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Croft No. 11

Kensaleyre near Portree, Fort William, Isle of Skye & The Western Isles (Ref. 918991)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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11 Customer Reviews

  • "Cottage fulfilled our needs, great outdoor space and enclosed for dogs."

    Bathrooms small and cramped, but plenty of hot water, bath towels way too small. Stairs very creaky, wake everybody up when using them. Kitchen not the best equipped, had to wash up mugs after each use as not enough. Beds not comfy for us, but everyones opinions are different on this subject. Could do with a dvd player and a music system. Settees very comfy once you get down to them, and hard work to get out of, wouldnt reccommend them for anyone with a bad back. Despite all this the cottage was adequate, it just wasnt home from home, which i guess does happen with holiday cottages.

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2021

  • "Cottage overall is very comfortable although some attention to detail was missing for the price paid."

    Cottage overall was nice and clean, although bedding in king size bedroom was dirty, full of hairs and didn’t smell fresh! Towels also had hairs on. No spare bedding or towels which was a shame as needed to wash ours due to hairs on both towels & bedding. Kitchen overall well equipped although missing scissors and pizza cutter. Garden fantastic, safe and large for our small dogs. Location was excellent, loved the area and very close to Portree. Shower upstairs was very small, be mindful if you are a larger person although bathroom overall was clean. Living room very comfortable and TV was good. Felt that during COVID times, cleaning needed to be improved, dust and cobwebs around light fittings and in wardrobes. Overall utility room / kitchen was great. Enjoyed having a dishwasher and washing machine. Would recommend the cottage overall but did feel that extra cleaning was needed for the price. Parking is available and safe. Skye is a wonderful island, enjoyed visiting Raasay and all around Skye. Wonderful holiday overall. Would book Croft Number 11 again in 2021 but hope cleaning would be increased between guest visits. You cannot recycle glass at the property although glass recycling is available at the COOP at Portree.

    Reviewed by CharlotteAug 2021

  • "We were completely happy with the location."

    Although it was directly on a main road, it was generally only very busy when the Uig ferry was due or had just arrived. The view from the property was stunning, large garden which was fenced all the way around. The cottage was nicely decorated and furnished. The thing that we were most disappointed with was the cleanliness. On first appearances it appeared very clean, however, I don't think the downstairs bath had been cleaned very well. The plug hole was very rusty and there was a dead insect and hairs in the bath. In a previous review, it had been mentioned about the suitability of the pans for the induction hob. These pans had been removed and placed in the cupboard, but the state of the wok that was left was ,I can only describe as disgusting. It was totally unusable, the inside had been burnt on and the non stick coating was peeling.out of the five mugs that were left, two were cracked and chipped and I would not use. The oven trays that had been left in the oven were still covered in grease and had to be washed before use. Likewise with both tin openers in the drawer, they still had remains of food on them. In the lounge, there were remains of dog biscuits down the side of the sofa, obviously the cushions had not been lifted. There was also substantial amount of cobwebs next to the standard lamp in the corner, which if you had switched the light on you couldn't fail to miss as they were all inside the shade as well. There were other slight niggles, like not enough stemmed wine glasses ( there were only two) and the bedding had obviously been pulled straight from the dryer and put on the bed( it was so creased and the duvet cover on the double bed didn't fit the duvet very well) This did not detract form the comfort of the bed. All that said, would I go back? Yes I would. I'm sure all of these issues could be easily addressed and the house would have a glowing review.Things like the shower being more like a trickle in the downstairs bathroom, you can put up with, or the very small basin in the upstairs bathroom that you can hardly wash your hands in, you make do. The house itself was really lovely and very tastefully decorated, it is such a shame that the cleanliness of the kitchen let it down.

    Reviewed by ElaineAug 2021

  • "Excellent cottage for two couples in quiet and convenient location in Skye."

    Very well equipped.

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2021

  • "Beautiful & comfortable cottage in quiet surroundings with amazing scenery."

    Lovely rooms, with excellent facilities. Large enclosed garden, which was ideal for our dog. The cottage is in a good location for both Portree & other areas of interest on Skye. We'd definitely be happy to stay there again.

    Reviewed by KevinJun 2021

  • "It was wonderful."

    The house is lovely and was perfect for us. Lovely location . Really well equipped and furnished. The garden was large and very nicely looked after.

    Reviewed by RebeccaMay 2021

  • "We (family of four) had a wonderful week in Croft No."

    11. The house is very clean, comfortable and has everything one may need for their stay. The house is actually better in reality than the photos on the website show and certainly one of the best holiday cottages we’ve stayed while travelling our home country during the pandemic. It’s positioned very well for exploring the north of Skye and Portree with a decent Coop is just a short drive away. We highly recommend Croft No. 11 and hope to be back in the future.

    Reviewed by IrynaMay 2021

  • "The cottage was fresh, spacious, and well equipped."

    Kensaleyre is a good location to explore Skye. Three minor niggles - There were 3 battery clocks in the house, and each of them had a dud battery. Simple to fix. The kitchen had an induction hob, but some of the pans were not suitable for induction use. We had an issue with the downstairs loo not flushing. This deteriorated to the point where it became unusable. Sorted within 24 hours or reporting it locally, but an immediate clean-up should have been instigated, and it wasn't.

    Reviewed by PatrickOct 2020

  • "The cottage is in a great location for peace and quiet and it has every thing that you could possibly need during your stay, the cottage is very well equiped and is fresh and very well looked after."

    I had one very minor problem while I was there but following one email it was rectified the following day, so first class service.

    Reviewed by BrianAug 2020

  • "We absolutely loved Croft 11 and thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    It’s a little further out of Portree but closer to the Trotternish end of the island, which is close to Dunvegan and Coral Beach, Fairy Glen, Quiraing and Uig; all of which we recommend you visit. The house is situated near Loch Eyre, which is a tidal and can be accessed from further down the road. We brought a dingy but never got a chance to get out on it. Croft 11 is a home away from home, the beds are impeccable comfortable. We even pushed the twin beds together for our daughter and she loved the experience of sleeping in a superking bed! The kitchen was fantastically equipped with condiments and cleaning paraphernalia. The washing machine/dryer was also a great addition as well as the iron and hairdryer. The new carpets gave the house a snug and welcoming feel after a long day of exploring and hiking; the generous hallway was plenty big enough for our bags, boots and coats and the floor way easy to clean. The shower in the main bathroom had a leak and wasn’t fixed whilst we were there but the second bathroom downstairs was bigger in size and we would have used this over the smaller shower regardless. Having access to two bathrooms for our daughter (as she is three) was a bonus. The sunrise and sunsets were fabulous. The midges aren’t but that’s the just part of the deal. The road just before the Croft is a nice climb up the hill for great views and a little peak of the waterfall on the River Hautin. It is quite a steep road so wear your boots and not your Birkenstock’s like I did! There are a few bats at night so be mindful of those but they were a delight to see. The only improvement would be to have the summerhouse emptied so it could be used and possibly a swing in the garden to be able to enjoy the space a little more with children. But other than that we had a perfect stay. The patio and furniture were lovely to sit out on for breakfast as we had the most delightful weather during our stay. The owner and property manager were contactable and very friendly. There is a folder with details of places to visit which were very helpful too. It was possibly our best holiday ever and we’ve been all over the world. You’ll have a great time staying at Croft 11.

    Reviewed by SeemaAug 2020

  • "Great spacious, well-equipped cottage in a beautiful location, which is nicely situated for exploring the island and has the convenience of being close to the facilities of the main town."

    Reviewed by FionaJul 2020

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  • Over two floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size and 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin, and WC
  • Ground-floor bathroom with small bath, shower over, basin, and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Electric storage heating with 2 x electric stove-effect fires (1 x dining room, 1 x sitting room)
  • Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV, and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Large enclosed garden with lawn, patio, seating and summerhouse
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5.6 miles, pub 6.7 miles

The property

Portree 6.6 miles.

Found on the remote and unspoilt Isle of Skye within the scattered township of Kensaleyre is this wonderful detached stone cottage, Croft No 11.

Overlooking the sea-lochs of Loch Eyre and Lock Snizort, this idyllic Scottish location makes for a perfect spot for a family or group of four to embrace the outdoors and discover the wonders of the area.

Be welcomed into this delightful dwelling discovering the first room on your right to be the tranquil sitting room enjoying a blue colour scheme with the beautiful feature of a mosaic-tiled fireplace where an electric stove-effect fire adds a homely ambiance, sit here on one of the plush teal sofas to wind down with a film on the widescreen TV, whilst views of the countryside fill the window.

The elegant dining room has been decorated with well-chosen furnishings, perch at one of the oxblood classic chairs by the fireplace, next to the traditional-looking electric fire and the vintage spinning wheel, before you sit around the table to enjoy a meal.

Enjoy your time within the bright and cheerful kitchen, with happy yellow walls encompassing sleek kitchen units, home to a great many appliances, including an electric oven and grill as well as integrated features like a dishwasher, fridge and freezer.

Helping to make your holiday a breeze is the neat utility space which holds all of your washing machine along with a sweet breakfast bar area tucked away, leading to a wealth of storage space for your things and a handy ground-floor bathroom too.

Travel up the wooden staircase to find the two lovely bedrooms beneath sloping ceilings, although still enjoying lots of head room.

Two charming single wood-frame beds lie in the twin room, with each with a lamp and bedside table, and sharing a wardrobe, whilst morning light can flood in from the dormer windows overlooking the countryside.

Begin to roam the area by embarking on a walk northward along the Loch Snizort Beag, for some outstanding waterfront views, before circling back via The Old Man of Storr, a famous location on the island, it's a large pinnacle of rock standing high and seen from miles around, created by an ancient landslide.

For a day of exciting activities, visit ACE Target Sports where you can try your hand at axe-throwing or some shooting, or head to the town of Portree where you can arrange to enjoy a boat trip and see the rugged coastal landscapes from the water.

Sample the delicious food from the great selection of restaurants in Portree, and wander up to the The Lump, a hilltop offering beautiful harbour views next to a 19th Century watchtower.

Whiskey lovers can't miss the opportunity to have a fantastic guided tour around the Talisker Distillery on the waterfront of Loch Harport, you can marvel at the copper vessels, oak casks and pick up a bottle to enjoy back at the cottage later on.

With the River Snizort offering anglers an opportunity for some great fishing too, and well-documented walks all around, there's something for everyone.

Find your own perfect outdoor adventure on the Isle of Skye and stay at Croft No 11.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Fort William 108 miles; Inverness 113 miles.

Set round its natural harbour on the stunning and tranquil Isle of Skye, charming Portree boasts an excellent range of shops, hotels and restaurants. Cultural attractions are plentiful; the Aros Centre is well worth a visit with its programme of concerts, theatre and cinema. Sports enthusiasts are also well catered for, with sea kayaking, rock-climbing and a good choice of well-marked walks. The rock formations are particularly spectacular; Trotternish Ridge stretches for 31km of continuous cliffs, with many fantastic rock forms and pinnacles. Dunvegan Castle and the Talisker Distillery Visitor Centre are just two more reasons to visit this magical isle.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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