more. Would recommend a little evening stroll to the local.. The Oyster Bar, lovely, friendly staff, great place to watch the sunset. Also recommend Seafari which sets sail from the local harbour by the pub. Lots of beautiful walks just on your doorstep. Such a peaceful and relaxing place can’t recommend it enough .

    Reviewed by JanetMay 2021

  • "Grebe Cottage is extremely well-appointed, stylish, comfortable and was thoughtfully equipped with everything we needed for our stay."

    The location is beautiful, with lots to do practically from the doorstep. Highly recommended and we are already dreaming of a return visit to Ellenabeich.

    Reviewed by NicolaMay 2021

  • "Fantastic stay - charming little house in the most wonderful little village."

    Spotlessly clean with everything you could possibly need. Front door was sometimes a little tricky to open but otherwise everything was perfect. Can’t wait to return!

    Reviewed by MelissaMay 2021

  • "Front door lock is difficult to open."

    Toilet push flush button very stiff and difficult to press down. Very well equipped, everything you would need when away from home.

    Reviewed by StuartMay 2021

  • "Such a lovely holiday, the locals were so friendly and the area is beautiful."

    The cottage was perfect, very cosy and close to local areas of interest.

    Reviewed by LaurenOct 2020

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    Everything in the cottage is of a high quality, that and the attention to detail made us feel quite at home. It’s a little gem in a truly breathtaking location. As we had an absolutely stunning week of hot weather, which of course can’t be guaranteed, the only downside for me was not having a garden seat, which apparently is not allowed at the moment. Although the picnic table was used. I would not hesitate to recommend this property and hope to return.

    Reviewed by BrianAug 2020

  • "Great location and well equipped cottage."

    Reviewed by ValerieAug 2020

  • "A very clean and comfortable cottage with everything you could possibly need and so quiet and peaceful."

    The local pub and restaurant is only a very short walk from the cottage. An Cala gardens are worth a visit and SeaFari adventures do amazing wildlife trips from Ellenabeich.

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2020

  • "Lovely self-catering cottage."

    Well positioned close to the beach. I was staying with a friend and as such had searched for a 2 bedroom property for 2 adults on Luckily we arrived slightly early and the cottage was still being prepared otherwise it was assumed we were a couple and only the double bed would have been made!

    Reviewed by NickAug 2020

  • "Had a fantastic time in this beautiful cottage with an outstanding location."

    The owners were great and extremely helpful. If it wasn't booked out I'd be back again this year. It was a little week of my dream life!

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2020

  • "We had a wonderful holiday on the stunning island of Seil."

    We had something different to go every day. Experiences to recommend include visiting local gardens, ferry trips to Easdale and Luing, Seafari (wonderful and thrilling), walking on the hills and eating at the Oyster bar and at T and T. We even had time to also read and relax! The perfect haven after lockdown and the madness of 2020!

    Reviewed by JuliaJul 2020

  • "A beautiful cottage and extremely warm and comfortable even during the stormy week we had while staying there."

    It was perfect for a relaxing break away from it all.

    Reviewed by JohnFeb 2020

  • "Grebe Cottage was exactly as advertised."

    ...a beautiful cosy and comfortable cottage, very well presented to a high standard in a stunning location. Very comfortable beds, fresh and clean modern interior with some nice touch's The local pub restaurant, which is dog friendly, made us very welcome, and the food was good. The heritage centre was worth a visit. Highly recommend for those looking for a quite retreat of the beaten track.

    Reviewed by TaniaDec 2019

  • "Great Location some nice touch’s like OS maps of the area along with suggested walks."

    Comfortable beds and decor was to a high standard.

    Reviewed by IanOct 2019

  • "Brilliantly equipped and finished little cottage in a stunning setting."

    Reviewed by StephenOct 2019

  • "Fresh, clean smell, and coordinated modern interior made us feel Immediately relaxed and welcome."

    The ability to leave the car parked for the 4 days and explore by kayak, bike and foot made the location absolutely perfect. Having a friendly restaurant / pub by the harbour made the evenings very sociable and gave us the option not to cook after a strenuous day. Absolutely perfect.

    Reviewed by RoyOct 2019

  • "A beautiful cottage in a stunning location."

    We had the most relaxing week in this lovely cottage. It was a real home from home with all the things we could have needed. A lovely pub near by which is dog friendly and a short drive in to Oban. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a completely relaxing break.

    Reviewed by LucySep 2019

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove (starter pack included)
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Smart TV with access to Netflix or Amazon Prime, a DAB+/FM Bluetooth internet stereo all-in-one smart music system with Spotify connect
  • Superfast broadband WiFi
  • Books and games
  • High chair available
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Enclosed lawned garden with shed, barbecue and seating area
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 0.1, Shop 0.1, Restaurant 0.1, Coast 0.1 & Beach 0.1miles

The property

Balvicar 1.9 miles.

This quaint, mid-terrace cottage is situated in a remote location, in the small village of Ellenabeich, near Balvicar on the Isle of Seil, Scotland.

Internally, the property has been renovated to provide a contemporary base for couples, friends and small families looking for a rural retreat in the peaceful countryside.

Look forward to spending your evening in the open-plan living space, curled up with your loved ones and catching up with your favourite shows.

The Smart TV enables people to watch TV, TV on demand and also stream from the likes of Netflix or Amazon Prime.

The all-in-one music system allows for connectivity to phones, ipods and to streaming services such as Spotify if people have an account.

The kitchen has everything you could need to rustle up a delicious meal for the whole family, to be enjoyed at the dining area over a well-deserved glass of wine, with a convenient dishwasher so you barely have to lift a finger to wash up!

The property benefits from two well-presented bedrooms, both of which rest on the ground floor, comprising of a king-size and twin.

Both bedrooms have a range of quality furnishings to store your personal items, with access to a family bathroom where you can enjoy a long soak in the tub after a tiring day.

Use the enclosed garden area to the rear for sitting out in the afternoon sun with a refreshing beverage and enjoy a spot of alfresco dining.

This lovely rural area of the Isle of Seil provides an escape to a peaceful location with plenty of trails for walking and cycling.

Just over two miles away is the Isle of Seil Golf Club for those sporty types, with easy access to the coast and a number of lakes and rivers for all manner of watersporting activities, including fishing, sailing and kayaking.

For garden enthusiasts, all 20 Glorious Gardens of Argyll and Bute are within easy reach of the property.

An Cala garden is only a 2 minute walk from the cottage.

Further afield is the resort town of Oban, which offers a large selection of pubs and restaurants for that fine dining experience, whilst the centre also offers a choice of shops and supermarkets for all of your amenities.

Discover a number of historical attractions, including McCaig's Tower, which dates back to the 19th century and provides panoramic views across Oban Bay.

Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds and guided tours of Oban Distillery are two of the many attractions available in Oban.

Return to Grebe Cottage for a relaxing evening with your loved ones in this contemporary dwelling.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Oban 14 miles.

The village of Balvicar is found on Seil, the most northerly of the Slate Islands, attached to the Scottish mainland by the Clachan Bridge, built in 1793 and now famously known as the 'Bridge over the Atlantic' as it spans the narrow strip of ocean. This is a very peaceful and tranquil area, with an abundance of wildlife and spectacular scenery which is wonderful for walking, birdwatching, cycling, boating and fishing. Balvicar's village shop and post office boast a wide range of groceries, newspapers, fishing tackle for sale and golf clubs for use at the adjacent Golf Club. The two other inhabited slate islands, Easdale and Luing, are reached by a small passenger ferry and a car ferry respectively. Not to be missed are the high adrenaline boat trips by Sea-fari and the more sedate trips by Sealife Adventures, which offer a wide range of marine eco-tours that include visits to the Gulf of Corryvreckan, home of the world's third largest whirlpool, whale and dolphin watching as well as the chance to spot basking sharks and a wealth of seabirds.

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