Sparra_10
Sat 8th August 2015
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Outstanding in every way

This was a fantastic house for a great week in Skye. We were 4 adults and 2 young children and there was plenty of space to spread out, unlike a lot of more traditional properties. Great kitchen, lovely bedrooms and a fab big lounge with the most amazing view over to Raasay. The owners leave a telescope in the lounge which was great, and we saw an eagle, buzzards and eventually an otter from the house. Sconser is a great base for the island, half way between Portree and Broadford which both have supermarkets. A local pub would be ideal (though we didn't try the local hotel to be fair). The owner is really helpful. Overall fantastic - a great find, which we'd love to revisit.

igal27
Sat 22nd August 2015
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Great self-catering cottage (with one caveat, see full review), highly recommended

This place is really nice. The cottage is basically a fully self-contained part attached to a larger house where the hosts, Nikki and Angus (very friendly and helpful!) live. It's a two-story cottage with a nice, large, fully equipped kitchen (fridge, large oven and stove, microwave, dishwasher, washer, and dryer) and dining room on the lower floor, where you also have two bedrooms (a double and one with two single beds) and a bathroom with shower -- and the heated floors are a nice touch! On the top floor, there's another large double bedroom, a full bathroom (with bath and shower), and a very cozy living room with TV, DVD player, and even a selection of DVDs (which the kids appreciated very much!). There's also a nice telescope you can use to get close-up views of the bay and mountains opposite the cottage -- you really get an amazing view from the living room and dining room! The cottage is spotless (including the bathrooms) and very elegantly finished and furnished -- there's a lot of attention to detail, much more than you would typically expect from a rental accommodation. And its childproofed as well, except for the stairs (no barriers), in case that's relevant. The only thing I found a little disappointing was that all the "consumables" you use during your stay (and which in my experience with self-catering establishments are normally provided in ample amounts), such as toilet paper, paper towel, tea, coffee, sugar, etc., were only provided in bare minimum amounts -- a couple of spoonfuls of coffee and sugar, a few rolls of toilet paper; not nearly enough to last the entire week, requiring us to purchase all these things at the grocery store. Either you provide these items in sufficient quantities for the entire stay or you don't, but don't provide just enough for 1-2 days when you rent the place out for a week at a time... Also, items of which you need much smaller amounts over the course of a week than the smallest packaging you can buy (e.g. oil, vinegar, spices...) should also be provided (they were not, and we had to buy large bottles of each). I nearly reduced one star in my ranking for this, but decided not to in the end. The cottage is very well situated on Skye, with most of the major attractions and hikes/treks within a 0.5-1 hour drive away. There are grocery stores (Coop is the only chain on the island) and gas stations in Broadford (which you pass along the way from the Skye bridge, about 15 min before reaching the cottage) and Portree (the "capital" of the Isle of Skye), about a 15-min drive North past the cottage (the Coop in Broadford is much larger than the one in Portree). You've got a number of restaurants in Portree as well. With the one caveat above, I highly recommend this self-catering cottage.

debbiecal
Mon 19th October 2015
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Beautiful house - disappointing garden

This house is situated between Broeadford and Portree. It has beautiful views and is decorated to a very high standard. On arrival we were met by the owner who was so nice and very welcoming. We travelled with elderly parents who were very comfortable in one of the downstairs bedrooms , one bathroom was straight across the hall from their room. We couldn't fault the house at all but sadly the garden with patio was not at all evident. We had beautiful weather for the duration of our holiday but there was nowhere to sit comfortably to enjoy the outdoors. The side and back of house was overgrown, uneven and untidy. I managed to find four plastic chairs next to an old shed but sitting on them was difficult as the ground was uneven. I even weeded the front to tidy it up a bit!! However it is a great base for exploring Skye and definitely would return . A nice outdoor area would make a huge difference.