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Thorsvik

Tokavaig near Broadford, Fort William, Isle of Skye & The Western Isles (Ref. 14547)

4.5

Very good

Sykes rating

Features

  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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53 Customer Reviews

  • "Thorsvig is set on a beautiful part of Skye and the views from the property towards the Cuillins and the village of Drinan are truly spectacular with every day giving a new perspective to photograph and enjoy."

    The kitchen is very well equipped and the fridge is full size, as is the under cabinet freezer. The property is obviously very well used throughout the year and is popular but it does suffer from condensation and black mould around window frames, curtains, and blinds. This is not a question of heating so much as adequate ventilation to keep air moving. On entry to Thorsvig the predominant smell is a musty odour. Also the vents in bathrooms are clogged with dust/hair. The maintainer (Pete) cleared the dust from the fan heater in the 'king' bathroom for us, thank you! Generally the dust in the property proved an irritant to my Wife and was activated by the heating system. For this reason only we will not be returning to Thorsvig. With Covid in mind we noted that all books, CDs, ornaments etc had been removed but the visitors book remained! Presumably Covid restrictions also prevented any supplies being left (eg milk). After a difficult 11 hour drive up, including Glasgows COP26 traffic, we were glad we brought our own!! In high winds a knocking noise can be heard from the roof over the dining area suggesting a loose panel? We note bedding and quilts are dated and heavy. We have been coming to Skye every year for at least the last 24 years, even using the old chain ferry before the bridge was built and always staying in cottages. We can recommend Thorsvig as a great and quiet place to stay but do bring a strong torch (or two) and sufficient supplies as the nearest shops are some distance away by car.

    Reviewed by StephenOct 2021

  • "This feedback is a little mixed but Thorsvik is a delightful property in an idyllic (magical !"

    ) location but it IS remote which might be a shock for some visitors ! Skye is a big island and it can take a long time to get to some of the main tourist attractions .This was our second visit to the house and we would definitely return ! This is no show home , the interior is dated and could use a proper clean , tidy and spruce up but it is warm , well equipped and comfortable and the perfect place to relax and enjoy the delights of the island . The property suffers badly from condensation and drying clothes was problematic (the tumble dryer wasn't efficient , nor was the dehumidifier) The online property information is out of date (there is no dvd player, dvds or books) and the house could use a book with clear instructions of how to use appliances including the heating . Also can you or cant you use the log burner ?!?! The water pump located in the second bedroom is extremely loud restricting water use (toilets !) over night . The nearest (newly opened) shop is in Armadale and is brilliant ! Don't forget to bring wet weather gear but if you do forget , Amazon can deliver to Thorsvik in 24 hours to renters (as we found out !)

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2021

  • "Located in a beautiful part of Skye, this comfortable and homely house is perfect for a holiday for people who either want to explore the surrounding area or further afield."

    Reviewed by SharonOct 2021

  • "We were unsure whether the log burner could be used as some reviews mentioned doing so, but the site description said it was for show only."

    We would have loved to have used it but we didn't. The kitchen was fantastic - really well equipped and a pleasure to work in. The views from the main living space were stunning in all weathers, and the location was wonderfully private and peaceful; not overlooked at all. We were a married couple so it was no problem staggering our showers and use of hot water but I imagine that a family or group of 4-6 might have found this more of a challenge, and the noise of the system would be quite a disturbance to the next door bedrooms if they were being slept in. However for us it was a perfect accommodation, and given the poor weather we were happy to have use of a very large and modern TV [Netflix, Amazon] and the high quality family-sized washing machine

    Reviewed by AlisonSep 2021

  • "Prices are now so high that normal families like us will soon be unable to afford to book with you anymore."

    Your prices are so expensive now that I am having to look elsewhere for next year. It's turning the self catering holiday industry into something that only the rich can afford and is very disappointing. I have always holidayed in self catering cottages in the UK and this is the first year (2022) that I am struggling to find a suitable cottage that I can afford to book. Very upsetting.

