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Cuilfearne Croft

Forsinard near Thurso, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 1012522)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio

Reviews & Ratings

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "We have spent a wonderful week at Cuilfearne Croft."

    The house is in a beautiful spot and is a real home from home, equipped with everything you could possibly need for a relaxing week away. It is a fabulous base from which to explore the Highlands - highly recommended!

    Reviewed by MichelleJul 2022

  • "The property was lovely and clean."

    Only thing I would say is some of the pillows were rustly but that's just personal preference. Lolly and her family were lovely. Really down to earth and easy to talk to. Helped with anything we needed. My dad mentioned duck eggs and there were some left at the door for us when we got back from a day out. Beautiful scenery and we would highly recommend. All loved having a pool table for a week!

    Reviewed by NikkiJul 2022

  • "Very well presented accommodation set in stunning panoramic scenery."

    All home comforts clean and in great order. Our stay was made very relaxed and comfortable. Property owners were lovely and very attentive when required. Our only quibble was Comfort in some pf the furnishings, we did find the sofas and bed a little to soft for us, but that's just a personal preference we are used to a firm mattress and we did find the sofas quite low and lacking in postural support. All in all our stay at Cuilfearne was a very happy and relaxed one. The pool table was a delightful bonus giving us evening entertainment daily, and our 3 dogs settled very quickly into croft life

    Reviewed by SallyMay 2022

  • "Great cottage, plenty of space."

    Nice and warm and clean.

    Reviewed by DianneMay 2022

  • "We were welcomed by Lolly when we arrived, Lolly informed us about the local area and walks, she was very pleasant and nothing was too much trouble, whe we went inside there was milk and eggs, doggy bowls and treats."

    The Croft was outstanding, the underfloor heating was very nice, would go again in an instant. 5 out of 5.

    Reviewed by StewartMar 2022

  • "Absolutely perfect in every way."

    Reviewed by AndyFeb 2022

  • "This was our 2nd time staying at Cuilfearne Cottage and I can’t fault anything the cottage was spotless and Laura was so welcoming, friendly and helpful."

    I really recommend you stay at the cottage, we will most definitely be going again.

    Reviewed by KarenJan 2022

  • "As soon as we entered the property it felt very welcoming, the house was ..."

    As soon as we entered the property it felt very welcoming, the house was spacious and comfortable with all the facilities and more that we needed for our holiday, absolutely loved staying there and would definitely book again in the future, thank you

    Reviewed by AnnJan 2022

  • "A beautiful house in an ideal location."

    The house was so clean and well equipped. The pool table was an added bonus and enjoyed by young and old. The walks were amazing and the scenery was quite breathtaking. Lolly (housekeeper) was so welcoming and very knowledgeable about the area. A thoroughly enjoyable stay!

    Reviewed by VickiDec 2021

  • "Very helpful and knowledgeable owners who went out their way to help us and the dogs"

    Reviewed by YvonneOct 2021

  • "Our holiday home for the week was amazing."

    Although it was a long way to get to, when we arrived it was more than worth it. The owners were so lovely, they couldn't do enough for us, and we had fresh eggs on arrival which was an added bonus. The house was immaculate and good facilities too, the bonus of a washing machine and dryer was a great help after a mucky day out exploring. We would certainly like to go back again as its such a beautiful part of the world and a wonderful house we stayed in with super comfy beds too.

    Reviewed by GemmaAug 2021

  • "We had an absolutely wonderful stay!"

    ! Lolly and Rob were really nice and super helpful. The house was super comfortable and well equipped with everything that we could possibly need. It’s just so nice to have the little things, like washing up liquid and trash bags, but they went above that with milk, fresh eggs, and fresh flowers in the kitchen. We would love to stay again, truly a fantastic visit.

    Reviewed by KrisMay 2021

  • "The croft was lovely and was more than i expected."

    Would certainly return.

    Reviewed by LindaAug 2020

  • "Hosts were extremely friendly, welcoming and concerned to give us the best possible holiday."

    House spacious and comfortable and contained everything we needed. A good base for exploring the local area.

    Reviewed by JuliaAug 2020

  • "The cottage is beautiful and in a very remote area."

    The owners are very friendly and welcoming; on hand if you need anything. The cottage is exceptionally well equipped, there was nothing we found lacking. The underfloor heating system makes the whole place warm and comfortable, and the beds are great too. The cottage, though remote is perfect for visiting Thurso, Wick, Tongue, Kirkwall, anywhere on this stretch of the N500. The only thing we didn't like (though the owners are going to rectify soon) is the fact that there is no fence to keep dogs or children from running into the road, where cars can speed past. And the fact that there isn't anywhere to sit outside on a nice day.

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2020

  • "There are only a couple of very small negative issues that we came across with the cottage but as every property has its quirks they where easy to live with and did not make our stay any less enjoyable, our double bed sank in the middle slightly meaning you had a tendancy to roll towards the centre, also the bedroom door if not properly clicked shut would swing inwards and hit the bed, very noisy waterworks - if someone went to the bathroom in the night it is heard through out the house also you can hear the slightest movement of anyone on the ground floor in the bedrooms above."

    As we had dogs and understandably they are not allowed upstairs it would have been nice to have a stair gate available rather than monitor their movement all week. Overall the cottage is fantastic, very warm and comfortable, and in a good position if you wish to explore the North coast or to fish the amazing river that is on its door step

    Reviewed by GrahamMar 2020

  • "Great views and remote location."

    The house was clean, confortable and very welcoming. We had a great time.

    Reviewed by ClaudiaDec 2019

  • "Stunning cottage, great location and very pet friendly."

    Laura(housekeeper) is just over the road for any queries/help and her welcome pack for the dogs was a very nice thought. Thoroughly recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by MarkNov 2019

  • "Great break in this remote part of the country"

    Reviewed by JudithOct 2019

  • "The cottage is beautiful and was the cleanest cottage we have been in."

    Lolly ( Laura ) is so Friendly and was very welcoming and had milk,tea and coffee in the cottage for us ( the humans ) and a blanket and treats for our dogs, would definitely recommend this holiday. We found the cottage easily following Lolly’s directions

    Reviewed by EdnaOct 2019

  • "This holiday home is situated in a beautiful location."

    The cottage itself is so homely for its size, which is really spacious. Laura is extremely helpful and very approachable. We had a relaxing stay and would have no hesitation about re-booking. P.s. there is a washing machine, a dryer and a dishwasher which were not listed when we booked. Bonus!

    Reviewed by AnneAug 2019

  • "The cottage was beautiful and the location was even more so and the views were spectacular, would highly recommend"

    Reviewed by JamesAug 2019

  • "Like a 'Table in the wilderness' We had an amazing stay in Culifearne Croft."

    Everything was as described. Nice, warm and comfortable despite being located at remote area. Cottage is surrounded by mesmeric Highland view. Laura the housekeeper was very helpful and was always nearby. Booking from Sykescottages was effortless. I highly recommend Culifearne Croft and Sykescottages. Thank you! For making our holidays memorable.

    Reviewed by SurajAug 2019

  • "Beautiful, clean accommodation."

    Pleasure to stay in. Laura the housekeeper was on hand throughout to ensure our stay was fantastic. The only negative feedback is that the directions to the property on the sykescottages website are a straight copy and paste from google maps use of the postcode. The postcode actually covers several miles and following these directions leads to travelling down farm roads to the wrong destination.

    Reviewed by NathanielJul 2019

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor double, 1 x ground-floor twin, 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, electric shower over, basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with a kitchen, dining area, sitting area and games room with woodburning stove at each end of the living room.
  • Oil central heating with underfloor heating on ground-floor and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, microwave, TV
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Private parking for up to 20 cars
  • Access to gravelled area and larger lawned gardens
  • Well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Community shop and pub 5 miles away in Melvich
  • Further shops, pubs and supermarkets 18 miles away
  • Bird watching centre 8 miles
  • Note: The property won't have any phone signal due to its rural location
  • Note: The property is a Highland sheep farming estate so please ensure dogs are kept on a lead
  • The garden is fully fenced and enclosed
  • Note: there is a caravan located within 35-40m of the property which is currently being used by the owners until further notice, this caravan is separated by a 7ft fence
  • Please note this property has a Good housekeeping bond of £150.00
  • Note: This property accepts a minimum 3 Night stay

The property

Thurso 18 miles.

Resting on the outskirts of the pretty hamlet of Forsinard, in the Scottish Highlands, is this interesting listed croft dwelling which in its day was used as a school and a local place of worship.

The property is situated within a small working croft where organic vegetables are grown and chickens and ducks roam freely.

There are often crofting activities on-going and home grown vegetables and eggs available for purchase for a small fee.

The croft working family love showing people around and introducing holiday makers to the chickens and ducks.

Hugging the Croft boundaries is a picturesque river which is perfect for daily walks and very well known for its salmon fishing.

The property has been renovated to provide an exceptional base for friends and families who are looking to escape to the countryside which includes underfloor heating making it a cosy place to stay.

Discover a well-presented open-plan living space, which has been styled with a lovely light decor and wonderful period features such as the stone inglenook fireplace, showcasing the wealth of character this property has.

Spend your evenings in the lounge area and curl up with your loved ones on the sofa and two armchairs for a relaxing evening in front of the warming fire.

There is a TV, WiFi and a large pool table available to keep you entertained during your trip, something your little ones in particular will delight in.

The kitchen has been fitted to a high-standard, with ashen wooden units and sleek worktops providing a selection of contemporary appliances so you can easily cook up a delicious home-cooked meal, to be enjoyed at the dining table.

There are four bedrooms, a double and twin resting on the ground floor and a further queen-size and twin situated on the first-floor.

Each bedroom has plush beds, plenty of contemporary furniture to store your personal items and best of all offers stunning countryside views from all angles, the perfect picture to wake up to every morning!

Due to your rural location, you will have easy access across the rolling countryside, the ideal secluded spot for those who enjoy a bit of exploring.

Why not visit Forsinard, where there is a Bird Watching Centre or further afield there is a number of award winning beaches which even offer whale watching?

Discover a network of nearby rivers and lakes for the chance to get involved with some watersporting activities, such as fishing, sailing and kayaking.

Take a drive towards the thriving coastal town of Thurso to discover a wealth of pubs, restaurants, shops and supermarkets for all of your amenities.

Return to your rural country cottage for a peaceful and tranquil evening with your loved ones in front of the fire.

Note: This property accepts a minimum 3 Night stay

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

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About the location


John O' Groats 14 miles, Wick 20.4 miles.

Thurso is the most northerly town in mainland Scotland and also boasts the country's most northerly railway station! Guests can take a ferry across to Orkney. John O'Groats Ferries offer the popular day trip package of ferry and tour. Orkney is a great place to visit and the ferry crosses regularly throughout the year from Scrabster and Gills Bay. If you take your car then remember to book first! Another great place to visit is the Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey, why not walk around the stunning gardens or take the children to the animal farm! Thurso benefits from a pretty seafront location and from here you can see the remains of Thurso Castle. The newer part of the town benefits from wide streets with Sir John's Square at the centre. The town offers a good selection of shops, restaurants and hotels and everything that visitors to the area could possibly need. The Dunnet beach is a fantastic beach to visit! It is also situated perfectly for a visit to John O'Groats, which is just 14 miles away and Durness, where Smoo Cave, Cape Wrath and the Durness Golf Course are well worth a visit.

Note: there is a caravan located within 35-40m of the property which is currently being used by the owners until further notice, this caravan is separated by a 7ft fence, this will be in place until approximately Summer 2021.

Note: This property accepts a minimum 3 Night stay

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas