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Perfect location with stunning surrounding scenery
The perfect spot for al fresco dining with a view
View towards the homely property
Relax after a day out in the comfy lounge
The wood burner is perfect for those cosy evenings in
Enjoy the roaring woodburner in the kitchen/dining area
Enjoy the spectacular coastline views from the lounge
Get a good night's rest in the double bedroom
Extra little touches
Lovely views from the property
Make sure you bring your bubbles!
Prepare a meal in the well-equipped kitchen
Enjoy a romantic meal in the spacious kitchen/diner
You may even get a chance to spot a rainbow
View towards the cottage
Say hello to the shetland ponies
Bobby's famous bus shelter
1 / 18  Perfect location with stunning surrounding scenery
2 / 18  The perfect spot for al fresco dining with a view
3 / 18  View towards the homely property
4 / 18  Relax after a day out in the comfy lounge
5 / 18  The wood burner is perfect for those cosy evenings in
6 / 18  Enjoy the roaring woodburner in the kitchen/dining area
7 / 18  Enjoy the spectacular coastline views from the lounge
8 / 18  Get a good night's rest in the double bedroom
9 / 18  Extra little touches
10 / 18  Lovely views from the property
11 / 18  Make sure you bring your bubbles!
12 / 18  Prepare a meal in the well-equipped kitchen
13 / 18  Enjoy a romantic meal in the spacious kitchen/diner
14 / 18  You may even get a chance to spot a rainbow
15 / 18  View towards the cottage
16 / 18  Say hello to the shetland ponies
17 / 18  Bobby's famous bus shelter
18 / 18  

Marrats Houl

Unst, Shetland
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Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Open fire / wood burner
Internet access
Beach within easy reach
Fishing on site / nearby
Romantic
Quirky
Parking on site / nearby
Decorated for Christmas
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Perfect rural get-away with stunning panoramic sea views over the bay
  • Situated on the island Unst, the most beautiful northerly Island of the Shetland Isles 
  • Relax by the cosy wood burner and enjoy wonderful sunsets and the Northern Lights
Property code: 75417

This delightful croft house on the northernmost of the Shetland Isles is an idyllic retreat for two. Carefully restored and tastefully furnished, the house is surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful wild countryside and there are stunning views towards the sea, making it the perfect place to get away from it all.

Inside, this charming cottage combines traditional features with contemporary comforts. The soothing soft blue and grey colour scheme echoes the coastal location and creates a relaxing ambience.

Entering this single-storey cottage, you come into the smart kitchen/diner, with contemporary black and white units, and it is well-equipped for rustling up breakfast, lunch or dinner. Enjoy an intimate meal for two at the adjacent dining table. From the kitchen, a low doorway leads to a hallway, utility room and a wardrobe for your clothes. After eating, wander into the cosy lounge and sink back into the comfortable sofa. Relax in front of a film and enjoy the warm glow of the wood burner, set in the characterful stone fireplace. At the end of the day, the lovely double bedroom is prettily decorated with beautiful furnishings in muted colours, ensuring a blissful night’s sleep. In the lounge there is also an electric inflatable double bed available on request. In the morning, stroll into the bathroom for a refreshing shower or a relaxing bath and ponder your day ahead before breakfast.

Outside, the property has a small gravelled patio with a bistro chair and table – the perfect spot for a drink with a glorious view across the lush grass to the sparkling sea dotted with islands in the distance. There is an off-road parking space directly next to the cottage.

Please check the Ferries to the Islands are operating before booking.

 

  • 1 bedroom - double
  • 1 bathroom
  • Electric oven and induction hob, dishwasher, fridge and microwave
  • Utility area with washing machine and freezer
  • Wood burner
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Low level access through the front door and from the kitchen to the hallway - mind your head
  • Outside folding chairs are located in the shed
  • There are two farm gates which you need to go through to get to the property - these need to be left as found
  • Shop 8 miles and pebble beach within walking distance
  • TV/DVD in lounge
  • Licence number - SH00010 F 01
  • EPC rating - F
  • Please note during the winter months the property may only be accessible by a 4x4 vehicle. Due to weather and livestock - please check with us first before booking.
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £150 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £20. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

 

For essential supplies, head to Baltasound (6 miles) where there are a couple of food stores, and a Post Office.

Budding geologists will enjoy learning about the island's significant rock formations, now designated a protected UNESCO Geopark. From impressive sea stacks to ancient lava flows, the island's geological past is fascinating.

Wildlife flourishes on the island. Don't miss the impressive sight of the puffin colony at the Hermaness nature reserve (11 miles). Around 50,000 pairs of birds inhabit several miles of land, making it a truly breathtaking sight. Slightly further north lies the most northerly islets of the British Isles - Muckle Flugga and Out Stack – watch out for dolphins, killer whales, and porpoises in the water.

The island's Viking past is evident at Haroldswick (9 miles), where you can visit a reconstructed Viking Longhouse and a replica ship. Other longhouses have been excavated across the island, including at Hamar, Underhoull and Belmont. Self-guided trails are available for those who would like to learn more.

Fiona MacDonald

This property is personally managed by Fiona.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 21 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Christopher 7th June 2024

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A superb cottage, in an idyllic setting - well equipped and with everything one needs to stay. Couldn't ask for anything more

Reviewed by John 24th May 2024

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Small but well equipped cottage. Could not wish for a more tranquil or scenic location. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this cottage.

Reviewed by Linda 17th May 2024

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Beautiful cottage in a beautiful setting!

Reviewed by Philip 10th May 2024

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A lovely setting, and a cosy cottage let down by the issues above. The bath / shower arrangement would be considerably nicer with a walk in shower

Reviewed by E 2nd February 2024

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This is wonderfully located property ,with a comfortable bed,lovely linen and very good heating . I am not certain it is suitable for a winter holiday unless like us you have 4 wheel drive . Access is an issue in wet/snow. The wi fi was adequate,but the freesat tv was woefully inadequate . Only 5 channels if you were lucky . The owner keeps a lot oRead moref extra bedding,cleaning stuff in most of the storage . Only one chest of drawers vacant. No cupboard,shelves for food in kitchen . Hide

Reviewed by Andrea 6th October 2023

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The cottage is absolutely gorgeous. Very cosy, very comfy and equipped with everything you could possibly need. The views are stunning. We saw seals in the bay every day and I was very lucky to photograph the Aurora Borealis from right outside the house on 2 evenings that we were there. It was great value for money and I would highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Stephen 9th September 2023

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Fantastic holiday, a real get away from it all and switch off break. Curled up in front of the log burner with a whisky of an evening was perfect. Cottage was everything we could have asked for, peaceful with great views over the sea and islands. Very well equipped and everything we needed for our time there. It was good to spend time enjoying the Read moreproperty rather than using it just as a base. Very clean property. Would highly recommend. Thank you Hide

Reviewed by Eddie 1st September 2023

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Appreciated the opportunity to stay in this lovely, cosy cottage in a truly unique location, ideal base for exploring Unst and all that it has to offer.

Reviewed by James 11th August 2023

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Superb place; the location - above the bay - is perfect. Unst has many charms, and this has to be one of the best located houses there. It is very tastefully decorated, with many thoughtful touches, and is very well equipped. The owner was superb with contact. We are already working out when we can return!

Reviewed by Melvin 21st July 2023

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What an amazing place. Beautiful cottage, tastefully decorated with all you need for a truly relaxing break. The views across the bay are spectacular, with seals, otters and fantastic bird life. Fly fishing which is 10 minutes away is excellent and there is plenty of sea fishing from the beach and rocks if you want.

Reviewed by Paul 7th July 2023

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A great stay in a brilliant location.

Reviewed by Tracey 2nd June 2023

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Clean and comfortable cottage with excellent sea views. Good communication from the owner.

Reviewed by Stefan 19th May 2023

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An amazingly situated cottage on a beautiful stretch of coastline. Very peaceful, with wonderful views and walks on the doorstep. The cottage itself is cosy and homely and well-equipped.

Reviewed by Elizabeth 12th May 2023

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Characterful cottage in a stunning location. Beautiful views. The cottage was very comfortable and clean, though you need to be able to duck down through some of the doorways. We found it to be an excellent location for exploring Unst and Yell.

Reviewed by Alison 5th May 2023

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Reviewed by Paula 14th April 2023

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Reviewed by Neill 9th September 2022

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Reviewed by Amali 26th August 2022

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What a gorgeous location and beautifully restored cosy cottage. Loved my 8 night stay.

Reviewed by Rachael 19th August 2022

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A beautiful hideaway in a stunning remote location. Cant wait to revisit.

Reviewed by ANN 12th August 2022

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A great selection of local books and maps helped us do the kind if off the beaten track expkoribg that we enjoy. Great location, well equipped , very clean and well maintained

Reviewed by Nils 22nd July 2022

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A lovely and remote cottage for two - old fashioned from the outside, but superbly renovated on the inside, including many nice touches and decorations. Only sheep as direct neighbours - the next houses are quite some distance and no problem, even when occupied. A number of walks can be taken directly from the house, including viking age and other Read moreruins. Exploring the rest of Unst was perfect for one week. Hide

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Perfect location with stunning surrounding scenery
The perfect spot for al fresco dining with a view
View towards the homely property
Relax after a day out in the comfy lounge
The wood burner is perfect for those cosy evenings in
Enjoy the roaring woodburner in the kitchen/dining area
Enjoy the spectacular coastline views from the lounge
Get a good night's rest in the double bedroom
Extra little touches
Lovely views from the property
Make sure you bring your bubbles!
Show 6 morePrepare a meal in the well-equipped kitchen

Location

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