    Reviewed by JakeAug 2021

  • "A brilliant cottage located in a wonderful part of Skye, this was our second visit to this cottage and we are now considering booking for next year."

    The wildlife is amazing, red deer appearing while we had breakfast and a pair of eagles flying overhead. We enjoyed exploring the beach and the ruined castle just down the hill from the cottage. A visit to the cottage is well worth it just for the view from the veranda.

    Reviewed by SimonJul 2021

  • "Lovely spacious cottage with the most amazing views."

    Very peaceful location A little dated but this doesn't matter as it has everything you would need. Only downside is the noisy water pump in one of the bedrooms but we definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by RehanaJul 2021

  • "The cottage was filthy."

    In the middle of a pandemic we found dirty tissues and urine stains on bathroom doors. It was vomit-inducing.

    Reviewed by FrankJun 2021

  • "My family of four had a great week at Thorsvik."

    What a beautiful location, wonderful and very comfortable house! The house is well-equipped, spacious, warm and has the most spectacular views. It’s located in The Garden of Skye and there is a lot to do and see in the area. The trip to Elgol is spectacular, for example, and the Armadale Castle is just a short drive away. The Coop in Broadford is not great to be honest, but sells the necessities.

    Reviewed by IrynaMay 2021

  • "The house is exactly what we wanted; scenery, log burner, peace and quiet!"

    The scenery was even better than we could ever imagined, I'd have been happy to sit and look at it all day! The house had everything we needed (& more), plenty of space and the peace & quiet we wanted. The cafe at An Crùbh was lovely and has a small shop to save a longer drive to Broadford, if you've forgotten anything. Had a lovely walk out to Onsay lighthouse and lunched at Bar Am Praban. Deers on your doorstep Highly recommend it!

    Reviewed by NicolaOct 2020

  • "Thorsvik feels like home."

    It's a comfortable, homely place with a very practical layout for people coming and going and enjoying doing whatever they want to do- drawing, reading, yoga, playing games, laying out big maps watching films, watching the wildlife, sunsets, passing space station etc. The incredible views from the house always make our stay special.

    Reviewed by SharonOct 2020

  • "A stunning location with panoramic views of the sea and the black and red Cuillins - these views are right there as you sit at the dining room table."

    If you are lucky you may see the local stag below you, or at least hear it's bellows. The property is spacious and well laid out and equipped. The wifi worked well. If has economy 7 heating, which is less easily controlled than gas central heating, but the property is very thermally efficient so additional heat can be very effectively provided using the the fan heaters. You could probably park 3 cars on the level on the property and it is down the end of a private drive so you will not be disturbed by passing traffic (other than sheep and deer) - it is incredibly quiet. Note that there are several miles of twisty and very steep (1:5) narrow single-track road leading to the hamlet (although with a good road surface and plenty of passing places, but often with sheep and cattle standing in the middle of the road) and a couple of hundred yards of private track to the property itself made up of gravel and paving slabs. If you are a nervous driver or have a sports car with very low ground clearance then this might not be the property for you, but then many properties on Skye will be similar in this regard. Turning right or left out of the property leads down to a couple of picturesque bays, the left one has the ruins of a castle you can walk out to. Again, it is 1:5 hills to get down to both so you might want to drive the short distance rather than walk unless you are pretty fit. We cycled it, but I cannot advise doing that!

    Reviewed by SteveOct 2020

  • "Having stayed in the cottage the previous year and loved it we knew pretty much what to expect and again it did not disappoint!"

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    Reviewed by ChrisSep 2020

  • "Cottage was nice few touches could make this amazing cottage view so clear some ..."

    Cottage was nice few touches could make this amazing cottage view so clear some instructions for heating be left also some leaflets for area would be nice

    Reviewed by GarrySep 2020

  • "This cottage couldn't be in a better location, the views are stunning."

    The road down to the cottage is a bit narrow and uneven but we .managed in our little C1. The warm and cosy cottage has everything possible you could need and is really well set out. My only criticism could be that it needs a little updating. Loose towel rails, lumpy mattress, dated decor. But all this is forgotten when you look out of the window. One last thing dont be frightened when you hear bangs against the walls in the night, it's just the sheep.

    Reviewed by SaraSep 2020

  • "This may well be the best view in Skye, looking across to the whole Cuillin ridge, Blaven and the red hills - on a good day, just add spectacular sunset."

    Huge windows let the view and the light flood in. Such a well-designed and well-equipped house, and impeccably clean on arrival; an excellent base for exploring south Skye which has so much to offer. We absolutely loved it, and would love to come back. (Happy for you to quote the above. Our only niggle, and very slight - somewhat uncomfortable synthetic pillows; we understand they are practical, but maybe worth investing in an upgrade - we have otherwise slept so well on Skye.)

    Reviewed by MairiAug 2020

  • "Increadable views, spacious house in a beautiful surrounding."

    Reviewed by RichardJan 2020

  • "The house was warm and cosy for a trip to Skye in November."

    The views are spectacular, the best way to wake up. You could happily just sit and look out of the windows all day. The wildlife is amazing we saw deer, seals and dolphins from the house and an array of small birds. Just a perfect antidote from normal life. Will be back.

    Reviewed by CatherineNov 2019

  • "This house feels like home to us, with everything we need and a view to die for."

    Reviewed by SharonOct 2019

  • "Great value for money."

    Easy to book and very accurate listing. Check in seamless and as arranged. Property very clean and well looked after. Superb views and maybe some more photos of that would also enhance future bookings...so much better than we had hoped and it did not disappoint. Rooms well kitted out and all bigger than we thought. Great location and directions provided spot on! Knew this part of the island but had never stayed on that side of the south. Would definitely return...and did not actually want to leave!! Would definitely recommend!!

    Reviewed by ChrisSep 2019

  • "Wow! What a view!"

    Also the cottage is brilliantly laid out for a holiday property with plenty of space for 6 people to relax. Comfortable beds, lots of hot water, always cosily heated on pur return from a day out and plenty cooking equipment etc. The property is wonderfully secluded - 6 miles down a single track road - and so an integral part of the Skye experience. However Broadford, with its Co-op is accessible. Great place, thanks

    Reviewed by AdeleSep 2019

  • "A great cottage in a great location, if you are into your wildlife then this is the place to be."

    Watching the red deer while having breakfast, what could be better.

    Reviewed by SimonAug 2019

  • "This cosy, comfortable house is a great size for a group of friends and family who like to enjoy their own different interests and come together at dinner time, looking out over the most spectacular view."

    The house has a lot of character and fits so well in the environment, with sheep, deer, owls and other wildlife all around and incredible sunsets most nights. We love this place.

    Reviewed by SharonMar 2019

  • "Great location ."

    house could do with a good dusting and clean out. Thick dust on most surfaces. Bit dated decor

    Reviewed by AlastairMar 2019

  • "The cottage was brilliant, so clean and comfortable, the views are amazing and with the added bonus of 2 friendly deer in the garden."

    Reviewed by KatieFeb 2019

  • "We are regular visitors to Thorsvik in Skye and the house feels like our second home."

    It caters for six of us very well, with plenty of room to allow for all our interests; drawing, bird/animal/star watching, adventuring, reading, playing games, watching films, cooking, baking etc. It is a cosy, welcoming house in an amazing location with good facilities for all weather and eventualities.

    Reviewed by SharonOct 2018

  • "Utterly amazing place!"

    Cannot speak highly enough of it. The road in is not for anyone who is not confident behind the whe if the car but oh so worth the extra effort. I have never felt so st home from home in my life Thorsvik is an outstanding home and very well suited for a truly relaxing get away from everything.

    Reviewed by TraceySep 2018

  • "Despite the variable weather - the experience on Skye was wonderful."

    The cottage was a home from home with the added bonus of the wildlife nearby - especially the deer who visited every day. Local residents were so friendly and hospitable - ready to offer advice and we even joined in a weekly local art class where we were welcomed with open arms. People were so ready to tell us about special places on the Island and we learnt so much about local history, lore and legend. We met "incomers" who had settled on the Island and they were honest and open about the advantages and disadvantages of Island living which enhanced our overall visit. Most of the people working in the service industry - cafes, restaurants, shops were friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by JaniceSep 2018

  • "We are regular visitors to this house and we always feel very much at home."

    A lovely, cosy house with good facilities and a stunning view of the Cuillins.

    Reviewed by SharonApr 2018

  • "Thorsvik was wounderful."

    We was blown away by how much more than just the essentials this property harbours, the kitchen, the laundry room, the multiple bathrooms. Anything you might need while on your holiday that you forgot to bring is probably there! Including a fascinating collection of books to admire. This place feels very homely, and the views from the decking area are spectacular! (Photos do no justice). We are likely to return :)

    Reviewed by LewisJan 2018

  • "Simply an incredible property, with a totally breathtaking view."

    We had a brilliant time here over Hogamanay and really enjoyed exploring the surrounding landscape. Remote but very deserving of the journey!

    Reviewed by ArcherDec 2017

  • "Very easy booking - all the information was provided very clearly and quickly."

    Everything was exactly as expected. The cottage was amazing - extremely comfortable and the best location we have experienced after several trips to Scotland. The caretaker was friendly and very willing to answer any queries and the owner also called to check that all was well. We had a superb holiday - many thanks!

    Reviewed by CarolineDec 2017

  • "Fantastic views from the cottage."

    Very comfortable with everything you could wish for in a holiday cottage

    Reviewed by AmandaDec 2017

  • "We had a wonderful week at Thorsvik, the home was very well equipped and comfortable."

    The views are amazing and we saw plenty of wildlife including the elusive pine martin. Thorsvik is just the place to escape the hustle and bustle with the peaceful surroundings and the panoramic views. The only downside was each time I attempted to make a meal I was drawn to every window to admire the view so we ate late every night (a problem that was more of a bonus). Also the house was supprisingly warm for an open plan space we had to turn the heating down in November. We will definetly be returning.

    Reviewed by EstherNov 2017

  • "Thorsvik is a wonderful place."

    The house and the rooms are very comfortable, homely and cosy. The nature around is beautiful. We only could enjoy everything! We can recommend Thorsvik to 100 % and will come back again!

    Reviewed by KerstinOct 2017

  • "This beautiful house feels like home, with the most spectacular view that changes constantly with the changing light and weather."

    A peaceful place surrounded by wildlife and close to small communities. A really beautiful part of Skye.

    Reviewed by SharonApr 2017

  • "It was the one of the best places where Ive been , cootage is excellent and place wonderful with people which you love , you are in Heaven."

    Reviewed by RadoslawDec 2016

  • "This cosy, homely house has the most spectacular view."

    A sea eagle flew past as soon as we arrived and there were otters and seals very close to shore most days.

    Reviewed by SharonOct 2016

  • "It's a minor thing, but there was a slight damp smell in both bedrooms to the back of the property."

    Would be worth resolving as I know some people would find this off putting.

    Reviewed by WilliamOct 2016

  • "Excellent location, extremely comfortable and warm cottage with plenty of space for everyone and the most spectacular views."

    I think this is the fifth or sixth time we have visited and noticed lots of improvements like a new cooker hood, lights, better plumbing and, most usefully, the gate to the cottage was much easier to open and close.

    Reviewed by LauraApr 2016

  • "We particularly liked being secluded and able to switch off from day to day life."

    We had a lovely walk and went for a drive too. Thorsvik was a great size, not limited on space at all. Plenty utensils and facilities.

    Reviewed by DarylMar 2016

  • "This lovely cottage has spectacular views which are very hard to find anywhere else in Scotland."

    Reviewed by ChristianDec 2015

  • "One of the best views from any house in the world."

    The house is very warm, even in mid winter.

    Reviewed by JamesDec 2014

  • "The view from the property was amazing."

    It was wonderful to watch the ever-changing light over the Cuillin Ridge. Also the kitchen was impressively well-stocked.

    Reviewed by MartinMay 2014

  • "An excellent location for a trip to Skye."

    The view from the kitchen was brilliant.

    Reviewed by SaraMay 2014

  • "A wonderful view from a nice house, set in a very peaceful and quiet environment."

    Reviewed by JamesApr 2014

  • "The house looked fantastic in the photographs and did not disappoint, and even proved to bigger than we had imagined."

    Extremely pleased and thankful!

    Reviewed by JamieDec 2013

  • "The house had the most spectacular view we had ever seen on Skye."

    It was spacious, comfortable, warm and homely, with plenty of interesting, relevant books to look at and games to play. Great location.

    Reviewed by SharonOct 2013

  • "It was wonderful being somewhere so remote!"

    Peaceful and very restful, though the wireless broadband was an essential to stop us going mad.

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2013

  • "Just a lovely house."

    Lovely position. Wonderful views over the Southern Cuillins.

    Reviewed by AnneOct 2012

  • "The property is well furnished, very comfortable and all the things needed for the stay are provided in the cottage."

    The location is excellent with beautiful views. We had a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2012

  • "The view was amazing and the owner has clearly thought of everything you need while away."

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2012

  • "We loved the fact we were based in the middle of nowhere and could go hiking straight from the cottage."

    The views from the cottage were phenomenal.

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2012

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The property

Broadford 15 miles.

Occupying a stunning location with magnificent views, this spacious wooden cottage is set in the pretty hamlet of Tokavaig on the west side of the Sleat Peninsula on the Isle of Skye.

Approached by a private road, this detached cottage has lovely features such as the high wooden vaulted ceilings and cathedral windows to allow for full appreciation of this fabulous location.

This Skye cottage is ideally suited to a family or group of friends who really want to savour the tranquillity and peace of the island and spend time surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

This single-storey cottage has three bedrooms - two double rooms, one of which has an en-suite shower room, and a twin room, as well as a main bathroom.

The delightful sitting area boasts large arched windows looking out to the sea, high ceilings, a decorative woodburner and comfy furnishings.

The kitchen and dining area offer French doors, which open out onto a balcony and again take full advantage of the views, making it an excellent place to sit and enjoy breakfast.

The village of Armadale is some 10 miles to the south of this Sleat cottage and has a hotel, lively pub and a village shop, plus 15 miles away is Broadford - Skye's second largest village.

The area of Sleat is known as the Garden of Skye due to its abundance of flora and fauna making it very popular during the summer.

There is so much to see and do on the Isle of Skye.

The island has great restaurants, excellent local crafts, quiet beaches and mountains, but whatever you do decide to do, you will love to return to the tranquillity and comfort of this welcoming cottage.

Summary

  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room.
  • Electric storage and panel heaters
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, under-counter freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, selection of books, games and DVDs, telephone, broadband
  • Electricity inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Decked balcony to front
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 10 miles
  • Coast 10 mins walk
  • Note: There is no mobile coverage at this property
  • Note: The woodburner in the sitting area is for decorative purposes only
  • Note: Although the accommodation at this property is over the ground floor, there are a set of stairs to a loft space
  • The stairs are a permanent fixture in the property, and the loft and stairs are currently out of bounds to guests.

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About the location

BROADFORD

Portree 29 miles.

Skye's second largest village, Broadford lies in the shadow of the Red Cuillins and spreads itself along the southern side of Broadford Bay. Views extend out to the Isle of Pabay and more distantly to the Applecross mountains on the mainland. The village caters well for the tourists with shops, hotels and colourful craft stalls. Close by is the little village of Elgol, which enjoys 'the finest view in Britain' - the end of the Cuillin Ridge seen across Loch Scavaig. From Elgol pier take an unforgettable boat trip to Loch Coruisk in the heart of Cullin Mountain Range. The nearby Sleat Peninsula known as the 'Garden of Skye' has many attractions and a ferry link to the mainland - Armadale to Mallaig.

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