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The Old House

(Ref. 1050180)

Garrafad near Staffin, Fort William, Isle of Skye & The Western Isles Show on map

4.9

Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Small but not to small."

    Clean and comfortable.

    Reviewed by Geraldine5.0Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in a beautiful location."

    Didn't want to leave

    Reviewed by Sonja5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage nice and peaceful."

    Excellent facilities comfortable bed. Very good quality fixtures and fittings would recommend to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Jul 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage, very comfortable."

    Equipped with everything you need. Great location for walks, would definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Jul 2023

  • "An absolute gem of a property."

    Exactly what we needed. Very well appointed, nice and clean and warm with very efficient heaters. The bed was heavenly and we slept so well. Loved the views and accessibility to walk to so many beautiful places. It was also so nice to be able to walk to the local shop which also had a fantastic little cafe which served beautifully prepared tasty food. We last came to Skye twenty three years ago and so pleased we were revisiting the beautiful island. Everybody was so friendly and once you get used to dodging the potholes it was a breeze. Hopefully we can return again in the near future. Very many thanks.

    Reviewed by Tony3.8Apr 2023

  • "Myself and my partner had a fantastic time at The Old House."

    We travelled up to Staffin to find a beautiful house fitted with great facilities, beautiful scenery and friendly locals. We experienced snowfall that covered the area in a thick, white blanket - when speaking to the owner they said that it had been 25 years since snow had fallen like it did there. We found ourselves incredibly lucky to have been there at that time, and when the clouds of snow parted, we were able to look up at the sky on an evening and see thousands of stars and even Jupiter, Venus and Saturn on display. We hope to come back here again!

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Mar 2023

  • "Loved the cottage, has everything you need and is warm and very comfortable."

    It’s in an ideal location we found for exploring the island, and had a great time looking for the dinosaur footprints on an corran beach which is literally 5 mins away from the cottage and also seeing the northern lights, which the owner gave us a call to say they were on display and to look outside, a big thank you for the heads up.

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Feb 2023

  • "A lovely, cozy cottage with everything you need."

    I enjoyed my stay very much. The cottage is well thought out, decorated to a high standard and warm. I didn't need to use the woodburner as I was warm enough - and this was in November!. The bed was large and very comfortable. It's located in an ideal position to explore the northern end of the Isle of Skye. You can see the Trotternish Ridge from the cottage and the Quiraing is less than a 10 minute drive away. The cafe on the corner (in the Columba 1400 building) is excellent and well worth a visit and all proceeds go to supporting young people.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Nov 2022

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage."

    All we needed to make our stay enjoyable. Plenty of hot water, comfy bed, great shower and plenty of logs supplied for the log burner which we used each evening. Cottage is in an ideal place to explore the North of Skye and ideal to come back to after a day climbing in the hills.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Sep 2022

  • "We would unreservedly recommend the Old House."

    As for Staffin, well we came to like it but we were blessed with good weather. If your idea of Skye is mountainous hills, look further south where travel times would be shorter. The cottage was very comfortable. Yes it’s compact, but all the essentials are there and are pretty much uncompromised by space limitations. The standard and style of decor and fitments would meet the exacting standards of customers of, say, John Lewis or M&S Home. As you get to know the area more you take in the shops and the cafe virtually a stone’s throw away across a sheep filled field. And you notice the little boards that weren’t there the day before, announcing an event. Nearby is some spectacular scenery, eg at Storr or Quiraing, and the Fairy Glen (not the pools which are way down south) aka Hobbitland. If you go when the weather’s nice, look out for coffee vans and full car parks. But simply considering the Old House itself, we were very comfortable and very happy.

    Reviewed by Nigel4.7Aug 2022

  • "The old cottage is well located on isle of skye."

    It is well equipt with everything you will ever need during your stay. You have so many landmarks on your doorstep the old man of storr and kilt rock waterfalls. If your thinking of a stay on the isle you couldnt go wrong with the old cottage at Garrafad. Tony ( Liverpool August 2022 )

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Aug 2022

  • "Great place, easy access from main road, perfect for 2"

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage very comfortable."

    Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely, relaxing week in The Old House."

    The house is beautifully done - very calm, clean, and very very comfortable. It is very well equipped - with a large comfortable bed, a wood burning stove, and a great tv and wi-fi! The location is very quiet and calming - it’s a perfect place to relax. The view from The Old House of The Quirang is fabulous, and we were also delighted to discover a short walk over the fields at the back of the house to An Corron beach with the dinosaur footprints!

    Reviewed by Lily5.0Jun 2022

  • "An excellent small property, ideal for two people and well located in northern Skye."

    We had a great seven nights, would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Jack5.0Jun 2022

  • "The accommodation was lovely, clean and modern."

    We had no issues. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0May 2022

  • "Very comfortable property."

    Small, but ideal for a couple and very cosy. Had everything that we needed and is conveniently placed for the local shop, chippy and the walks in that part of the island. Despite the poor weather at the start of our break we had a wonderful time and the log burner was really nice to have.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2022

  • "We loved the attention to detail in the cottage."

    And the attentiveness of the owner. There was a planned power cut on the Thursday but we were provided with candles and a flask and cooker, just in case. Couldn’t recommend it enough.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Nov 2021

  • "Fantastic cottage, beautifully restored to a very high standard."

    There is only a combination microwave as the main oven which limits your cooking but we did cope.

    Reviewed by Jeff4.7Oct 2021

  • "The accommodation was absolutely great, the owner has clearly took pride in it."

    Highly recommended! Owners Liz & Ian big thank you.

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Sep 2021

  • "Fabulous cottage."

    Warm and cosy with everything we could need for our stay. Very comfortable bed too and comfortable livingroom with sky tv. No oven but microwave had gril and oven functions. Very quiet village but good local shop and takeaway from the Hungry Gull was fab too.

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Sep 2021

  • "Will return soon!"

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Aug 2021

  • "Great cottage - wonderful views and a magical island!"

    Reviewed by Ryan5.0Aug 2021

  • "We loved our week at The Old House, skilfully and tastefully restored and furnished with all mod cons."

    The views are delightful from every room, including the loo! Our neighbours, a herd of cows or a flock of sheep were very well behaved. The scenery on Skye is spectacular and will remain in our memory for some time.

    Reviewed by Jack5.0Aug 2021

  • "Wife and I had a very enjoyable week in Skye ."

    A lovely place great cottage good weather .A great part of Scotland to visit .

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Jul 2021

  • "Overall everything was excellent and we would highly recommend."

    However, some small recommendations for consideration would be a little more storage space in bedroom + extra hangers as only 5. Outside some loungers/chairs would have been perfect for sitting to enjoy weather.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2021

  • "The Old House was warm, cosy, peaceful and well appointed, We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend anyone wanting to see wildlife and awesome scenery to go there."

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0Jun 2021

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Summary

  • All ground-floor
  • One double bedroom
  • Shower room with shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/ living room
  • Dining area
  • Electric central heating and woodburning stove
  • 2-ring ceramic hob, combi microwave/oven, fridge, washing machine, TV with Sky and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Private gravelled garden with furniture
  • Sorry - no children, pets, or smoking
  • Shop 1.4 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Beach 0.3 miles

The property

Staffin 1.6 miles.

In a peaceful coastal location on the idyllic Isle of Skye, you will find this traditional crofter's cottage, 9 Lower Garrafad.

All on the ground floor, this romantic bolthole offers a pair a desirable position for a remote retreat to Scotland in Garrafad near Staffin.

Park up right outside the property before venturing up the ramp and into the dining area, perfectly positioned so you can make the most of your tremendous countryside views over a homemade meal, as well as a convenient washing machine.

Move further into the cottage to find the well-presented double bedroom, offering calming blue hues through here and the rest of the property to remind you of your coastal location, it makes a lovely spot to rest your head, with the window seat making a charming spot to delve into a good book.

Next to the bedroom you will find the shower room, where you can freshen up after a day on the beach, the heated towel rail keeping your dressing gown nice and toasty as you settle down for the evening in the contemporary-styled living/ kitchen area.

Light up the wood burning stove and snuggle up on the sofa before the Smart TV, admiring the tasteful decor of the room including beautiful artwork, while the high-vaulted ceiling and skylights let in an abundance of natural light to create a bright and airy setting.

The kitchen though modest, hosts all the essentials to prepare a meal for two when you're not out sampling the fresh coastal seafood, with an outside gravelled area being the perfect spot for alfresco dining in the summer months.

Be sure to explore the beauty of the local area of Staffin, with plenty to see on your doorstep, it's a geologists paradise sitting amidst the wondrous Trotternish Ridge, as well as the village being known for its spotty houses and sandy beach, perfect for sailing enthusiasts or a leisurely stroll, a slipway leading close to the property taking you straight here!

A walk along the Stenscholl River will lead you to the wonderful amenities of the village including two restaurants, two shops and a Post Office, providing all you could need for a self-catered stay, while the nearby town of Portree boasts a wider selection of amenities to take your pick from with its being the largest town of Skye, where you will also find the famed 'Lump' offering fantastic walking trails, harbour views and an impressive 19th Century watchtower, as well as a plethora of shops to explore.

Further afield is the village of Dunvegan, hosting the historic Giant Angus MacAskill Museum and the splendid Dunvegan Castle & Gardens where you can find a range of events and exhibits, seal trips, loch cruises and fishing trips, a charming café and plenty more.

An excellent choice for a relaxing retreat with your loved one, choose 9 Lower Garrafad for your next coastal adventure.

EPC Rating: Band D

EPC Rating: Band D

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About the location

STAFFIN

Portree 17 miles; Kyle of Lochalsh 51 miles.

Occupying a coastal location on the northern half of the Isle of Skye, is the crofting village of Staffin. Overlooking Staffin Bay and Staffin Island, this tranquil village boasts something for everyone, with two restaurants, two shops, a part time opening Post Office, the Staffin Slipway for sailing enthusiasts, the only sandy beach in the north of Skye and plentiful walks along the beach or inland. The town of Portree, the largest on Skye, is 17 miles down the coast and from here, the whole of this wonderful island can be easily reached. A haven for walkers, the fabulous Trotternish Ridge with the famous and majestic Quiraing as its dramatic centrepiece is easily reached from Staffin.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas