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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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8 Customer Reviews

  • "This place is amazing, absolutely loved every part."

    ... It was a surprise for my partners 40th Birthday & she was so made up with every part of the stay.

    Thank you so so much for leaving us such kind comments, we so appreciate it! We’re absolutely delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay so much at Ceol-na-Mara and that you have such special memories now from celebrating your partners birthday. We very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Abi & Mike Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely secluded location, well equipped cottage although additional large towels for the hot tub would have been appreciated and standard terrestrial TV too but the smart TV and Netflix account, together with our own Amazon prime TV did allow adequate entertainment, necessary in winter season with early dark afternoons."

    Coffee pod machine was an added bonus as was the large enclosed garden enjoyed by out 4 legged friend. We did have to contact Sykes Cottages as both normal and recycling bins were full to overflowing when we arrived and despite putting these out for early collection on the Monday, they were not emptied leaving us an issue with disposing of our own waste, we thought it seemed bins had nor been emptied for the last few lets ? We are still awaiting Sykes to comment

    Thank you very much for taking the time to provide us such kind comments about the cottage, we’re very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We certainly apologise about the bin collections and please do be rest assured that this has now been resolved. Abi & Mike Property Owner

    Reviewed by Charles4.1Nov 2023

  • "We had a fantastic time at Ceol Na Mara."

    The cottage is lovely and has everything you need. So isolated and peaceful here with amazing views over the sea and plenty of beautiful harbours and beaches to visit along the coast. The hot tub is an added bonus to relax in at the end of the day. Overall a wonderful time was had by all and the property is a credit to Abi and Mikes hard work. Thank you Andy Rach and Girls Devon

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such lovely feedback Andy, we so appreciate it! We’re delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay and very much hope to welcome you back again soon! Abi & Mike Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2023

  • "The property was basic but had a lovely character."

    The views were superb. The garden and hot tub were enjoyable. It is a great place to sit and relax and plenty to do nearby. Loved walking round all the harbours and learning about the area. Lovely spot to enjoy the sun sparkling on the sea.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a lovely review. We’re so pleased you enjoyed your stay! Abi & Mike Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra4.4Jun 2023

  • "Me and my partner had a lovely stay in the cottage, we would absolutely stay again."

    Personally I think there should be a big brush and possibly a mop left in the cottage itself. Thank you for letting us stay

    Thank you so much Gabriella to you and your partner for your kind words. We’re delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay so much and will return! We will absolutely purchase a mop and large brush for guest use, that’s really helpful feedback. Abi & Mike Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gabriella3.8May 2023

  • "Lovely Clean & Comfy cottage, really relaxing and peaceful, loved staying at Ceol-na-Mara"

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a great review; we’re really grateful. It’s lovely to hear you enjoyed your stay so much and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Abi & Mike Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jan 2023

  • "An absolutely fabulous cottage."

    No surprises. Delightfully presented, it's not perfect as the owners state, but we had the most relaxing holiday we've had as a family for a long time (even though the weather was pretty interesting

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a lovely review Dawn, we really appreciate it! As you spotted in our ‘Welcome Folder’ message, we know we don’t have things perfect just yet, but we’re so so pleased you and your family got to have such a relaxing and well deserved holiday at Ceol-na-Mara. We very much hope to welcome you back again soon. Best Regards, Abi & Mike Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dawn3.8Oct 2022

  • "Loved our stay!"

    ! Comfortable and relaxing will definitely be back the silence was bliss.

    We’re so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your kind words. We hope to welcome you back to the cottage soon! Best Regards from Abi & Mike Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ross5.0Sep 2022

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  • Single-storey
  • Two double bedrooms
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • The property is both child and pet friendly
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Enclosed rear garden with lawn and hot tub
  • One well-behaved pet welcome, dog bed, blanket, bowels and a towel can be provided
  • Please be advised that dogs are not allowed on soft furnishings
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4.1 miles, pub 4.5 miles
  • Note: This property is accessed by a single-track road
  • Please Note: Between 01/04 and 31/10, this property can only accept short breaks

The property

Dunbeath 4.5 miles.

This delightful two-bedroom cottage in Newport near Dunbeath and Helmsdale, is an idyllic getaway for families or couples.

With wonderful sea-views, a traditional décor and a woodburning stove you'll feel right at home, and there's an enclosed garden with a hot tub for you to reax in.

Arrive at Ceol-na-Mara by a single-track road before being greeted by off-road parking and splendid coastal sights.

Enter the living/dining room, with plush sofas and a TV for some downtime, as well as a telescope for enjoying the amazing views on offer, you may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights if you’re lucky!

Savour mealtimes together at the dining table or if the sun is shining, why not have an alfresco affair in the large garden?

The kitchen is well-equipped with an electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer to keep your clothes fresh.

After a day of exploring, unwind in the bathroom with a soak in the bath or a rinse under the overhead shower.

There are two well-appointed double bedrooms to choose from, both benefitting from sea views, so you can curl up with a hot chocolate and escape into a good book.

Ceol-na-Mara is located in the sheltered village of Berriedale, home to a beautiful beach, the stunning Berriedale Viewpoint, and National Trust land, where you can enjoy scenic walks through nature.

The cottage also benefits from being just half a mile off the renowned NC500, where you can soak up incomparable scenery for just over 500 miles, before returning to the comfort of Ceol-na-Mara.

Visit the village of Dunbeath for all your amenities, as well as the beautiful Dunbeath Castle and the Dunbeath Heritage Museum, which is perfect for history buffs.

The picturesque and historic Highland village of Helmsdale is the perfect place to relax and take in the stunning scenery.

Timespan Museum is a great place to learn about the history of the area and the Emigrants Monument is a moving tribute to those who left Scotland in search of a better life.

Within the village you will also find lovely shops, welcoming pubs and restaurants, a picturesque harbour, and the Helmsdale War Memorial Clocktower.

Venture further afield to John o’Groats, with attractions such as the John O'Groats Signpost and Duncansby Head Lighthouse, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

For a remote setting in the Scottish Highlands, choose Ceol-na-Mara.

EPC Rating: Band F

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

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About the location


Helmsdale 15 miles; John o'Groats 37 miles.

Dunbeath is situated on the south east side of Caithness and is famous for being the birthplace of the famous author Neil Gunn who based many of his novels on and around the Dunbeath area. Rich in history, this area boasts numerous Iron Age Brochs, plus at one time Dunbeath was a booming fishing village with up to a 100 boats operating from the harbour, whilst today it offers a shop, pub and an excellent community museum located in the old village school. The A9 gives easy access along this rugged and dramatic coastline and the larger village of Helmsdale lies to the south just a short drive away, whilst to the north are numerous pretty coastal villages with John O'Groats being just 37 miles away.

Please Note: Between 22/09/2023 - 01/11/2023 this property has a minimum 7 night stay with a Saturday only check-in.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas