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Beul Na Mara

Strath, The Highlands
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
No Dogs
5 star
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Beautiful seaside home right on the water’s edge in the West Coast Highlands
  • An Idea base for keen walkers and cyclists from your front door
  • Explore the stunning coastline and the long sandy beaches
  • Enjoy sea views over to the Isle of Skye and cosy nights by the woodburners
Property code: CA037

A bright, cosy home in the town of Gairloch on Strath Bay, close to the beach and surrounded by beautiful Highland countryside.

When approaching Gairloch along the Strath Bay coast road, your eyes will be drawn to a row of pretty, whitewashed cottages and this property is one of them. Close to the village centre and with the sea on your doorstep, it's the perfect setting for a memorable holiday. Its location in the centre of the village means it's within easy walking distance of shops, places to eat and drink and, of course, several sandy beaches to walk along.

This cottage has been completely renovated and modernised to an excellent standard while incorporating all the original features of this west-coast cottage. With two wood burners in the ground-floor rooms, plus central heating and double glazed windows throughout, you can be warm and cosy while watching the waves on the rocks just metres from the front door. Facing south, the front of the house enjoys the sun throughout the year, and during the summer, the sunsets towards the Isle of Skye are remarkable. Even in the depths of winter, you can sit and admire the views from the snug sea-facing porch. Directly in front of the house is a sloping grassed area leading to the rocks and the sea.

The ground floor has been opened up to give a stone-floored spacious living and dining area with dining table, sofa and wood burner. Leading off is a bright, fully fitted kitchen with access to the split-level decking and small rockery garden to the rear. Off to the left is a large lounge which has been decorated and furnished with vibrant, warm colours and tweeds, a wood burner, TV and ample seating for four. There is a small WC on the ground floor.

The stairs, first-floor landing and bedrooms are all carpeted and decorated in brilliant white with matching bed linen, tweed and tartan accessories and solid wood furniture and beds. The twin is the slightly smaller of the two bedrooms, but both have sea views, window seating and plenty of storage space. The king-size bedroom has additional seating and roof Velux windows making it a lovely bright room. Wi-Fi is available free of charge, and there is also an iPod dock, which is Bluetooth enabled.

Please note there is a refundable £150 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 king-size and 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom with shower and 1 WC
  • Range cooker, gas hob, electric double oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine
  • TV, DVD player, CD player and iPod dock
  • 2 woodburners - starter pack of fuel included
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Enclosed garden with garden furniture
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Regret no dogs
  • Shops and pubs within a couple of minutes' walk

The cottage's position down by the shore means you have the feeling of almost complete seclusion. Whether sitting on the bench down by the sea waiting for a glimpse of a seal swimming by or sitting in the porch looking out at the 180-degree view of Gairloch village round to Badachro Bay, Red Point and finally the Isle of Skye, it will undoubtedly be a place you'll want to return to.

This home is less than a mile from a supermarket and a pharmacy and there are a few cafes, pubs and bars nearby too. The Big Sand beach is only 3 miles up the road; a brilliant beach for the whole family and sheltered from the onshore wind by Longa Island, offering a magnificent view of the mountains of Skye and Torridon.

If you're looking for a fun activity, take to the water and discover sheltered sea lochs, wide sandy bays and idyllic lochs surrounded by mountains with Ewe Canoe in beautiful Wester Ross. The friendly, qualified and experienced staff will give you a guided tour on canoes or kayaks (13 miles away).

The area has many picturesque walking and cycle routes for you to enjoy. Take a scenic walk to Flowerdale Waterfall, a well-worn path which is relatively flat until a steep incline that leads you to the cascading water (2 miles away).

This property is personally managed by Fiona.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 13 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Nicole 14th March 2020

We had an absolutely perfect week at Beul Na Mara. An idyllic location, a tastefully furnished and well-equipped cottage and two wood burners, what more could you want. We loved exploring Gairloch and the surrounding areas by foot and bike and coming back to relax at the cottage either on the picnic bench outside or in one of the two sitting areas.Read more Highly recommend and we would hope to come back soon. Hide

Reviewed by Jeremy 29th February 2020

This cottage is in a superb location with uninterrupted views of the loch and mountains to the south. The view changes with the weather but that just adds interest . This gem of a house is well equipped with everything you need. It was warm and cosy which is ideal as we were on a winter break. Having said that it will be great at any time of year .Read more Lots of lovely walks near by. Gairloch has a good range of shops for a small village . We would go back . Hide

Reviewed by Gof 14th February 2020

Beul na Mara is a spacious, well decorated and equipped cottage. It is very well heated, very comfortable and in a great location. On the edge of the sea loch, but protected from high seas, it gives great views across to the mountains. On the sea there is a variety of birds and the frequent appearance of otters. Locally (three minute walk) is a gooRead mored convenience store, an excellent butcher/grocer, a very nice take-away sandwich shop, a good 'chippie' (weekends only), and a good cafe/bookshop. Hide

Reviewed by Mary 28th September 2019

Absolutely gorgeous cottage in a stunning location. Well equipped and spotlessly clean. Very much appreciated welcome pack on arrival. Would definitely recommend to friends and family and am looking to rebook for ourselves.

Reviewed by Mrs Gibbs June 2019

Wow, fabulous cottage on the shore of a sea loch with views of the mountains across the bay. Rob and Emma, the owners, were always on hand to sort out any problems, not that we needed them. The cottage has views of the sea loch from most rooms and is so peaceful. So fine to sit in bed with that first cup of tea in the morning with this fabulous vieRead morew. The cottage has been tastefully decorated and has adequate necessities. A splendid holiday retreat. Hide

Reviewed by Ms Waldron May 2019

Great house. A few wee things getting a bit worn (left a note for owners e.g. one tray only, plastic and marked with cup rings) and some kitchen essentials for self-catering missing (a blender for pureeing food). But really a lovely stay.

Reviewed by Mrs Wistow March 2019

We had a great week at Beul Na Mara. The cottage was warm and very comfortable. There were lovely touches such as the welcome basket and fires already made up ready for use. The setting is peaceful and the views from the cottage are amazing - we saw otters and seals right in front of the cottage. There are lovely beaches in and around Gairloch, somRead moree nice cafes/places to eat, and some interesting activities. We would particularly recommend going on a Shellfish Safari. Lunch at The Old Inn was very nice - delicious food and very friendly staff. Mrs Friel - March 2019 Hide

Reviewed by Mr Wilkinson November 2018

We loved Beul na Mara! The cottage is amazing, warm, cosy, comfortable and well equipped with spectacular views. It is exactly as it looks on the photographs. The area is also excellent and the local people are very friendly. We stayed at the end of November and some businesses were closed but we still found plenty to do. The beaches are lovely...bRead moreig and sandy and the weather was good enough for us to paddle and picnic. We drove to the beach in the evening and the stars and galaxies were amazing. Victoria Falls are also worth a visit. We would love to visit the area again and would definitely come back to Beul na Mara. Thank you for your help Rob and Emma, you have a brilliant cottage!! Hide

Reviewed by Mr Gardner November 2018

Excellent location overlooking Gairloch with views across to Northern Skye. Very well appointed cottage. The village itself is very nice indeed and there are the necessary facilities on the doorstep ie pub and general store. The scenery is quite outstanding

Reviewed by Mr Latham October 2018

The house is in a stunning location and has beautiful views from every room. This is our third time staying at the cottage, our first being in 2014. We will be back. The welcome bottle of wine and two teacakes were a nice touch. I was slightly disappointed that there was no milk, especially as we were arriving after the nearest shop was closed. I wRead moreould have to say that the cottage isn't as well equipped as it was back in 2014. It would appear that as things have been damaged or broken they haven't necessarily been replaced. The shower screen over the bath leaks, this could be easily rectified by the addition of a plastic runner at the bottom where the screen connects with the bath. These are very small issues though and do not detract from beauty and cozy feel of the cottage. As I said we will be back. Hide

Reviewed by Mr Galloway September 2018

A very well equipped cottage in a wonderful location. We were able to explore all the fantastic surrounding area and return each day to the peace and tranquility of Gairloch. Local amenities were within walking distance. Local butcher, fish & chip shop & supermarket at the end of the drive. We will return.

Reviewed by Mrs Eschmann September 2018

In breathtaking surroundings and directly on the sea we felt from the first moment at home. The cottage is extremely tastefully decorated from the comfortable sofas to the everywhere available small side tables for the glass of whiskey in front of the perfectly prepared and functioning wood burner. The heating worked immediately when we set, the grRead moreeat gas stove left nothing to be desired and we used the washing machine and the microwave. We also appreciated the tranquility as well as the proximity of the few neighbours and the opportunity to shop on foot. From Gairloch great excursions are possible and the water view from every room and the Isle of Skye at the horizon will always be remembered. We are very grateful to spend an unforgettable week in Beul na Mara. Barbara & Brigitte from Adliswil/Switzerland. Please feel free to correct our english :-) Hide

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